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Spiritual Blind Spots

Last edited 9th November 2015

With the concise advice he is known to give, Fr. Mike Schmitz shines light on the blind spots in our spiritual life and points out that sometimes we are unaware of spiritual battles waging within our souls. He encourages us to be attentive and patient with ourselves and with others, while asking God to reveal to us the hidden areas of our life where we can grow in holiness.

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Challenge: Do the Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy

Last edited 23rd December 2015

The seven corporal works of mercy and seven spiritual works of mercy, also known as acts of mercy, are actions and practices to be fulfilled by faithful Catholics. Though the lists of the works or acts were formalized later (at least by the time St. Thomas Aquinas wrote the Summa Theologica), the importance of performing these duties was urged from the earliest days of the Church. They do, in fact, stem from living according to Christ’s declaration of the two highest commandments:

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Did You Know? Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus

Last edited 4th November 2015

Many people think of Purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to consider it in terms of promise, purity, and perfection. Some of our deceased brethren are having the promises made to them perfected in Purgatory. In the month of November we are especially committed to praying for them and we know by faith that our prayers are of benefit to them.

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All Saints Day: A Catechesis Video

Last edited 30th October 2015

All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.

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All Saints Day Pep Talk

Last edited 28th October 2015

What does a triathlon have to do with the Communion of Saints? Fr. Mike Schmitz draws parallels between his experience of completing a triathlon and the believer’s experience of journeying to heaven. In our spiritual race, those who have gone before us are encouraging us at every turn. Fr. Mike reminds us that if we find ourselves struggling in this journey, we should remember that we are surrounded by “a cloud of witnesses” that is more impressive than a stadium filled with sports fans. Don't forget - we celebrate All Saints day on 1st November!

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How to Avoid Being Ungrateful

Last edited 28th October 2015

There are so many gifts given to us every day that are so easy to overlook. What if we started thanking God for these gifts in a new way? Fr. Mike Schmitz reminds us to appreciate our blessings while we have them, rather than complaining when they are taken from us. Gratitude is a powerful vehicle for change when we use the gifts given to us … and use them well.

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Nostra Aetate - 50th Anniversary

Last edited 28th October 2015

On 28 October 2015, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of "Nostra Aetate - In Our Time", the document that transformed Catholic and Jewish relationships when it was released in 1965.

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Pope Francis Tells Youth: ‘The Bible is Your Most Precious Treasure, Now Read It!’

Last edited 26th October 2015

The Bible is a “dangerous book” that young people should read daily rather than letting it gather dust on their shelves.

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Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions!

Last edited 6th November 2015

“Is Halloween an evil holiday?” Nope! The word itself means “All Hallows’ Eve” (“hallow” is an old-fashioned word for holy) because it’s the night before the feast of All Saints. There’s a lot of research that’s been done on the origin of this holiday but I’ll save you the long version and just tell you: it was always our holiday.

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When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

Last edited 26th October 2015

Another beautiful thing about this state of brokenness is that the One doing the healing is broken, too. Our Savior knows what it’s like to feel pain. He knows what it’s like to call desperately upon the Lord. By the power of the cross, we get to unite our suffering to Christ. When we feel pain—physical, spiritual, or emotional—we get to walk the road to Calvary with Christ. When the pain is too much, we get to fall beneath the weight of the cross, with Jesus at our side. And when we don’t think we can keep going, Jesus grabs our hand and leads us onward, bearing the burden by our side.

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