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Fear of the Lord: The Path to Perfect Love

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear” 1 John 4:18 In the first episode of the Chosen, Jesus finds Mary Magdalene in a dark and filthy bar in the Red Quarter. She demands the bartender serve her a drink, “lots of it”, an...
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Sacred Music: A Treasure of Inestimable Value

Jesus Christ left us a priceless treasure in the liturgy. However, its nature and true significance often eludes us. There are some deep historical reasons for a limited understanding of the gift of liturgy, even among Catholics. That lack in kn...
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The Celebration of the Lord’s Presentation

As the season of Christmas is definitively over, one can ask a perennial question: if we take December 25 as the first (and not the last) day of the Christmas season, what is the ending day? Ordinary time returns with a green liturgical col...
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A Time to Give Birth and a Time to Die: Goal-Setting with Heaven in Mind

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth and a time to die…God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 ...
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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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An Interview with Rosary Maker, Marissa Lesinski

Hi Marissa, thanks for agreeing to this interview. When did you start making rosaries, and what got you into it in the first place? I started making rosaries some time in my early 20s. I made my first rosary as a gift to my then boyfriend,...
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In Suspense and Incomplete: Having Faith in the Slow Work of God

“Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, “Patient Trust”). “Why is he doing this to me?” I sobbed. “God do...
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Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human Hands

“Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life” (St. Paul Daily Missal, 842). It’s not uncommo...
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