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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Nicole O'Leary

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Beloved Disciples of the Sacred Heart

Sixteen centuries after Saint John rested near the Heart of Jesus at the Last Supper (cf. Jn. 13:23), Our Lord extended the same invitation to a simple nun of the Visitation Convent of Paray-le-Monial, France.    On December 27, 1673, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and invited her to repose upon His breast. Opening His Heart to her, He revealed His deeply personal love, giving Margaret Mary, like Saint John, a new name: “the beloved disciple of My Sacred Heart.”

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Mothers, Holiness is For You

Modernity largely ignores the mother who wishes to answer the summons to heroic charity her vocation makes upon her. Instead of offering her saintly examples, our culture presents her with a host of feminine role models whose many achievements are not necessarily bad in themselves, but which are only truly good if they orient women, their husbands, and their children to Heaven. 

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Seasonal Reflections

A Gift Freely Given

A young couple, overjoyed to learn that they are expecting a child, undertakes a series of happy preparations which require the complete re-ordering of their lives. When their daughter is born, she will be the immediate beneficiary of these preparations, but years will pass before she is able to offer even a word or a gesture of gratitude.  

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Jesus is Lord of History, But is He Lord of Your Heart?

A cursory glance at contemporary society reveals that there is a battle taking place. Evidence of it can be found anywhere human beings are present–governments, workplaces, schools, and even families. Although it is primarily an invisible battle, the outcome concerns each of us. But who, exactly, are the contestants, and where is the battleground?

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They Perceived the Hidden God

In his 2009 letter proclaiming a Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the words of those who had witnessed Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, the famous Curé of Ars, celebrating Mass: “It was not possible to find a finer example of worship… He gazed upon the Host with immense love.” Although more than 150 years have passed since the saint’s death, it is certain that our overstimulated milieu would not distract his loving attention from the little white Host if he were alive today. 

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Sheltered Between Two Hearts

Despite the saccharine depictions of the Nativity found on so many greeting cards and coffee mugs, there is nothing sentimental about the accounts of Jesus’ birth put forward in the Gospels. There is, however, much that God wishes to communicate to us about Himself through the words of the inspired authors.

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