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Vincentian In Action - One Young Man Blogs About his One Week on the Streets
Last edited 26th May 2015

Everything bothered me, every noise, every person, every thought! During our morning reflection I tried my hardest not to snap at other people. I kept reminding myself that I was feeling this way because I was tired and had a rough night. I've always believed it but now I actually know that when our guests at The Gubbio Project snap at us in the morning it isn't personal. How could you not be grumpy and frustrated after a night out on the streets?

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Can Our Guardian Angel Help Discern God’s Will?
Last edited 26th May 2015

Discerning the will of God can often be a hard and laborious undertaking. However, one source for inspiration that we often overlook is our guardian angel. The English word “angel” comes from the Latin angelus, meaning “messenger of God.” The Latin stems from Greek angelos, which is a translation of the Hebrew mal'akh, meaning “messenger.”

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Borrowed Time: An Age of Mercy
Last edited 26th May 2015

Pope Francis walked to the holy doors in St Peter’s Basilica, which are opened only a few times each century, and convoked the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.This Holy Year of Mercy begins in December. For the duration of the year, the holy doors in Rome’s basilicas will be open, symbolising the extraordinary pathways to grace available to the Church during the holy year.

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A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ
Last edited 25th May 2015

There is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.” To be sure, serving the poor is an essential and necessary part of our faith and we should all take part in this ministry. But the Gospel (Matt 26:6-14) also says that something else is even more important... Msgr. Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington reflect on this challenging Scripture passage in this article.

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Iraqi Christian Girl teaches ISIS the Power of Forgiveness
Last edited 22nd May 2015

Myriam, ISIS may have weapons and financial power, while you don't even have a house. But you are much stronger because of the power of forgiveness and love that Jesus has planted in your little heart. "By their fruit you will recognize them" - Matthew 7:16.

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Make Jesus Lord of Your Life
Last edited 22nd May 2015

The most important thing you can do to hedge your bets for a joyful life is to make Jesus Lord of your life. The most beautiful aspect of our Catholic faith, in my mind, is the truth that God loves each one of us personally and uniquely.

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Pope Francis: Bishops Need Joy and Courage
Last edited 20th May 2015

Pope Francis opened the Italian bishops’ annual assembly, urging them to be models of joy and to respect lay people’s role in society. Video by Catholic News Service.

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Pope Francis Reminds Christians to Have a Festive Faith
Last edited 17th May 2015

Speaking to vowed religious, Pope Francis said Christianity must be festive. He praised the special nourishing power of a nun’s smile.

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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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Do Catholics Pray to Mary?
Last edited 15th May 2015

Do Catholics “pray to Mary”. No. Because we are “surrounded by a vast cloud of witnesses” it is best to say we pray “with” the saints. They are our prayer partners, and as the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Queen of that army of prayer warriors she is the primary saint with whom we pray.

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