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Actions Speak Louder than Words

“You’re a pathetic little fool,” the message read, “and you’re probably gay.” I have been on social media for roughly half my adult life, and I have seen it go from a niche, available to mostly college students, to an overwhelming onslaught of interaction and communication. I spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter.
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Purgatory 101

One thing we see through the history of the Church is that, with certain doctrines, something changes in the way they are understood. Take, for example, purgatory.
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Who Are We Before God?

“As we stand before the Lord,” Friar Frank Jasper says, “it doesn't matter what the color of our skin is or if we're rich or poor.” All that matters is what's in our hearts. What's most important is our own unique individuality.  
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7 Books on Catholic Saints to Read in 2020

The saints and blesseds whose lives are described in this book are special signs of God’s activity. Their surrender to God’s love was so generous an approach to the total surrender of Jesus that the Church recognizes them as heroes and heroines worthy to be held up for our inspiration. 
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Prayers to Ring in the New Year

Pope Francis gave us clear instructions for prayer with his 2013 encyclical The Joy of the Gospel: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”
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We Are In the Presence of God

There are many writers whose work I admire, and among them is First Nation Canadian writer Richard Wagamese. In his book One Story, One Song, one of the chapters is called “Impossible Blue.” In it, the author describes “a special shade of blue that appears where the sun meets the horizon every morning.
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2019 in Review

In his Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot wrote that “last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” If he were alive today, what verses would Eliot use to describe 2019?
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December 25: Someone to Surrender to

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14
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December 24: All Is in Readiness

Go and tell my servant David…“Are you the one to build me a house to live in?”… I took you from the pasture,…I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name,… I will appoint a place for my people Israel,… the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house…. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever. —2 Samuel 7:5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16
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December 23: Confrontation, Conversion, Consolation

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;…he will purify the descendants of Levi…. Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents…. —Malachi 3:2–4; 4:5–6
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