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The Gift of Fortitude

Audience: The gift of fortitude  “Let us thank the Lord for these Christians who are the hidden saints among us”, said Pope Francis Wednesday “ordinary, everyday people who carry on their lives and faith, who fight for their families and educate their children”, despite the difficulties that life can sometimes present them with. These are…

The Holy Spirit is Acting in our Lives Today

Pope at Mass: The danger of a hardened heart We cannot understand the things of God only with our heads, we need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit too. This was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Tuesday at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also said that faith is a gift of God…

Jesus Accompanies Us on our Journey

Pope Francis at Regina Caeli: Bother your pastors  “Bother your pastors, disturb your pastors, all of us pastors, so that we will give you the milk of grace, of doctrine, and of guidance.” Departing from his prepared remarks, Pope Francis on Sunday called on the faithful knock at the doors of their pastors “and on…

The Gate of Mercy is to be Found in the Wounds of the Lord

Vatican City, May 11, 2014  In his homily at an ordination mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of confession. “Never grow tired of being merciful! Please! You have the capacity to forgive as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but…

Are You Smarter than a Sheep?

Are You Smarter than a Sheep? By: Msgr. Charles Pope The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, for the readings focus on how our risen Lord Jesus is our shepherd, who leads us to eternal life. But of course the flip side of the Lord being our shepherd, is that we…

Christ the Good Shepherd

Life to the Full (John 10:1-10) by Fr. John Bartunek, LC “Christ my God, you humbled yourself in order to lift me, a straying sheep, on to your shoulders.” –St. John Damascene John 10:1-10: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way…

A New Set of Eyes

A New Set of Eyes  Can you believe it is the third week of Easter!  And the first week of May!  It doesn’t feel like that according to the weather which is sunny but very cool. Our Sisters are dying to get outside and plant but the ground is very wet from all the rain…

Although We Are Sinners, the Church is Holy

Pope Francis: The Church is Holy Despite Our Sins Reflects on the Call to Holiness During Morning Mass Although we are all sinners, we are called to give witness to the Church, which is Holy. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily this morning [May 9, 2014] at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy…

Three Elements Necessary for an Effective Evangelization

Pope Francis: The Church should bestow the grace of God not bureaucratic obstacles  Pope Francis says those in the Church who are called to administer the sacraments must leave room for the grace of God and not place bureaucratic obstacles in the way. This was one of the key points stressed by the Pope in…

We Seek Advice from the Lord and Others…The Gift of Counsel

Pope at Audience: The gift of good counsel May is the month of Mary, and looking to her this Wednesday, Pope Francis raised a prayer of thanksgiving for her good counsel in times of difficulty. He also invited mothers world-wide to pray for this gift from the Holy Spirit to be able to counsel their…