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Sisterhood of Saints: Margaret of Scotland

Your browser does not support the audio element. Circa 1045–November 16, 1093 They say it was love at first sight, the beautiful, educated, pious English princess and the rough and tumble warrior, widower, and Scots king twenty years her senior.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Elizabeth Ann Seton

Your browser does not support the audio element. August 28, 1774–January 4, 1821 Elizabeth Ann and William Magee had a busy, beautiful life together in Lower Manhattan. They cohosted a party for George Washington’s sixty-fifth birthday. They lived next door to Alexander Hamilton. They were stalwarts of the Episcopal church, and set a good example for their children in their charitable activities.
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Oscar Romero’s Legacy

“Faith played a big role in Monsignor Oscar Romero's life,” Octavio Duran, OFM, says of his friend, who will be canonized on Sunday. “Romero was a gift—a gift to us Salvadorians. But he's also a gift to the world.”  
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Saint Teresa of Avila on Prayer

According to Saint Teresa—one of the Church’s great spiritual masters—prayer is a matter of coming into living contact with Jesus; it is not just recitation and repetition. Simply going through the motions doesn’t deserve the noble title of “prayer,” and it won’t lead to the union of our souls with Jesus. It was only through her living contact with Jesus that Saint Teresa began to love him.
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Homily Helps: Wealth and the Kingdom of God

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 This week's Gospel consists of three passages all focusing on the topic of wealth and the kingdom of God. Traditionally, wealth was understood by Judaism as a sign of God’s blessing.
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Angels Watching Over Me

Do you believe in angels? I do. I always have. As a mom and manager, I like the idea that God, in his infinite wisdom, knows how to delegate work. The delegates of choice? Angels. That’s clear in the Bible. There are people whom we call angels, too.
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Family Faith in Action | October 14

Read Mark 10:17-30 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
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Will I See My Pet in Heaven?

How do we answer children when they ask: “Will I see my dog in heaven?” As I see it, this question is not only an urgent concern for the children. I believe that most adults also have a deep desire to know if, in the next life, we will see our pets and all the other lovely creatures alongside whom we now inhabit this planet.
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Finding Saints Francis and Clare

The Swiss Air flight from Zurich to Rome is the last stretch on a journey that’s proven one thing: I am simply not built for long flights. I’m taller than average: long on legs, short on tolerance for tight spaces. Sleep is impossible and sitting still for hours is a chore. It’s my mind, though, that is my true adversary: Every time I’m in the air, Don McLean’s “American Pie” plays in my head like a cerebral iPod with a grudge. But all fears and discomfort vanish as our airplane descends over a spectacular Italian wheat field ablaze with a gold I have never seen. I know I’m not in Cincinnati anymore.
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Saint Francis’ Message: God’s House Is All of Creation

  As Francis of Assisi looked out of his cave and down to Assisi from the heights of Mount Subasio, it was as if the whole of creation were spread out beneath his cave, and God’s goodness rushed in upon him. He could only think of that pure Goodness and how God shares his life with us. Everything good and beautiful comes from God.
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