The FRESHLife of the Venerable Augustine Tolton-Part II

“Father Augustine Tolton, United States of America, diocese of Alton, Illinois” (From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Father Augustine Tolton, Caroline Hemesath, O.S.F., 159). These words from the Cardinal sent chills down Father ...
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The Invitation to be Co-Creators with God

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15). In our culture, we place a premium on working hard, grinding it out, less rest, and more productivity. The underlying assumpt...
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Entering Deeper into Lent with Just A Little Talk

We all have something in life we struggle with. Things that we find difficult to deal with, and don’t really know where to begin addressing them. This could be something personal or relational. Maybe it is a vice we just can’t seem to shake off,...
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The Saints Respond to Bullies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well” (Matthew 5:38-39). As ...
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The FRESHLife of the Venerable Augustine Tolton-Part I

“They must be free” he said pointing to their three little children asleep on the pallet. “They must learn to read and write; they must go to school and to church; they must have freedom, a better life than we have” (Caroline Hemesath, O.S.F., F...
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Do Whatever He Tells You

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C My Dear Friends in Christ, This year the Church follows the “C” cycle of readings for its Sunday Eucharistic Liturgies. Accordingly, we have the special grace this year of being presented in three con...
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Understanding Christmas Through Mary

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God-January 1 My Dear Friends in Christ, With many of the Christmas trees waiting to be or already having been picked up curbside, we may be tempted to think that the Christmas Season has...
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