Challenges in Africa to pray for this month

Challenges in Africa to pray for this month

Pope Francis' Evangelization Intention this month focuses on Africa, "That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace."

Christians in Africa face many challenges and unfortunately many of us in the United States are not aware of these situations. One example is the famine occurring in South Sudan.

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Why the central message of Fatima should give us hope

Why the central message of Fatima should give us hope

May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and Pope Francis is commemorating it by visiting Fatima and canonizing the two younger visionaries. Some Christians see the 100th anniversary as a time when the gates of Hell will be unleashed on humanity, but the central message of Fatima is quite different. In fact, it is very hopeful.

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Initial Steps to Reclaiming Your Spiritual Life

Initial Steps to Reclaiming Your Spiritual Life

One of the best and most ancient spiritual analogies that describes our life here on earth is the ship sailing towards the harbor of heaven. Saint Thérèse explained that it was one of her favorite analogies:

“[T]he symbol of a ship always delights me and helps me to bear the exile of this life. Does not the Wise Man tell us—”Life is like a ship that passeth through the waves: when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found”? – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul.

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A Short and Simple Prayer That Can Transform Your Life

A Short and Simple Prayer That Can Transform Your Life

Throughout my life I have memorized a whole litany of prayers, but very few have reached the depths of my heart. Many prayers stay at the surface and sometimes it seems like I am babbling on instead of entering into an authentic state of prayer.

There is one prayer, however, that I discovered and which I believe can help a person transform their life and root out sinful habits.

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The Pope Francis challenge: consult the Bible as often as your cellphone

The Pope Francis challenge: consult the Bible as often as your cellphone

This past Sunday Pope Francis challenged Catholics (again) to keep a pocket-Bible and return again and again to it throughout the day. He reflected, "What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones?”

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While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

As January comes to an end, there are many challenges that continue to divide the world and there does not appear to be any firm resolution in the near future. It is a stressful time for the Church, as she seeks to bring consolation and peace to a world at war with each other. 

This period of strife that we are experiencing reminds me of the vision of St. John Bosco that he received of the Two Pillars.

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Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

As we draw to the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, recently one issue that has united Christians from every denomination has been the protection of human life in all its stages. This opportunity to unite, putting aside our differences, must not go unnoticed and is in accord with Pope Francis' prayer intention this month: 

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