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The Work of Our Hands

Though today is a day of rest, it's the perfect opportunity to look at how our work reflects God, who is often compared to a potter. We know from the gospels that Jesus worked with his foster father, who was a carpenter (or a stonemason). 
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I Am Anthony of Padua: Finding Balance

In C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is an anthology of imaginary letters from Uncle Screwtape—an Under Secretary to Satan—to his nephew and novice tempter Wormwood, Screwtape encourages Wormwood to capitalize on the “troughs” and “peaks” of humans, to make good use of what he calls human undulation.
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The Simple Truths of the Gospel

I don’t know if you ever thought of how short the four gospels are. If you printed each one out individually, they might almost be called “booklets.” For example, in the Bible I use, the Gospel of St. Mark is only 27 pages long, while St. Matthew’s Gospel is the longest at 53 pages.
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I Am Anthony of Padua: Finding Holy Ground

Knowing the direction we must go is but the first stage of the spiritual search. I traveled long, I traveled hard. I felt sea terrors and land loneliness. But I was blessed to discover more than one place that spoke to my heart. You, too, need such a place, your own Bethlehem where you can be born and reborn, cradled and lullabied. I want to help you find that heart’s home.
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Surprised by Grace

To be surprised by grace, as seasons blur together, as monotony defines our days, as boredom tests our worth, is to open our hearts to the beauty gifted to us, divinely designed to be seen and savored, experienced and enjoyed, residing in little moments we usually allow to pass without acknowledgment, auto-pilot of the soul.
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Discovering New Pathways of Prayer

Sometimes, during prayer, we feel as if our litanies to God fall on deaf ears. But God is out there—as well as inside us—beaming forth love, goodness and inspiration. But it’s lost on us because we fail to pray, to tune in or open ourselves to God’s loving presence.
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Models of Faith: Sister Thea Bowman

I have been thinking a good deal about an amazing woman who did much for the cause of African American Catholicism and indeed for the Church as a whole. That woman is Sister Thea Bowman.Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in the dead of winter in 1937, Bowman was the granddaughter of slaves. Her father was a physician, and her mother was a schoolteacher.
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A Reflection on Psalm 139

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
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Prayers for Troubled Hearts

In Times of Misfortune or Hardship Opening Prayer You know us, Lord, so we turn to you at this time of testing, praying in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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Louis of France: A Saintly King

When he was crowned king of France in 1226, St. Louis took an oath to act as God’s anointed, as father of his people. He was crowned king at age 12 following his father’s death. 
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