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How Does a Person Become a Saint, Anyway?
We’re all called to sainthood—or to try for it, anyway! Scripture and the Church both make that clear: we’re all called to seek holiness and sainthood, whatever our state in life. The Church expresses this Universal Call to Holiness over and over again, most recently in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate. The vocation, the calling, to holiness is universal; God is speaking to all Christians when he says, “Be holy because I [am] holy”...
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| Categories: Prayer and Holiness, Living the Faith Today, Miracle of Hope, Inspiration | Tags: saints, canonization, Pope Francis, Saint Oscar Romero, Saint Pope Paul VI | View Count: (299)
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First Surprises of 2015

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First Surprises of 2015
My first surprise for 2015 was not pleasant: I spent the first few days of January sick in bed!Right after Christmas, I caught a bad flu and just as I thought I was getting well, a relapse totally knocked me down on New Year’s Eve. (I’m feeling much better now, thanks to the TLC of several sisters, lots of bed rest and a surprising amount of cold medicine.)  My second surprise of the new year was much more pleasant: the time I needed to spend in bed has proven to be unexpectedly fruitful! Bein...
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Pope Francis Wrote A Letter to You: Did You Receive It?
The buzz has been out since 2013 that Pope Francis has decided to convoke an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The Synod is less than a month away now. On October 5-19, Pope Francis will bring together key religious leaders from around the world for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. So what is a Synod on the Family going to do, you might ask. You may have heard about already in t...
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Love Breaks Open the Future

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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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