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A Call for Holy Simplicity

On many occasions, the late Pope John Paul II reminded the church of the universal call to holiness. “Everyone in the Church,” he wrote, “precisely because they are members, receive and thereby share in the common vocation to holiness.”
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Helping the Marginalized during COVID-19

COVID-19 has doubtless upended our lives. For Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, this pandemic has robbed him of his closeness to other people. Fellowship over Zoom isn't the same. But Father Hennings has not lost hope. Enjoy this brief video testimony.
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Saint Francis and His Dreams

Saint Francis of Assisi had many different dreams in his lifetime. Some of his dreams were fulfilled while others were dashed. As a youth he often dreamed of becoming a knight and finding glory on the battlefield.
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Embracing Our Imperfections

Last year, I got a sweater from my wife as a birthday gift. It’s a simple grey sweater made of a linen blend, and I immediately fell in love with it. When it got cold, it became my go-to sweater to ride out the bitter Chicago winter.
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COVID-19 Can Lead Us to a Better World

My good friend and former pastor Father Tom Lynch would often say, “Life turns on a dime.” He was generally saying this in reference to Matthew 24:42: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” 
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The Guiding Light of Spiritual Doubt

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Doubting Thomas.” The phrase’s origins hearken back to John’s Gospel, where, after Christ’s resurrection, Jesus’s disciples say to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord,” to which Thomas responds, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
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Radical Saints: Teresa of Calcutta

Born August 26, 1910, in North Macedonia | Died September 5, 1997, in India Canonized September 4, 2016 | Feast Day: September 5
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Radical Saints: Marianne Cope

Born January 23, 1838, in Germany | Died August 9, 1918 in Hawaii (now the United States) Canonized October 21, 2012 | Feast Day: January 23
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Radical Saints: Jacinta Marto

Born March 11, 1910, in Portugal | Died February 20, 1920, in Portugal Canonized May 13, 2017 | Feast Day: February 20
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Radical Saints: Maria Faustina Kowalska

Born August 25, 1905, in Poland | Died October 5, 1938, in Poland Canonized April 30, 2000 | Feast Day: October 5
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