Who was the first Christian hermit?
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January 15, 2018

Who was the first Christian hermit?

He went into the desert escaping persecution, but ended up loving it there. In the centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians sought new ways to live according to the Gospel message. One man in Egypt pioneered a…
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Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says
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January 15, 2018

Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says

At a special Mass Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said that while it is normal to be afraid of the unknown, we can’t let this direct how we respond to newcomers in our midst,…
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In prayer you gotta play hard, says pope
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January 14, 2018

In prayer you gotta play hard, says pope

Prayer that isn't courageous isn't Christian prayer, Francis proposes at Santa Marta today. Prayer that is not courageous, even ready to challenge the Lord, is not Christian prayer, Pope Francis reflected today in his homily at Casa Santa Marta. Calling…
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Mary will find her way into your life with creativity and persistence
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January 14, 2018

Mary will find her way into your life with creativity and persistence

The faithful of El Salvador are devoted to Our Lady as the Virgin of Peace. Our Lady’s presence — in the life of Jesus, the life of the Church, and our life — is personal and persistent. Mary wants us…
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Here’s why you shouldn’t fear the future, according to Francis de Sales
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January 14, 2018

Here’s why you shouldn’t fear the future, according to Francis de Sales

Be at peace then and put aside all useless thoughts ... The fear of some future suffering is greater than the suffering itself. That’s because when we are anticipating the future, we are not yet being given the grace that…
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Francis Houle: A middle-class husband and father from Michigan … and a stigmatic
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January 14, 2018

Francis Houle: A middle-class husband and father from Michigan … and a stigmatic

Our Lord told him, "I am taking away your hands and giving you mine ... touch them." A number of saints and holy people have been known to share in the suffering of Christ in a special way: by literally…
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Considering Mary’s nightmares
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January 14, 2018

Considering Mary’s nightmares

Being conceived without sin doesn’t protect you from trauma. It’s a funny thing about the liturgical year—two weeks ago Jesus was born, then almost immediately we remembered the Slaughter of the Innocents, though it would have happened at least 40…
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Jesus invites us: “Come, and you will see”
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January 14, 2018

Jesus invites us: “Come, and you will see”

When moments of revelation take place in our lives, we are called to respond. John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard…
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5 Tips from St. Ambrose to boost your spiritual life
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January 12, 2018

5 Tips from St. Ambrose to boost your spiritual life

The 4th-century Doctor of the Church had a unique ability to pierce the heavenly veil. Bishop of Milan during the 4th century, Ambrose led a devout life of prayer. He often spent the entire night praying and writing down his…
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10 Short and powerful prayers to pray during the day
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January 12, 2018

10 Short and powerful prayers to pray during the day

Don't have any time? Try these powerful prayers that only take seconds to pray. Have you ever been moved to a silent or vocal burst of prayer? “Lord, help me!” is the short, powerful prayer phrase we probably use most…
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