These Two Popular Sayings Were Actually Never Uttered By St. Francis
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July 16, 2018

These Two Popular Sayings Were Actually Never Uttered By St. Francis

But here are 13 things the founder of the Franciscans really did say If you grew up Catholic — and even if you didn’t — you’ve almost certainly heard “The Peace Prayer” prayed or sung, a lovely set of verses…
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How Christians and Muslims got together to save one of world’s oldest churches in Iraq
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July 16, 2018

How Christians and Muslims got together to save one of world’s oldest churches in Iraq

Because of their mutual interest, members of the two faiths are reaching out to one another after decades of conflict. The Church of Kokheh, founded by St. Mari during the 1st century in the modern-day al-Mada’in district of Iraq, is…
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A surprise: Pope Francis is going to officiate your marriage. Is that ok?
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July 16, 2018

A surprise: Pope Francis is going to officiate your marriage. Is that ok?

A surprise for the couple and for the priests who participated in the ceremony in the Vatican. And this is not the first time! It was a surprise for the priests who attended the wedding of a young Brazilian woman…
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Practical advice from St. Francis de Sales on how to examine one’s spiritual life
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July 16, 2018

Practical advice from St. Francis de Sales on how to examine one’s spiritual life

If you want to grow in your relationship with God, you need to do this. St. Francis de Sales was a 17th-century spiritual master who wrote one of the most influential spiritual classics of all time, entitled Introduction to the Devout…
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6 Lessons I’ve learned in the confessional
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July 16, 2018

6 Lessons I’ve learned in the confessional

Jesus does different things through different priests ... but it's always Him. Pope Francis has made it his mission to try to coax people back to confession. “There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they…
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This is why Satan hates the Brown Scapular
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July 16, 2018

This is why Satan hates the Brown Scapular

When worn in faith, the sacramental is strong weapon against the Evil One. Among the many sacramentals of the Catholic Church, the Brown Scapular is one of the most popular ones. It is a piece of brown cloth that is…
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Learning to See God as Loving Father
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July 16, 2018

Learning to See God as Loving Father

The Christian life can become a lifeless life if we only see it as an exercise in sin management “None of you kids arrived with a manual, you know!” So said my father, frequently, but especially if we appeared to…
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The Power of Memory in the Spiritual Life
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July 16, 2018

The Power of Memory in the Spiritual Life

The Devil would have us believe that the most important thing about us is our sin Do you have a good memory? Do you have good memories? What’s the difference? Do you have a bad memory? Do you have bad…
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How desperation and devotion can change your prayer life
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July 16, 2018

How desperation and devotion can change your prayer life

A 54-day rosary novena seems impossible, but break it up and squeeze it in ... and prepare for the results I couldn’t help but groan. I found myself in yet another conversation with a well-intentioned woman from church who was…
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“Keep the crucifix before your eyes, and it will teach you everything…”
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July 16, 2018

“Keep the crucifix before your eyes, and it will teach you everything…”

Seeking reassurance, finding peace in the Cross of Christ Q: “Why should I consider Catholicism?” A: “Because you’re going to suffer. In life, everyone suffers. Absolutely no one escapes their turn at it. And Catholicism has the most complete theology…
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