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"Come, follow me" – Following in the footsteps of Our Lord

“The Way of the Cross” The devotion of the Way of the Cross, followed in different ways and called by many names – the Stations of the Cross, Via Dolorosa, or Via Crucis – is not a modern devotion at all. In fact, early Christian tradition as well as visions received by mystics such as Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich bear …

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The Dumb Ox and the Angelic Doctor

Today, January 28, is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas was born early in the year 1225 in the castle of Roccasecca, near Naples, his father being the Count of Aquino. When he was about 5 years old his parents placed him in the Abbey school at Monte Cassino, where the future Saint and Doctor of the …

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Funny, This Wasn't the Tone Taken During the Priest Abuse Scandal

But, then again, this is the public school system, not the Catholic Church. Here are some choice quotes from the article: Though small statistically, the number of abusive teachers is too high, South Carolina Education Superintendent Jim Rex wrote after reading the AP report. Heeding a steady drumbeat of sexual misconduct cases involving teachers, at least 15 states are now …

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The Greatest Conversion Story Ever Told?

Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. In honor of this feast day, here are two readings – one from one of St. Paul’s letters and the other from St. John Chrysostom – from the Liturgy of the Hours. A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 1:11 – 24 – “The fact is, …

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A Gentleman and a Hero of Our Faith

Today, January 24, is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales  The Gentleman Saint . . . St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church, was born in 1567 to a wealthy family in Savoy, the area around where modern France and Switzerland meet, in the years following the Protestant Revolution in Europe. Many people in …

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Magnificat Lenten Companion Special

We put in an order for several hundred Magnificat Lenten Companions this year. The order was large enough to prompt a call from our supplier asking us if we really meant to place an order that large. Each issue costs $3.95. We have decided to run a special offer for people interested in the magazine. Here is how this works: …

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A Unique Musical Invitation

Join us for the 4pm anticipatory Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday January 19th, 2008 for a one-of-a-kind event. The participants of the Colorado Springs Regional Sacred Music Workshop – all 120 of them – will be singing a chant and polyphony Mass presided over by Bishop Michael Sheridan to conclude the workshop. If you want to hear some …

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St. Anthony of the Desert

Today, January 17,  is the Feast day of St. Anthony.  Saint Anthony of the Desert is known as the “Father of the Monastic life.” He was born in the year 251, in Upper Egypt. Hearing at Mass the words, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor,” he gave away all his vast …

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Are You Spiritually Prepared for Lent? Ash Wednesday is February 6.

“Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” – Book of Genesis 3:19     “Remember that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.” The traditional rite of the imposition of ashes, repeated today, is always very eloquent and the words that accompany it are very indicative. In its simplicity, it evokes the transience of earthly life: …

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