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Eating Fire and Spirit: Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion

Imagine eating the sun–and imagine you could do it without vanishing. What would happen? You would receive into your body the source of light and cordiality. You would have within you all the ignited and heat that you could possibly ever need or demand. No more heating proposals , no more lightbulbs , no more […]

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Ten Ways We Can Imitate Our Lady

From the cross, Jesus applied the person He adored most on earth, His Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint John. He also established her to us as our Mother most holy! In his Marian Spiritual Masterpiece, True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis de Montfort foregrounds ten of the most important perfections of the Blessed Virgin Mary. […]

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Ten Ways to Prepare for a Happy & Holy Death

The most important moment in our life is the very moment that we die. This will determine our fate for all immortality. Either we will be saved or damned. Either we will be with God for all heaven or we will be lost for all infinity. The best space for all of us to have […]

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Paper Boats Filled With Violets: A Story of Mother Cabrini

Somewhere in northern Italy, a fragile little girl squats by the side of a canal. She is dropping little boats made of paper in the hurriedly spurting liquid, and huddled in each barge there is a violet. The daughter imagines each violet is a missionary, and each barge is hastening off towards India or China. […]

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Timeless Moral Truth Remains a Matter of Fact

The Facts of Life: Morality In our modern world, almost nothing is more provoking than insisting on the fact that there are moral truths. Holding that moral principles are factual and provable truths that stipulate clear the criteria for all human action and attitudes, all human passions and thinking, all human desires and intentions, is […]

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To Know God is to Love Him (and to Be Loved By Him)

The Facts of Life Series: Knowing God Intimately Belief, any mind, must rest on evidence, on fact, on truth. Otherwise, ideology is just an arbitrary notion, a personal perceptual liking, new ideas that claims it is real and genuine, but which offers no substantiation of its contends. For a mind without ground is at best […]

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Imitating Mary The Contemplative

We find Mary throughout the Gospel of Luke contemplating the birth and childhood of Jesus. When the shepherds “re told” about the angels’ Gloria in Excelsis Deo, she stops this incident in her heart and studies on it. She does the same thing after find the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple, who was discussing profound […]

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Medieval Catholics Saw Nature as a Stepping Stone to God

The medieval era, we are told, was defined by suspicion and opposition towards the natural, material nature. “In medieval Christian doctrine, ” celebrates academic and author Joel Kotkin in his new book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, “the world we grasp with our smells is ephemeral, while the spiritual world is more real …. The emphasis […]

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The Love Story of St. Teresa of Avila

In college, I was part of a unit of students that strategy the re-dedication of our dormitory chapel to a saint that would be a good fit for a dorm filled with undergraduate girls. I was rooting for St. Therese of Lisieux and was initially disillusioned when St. Teresa of Avila was chosen. But, in […]

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Divine Love Enlivens and Transforms Our Hearts

“Why complain when we can act? Why loathe, since dislike destroys, when that perceive desire inspires and converts our mettles? ” – Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur, Magnificat July 2020 Until recently, debate fueled my ardour and challenged my geniu. As a kid, I basked being right. It was the highest honor to achieve in […]