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February 2018

Why talking about God is so hard
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February 24, 2018

Why talking about God is so hard

Even the language of the mystics falls short. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them… Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from…
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Peripheries are in “Christian DNA,” says preacher of pope’s retreat
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February 24, 2018

Peripheries are in “Christian DNA,” says preacher of pope’s retreat

For the Church, the periphery is not a problem but a horizon” In his meditation for February 22, Father José Tolentino Mendonça, who is preaching the Lenten retreat for the pope and his collaborators, affirmed the peripheries are in “Christian DNA,” Vatican News…
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Pope: The Church is not a “cage” of the Holy Spirit
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February 24, 2018

Pope: The Church is not a “cage” of the Holy Spirit

Francis concludes his annual retreat, thanking preacher for showing the Spirit's universal work Pope Francis concluded his annual retreat today, thanking the preacher, Father José Talentino Mendonca. He especially thanked him for having recalled that “the Church is not a…
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Pope to young people: “Don’t retouch your photos; don’t use masks for false identities”
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February 24, 2018

Pope to young people: “Don’t retouch your photos; don’t use masks for false identities”

Francis explains that smartphones aren't the only window on the world, and insists that we should leave our own "dark rooms" to go meet with others. In reference to the upcoming 2018 World Youth Day, celebrated at a local level…
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Why we should detach from the good world God made (Cantalamessa’s 1st Lent homily)
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February 24, 2018

Why we should detach from the good world God made (Cantalamessa’s 1st Lent homily)

Preacher of the pontifical household on what it means to be in, but not of, the world “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the…
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Jesus revealed his Heart to Margaret Mary, but it was this saint who brought it to the world
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February 24, 2018

Jesus revealed his Heart to Margaret Mary, but it was this saint who brought it to the world

Our Lord promised the visionary a faithful servant and perfect friend. Claude de la Colombiere was born in 1641, in the old province of Dauphine, in France. He was the third child of Bertrand Colombiere and Margaret Coindat. Soon after…
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7 Olympic athletes teaching us spiritual lessons
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February 23, 2018

7 Olympic athletes teaching us spiritual lessons

They're only fighting for bronze, silver and gold, but they have something to show us in our fight for the imperishable crown. The Olympics inspire and showcase true human excellence: rigorous discipline, united patriotism, and even, though otherwise unpopular in…
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The unlikely friendship between a canonized saint and an English princess
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February 23, 2018

The unlikely friendship between a canonized saint and an English princess

Two of history’s most famous women were bound by their mutual desire to bring compassion to a world starving for love. There is something beautiful about a friendship between two individuals who appear to be as different as night and…
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Africans go to confession more often than all other Catholics. Here’s why
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February 23, 2018

Africans go to confession more often than all other Catholics. Here’s why

“I have celebrated thousands of confessions, believe me.” Franciscan Father Josep Maria Massana now lives in the convent of the sanctuary of San Antonio de Padua in Barcelona. But, before that, he lived for years in African Franciscan Missions in…
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This Scripture passage will help you talk to your family about God
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February 23, 2018

This Scripture passage will help you talk to your family about God

How do we avoid the "prophet’s curse"? I used to teach a unit on language in my philosophy of the human person classes. The author we read gave a confident argument that language was absolutely central to the human experience,…
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