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Notes from a Friar: Letting God Love Us

In recent years, a gradual illumination has come about in my life. And this has greatly affected my understanding of God’s will. In the second half of my life, this intuition or insight has made my soul feel lighter and brighter—and more joyful.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Thérèse of Lisieux

January 2, 1873–September 30, 1897 When we think of Thérèse, we think of her “Little Way,” the practice of offering up even the most commonplace tasks to God’s glory. But the Little Way came no more easily to its originator than it does to us. 
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Sisterhood of Saints: Hildegard of Bingen

1098–September 17, 1179 Surely you have heard of Hildegard, the medieval mystic, composer, author, poet, and playwright who, in October 2012, became the thirty-fifth Doctor of the Church—and the fourth female Doctor. 
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Sisterhood of Saints: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

October 12, 1891–August 9, 1942 Teresa Benedicta of the Cross may be one of the best known Catholic converts of the twentieth century. She was born Edith Stein on Yom Kippur and was raised Jewish, but she abandoned a faith life at an early age. 
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Homily Helps: The Eyes of Faith

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mk 10:46–52 In the Gospel of Mark the disciples do not grasp the true identity of Jesus. After having Jesus predict his passion three times and the disciples misunderstand what he is saying or why he is saying it, Mark closes that section of the Gospel with a story of a blind man who sees with the eyes of faith. 
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Sisterhood of Saints: Kateri Tekakwitha

  1656–April 17, 1680 Kateri, called the “Lily of the Mohawks,” had virtually no traditional family support on her Christian journey. By some reports, her Algonquin mother was a Christian, educated by French missionaries. 
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Sisterhood of Saints: Joan of Arc

January 6, 1412–May 30, 1431 The conflicts known as the Hundred Years’ War had been going on for seventy-five years by 1412. All told, it’s estimated that 3.5 million people died in the battles between Britain and France.
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Family Faith in Action: Helping Others

Read MK 10:46-52 As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.  But he kept calling out all the more,
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Sisterhood of Saints: Catherine of Siena

March 25, 1347–April 29, 1380 Some of our most beloved saints wouldn’t take no for an answer. Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Church and one of the most influential women in Catholic history, is one of those saints.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Bernadette Soubirous

January 7, 1844–April 16, 1879 We all know the story of how Mary appeared to Bernadette, a simple girl of fourteen, at Lourdes. But what sometimes gets lost in the story is Bernadette’s strong faith. Her statements were challenged over and over again by Church officials and local authorities who attempted to catch her in lies and contradictions.
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