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Sincerity

From Catholic Spiritual Direction: Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy … Continue reading

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Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by brutal killing of missionary nuns

By Ann Schneible on EWTN News/CNA Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness. “The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into … Continue reading

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The Holy Name of Mary – The Power of Her Name

By St Alphonsus de Liguori Richard of St Laurence states “there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth … Continue reading

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Niece of Nun Held Hostage by ISIS Recounts Family’s Agony

By Amal Marogy, from Aleteia Where Is God Today In Iraq? A few weeks ago, while desperately trying to get some news about Mosul and my aunt, Sister Utuur, I felt shell-shocked as I read the news I feared most: … Continue reading

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St Ambrose Barlow OSB (1585-1641) – one of the Forty Martyrs

From Universalis Ambrose was born at Barlow Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester in 1585. He was the fourth son of the nobleman Sir Alexander Barlow and his wife Mary. Ambrose’s grandfather died in 1584 whilst imprisoned for his beliefs and Sir … Continue reading

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Beyond the Misconceptions About Depression

New York, September 09, 2014 (Zenit.org) Kathleen Naab Depression is a much misunderstood illness, and one Catholic psychiatrist warns that people of religious faith might have their own particular misunderstandings about it. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is the author, with Fr. … Continue reading

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St Peter Claver SJ

“To do the will of God, man must despise his own; the more he dies to himself, the more he will live to God.” – St. Peter Claver SJ

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Creating freedom without anarchy, order without tyranny

This is an extract from an article by Rabbi Sacks. He writes beautifully and clearly. … At the beginning of time God created the universe in a burst of energy that eventually gave birth to stars, then to planets, then to … Continue reading

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Mass Confusion: Why All Valid Masses Are Not Equal

Written by Robert J. Siscoe on “The Remnant Newspaper“ Have you ever wondered how to respond to those who equate the efficacy of the Traditional Mass and the Novus Ordo by directing the argument to the level of validity? They … Continue reading

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Father Samir on ISIS: ‘What They Are Doing Is Diabolical’

A leading Catholic scholar of Islam analyzes why the Islamic militants have been so successful — and how they can be combatted. BY EDWARD PENTIN, on the “NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER“ What are the reasons for the murderous rampage currently being … Continue reading

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“I Allowed Myself to be Duped” – homily for 31st August

Mass: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Readings: 1st: Jer 20:7-9. Resp: psa 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9. 2nd: Rom 12:1-2. Gsp: Mat 16:21-27 Fr. Joachim reflects on the verse from the first reading in Jeremiah, “I have been duped, and I … Continue reading

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Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

From http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/ New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more … Continue reading

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Simple Wisdom

‘The power of evil men lives on the cowardice of the good.’ St. John Bosco  

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Urgent Iraq Update – a newsletter from ACN

“There is still hope for the Christians in Iraq, but only if we act now” My dear friend Thank you for all your prayers – for all you are doing for our brothers and sisters in the midst of their … Continue reading

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Confidence

‘We must know how to confide. There is the fear of God and the fear of a Judas. Too much fear makes one labour without love, and too much confidence prevents from considering the danger which we must overcome.’ St. … Continue reading

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