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

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Love thy Neighbor  |  Strengthening family unity

Christian Hospitality Is More Than Good Etiquette - Family Reflection Video

As a child my siblings and I loved to have guests come to our home. We were happy because we knew that a rooster would be prepared, and we would have the best food with special dishes and sweets. A guest coming to our home was like God coming. It was the time we were on our best behavior, especially if the guest was a priest or a nun.

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Celebrating family life  |  Holy lives of inspiration  |  Strengthening family unity

Celebrating Grandparents & Elders - Family Reflection Video

Pope Francis has established the fourth Sunday of July to be celebrated from now on as the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Yesterday was the first annual such celebration, and it came at the moment when so many elderly and grandparents have experienced neglect and isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions, nursing-home policies, and fear for their safety prevented loved ones from visiting and embracing grandparents.

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Mary Magdalene Waited And Was Rewarded - Family Reflection Video

Wally Funk, at 82, the oldest person to ever fly in space, commented upon her return to earth that she had been waiting a long time to get up there and it finally happened. My thoughts turned to Mary Magdalene, whose feast day we celebrate today. As a disciple of Jesus, she joined the ranks of other men and women who stood by Him, and participated in His mission of bringing compassion and care to the masses. Wally Funk waited and she finally got up there. Mary Magdalene waited and she got to meet Jesus.

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Return to the Church

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi: "The Word of the Lord is a light for the mind..." - Family Reflection Video

"Whoever has ears ought to hear." When I hear Jesus' statement, I think back to all the times I heard from a coach, scoutmaster, and others: "Listen up!"

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Why pray?

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha & Role Models - Family Reflection Video

The other day I got a text from a childhood friend. He’s done very well in the start-up I.T. world and yet he was reminiscing about playing whiffle ball in my driveway when we were kids. He ended the message with, "I miss those summer days." I thought about this as reflected on Jesus’ words, "...you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike."

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Why pray?

The Prince of Peace Disturbs Peace! - Family Reflection Video

Robert Lee Fulghum, the American author, wrote: "A person who has profoundly disturbed my peace of mind for a long time is Mother Teresa. She doesn’t even know me, but she continually goes around minding my business…"

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