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

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Book of Hours: A Medieval Prayer Tradition

Throughout the Middle Ages, literacy rates in Europe were constantly fluctuating. At times it was not uncommon for the King or Queen of a country to be illiterate, while at the same time other countries encouraged all classes of people to learn. This is vastly different from today’s society, where vast numbers of people throughout the world are taught to read and write.  

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Humbly, Sincerely, Sorrowful - Family Reflection Video

Today’s first reading from the Book of Kings picks up where we left off yesterday. In case you missed it, King Ahab desired the land of Naboth, an ordinary God-fearing man. However, Naboth believed it would go against his relationship with God to part with this land, and so he refused.

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In Praise of the Little Home in Nazareth - Family Reflection Video

Today's gospel challenges us to go beyond culture wars and politics, to go beyond using the tools of violence and revenge to much more powerful weapons of holiness, silence, and prayer. It challenges us to rise to a much higher level: to recognize that there is a battle being waged about the very nature, dignity and purpose of marriage, an institution from God meant to bring people to God; an institution that God entrusted to us as the highway to salvation, that Saint Paul likens to the marriage between Christ and His Church. 

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The Song of Songs and Mary Gardens: The Marriage of the Lamb

Our poor tired world can seem submerged and stuck in an opaque quagmire. Yet what does God intend? What is His perspective?

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The Eyes, Mind and Heart of Christ - Family Reflection Video

There is a family that I knew well. Two adult married brothers living in adjoining homes. The entire time I knew them there was a cold silence between them. They never spoke to each other and did not even recognize each other’s physical presence or wave to each other in neighborly greeting. I have no knowledge of the past offense or slight that set this enmity in motion. But it spread its toxic poison to their wives, children and friends.

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Finding Fulfillment – Family Reflection Video

So now at Mass these days, as we leave Easter behind and get into Ordinary time, we are hearing the Sermon on the Mount. What’s going on these texts?

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