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Lectio Divina: Resurrection Sunday, Year A

El Greco, the Resurrection The Grave Could Not Contain Him, Christ Is Risen: Let Us Seek Him Among the Living Paris, April 18, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo A brief introduction: The Easter that we celebrate today with joy is … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Palm Sunday, Year A

The Greatness of God’s Passionate Love Paris, April 11, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Palm branches to commemorate not for a show Today’s liturgy begins with the procession of palms. The people who carry these palm branches are not … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A

Love Conquers Death Paris, April 04, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Love conquers death. The Gospel passage that is proposed today by the Liturgy of the Mass invites us to contemplate the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus as … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Laetare Sunday, Year A

Lætere Sunday at Blackfen   Paris, March 28, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The Joy The title and the introduction of the Exhortation of Pope Francis “Evangelii gaudium “: “The joy of the gospel” are the best commentaries on … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A

The Samaritan Woman at the Well – by CARRACCI, Annibale – from Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan Lent: the Meeting of Two Thirsts Paris, March 21, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) A poor one who asks to donate. In his … Continue reading

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A worthy cause

Originally posted on Dominus mihi adjutor:
Most monasteries feel short of money. Mine has been running at an annual deficit for some years but life is far from desperate. That said, there are things we need to be doing or…

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Living for the city

Originally posted on ragazzagallese:
Hi all, I am SO sorry that I have not posted in ages! I’m an intern with the Good Counsel Network and things are crazy at the best of times, but now it’s even more crazy…

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Prayers needed

This is from Aid to the Church in Need (H/t to Counter-Cultural Father) Ukraine – Plea for Prayer Dear Friends, Thanks to you, Aid to the Church in Need has stood with the faithful in Ukraine for many years. Please … Continue reading

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Blog Challenge: The Sound Of Silence (SOS Venezuela)

Originally posted on Biltrix:
In response to this week’s blog challenge issued by Defy the Narative: The Sound of Silence Why Has the Government has Silenced the Media and shut down Twitter in Venezuela? Find out [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFS6cP9auDc?rel=0&w=420&h=315%5D Please take…

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Giving up gracelessly

According to the Church, yesterday was the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius. According to my 1938 edition of “Garden of the Soul”, my 1962 edition of “The Manual of Christian Prayer” and the rest of the whole world, yesterday … Continue reading

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A symbol of our times

Franz von Rohden – Crucifixion The Herald reports that a work of art, hailed as a masterpiece by experts, was hung in a chapel at Ushaw until the 1970s, when it was put in cupboard (no doubt replaced by something … Continue reading

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A fine word

The Holy Father had something good and important to say yesterday: When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

H/t to the Cloistered Heart Salt and Light: Taste of the Earth and Light of the World Paris, February 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Salt and Light In the early centuries, persecuted Christians were brought into the Colosseum … Continue reading

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Triple Jeopardy

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has pronounced, their findings can be found here. The Holy See, as a signatory to the convention on the rights of the child is within the jurisdiction of this committee in … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Feast of the Presentation, Year A

The Presentation, Holbein the Elder The Meeting of the Son With the Father and the Brothers Paris, January 31, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – The Hypapánte – February 2, 2014 1) … Continue reading

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