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Meditate on the Mysteries – Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux here helps us meditate on the mysteries that are the heartbeat of the rosary.  The celebration of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7  invites all to meditate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of...

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Humility and Charity – Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi is one of the most well-known and widely loved Catholic saints of all time. He thought it often necessary to use words to preach the gospel, and what follows is the heart of his simple message based on humility and charity....

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Advice to a Catholic Statesman – St. Louis

Here Saint Louis, king of France, gives advice to his son as to how a Catholic statesman ought to conduct himself with relation to God, his subjects, and especially the poor. Read on August 25, the feast of St. Louis....

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Love of Bridegroom & Bride – Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard here treats of one of his favorite themes, the love relationship between God as bridegroom and the individual soul as bride, according the Song of Songs (otherwise known as the Canticle of Canticles or Song of Solomon). This selection is so typical of...

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His Indescribable Delights – Clare of Assisi

St. Clare is remembered in the liturgy of the Church on August 11. Inspired by her neighbor, Francis of Assisi and under his direction, she founded an order of nuns commonly called the “Poor Clares.” Though she lived a cloistered, contemplative life in the...

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Martha and Mary – Bruno of Segni

Bruno of Segni considers Jesus' visit to the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany (Luke 10) as a lesson on the difference between the contemplative and active life....

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God the giver of all Gifts – Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena here shares a prophetic message she has received from God that underline's the boundless generosity and providence of God, the giver of all good gifts, and how we, through sin, tragically twist these gifts, designed to be life-giving, so as to...

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Love, the Image & Likeness of God – Columbanus

Columbanus (Columban) urges us to remember our dignity, created as we are in the image and likeness of God.  Since God is love, we must manifest love in our actions and our words, being especially careful lest we deface that image through careless use of...