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Hidden in Plain Sight

Saint Francis of Assisi stepped out into a world being recast by the emerging market economy. He lived amid a decaying old order in which his father was greedily buying up the small farms of debtors and moving quickly into the new entrepreneurial class. Francis stepped into a church that seems to have been largely out of touch with the masses. He trusted a deeper voice and a bigger truth. He sought one clear center and moved out from there.
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‘Peace Be with You’

Peace can be elusive—even when there isn't a global health scare. How can we find peace? Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, offers some tips on finding and keeping the peace of mind that eludes us.
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Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Patron Saint in Times of Quarantine

At the beginning of the 19th century, New York City was a prosperous urban development. With a population of some 60,000 at the time, it served as a primary center for trade.
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Mary: Mother of Mystics

Mary’s life, like that of her son, will be a living out of her own canticle. She will enter into the mysteries of Christ’s life. Like the Christian mystics after her, she will participate in a more intense way in the very mystery that she is sharing. 
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Breathing in the Spirit

If our physical and emotional reactions help anchor us, help us understand what we’re physically capable of, and give us the ability to express our emotions and move through the full cycle of a crisis, then the Spirit within each of us is the fuel and the fire that enables us to face that emotional pain.
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What Is Silent Prayer?

I hope this blog will help you find the contemplative experience you seek. What you and I may indeed need at this juncture is what some spiritual guides and writers call the “Prayer of Inner Quiet.” One of the richest forms of prayer can occur when the heart is absolutely quiet. As the psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
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Father Casey Cole on Suffering

Who among us doesn't know suffering? We've all experienced these moments of pain, either physical, mental, or spiritual. In this video, Casey Cole, OFM, proposes that certain kinds of suffering can be beneficial and allows for immense growth.
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A Time for Grace

When I first started going on contemplative retreats, I remember how difficult it was to give myself grace in my journey inward. I was uncovering so much within myself I had never seen before, which sent me spiraling beyond introspection into something of obsession. 
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Clare, COVID-19, and the Communion of Saints

“He died alone!” “We were not with her!” These lamentations are heard daily as people recount the most bitter experience of losing a loved one to COVID-19. This cry from the heart expresses the deep suffering the crisis creates. But dare we ask the question: Did they really die alone?
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Seven Things Catholics Should Know about Suicide

So many people live with the pain of losing a loved one to suicide. I rarely go for even a week without receiving a letter, an email, or a phone call from someone who has just lost a family member to suicide. In virtually every case, there is a corresponding sorrow that there really isn’t a lot of material out there, religious or secular, to help console those left bereaved. Those left behind literally gasp for human and theological oxygen.
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