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A new text from Benedict XVI (Easter 2017)

Ever since I first read the Letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the 1950s, one passage from his Letter to the Ephesians has particularly affected me: “It is better to keep silence and be […]

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Cardinal Burke to Catholics: Defend Our Lady

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am outraged and most profoundly saddened by the news that a public sacrilegious Black Mass is scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City on the 15th of August, […]

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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 […]

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Brother Roger’s last letter

A few weeks before he was killed, fr. Roger Schutz, prior of the ecumenical community of Taizé, had started preparing this letter that, although unfinished, is a text full of inspiration: “I leave you peace; […]

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Act of trust (Blessed Rupert Majer sj)

Lord, let happen whatever you will; and as you will, so will I walk; help me only to know your will! Lord, whenever you will, then is the time; today and always …Lord, whatever you […]

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A simple prayer – St.Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, […]

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Love is more than friendship

Friendship is the first level of love. When you love someone you know the happiness of being together. Nothing is done in the same way, because you are no longer alone even when you are […]

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Give me a sweet and humble heart

Holy Mary, Mother of God, preserve in me the heart of a child, pure and clean like spring water; a simple heart that does not remain absorbed … in its own sadness; a loving heart […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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The Pax Christi Prayer (Brother Roger)

O Risen Christ, You breathe your Holy Spirit on us and you tell us: ‘Peace be yours’. Opening ourselves to your peace – letting it penetrate the harsh and rocky ground of our hearts – […]

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New Age ideas: How Catholics should respond

When I dealt with the notion of “healing your family tree” I said that today’s confusion in the Church has led some people to take up New Age ideas unawares. Among these are some mixed-up […]

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How to Become a Catholic

Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been […]

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Blessed are the poor in spirit – Isaac of Stella

Everyone, without exception, wants happiness, blessedness. However they all have different ideas about it: one thinks it lies in the delight of the senses and an easy life; another, in virtue; another, in knowledge of […]