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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost
Last edited 25th May 2015

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The readings for Pentecost Sunday speak to us of the Holy Spirit in three ways: the portraits of the Spirit, the proclamation of the Spirit, and the propagation by the Spirit.


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Pentecost Sunday - An Event of Grace
Last edited 25th May 2015

Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Christina Church - our birthday. To celebrate, watch this video to reflect on some words from Pope Francis on this very special event of grace. Pentecost Sunday this year was celebrated on 24 May 2015.

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Dioceses from Around the World Join Italian Bishops Campaign for Persecuted Christians - #free2pray
Last edited 20th May 2015

On Saturday, May 23, in every Italian cathedral, a prayer for persecuted Christians will be recited. Pope Francis liked the idea and threw his support behind it during his weekly general audience: "I hope that this moment of prayer raises awareness that religious freedom is an inalienable human right, increases sensitivity to the plight of Christians persecuted in our day, and puts an end to this unacceptable crime.”


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Pope Francis: Pray that China’s Catholics will be United to the Pope
Last edited 20th May 2015

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai,” Pope Francis said. “In the statue overlooking the shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy.”

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St. Padre Pio on Listening to Your Guardian Angel
Last edited 19th May 2015

Padre Pio had encounters with angels throughout his life and got to know them very well. He also received interior locutions; he had to discern from whom they came and how he ought to react to them.


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Fr. Robert Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters
Last edited 15th May 2015

We tend to read the Ascension along enlightenment lines, as if Christ has gone to a distant, irrelevant place. The biblical reality is this: Jesus, in ascending into heaven, has not gone "up, up, and away." Rather, he has gone to heaven to direct operations more fully here on earth. Jesus has not abandoned earth, but rather, he intends to return in order to bring about the full reconciliation of heaven and earth. In the mean time, he has commissioned his follows to begin that work now... within the Church.


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Letters to God: 5 Reasons to Keep a Journal
Last edited 14th May 2015

It’s one thing to want to pray more. It’s another thing to actually sit down and do it. And even when you do, there are an endless number of obstacles and distractions. So often I walk into the chapel and sit there with my brain scrambled. When there are 10,000 things going on at the same time it’s easy to get overwhelmed in prayer but if I write my prayer — things are different. Writing down my thoughts and prayers force me to focus on one thing at a time. My brain automatically tries to process a bagillion things at a time but working through my thoughts slowly on paper puts my soul at rest.

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Counsel the Doubtful - A Meditation on the Third Spiritual Work of Mercy
Last edited 11th May 2015

At first glance, counseling the doubtful may seem rather similar to instructing the ignorant. However, teaching has learning as its goal while counseling aims to assist with decisions. Certainly giving counsel often includes some aspects of teaching, such as providing information and perspective, but its primary purpose is to assist a person in coming to a decision. This distinction is contained in the root meanings of the words “counsel” and “doubtful.”


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Chaplet of Divine Mercy Video
Last edited 8th May 2015

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3pm every day during World Youth Day 2016 so get to know the prayer and get familiar with the words by watching this helpful video. The chaplet is sung with a slideshow of images and artwork representations of Jesus to help you meditate on the words of the prayer.


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Bishop Peter Comensoli Explains that Everyone Comes Under the Love of Jesus on the Cross
Last edited 7th May 2015

In a talk titled How do we Preach A Crucified Christ in Today's Culture? Most Reverend Peter Comensoli explained to the audience why he chose his Episcopal motto which is ‘We proclaim a crucified Christ.’ This motto is a quotation from the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:23)


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