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Lectio divina for XVIII Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Faith in the Bread   By Archbishop Francesco Follo Ex 16,2-4.12-15; Ps 78; Eph 4,17.20-24; Jn 6.24 to 35 X Sunday after Pentecost 1) Bread offered for love. The last Sunday’s Gospel presented the miracle of the loaves and fishes. … Continue reading

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Gay Sexuality Is Not Something Immutable. Vices Can Just Seem That Way Sometimes.

by StumblingBlock Crisis Magazine notes how Rachel Maddow tried in vain to pin Rick Santorum down on the so-called ‘immutability’ of gayness – as if she doesn’t know. People are much more than sexual organs and their loves and preferences … Continue reading

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2nd August: Portiuncula Indulgence – a grace not to be missed

  A re-blog from Fr Z: From midnight tonight to midnight 2 August, you can gain the “Portiuncula” Indulgence. Catholic Encyclopedia St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to … Continue reading

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

  Inigo Lopez de Loyola, who later took the name Ignatius, was the youngest son of a nobleman of the mountainous Basque region of northern Spain. Trained in the courtly manner of the time of King Ferdinand, he dreamed of … Continue reading

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Homily by Fr Timothy Finigan. A Day With Mary

This is a great homily. Let us pray for the Parish of St Austin and St Gregory, and Fr Finigan.

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The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity

COMMENTARY: ‘If there is no God, then human beings are dispensable — so why not trade the organs of infants for a nice Lamborghini?’ by BISHOP-ELECT ROBERT BARRON 07/28/2015 Comments (4) Editor’s note: Bishop-Elect Barron’s article was written in advance … Continue reading

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ALPHONSA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Today the Church remembers Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, the first native woman saint of India. Here is the story of her life taken from the Vatican Website: Blessed Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception was born in Kudamalur, the … Continue reading

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Lectio divina: XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Archbishop Francesco Follo     2 Kings 4.42 to 44; Ps 145; Eph 4, 1-6; Jn 6.1 to 15 The Miracle Is Born From God’s Faithfulness to Man   1) Bread to share. Beginning this Sunday the liturgy interrupts … Continue reading

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Enough is enough, Asia Bibi’s false imprisonment must end immediately

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on the Catholic Herald Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claim jurisdiction over those who are not Muslim, which is simply outrageous Congratulations to Pakistan’s Supreme Court. They have decided that a totally innocent woman should not be hanged after … Continue reading

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Crowds still flock to ‘moving statue’ site at Ballinspittle, three decades on

By Eddie Cassidy on the Irish Examiner (on 22nd July 2015) It is 30 years since the first statue appeared to move in Ballinspittle, but it was to become a summer of such phenomena, writes Eddie Cassidy. Academics named it … Continue reading

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Saint Bridget of Sweden – faithful disciple of God and Co-Patroness of Europe

Today the Church remembers Saint Bridget of Sweden. Pope Benedict XVI gave the following address about the Saint at a General Audience on Wednesday, 27 October 2010: Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the eve of the Great Jubilee in anticipation of the … Continue reading

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TOLKIEN SPEAKS: THE SECRET TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE

J.R.R. Tolkien was a romantic. When he met his future wife, Edith, at the age of 16, he was instantly smitten with her and immediately began an informal courtship, taking her to local tea houses on a regular basis. When … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Appoints Fr. Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron’s appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and homosexuality: confusing signs

By John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews. If “actions speak louder than words,” as the saying goes, the message of Pope Francis on homosexuality is increasingly confusing. On the one hand, he has reiterated the Church’s teaching that marriage is … Continue reading

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Immodesty

From Rorate Caeli: Some excerpts from the writings of the late Don Vincenzo Cuomo, exorcist, (R.I.P. July 18, 2009) against the indecent fashions that are now spreading even into sacred places. Unfortunately, we rarely hear anyone today condemn these shameless … Continue reading

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