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

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The Passion for Unity - Family Reflection Video

In today's gospel, scribes have come from Jerusalem to see Jesus. No doubt, they want to investigate the wonders that have been attributed to Him. Their conclusion is astonishing. Despite His attention to prayer and compassion, they say that Jesus can cure illness and expel demons because He is in league with the devil, an accusation we still hear today.

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Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary  |  The Visitation  |  how to pray the rosary

Second Joyful Mystery—The Visitation

You know the story. After the angel Gabriel delivers God's almighty message and request to the handmaiden, he also informs her that her cousin Elizabeth, who is "getting on" in years as we would say, is also "with child" even unto her barren time.

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How to Make Room for God

The other day I did the scariest thing in the world. I wrote on my calendar times to be quiet — just be quiet and listen to God. I will attend Eucharistic Adoration and walk in the local park for three hours every week—for starters.

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Catholic Faith  |  Freedom

Staying Within the Lines

My second-ever road race was a St. Patrick’s Day 5K a couple of towns over, held on a sunny—and thank goodness not too cold! —spring morning. The course led through residential streets that had been closed off for the run, similar to those I’d trained on in and around my neighborhood. But now, for the first time, I didn’t have to stay on sidewalks and shoulders. I could run wherever I chose within the width of the lane. Not being at the front of the pack by a long shot, I had ample lateral wiggle room.

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Holy lives of inspiration

A Chosen Soul - Family Reflection Video

Be careful of birds landing on your head. That happened to Saint Fabian, and it was taken as a sign when a dove sat on his head, that he should be elected pope! Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. So, he was! And he served for 14 years as a pope, until he was martyred in 250. It is an age-old argument: Do the events of history create the great (or evil) men who will change the world, or do great personalities come along at the right time to profoundly change history itself?

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Always Able - Family Reflection Video

Today’s first sentence from St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews caught me by surprise. I guess it’s because, like you, I’ve heard and read so many disclaimers for products and programs that promise us great health, pain relief, protection from computer viruses, etc. Then list a series of exceptions to these claims. However, St. Paul does not do that when he says, “Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him since he lives forever to make intercession for them.”

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