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Follower of Saint Francis: Sister Carmen Barsody, OSF

Image: Erik Seidenglanz. "Sometimes home is in the relationships we hold.” Sister Carmen Barsody, OSF, cofounder of Faithful Fools Street Ministry, in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, appreciates that statement—made by one of the people who work with the ministry. “Our first effort is to be in relationship, and then we move on from there,” she says.
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'What Do You Think of Me, Lord?'

  The goal of prayer is to draw us into relationship with Christ. The core of prayer is a growing intimacy with our God. We all pray differently, each of us reflecting the image of God differently in our spirits and connecting with him in our unique way.
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In Mother Teresa's Own Words: ‘I Thirst, I Quench’

The following is a letter written from Mother Teresa to her spiritual family.
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Mother Teresa: A Holy Life

Mother Teresa was a force of nature and wholly unique. She was always her own person, startlingly independent, obedient, yet challenging some preconceived notions and expectations. Her own life story includes many illustrations of her willingness to listen to and follow her own conscience, even when it seemed to contradict what was expected.
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The Blessings of Service

Image: CNS. One of the easiest things for me to forget to emphasize in my faith life is service to others. I’m usually good about serving others in small ways in my everyday life, like holding doors for other people, saying hello to people I pass on the street, and so on. But I know that’s not all the Lord has called me to do for others.
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The Mother Teresa I Knew

The first time I heard Mother Teresa speak was at St. Albert’s College in Ranchi, India. I was doing my studies in philosophy at the college, and she came to address the staff and the students in March 1966. I met her personally at noon on November 30, 1966, in the motherhouse parlor in Calcutta. (In January 2001 the Indian government officially changed the city’s name to Calcutta.)
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Mission Appealing

Image: Wikimedia Commons. As an altar boy in the 1950s, I remember an African bishop who came to our parish and visited our classrooms. I had never encountered an African American priest, much less an African bishop. He was of commanding stature and seemed like a giant to me. The good bishop had a British accent and spoke with a sophisticated vocabulary.
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A Fight for Religious Freedom

Image: Bolobilly. Last week, the US Supreme Court decided not to take up a challenge to a Washington State law that makes it illegal for pharmacies to refuse to dispense medications for religious reasons. Pharmacists in Washington State had been seeking protection against the laws mandating they sell Plan B and other abortifacients in spite of religious objections.
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Father Mychal Judge: Victim 0001

  "You do what God has called you to do. You get on that rig, you go out and do the job. No matter how big the call, no matter how small,you have no idea of what God is calling you to do, but God needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us. God needs us to keep supporting each other, to be kind to each other, to love each other." Father Mychal Judge, OFM Mass for Firefighters September 10, 2001  
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Kolbe House: Bringing Mercy to Inmates

Image: Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago gives Communion to detainees during Mass at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago on Christmas Day in 2008. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World) Seventeen-year-old Jaime Chavez swaggers into the agency living room like he owns it. Wearing a bulky jacket and a loose-fitting shirt, he moves with a confidence indicative of a modern teenager. With a wide smile and a shiny earring, Jaime’s trendy exterior is belied by his reserved, humble voice. He is, in many ways, the typical American teenager. 
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