“Apparent Departure was in Truth the Beginning of a New Newness”

Pondering St. Luke’s description of  Christ’s disciples immediately after the Ascension–”[They] returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk. 24:52)–Pope Benedict XVI  commented: “That does not quite correspond to our normal psychology.” How can it be that the disciples were full of joy when once again their Lord and Master was going where they could not […]

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Our Lady of Fatima

“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the […]

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October Carmelites

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her namesake,  St. Theresa of Avila, both have their feasts in this month; that’s not all the two have in common. We can only speculate about how much direct influence Sr. Teresa of Jesus, the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic, spiritual leader, and religious reformer, actually had on Sr. Thérèse of the […]

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Who Was St. John the Baptist?

Today is the memorial of the Passion of St John the Baptist. Who was this “righteous and holy man” we hear of in today’s Gospel? The following Faith Fact on “John the Baptist,” answers this question: When John began preaching repentance, many were probably not sure exactly why. There were many messianic and apocalyptic expectations among […]

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The Other Lawrence

Today is the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi. When reference is made to a “St. Lawrence,” however, we are usually referring to the third-century deacon and martyr who is even mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I). This latter St. Lawrence, given his special patronage of those who barbecue, is indeed a fine summertime […]

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