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    Detachment – the Cost of Discipleship

    There is a cost of discipleship -- Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family. Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?...

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    Authority over Demons – Spiritual Warfare

    Demons. Satan. Beelzebub. Lucifer. The Devil. Known by various names, evil spirits are to be found in the Bible, both New and Old Testaments. Jesus casts them out and has authority over them. What do we now make of this, living as we do in a scientific age?...

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    Hell – Peter Kreeft

    The flip side of eternal life is eternal dying. This brief essay on hell, an excerpt from Peter Kreeft's book, The Fundamentals of the Faith, is one of the most succinct and compelling reflections on Hell that I've read -- Dr. Italy...

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    Prayer of St. Hilary of Poitiers

    This prayer is an excerpt from a sermon On the Trinity by Saint Hilary of Poitiers, a bishop and early Church Father of the fourth century who struggled valiantly against the Arian heresy, defending the divinity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity....

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    Be a Saint, not a Prude, a Witness, not a Spectator

    It is good to pray for vocations. But who precisely has a calling? Priests, deacons, nuns, and religious certainly have a call or vocation. But how about the rest of us? Are we called and chosen? And if so, for what? And how does sexual purity have to do with it all?...

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    Baptism in Waters of Immortality – Hippolytus

    hat Jesus should come and be baptized by John is surely cause for amazement. To think of the infinite river that gladdens the city of God being bathed in a poor little stream of the eternal, the unfathomable fountainhead that gives life to all men......

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    Epiphany – Star Invites all Nations to Find Christ – Leo the Great

    “Epiphany” means revelation or appearance of a King. On this feast, the church celebrates the revelation of Christ as King, messiah, Lord, and God to the Gentiles, to all nations, represented by the Magi from the east. he loving providence of God determined that in......

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    Christ’s Baptism: Fire Immersed in Water – St. Proclus

    This excerpt from an Epiphany homily by St. Proclus is a great resource for a better understanding of the sacrament of baptism.  It also helps us meditate on the rosary since the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan is the first 1st......

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    Mystery of the Lord’s Baptism – Maximus of Turin

     St. Maximus of Turin for the Feast of the Epiphany on the mystery of the Lord's baptism in the Jordan....

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    Wedding Feast at Cana – Sign of Transformation

    Everyone knows the story of the first of the Lord's "signs" -- how Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana at the request of Mary, his mother. But there is more to the story than at first meets the eye....

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