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Prayer to the Virgin Mary of Saint Therese de Liesieux

The Depths of the Love of Your Heart Virgin full of grace, I know that at Nazareth you lived modestly, without requesting anything more. Neither ecstasies, nor miracles, nor other extra ordinary deeds enhanced your life, O Queen of the elect. The number of the lowly, “the little ones,” is very great on earth. They … Continue reading Prayer to the Virgin Mary of Saint Therese de Liesieux

St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer praising Mary the Mother of Jesus

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin. You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good. Hail, His Palace. Hail … Continue reading St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer praising Mary the Mother of Jesus

The mortal body is guided by the immortal soul (St. Athanasius)

“How is it, that whereas the body is mortal by nature, man reasons on the things of immortality, and often, where virtue demands it, courts death? Or how, since the body lasts only for a time, does man imagine eternal things, so as to despise what lies before him, and desire what is beyond ? … Continue reading The mortal body is guided by the immortal soul (St. Athanasius)

Guide to Confession (for confessor and for penance) – Pope Francis

Dear Brothers, The Sacraments, as we know, are the locus of the closeness and the tenderness of God for mankind; they are the concrete way that God thought and wanted to come and meet us, to embrace us, without being ashamed of us and of our limitations. Among the Sacraments, certainly Reconciliation renders present with … Continue reading Guide to Confession (for confessor and for penance) – Pope Francis

John Paul II to the Nigerian families

Onitsha (Nigeria), With the Apostle Paul I say to you: “You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other”. With these words I greet you, husbands and wives, fathers, mothers and children. … Continue reading John Paul II to the Nigerian families

John Paul II to the Nigerian young people

Onitsha (Nigeria), Dear young men and women of Nigeria, This afternoon the Pope belongs to you! I am truly overjoyed to see you here in your teeming thousands from all parts of your vast country. You have displayed for me your youthful agility, your fascinating acrobatics, your joy and your optimism. I am very grateful … Continue reading John Paul II to the Nigerian young people

On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine (John Henry Newman)

A QUESTION has arisen among persons of theological knowledge and fair and candid minds, about the wording and the sense of a passage in the Rambler for May. It admits to my own mind of so clear and satisfactory an explanation, that I should think it unnecessary to intrude myself, an anonymous person, between the … Continue reading On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine (John Henry Newman)

The Christian symbolism of the Christmas Tree

The story of the Christmas tree begins in England, where the very young Winfrid decided to enter a Benedictine monastery over the objections of his parents. Winfrid grew in holiness and piety but yearned to leave the monastery and bring the light of Christ to the pagan Germans just as the monks had brought the … Continue reading The Christian symbolism of the Christmas Tree

Nigerian names e Ghana names

Nkiruka En-Kee-Roo-Ka The Future is Bright Female Igbo Nigeria Kumapayi Kuh-Ma-Kwa-Yi “Death preserve this life” Male Yoruba Nigeria Olateju hur lah teh ju abundant and spread wealth Neutral YORUBA Nigeria Abisola ah-bee-saw-la Born into wealth Female Yoruba Nigeria Toluwani Toluwani God’s own Neutral Yoruba Nigeria Ekenesenarhienrhien E Ke ne se nar hien rhien appreciation meaning … Continue reading Nigerian names e Ghana names

48. Is it necessary to be christian to be saved?

In reading the Gospels, the Church teaches that God promises eternal life in the joy of His presence to everyone of goodwill(1). Sometimes we welcome Jesus without really knowing him. These are the words of the Lord himself when he talks about the last judgment: «Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared … Continue reading 48. Is it necessary to be christian to be saved?