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St. Maria Goretti – Pope Pius XII

In his homily at the canonization of St. Maria Goretti, a paragon of chastity and purity, Pope Pius XII notes how the example of her life and death is a call to all Christians to a persistent, even relentless pursuit of virtue and perfection....

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Fifteen Marks of the Catholic Church – Robert Bellarmine

St. Robert Bellarmine here enumerates 15 marks or characteristics of the one, holy Catholic Church of Jesus Christ which expands upon the four notes of the Church as found in the Nicene Creed: unity, catholicity, holiness and its apostolic foundation. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']D[/dropcaps]...

Order of Blessing an Event

The order of the blessing of an event as found in the edition of the Roman Ritual known as the book of blessings. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]hrough this meeting Jesus himself will speak to us. We should now, therefore, give thanks to him who...

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Jesus Christ, God’s Final Word – John of the Cross

John of the Cross here gives forceful expression to the faith of the Church that in Jesus Christ, God the Father has given us his complete and ultimate revelation of Himself and His plan for our lives. The glimplses of God and partial revelations of...

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Catholic Unity & Crisis in the Church – Henri de Lubac

The concluding section from an address on Crisis in the Church given by Henri de Lubac, SJ, at the University of St. Louis on May, 29, 1969.  Here de Lubac emphasizes the indispensable pre-conditions of authentic renewal are personal love of Jesus Christ and commitment...

Thomas Merton’s Prayer

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='65' color='' background_color='' border_color='']M[/dropcaps]y Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.   I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.   Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I...

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The Paschal Mystery & God’s Plan of Salvation – Vatican II

Here the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy lays out a synopsis of God's mysterious plan of salvation through the paschal mystery of Christ's passion, resurrection and ascension, celebrated in the liturgy & sacraments. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n his desire that all...

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Prayer of Abandonment – Charles de Foucauld

The Prayer of Abandonment, written by Blessed Charles de Foucauld, is one of the most beautiful prayers of faith, trust and surrender in the Christian spiritual heritage.  Memorize it, pray it often, and share it with others! [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']F[/dropcaps]ather, I abandon myself into...