In awe of those mad-cap “Holy Fools” for Christ
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January 28, 2018

In awe of those mad-cap “Holy Fools” for Christ

What they all seem to have in common is a total disregard for protecting their own dignity -- and they were all deeply holy. As the story goes, Brother Juniper came back naked to the monastery so often, having yet…
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3 Saints who may have had autism spectrum disorder
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January 28, 2018

3 Saints who may have had autism spectrum disorder

These saints struggled greatly with their behavioral difficulties, but persevered and followed God's will in the midst of it all. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects millions of individuals around the world, and more and more children and adults are being…
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Do Souls in Purgatory Return from the Dead?
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January 28, 2018

Do Souls in Purgatory Return from the Dead?

Yes, they sometimes do. Should we be terrified or grateful? We don’t hear a lot about purgatory these days, and that’s a shame, because most of us will be very lucky to slip in there rather than dropping straight into…
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5 Ways to prepare for Lent — It’s closer than you think!
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January 28, 2018

5 Ways to prepare for Lent — It’s closer than you think!

Take a page from the Orthodox tradition -- get ready now, so you can make the most of Lent. I’m full of ideas for how to improve my spiritual life, but my mantra has been “I’ll do it in Lent.”…
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Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”?
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January 28, 2018

Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”?

Prayer ropes have been used by Eastern Orthodox and Greek-Catholic faithful since at least the 4th century Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the…
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Meet this master of disguises and defender of the faith
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January 28, 2018

Meet this master of disguises and defender of the faith

St. Rafael Guizar y Valencia posed as a junk dealer, a street vendor, and a musician in order to secretly administer the sacraments.   Rafael Guizar y Valencia was born in Cotija de la Paz, Mexico, in 1878. He was…
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7 Tips for a good confession, from a saint and spiritual guide
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January 28, 2018

7 Tips for a good confession, from a saint and spiritual guide

St. Francis de Sales wants you to get to the heart of your sins. Saying "I have not loved God as I ought" is not enough.   “My child, never allow your heart to abide heavy with sin, seeing that…
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What are we praying for when we pray the ‘Our Father?’
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January 28, 2018

What are we praying for when we pray the ‘Our Father?’

Jesus urges us to address God “When you pray, pray like this.” The Our Father is an old familiar friend to us. It may have been the first full paragraph any of us ever memorized. This usually was by mimicking…
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Desperately seeking domination: “Thy kingdom come”
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January 28, 2018

Desperately seeking domination: “Thy kingdom come”

What does the "Our Father" really mean Jesus urges us to address the Lord Most High God of Israel as Father, more particularly, as our Father. Right away, Jesus has told us something of the Gospel, the good news of…
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Advice from St. Gregory on how to reject 3 temptations of the devil
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January 28, 2018

Advice from St. Gregory on how to reject 3 temptations of the devil

The devil will tempt you with at least three tricks: need, vanity, and ambition As we head into our 40 days in the desert, here’s some advice from St. Gregory Nazianzen, lest the devil tempt us as he tempted Christ.…
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