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December 22: O King of the Nations

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust (Christian Prayer, 133). We recall that the “O Antiphons” are directly from Sacred Scri...
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December 19: O Root of Jesse

O flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in Worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid (Christian Prayer, 124). Our third...
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December 18: O Lord

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free (Christian Prayer, 121). In the antiphon of the Magnificat at ev...
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Understanding Sanctity with Dorothy Day

November 8th, 2021 marks the 124th birthday of Servant of God, Dorothy Day. The title “servant of God” is given to those whose cause for canonization has officially been opened, but who have not yet made it through the process for canonization. ...
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Accompaniment Leadership: Walking in the Footsteps of Christ

“As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus” (Luke 23:26). As I made my way down the long hallway of offices, I...
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Cultivating and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit” (Gal 5:25) In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He warns: “Beware of false prophets… by their fruits you will know them. Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears ba...
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Prophets and Profits: Fulfilling our Baptismal Responsibilities in Business

“And you, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High...” Benedictus (Lk 1:76) “It’s not personal, it’s just business,” a common phrase spewed by many a savvy business manager to justify uncomfortable or otherwise unjustifiable yet...
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My Eucharistic Offering: Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman

“I bring myself, my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become… as gift to the Church,” Sister Thea Bowman in her Address to the USCCB, June 1989. Her Early Years At Sister Thea’s funeral on April 3, 1990, the qu...
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