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St. Alphonsus Liguori: Living in Friendship with God-Pt. 2

In Part One, we saw how, though not without difficulty, St. Alphonsus left the potential power, wealth, and prestige that were before him, together with many “friendships” of utility behind, to pursue authentic and lasting friendship with God. W...
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St. Alphonsus Liguori: Living in Friendship with God-Pt. 1

Last year, hoping to fill in a gap in current research, a group of psychologists from Columbia University and Michigan State University, sought to investigate the “cultural moderators of the link between friendship and important outcomes” (Peiqi...
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St. Ignatius of Loyola & Eucharistic Freedom

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy ...
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St. Ignatius of Loyola: A Theo-Dramatic Life

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts… Shakespeare, Monologue of Jaques, As You Like It, act 2, scene 7.139-142 These...
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True Freedom and the Beautiful Life

Independence Day-July 4th Today our country once again celebrates the day of our independence. Today is a day which we rightly commemorate because of the victory won for human dignity, as freedom was gained for a people to live life according...
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Feed Them Yourselves

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, 2022 "Give them some food yourselves" (Luke 9:13). Can you imagine the looks on the Apostles' faces when Our Lord said these words to them? Here they were, twelve men wh...
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St. Anthony of Padua: Finding Human Dignity-Pt. 2

As we saw at the end of the first part of this reflection, over the course of the first part of his life, Anthony (born Fernando), had gone from being a wealthy and well-known elite to the obscurity of monastic life in the hills of Tuscany. In p...
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St. Anthony of Padua: Finding Human Dignity-Pt. 1

Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor, June 13 Tony, Tony, look around, something’s lost and must be found! Growing up in a Catholic home, this was something I heard my mother pray, as we scrambled about the house to track down items we ha...
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Mary: Mother of All Alive in Christ

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Happy Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church to you! Today’s celebration of the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church is a relatively new one. The celebration wa...
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