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Follower of Saint Francis: Brother Moises Gutierrez

Photo: Pierre Olivier Bourgeois | unsplash Brother Moises Gutierrez, OFM, can credit his upbringing for introducing him to the meaning of living in a community. “Needless to say, community living came naturally for me since I came from a large family,” he says. When Brother Moises says “a large family,” he really means it. The youngest of 24 siblings, Brother Moises grew up in Leon, Mexico, with aspirations of becoming an engineer.
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Beginning Again with Saint Francis of Assisi

“Let us begin to do good, for as yet we have done little.” Saint Francis of Assisi Francis spoke these words at a time when most people already considered him a saint. In his mind, there was no plateau in life where he could feel he had “made it” and could coast into heaven from then on.
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Year of Mercy: An Oasis of Mercy and Hope

Image: Paulina Gongora Chim, 7, and Elias Chin, 5, pose for a photo at Oasis San Juan de Dios in Conkal, Mexico, Jan. 5. They live at the shelter because their mothers have HIV. (CNS photo/Alicia Cabezas) See MEXICO-HIV-OASIS Jan. 13, 2016. A red-roofed, ramshackle collection of one-story buildings grouped around a tropical garden sits next to a small field where black pigs and hens run free. Inside, two large dogs wander contentedly, greeting visitors. Nothing about this dwelling on the edge of a rural suburb would suggest that its work is on the cutting edge of the battle against HIV in Yucatan, the Mexican state that has the highest incidence of new cases among a section of the population. The dedicated professionals who work with those who have HIV are bring the Year of Mercy into the every day.
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Remembering Mother Angelica

In a quiet apartment in Dayton, Ohio, I watched EWTN on a daily basis for most of 1994. Should I return to the Catholic Church or remain a Protestant pastor? Mother Angelica helped to tip the scale toward Rome.
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40 Days of Lent: Jesus Is Risen!

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one. The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work. The antivenom was unavailable until Christ appeared. One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote. Yet it was not like him to be stingy. He poured out all he had, down to the last drop. The sacrifice of his entire life, poured out at the foot of the cross—this was the Son’s answer to the problem of sin. 
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Reflections on the Holy Thursday Readings

Image:Andelsbuch (Vorarlberg). Saint Peter and Paul parish church: Stained glass window showing the sacrifice of passover during the plagues of Egypt. Begin your Triduum preparations with these reflections on the Holy Thursday readings.
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Avoiding the ‘A-Word' During Lent

When I was a kid, there were a lot of things that confused me about Lent. I understood the basics of why we observed the Lenten season, namely to remember Jesus’ suffering and death, and to spend 40 days in repentance in the same way he did in the desert, but there were a few things I just didn’t get.
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Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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40 Days of Lent: Look for Ways to Volunteer

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Happy Feast of Saint Patrick!

Image: Saint Patrick's Day Festival. Dublin, Ireland. Miguel Mendez. Today, parades, shamrocks, and green beer will be all around. Many Americans will proudly proclaim their Irish roots, even if they have none. Despite the popularity of such cultural things, many Catholics know little about Saint Patrick.
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