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Daily Reflection — Hear the Word of God and Keep It

As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27-28) Jesus loves His Mother more than any of us are capable of loving […]

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Daily Reflection — Living What We Believe

“Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” (Diaconal Ordination Rite) The key to a joyful life is to be authentic. Authenticity simply means being and living as the person God designed you to be. There is no other way to find joy. From our earliest […]

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Daily Reflection — The Grace of Conversion

“The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, ‘Why did you not bring him?’ The officers answered, ‘No man ever spoke like this man!’ The Pharisees answered them, ‘Are you led astray, you also?’” (John 7:45-47) Jesus was attracting great crowds and not a few converts with his teaching and signs. This was […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI

“It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true. True revolution consists in simply turning to God who is the measure of what is right and who at the same time is everlasting love. And what could […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from the CDF on Fatima

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Daily Catholic Quote by St. Francis of Assisi

“When the soul is troubled, lonely and darkened, then it turns easily to the outer comfort and to the empty enjoyments of the world.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon) October 4 is the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1286). If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social […]

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Mother Mary and the Other Marys — Saints for Today’s Girls

Imagine living the life of a prostitute from age 12 to 29! Prostitution leaves a woman hardened and scarred. It must surely turn the heart into a stone because sex, which is a God-ordained gift of vulnerable union, has been turned into a crass money-making abuse of the body. So who is the 17-year-prostitute and why should we care? Mary […]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Benedict XVI

“It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true. True revolution consists in simply turning to God who is the measure of what is right and who at the same time is everlasting love. And what could […]

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Confessions from a Reluctant Evangelist

I flirted with fundamentalism during my college years. I’d met a group of Christians who talked about their faith with the same zeal as a weight lifter, all beefed up on steroids and vanity, might talk about his health regimen. They called this “being on fire for Christ.” I still wince every time I hear the phrase. I mistook their […]