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You Did WHAT on the Interstate???

You Did WHAT on the Interstate???

It was only supposed to be an eight hour trip, honest! Sr. Madonna and I had started the day with Mass and our Hour of Adoration at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles, Illinois. At approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, May 30th, we then headed for Canfield, Ohio, where our brothers and priests of the Society of St. Paul would host us at the "half-way" point on our trip to Boston, our final destination (which would require another day of travel).The sun was shining, all systems go! This would be a...
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Six Steps to Knowing What God Desires of You

Six Steps to Knowing What God Desires of You

In mid-life a certain question begins to nag us a little more often than it might have before: Am I doing God’s will? Have I found my mission in life? Or more simply: Should I choose option A or option B? How do I know what God wants of me in this or that situation?A woman came to me many years ago after I had given a talk, asking for help in making a decision for a career change. We only had an hour, but I agreed to sit down and speak with her. She had a grandson in the prison system, and duri...
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Who Says You Have to Fix the World?

Who Says You Have to Fix the World?

Remember when, about four years ago, conservative Glenn Beck equated social justice with Communism, advising Christians to leave their churches if they ever heard the words uttered there? “If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop.” Yet, the Church has had a body of teaching on social justice for almost 125 years. Evidently pundit Beck didn’t get that memo. People tire of hearing the words “social justice,” especially in connection wit...
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Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother

Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother

I was introduced to the Servant of God Teresa Merlo (1894-1964) when I was first discerning my vocation to religious life. Although she became the Co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul, initially her fragile health prevented her from pursuing her dream to become a sister. When she was 22, she met Blessed James Alberione, who invited her to help him with a new congregation of women who would evangelize with the media. Teresa Merlo eventually took the name “Thecla,” and she became the Co-fou...
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Love Breaks Open the Future

Love Breaks Open the Future

by Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, FSPThis is the last week of the liturgical year—the Feast of Christ the King—and the end of the Year of Faith. As we move soon into Advent, the haunting yet lovely prayer Maranatha will be often on our lips and resounding from our hearts. Come, Lord Jesus. Come! Come! Come! The prayer of longing flows readily from our lips when we look around us and feel frightened or lost or embittered or angry at injustice or deprived of what we need to live securely. Our longing is...
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Prayer Can Make Miracles

Prayer Can Make Miracles

by Sr. Ann Heady, fsp In the midst of problems and uncomfortable situations, I often get lost in anxiety and fears. Is this your experience? When we focus on the problem, we often forget the greatest resource we have. Prayer. Pope Francis reflects on this in his morning homily October 8th. He stated, “The first task of life is this: prayer. Not the prayer of words, like parrots; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord. We know that prayer works miracles....
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Do You Need Help from on High?

Do You Need Help from on High?

One of our sisters shared this story with me:My mother, Catherine, had a great devotion to Saint Michael the Archangel. This led her to beg his intercession so that her two daughters could attend the Catholic school in a nearby parish, since our own parish did not have one. One day at Mass a request was made for volunteers to help care for the altar linens. My mother thought, “I know how to do that,” but promptly dismissed the thought from her mind. After Mass, on the way to the car, she heard...
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Psalm 23 as an Act of Faith

Psalm 23 as an Act of Faith

Psalm Twenty Three, many people's favorite psalm, is a welcome message amid the tumultuous and painful events in the world today. We hear the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” and in our imagination we picture comforting images of Jesus the Good Shepherd leading and guarding his flock. We resonate with the promise of the Psalm. Knowing, however, that we rarely feel like we are being led through soft green pastures, could be a challenge to our faith. Is God really here? Will Jesus protect me n...
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Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

We all have things in our past that haunt us – friends we’ve lost, cruel things we have said, inexcusable things we have done. St. Paul knew this feeling, the feeling of having squandered something that cannot be restored, the feeling of having done something that can not be taken back.  In the Book of Acts, Stephen is “full of grace and power,” and does “great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). But the people believe that Stephen is blaspheming when he preaches about Jesus a...
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