The life of Saint Rita of Cassia, whom we remember today, is a wonderful story of faithfulness, redemption, reconciliation, and, especially, prayer. Born about 650 years ago in Italy to a wealthy family, she wanted to become a nun from her childhood, but instead she was given in marriage at a young age to a rich but immoral man. And that was just the beginning!
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Even defining feminism is difficult, let alone reconciling the many claims its various adherents make with Church teaching.
On this Solemnity of the Ascension there are three important points. A Problem! A Promise! A surprising outcome and charge.
We hear again and again that faith and reason are incompatible. But, just because people say it doesn’t make it so – or at least not in the way they think.
This is our ninth week of contemplating the key foundations, “charisms,” of the spirituality that Venerable Patrick Peyton learned in his Religious Order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. This week we’ll be reflecting on the fourth charism: Hospitality.