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Summer Driving Lessons

It’s that time of year when folks are driving a lot and so perhaps it’s appropriate to think in terms of driving cars. Are there spiritual lessons? Life is like a trip, like a road. That’s one lesson. At times it can be a winding one, it can be straight and tedious, it can be […]

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Pope Francis Praises Modern Martyrs as ‘Cloud of Witnesses’

Beitbart News 03/29/2015: In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis held up persecuted Christians as modern heroes because of their faithfulness to God even in the midst of hardships. They are the ones who follow Jesus on his path of humiliation, Francis said. The Pope drew inspiration from the Palm Sunday reading of the passion […]

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2014 Gaston County Life Chain: October 5

What is Life Chain? It’s a peaceful, public witness in which people line the sidewalks with pro-life signs and pray, forming a living monument to LIFE. Come, let us seek God’s divine intervention for the healing of our community and nation. Who should attend? All who would like to promote a pro-life culture. Bring the […]

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Crowded lobby

Emergency rooms are places of waiting, of hurrying to get there and then just sitting, often in a crowded lobby, witnessing the human drama of our fragility played out in living color; pain, worry, suffering lived out in full view, though most so preoccupied with their own drama it can mostly be fazed out. I […]

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Pope Francis: You cannot understand a Christian without witness

Vatican City, May 6, 2014 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis recounted the death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, explaining that being a Christian means giving witness rather than remaining sterile within ourselves.“You cannot understand a Christian without witness,” the Pope stated in his May 6 daily homily, […]

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Sinners, yes, traitors no!

Vatican City, February 06, 2014 (Zenit.org) — During morning Mass today, Pope Francis reflected on the death of King David, inviting the faithful to ask for three graces: to die within the Church, to die with hope and to leave an inheritance of Christian witness. Regarding the first of these graces, the Holy Father said […]

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We celebrate the presence of Christ in our world

. . . the Church in preparing us for the birth of a “great prophet,” a Savior and a King of Peace, has more in mind than seasonal cheer. The advent mystery focuses the light of faith upon the very meaning of life, of history, of man, of the world and of our own being. In […]

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Witnesses to Christ in a materialistic world

A few years ago, there was much talk of the secularized world, the post-Christian era. Fashion changes, but a profound reality remains. Christians  today must  be formed  to live in a world which largely ignores God or which, in religious matters, in place of an exacting and fraternal  dialogue, stimulating for all, too often founders […]

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The meeting-place of angels, and the harbor of all Souls

(At the consecration of a monastic church dedicated to St. Macarius, the Coptic patriarch Benjamin I, 622-661, relates) When I had finished the divine service and communicated the clergy, I saw again a great grace which I must not hide from thee.  For when the old men came up for communion, I saw a vapour […]

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Scripture Should Lead to ‘Personal Encounter With the Lord of Life’

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI spoke today about Psalm 119 as a wonderful discourse on the breadth and depth of man’s relationship with God. The Psalmist’s song “voices the range of sentiments which fill the hearts of those who pray: praise, thanksgiving, trust, supplication and lament, all within the context of a heartfelt openness […]

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