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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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Sin And Mankind

From Professor Charmley’s blog:  To consider the world in its length and breadth, its various history, the many races of man, their starts, their fortunes, their mutual alienation, their conflicts; and then their ways, habits, governments, forms of worship; their … Continue reading

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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 22nd August

By Dr. Peter Howard on Catholic Spiritual Direction ‘Hail Holy Queen, Hail our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!’ What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies addresses Faith Movement

London, August 15, 2014 (Zenit.org) Richard Marsden: Young Catholics should stand their ground “armed with spiritual weapons” ready to challenge the destructive ideologies of the 21st century, a bishop has told a summer gathering. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, said Europe … Continue reading

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James Foley’s family comforted by Catholic priest

From the Catholic Herald online: American journalist James Foley, who appears to have been killed by Islamic State terrorists Below: Fr Paul Gousse leaves the Foley family home in Rochester, Boston (PA) Islamic State have released a gruesome video appearing … Continue reading

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Learning from Bodies

By Nora Calhoun at First Things: The baby in my arms lacks the majority of his brain. He was born just fifteen minutes before this moment, and he is likely to die before another fifteen minutes pass. He has taken … Continue reading

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The Still, Small Voice

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The Canaanite woman

A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year by Msgr. Charles Pope:   Today’s gospel teaches us to pray always and not lose heart. This is a gospel about having tenacity in prayer and, even when the results seem discouraging, continuing to … Continue reading

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Homily on the Assumption of Our Lady by The Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin means that after Her life on earth, Mary was taken body and soul into Heaven. Unlike other … Continue reading

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How I moved from my megachurch to Catholicism

It caused more than just a stir when I told the congregation of the Evangelical megachurch that I served as pastor since I founded it 30 years ago that my wife and I intended to become Catholics. It caused a real … Continue reading

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A Good Habit – to wear ‘The Holy Habit’

First published on Spiritual Direction Here are some reflections from professed Carmelite sisters of ‘The Most Sacred Heart’ of Los Angeles on wearing the holy habit of Carmel… “The wearing of the holy habit is both a blessing and a witness … Continue reading

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