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Passover, Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

Before thanksgiving was an American holiday, it was a way of life for Jews and Christians alike, indeed a hallmark of the Judeo-Christian tradition. All ancient peoples gave thanks for creation; only Jews and Christians believe that God acted decisively in history to secure...

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Getting More out of the Mass – Dr Italy

Getting More out of the Mass - practical tips on entering more deeply into the Eucharist and unlocking its spiritual power in our lives.[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']E[/dropcaps]veryone knows that the Catholic Church believes in “real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.  The bread and...

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Cana, Best Wedding Venue Ever! – Podcast

7 minute Podcast describing the town of Cana in Galilee, site of the wedding feast of Cana.  A famous place of pilgrimage that celebrates marriage provides a memorable opportunity for the renewal of wedding vows.The most famous wedding feast of all time occurred in a...

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Sacrament of Unity – Fulgentius of Ruspe

Fulgentius of Ruspe here treats beautifully of the relationship between the unity and charity of the Church and the sacrament of the Eucharist, the sacrament of unity and charity (agape or caritas) leading to spiritual fellowship and communion (Greek koinonia and Latin communio).[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100'...

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Christian Leadership entails Rigorous Accountability – Augustine

An excerpt from St. Augustine's sermon 46 on the rigorous accountability required of pastors.  However, it is a moving reflection on the nature of Christian leadership that is also relevant for anyone entrusted with the care and development of others including Christian parents, teachers, and...

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Powerful Waters of Baptism – Ambrose

Addressed to those who have just received the sacrament of baptism, this sermon by St. Ambrose of Milan explains to them that that they've not simply been baptized in ordinary water, but in the sacred waters that transmit the invisible fire of the Holy Spirit....