The Greek Word for “got up” (Mt 9:9) Is the Same Word Used for “rising from the dead.”

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We each have our baggage of sin.  ALL sin is equally offensive to God’s majesty and perfection, guilty of death.  Still, Jesus calls each of us to “follow him,” to “get up” and “rise from the dead.”  He wants us to “rise up” from any apathy, fear, sin, and distractions and to follow him wherever He may lead us.  Let it be.  Continue Reading

Choose Your Own Cross?

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St Gertrude was praying for someone whom she pitied because she had heard that she had spoken impatiently, asking God why He sent her trials which she considered unsuitable for her. The Lord said to Gertrude: “Ask her what kind of trials would suit her, and tell her that, since she cannot enter the Kingdom of God without at least some trials, she should now choose the ones she thinks would suit her; and when they come to her, let her be patient.” By these words of the Lord, Gertrude understood how very dangerous it is to imagine that one… Continue Reading

St. Peregrine: Patron of Cancer Sufferers

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St. Peregrine: Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers Overview Many people have been affected by cancer or know someone who has.  Traditionally, St. Peregrine has been the patron saint of cancer sufferers and of those with major life-threatening illnesses since his death in 1345. We may feel helpless in the face of chronic or even terminal illness as well as any condition which causes pain. Moreover, it may even cause you to cry, “Amputate!” which is exactly what was going to happen to St. Peregrine. Born in Italy in 1260, Peregrine wasn’t always a faith filled or hopeful follower of Christ. In his… Continue Reading

A Meditative Prayer How to…

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Meditative prayer begins with taking a few moments to become aware of God’s presence Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, remembering that in this very moment you are under the loving gaze of God, who knows and loves you totally. Bring to mind something that you will face in this upcoming week It could be something that you’re excited, worried, or unsure about. It could be an event, a relationship, a problem, a task, or responsibility. It could be anything. Select a reading from the Word of God Pick one… I picked this one: “I regard everything… Continue Reading

Mother Teresa on the Importance of Prayer

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 A page from Mother Theresa: “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength…   All of us must cling to God through prayer. My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to Him is loving Him…   People are hungry for the Word of God that will give Peace, that will give Unity, that will give… Continue Reading

A Blessed Sorrow

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Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them…The days sill come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”  Mt 9:15 “But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice.  It is the voice of the one who says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.’  That’s the unexpected news; there is a blessing hidden in our frief.  Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn!  Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is… Continue Reading

Beginning the Spiritual Life

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We are created by God and destined to share the life of love that flows between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But we don’t have to wait for death to find it, to live it.  Jesus said the Kingdom of God is HERE.  This present life is all about the eternal.  Even St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church tells us that union with God is possible here and now. He even describes what this experience can be: “The soul has become God through participation in God” (Living Flame of Love 2:34). The happiness of this divine intimacy is a gift that God already… Continue Reading

What IS Known About St. Valentine’s Life and Legend

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  Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a saint of the third-century celebrated most places on February 14 and usually  associated with “courtly love.”  We don’t know that much about Valentine’s life but that he was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome. In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy.… Continue Reading

A Blessing with St Pio’s Glove

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When I went to Medjugorie last month, we made a side trip to San Giovanni Rotundo. One of the ladies I was travelling with knew how to get a blessing with St Pio’s glove. She had made an appointment EARLY in the morning of the day we were to leave. Initially, since I was driving the car, I was just going to drop her off and wait while she ran in to receive her blessing since parking is a nightmare and we were in a hurry. Also, his glove had come me TWICE already in the two months prior to this… Continue Reading

Prayer, by reason of its nature

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Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is…   a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one’s spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory.  … Continue Reading