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Flight 370 - Prayers to St. Joseph

Flight 370 - Prayers to St. Joseph

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph!Saint Joseph is an unknown saint. Not only do we know so little about him, we often don’t really explore what little we do know or what he can teach us. This past week we all have been following Flight 370 and the 239 people who are still mysteriously missing. As one commentator said, we feel almost glued to our screens—whether TV, computer, tablet or phone—grasping any detail that can help our minds make sense of what has happened. If we can’t...
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The Lord Bursts Into Our Lives

The Lord Bursts Into Our Lives

Jesus assures us of the safety of his love and the promise of our worth with the statement:The kingdom of God is within you.It is as if he said: You are destined for an eternal Good you are already starting here in this life to taste. Do not be afraid of your infinite desire. You are loved as if you alone existed in the universe.We are each and all brought into being and kept in being by a constant Embrace that never leaves us. This is why we can be happy. This is why, no matter what happens, we...
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Holding Fast

Holding Fast

So, how’s Lent? I’m guessing that on Ash Wednesday you walked up and rang the doorbell. Having stepped into the foyer of Lent’s home, let’s turn around and look again at the front door that opened to us that day–fasting. It’s also the back door that we’ll pass through on Good Friday, as we head out to the garden of Easter Sunday. Try not to cringe. The spiritual masters of every major religion, and even health gurus, hail the benefits of fasting to mind, soul, and body. Christian fasting,...
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What Deserts Are You Facing This Lent?

What Deserts Are You Facing This Lent?

I remember the best Lent I ever had. That year, I noticed on the First Sunday of Lent a phrase in the story of Jesus’ temptation: “ … he remained in the desert” (Mark 1:13). This phrase struck me because there were situations in my life at the time that were very desert-like, in the sense of feeling empty and desolate. So my Lent became a time of remaining with Jesus in that desert. Lent was not usually my favorite time of the liturgical year, but I was surprised to find myself “enjoying” ...
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New Pauline Book Explores Contraception and Catholicism ...A Hard Pill to Swallow?

New Pauline Book Explores Contraception and Catholicism ...A Hard Pill to Swallow?

November 15, 2013 (Boston) — Pauline Books & Media is proud to announce the release of Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why, by Angela Franks, PhD.In this new publication, Franks tackles perhaps the most widely misunderstood Catholic Church teaching of all: contraception. Franks knows firsthand the confusions and objections that arise in response to this controversial subject matter, since as a young Catholic she also questioned the Church’s stance on contraceptio...
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Best-Selling Author J. Brian Bransfield Publishes Third Title With Pauline Books & Media

Best-Selling Author J. Brian Bransfield Publishes Third Title With Pauline Books & Media

September 1, 2013 (Boston) — Pauline Books & Media is pleased to announce the release of Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word by Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, author of the best-selling The Human Person: According to John Paul II (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) and Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ (Pauline Books & Media, 2011).Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who serves as the Associate General Secretary ...
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