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Imitation of Christ

The Joy of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent-Cycle A My Dear Friends in Christ, Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” comes from the Latin word “gaudium,” meaning joy, gladness or delight. And so th...
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A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Why the Saints

In this episode of FRESHImage Presents, Tony Crescio explores the role the saints play in our daily lives. The saints are a part of the Christian faith often taken for granted by some and misunderstood by others. So, what does having an aut...
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John Paul II: God Has Given You to Me

We need not observe the world we live in long to arrive at the conclusion that the world we live in is not as it should be from a Christian perspective. As Tony Crescio explains in this FRESHImage Presents, this situation stems, at least in ...
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Augustine: The Psalms as the Dramatic Portrayal of Eucharistic Living

Welcome to FRESHImage Presents! For Augustine, the psalms provide Christians with a mirror for our lives in two ways: First, they reflect the drama of the human experience this side of eternity. Second, they reflect how we are called to respo...
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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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