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Faith and Family for June 23: Loaves and Fishes

Read LK 9:11B-17 Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves."
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The Franciscan Saints: Matt Talbot

Third Order Franciscan (1856–1925) Matt Talbot was one of twelve children born to a poor family in Dublin. His addiction to alcohol began at twelve, when he got his first job with a wine merchant. Before long, drink had become the primary focus of his life. All the wages he earned carrying bricks went to support his addiction. What funds he lacked, he begged, borrowed, or stole.
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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. It sits in that mysterious space where darkness meets light, where night begins its brightening into day…. You need to sacrifice some sleep and comfort in order to be out under the sky when that colour emerges,” he says… “[but] for me, that colour is gateway to the spiritual realm.”
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Advice Worth Ignoring for Families

Smart people learn from their mistakes. Smarter people learn from the mistakes of others. The smartest people learn from good advice. A pithy observation. Also, it would seem, good advice. No one learns solely from his own experience. If he tried, he’d find life a lot more frustrating, and perhaps a lot shorter. All of us learn, for better or worse, by others’ guidance. The aim is to get better at separating good guidance from bad. 
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Saint Anthony, God's Instrument

For many people the most famous thing about Saint Anthony of Padua is his reputation as a wonder-worker. He’s brought happiness to many believers, for example, by helping them find their lost wedding rings or car keys.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Nine: Model of Conversion

Prayer Triune God, we thank you for drawing us to yourself through the gift of your grace and the example of the saints, especially Anthony of Padua. Lead us to follow him in never fearing that you might ask for a conversion beyond what we can offer you, our ever-gracious God. Amen.
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Faith and Family for June 16: You Will Be Told

Read JN 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Eight: In Retirement

Prayer Lord Jesus, Scripture tells us that you were like us in every way—except sin. We know, however, that you did not live long enough to enjoy a time of retirement. Lead us to appreciate every season of life, always able to see your loving providence at work—even if it may seem at times to be hiding. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Seven: Leader of Friars

Prayer Lord Jesus, when you wanted to give your disciples an unforgettable example of servant leadership, you washed their feet. Help us always to remember that your power is never given to anyone for its own sake but always for the service of our sisters and brothers. Show us how to speak your truth in love, whatever the circumstances. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Six: The Preacher

Prayer Loving God, in many ways you prepared Anthony to be an outstanding preacher of your grace and mercy. His actions never undercut what he had just preached. Help us constantly to witness by word and deed to your unfailing love, constantly inviting others to embrace your overflowing love and forgiveness. Amen.
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