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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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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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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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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

During the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed that the Second Sunday of Easter would from then on be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. He made this proclamation on the occasion of canonizing the woman known as the ...
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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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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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The Little Drummer Boy’s Gospel

Of the many holiday songs which saturate the airwaves during the Advent and Christmas seasons and can be heard played in Christmas concerts, The Little Drummer Boy is perhaps one of the best known. In fact, as Kathy Warnes writes in her article,...
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The Triumph of Love

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-Cycle B My Dear Friends in Christ, With today’s most august celebration we come to the end of another liturgical year. It is most appropriate that on the last Sunday of the litur...
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