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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Today is my mother’s birthday, and I proudly used to say that she was born on St. Valentine’s Day. And I am sure you hoped to hear me say Happy Valentine’s Day! However, the Church in recent years has changed the liturgical focus of this day from St. Valentine to the great missionaries of the Slavs, Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
Holy lives of inspiration | Love thy Neighbor
How can a teenager lift a 3,000-pound tractor with his bare hands? Especially a teenager who is not a weightlifter? A while ago, on a farm near Rome, Maine, teenage Arthur Hinkley sprang into action when he heard his friend Lloyd Bachelder scream from under such a tractor, and somehow, he lifted the tractor enough for Lloyd to wriggle out. According to Calvin Miller, who published the story, love motivated and enabled Arthur to do the unthinkable to free his friend.
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Holy lives of inspiration | Strengthening family unity
John's whole life revolved around the coming of the Messiah. Aware of his mission, he preached truth and repentance in preparation for the Messiah. But did he expect that imprisonment would bring an abrupt end to his public ministry? What did he think about being locked away in a dungeon without anyone to preach or baptize?
In today’s parable, Jesus presents the farmer as a beholder of miracles. He would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. The farmer cannot manufacture a seed. He can only select the seed, plant it in the right conditions, irrigate it with water and give fertilizer when needed. The result is powerful. From one seed comes a plant that produces grain, fruit, or vegetables much more valuable than the original seed he planted.
Holy lives of inspiration | Return to the Church
God has many ways of getting our attention. The angel appeared to Mary out of nowhere. Moses stumbled into a burning bush. Elijah heard whispers. Peter caught a boatload of fish. Saul of Tarsus hit the ground, stunned. Today we celebrate a knockdown.
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?