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Putting on the Bond of Perfection

The Feast of the Holy Family And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful (Col. 3:14-15) Despite wh...
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All Souls of the Order of Saint Benedict: Fraternal Charity unto Eternal Life

We beseech Thee, O Lord, be merciful to the souls of all your servants and handmaids of our Order for whom we humbly entreat your majesty; that by these prayers of pious supplication they may be counted worthy to enter everlasting rest (From the...
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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 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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Memorial of St. Gertrude the Great

November 16 Today the Church celebrates one of the most loved ecclesial mystic heroes of the Middle Ages; Saint Gertrude of Helfta or better-known as Saint Gertrude the Great. Her feast day was made part of the universal Calendar of the Roman...
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Benedictine Feast of All Saints

Indeed, He sent the Holy Spirit upon all men that He might move them inwardly to love God with their whole heart and their whole soul, with all their mind and all their strength and that they might love each other as Christ loves them (Lumen Gen...
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The Second Vatican Council: A FRESH Look

Standing before you I tremble somewhat with emotion but am humbly resolute in my purpose to proclaim a twofold celebration: a diocesan synod for the city of Rome, and a general Council for the universal Church (Giuseppe Alberigo, A Brief History...
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St. Catherine Labouré & The Miraculous Medal

This month of May, when we begin to see more of the sun and blossoms budding; the Church turns Her collective heart to Mary. Our Blessed Mother, who in her fiat, her courageous yes, gave birth to Life Himself. The dedication of the month of May ...
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