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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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Pope Francis' Message for World Mission Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters,This year, as we celebrate World Mission Day, the Year of Faith, which is an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage, comes to an end. From this perspective, I would like to propose some reflections.1. Faith is God’s precious gift, which opens our mind to know and love him. He wants to enter into relationship with us and allow us to participate in his own life in o...
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5 Rules for Reading Pope Francis: Rule # 1

It's all still so new: a Pope who calls people from his own cell phone; off-the-cuff interviews (during which he makes sure his guest has coffee--or water, as the case may be); the mad scramble afterwards to get to the heart of the message. After yesterday's marathon, I think we need to establish some ground rules.Here's Rule #1: Get used to it.Right now things feel a bit like that little pirogue I paddled off in one fine summer morning when I was a postulant home for a family visit. I pull...
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Pope Francis and a Very Challenging Message

Two interviews in barely two weeks! Francis is taking every opportunity to engage in conversation. The second is an interview he granted Eugenio Scalfari, an Italian journalist, in the same setting as the three day interview with his fellow Jesuit, Antonio Spadaro. I find it amusing that the Pope, who makes good use of his own cell phone, called to offer Scalfari an appointment, but had to wait to be "put through" to the journalist by the newspaper man's nervous secretary.There are things in tha...
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Is Pope Francis Diluting the Anti-Abortion Focus of the Church

Is Pope Francis Diluting the Anti-Abortion Focus of the Church

I received this in my inbox today and since Fr. Frank Pavone said to share it freely I reproduce it below: From: Priests for Life Reply-To:  Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:40:44 -0700 Subject: No, the Pope is not diluting the anti-abortion focus of the Church. September 23, 2013 I just had a wonderful trip to Rome where I was again with Pope Francis. While there, I was asked to comment on the controversy caused by his recent i...
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Fasting from Violence in Our Heart

Fasting from Violence in Our Heart

The day of prayer and fasting for peace called for by Pope Francis and prompted by the possibility of US military intervention in Syria united men and women across nationalities and religious divisions in one great cry to God for mercy on our world. I spent those days attempting to fast from the violence in my heart, for the world’s wars spring from the wars waged in the secret of our inner worlds.The homily of Pope Francis on September 13th caught my attention as a powerful message in this reg...
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Prayer for Peace in Syria

Prayer for Peace in Syria

Prayer and Intercession for Peace in SyriaGod of Compassion, Hear the cries of the people of Syria Comfort those who suffer violence Console those who mourn the dead Give strength to Syria’s neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms And protect those who are committed to peace.God of hope, Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people ...
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Faith: the Secret of Reality

Faith: the Secret of Reality

Faith is all about the deep-down essence of things, the core of being, the secret of reality.For most of us, life is so busy that concepts such as essence and core and secret of reality can sound a bit esoteric. Perhaps they elicit from us little more than a dazed look as we attempt to decipher the words."What's really important," we might be thinking, "is how I'm going to feed my family without a job, or how I'm going to protect someone I love from an unfair court case, or whether or not I'm go...
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Mary Teaches Us 4 Key Elements of Faith

Mary Teaches Us 4 Key Elements of Faith

As we approach the end of the summer, we start the month of August, a month in which we traditionally think of heaven. In the middle of the month we celebrate the Feast of Mary's Assumption into Heaven. Mary gave her life completely to God.  By becoming the mother of Jesus she also became the channel through which God’s love would enter the world. When we contemplate Mary's being assumed—body and soul— into heaven, we can learn more deeply four key elements of faith as elaborated in The Light...
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Pope Francis's Remarks on Alleged Gay Lobby within Vatican

Pope Francis gave a memorable press conference yesterday on the airplane which brought him back from Brazil to Rome. Speaking to journalists for about 80 minutes, Francis was startlingly candid on many issues, but his remarks on homosexuality, priests with homosexual tendencies, and a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, raised the most eyebrows.When these comments were reported in various secular newspapers, an explanation of the surrounding context of the question the Pope was answering was omitte...
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