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Saint Anthony Novena Day Five: The Teacher

Prayer Lord Jesus, you were a master teacher through your words and deeds. Give us the humility to draw closer to you, especially through the study of your self-revelation in the Bible. Help us quiet our self-assurance long enough to allow your liberating word to take deeper root in our hearts. We ask this also in the name of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Four: The Contemplative

Prayer O God, lover of the human family, help us to overcome our fear of drawing closer to you, a fear that a deeper conversion will be required of us. Lead us to the delights of living generously in your grace, no matter where it may lead us and no matter what changes it may inspire us to make. All glory and praise to you forever. Amen.
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Tips for Grandparents

As a link between past and future, it is the grandparents who plant the seed, knowing full well they may not see the fruit of their harvest. They plant anyway. Sue and Marv Prins have grandchildren in Milwauke—an eight-hour drive from home. Facebook and phone calls help shrink the distance, but Sue, who lives with a chronic illness, reasons, “I probably won’t live to see my grandchildren as adults.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Three: The Missionary

Prayer God of infinite love and compassion, you inspired Saint Anthony to be a missionary, willing to lay down his life in spreading your Good News. In Baptism, you have made us missionaries. Show us how to live your Good News with zeal and humility, neither one cancelling out the other. May each of these virtues lead us to accept any change of plans that you may have in store for us. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Two: Rooted in Scripture

Prayer Loving God, You wanted to reveal yourself to the human family by means of your inspired word, the Scriptures. Give us hearts able to resist the temptation, as Anthony did, to reinforce what we like there and minimize what we find extremely challenging, whatever will require a deeper conversion on our part. Amen.
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Faith and Family for June 9: Feast of Pentecost

Read JN 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day One: Man of Many Talents

Prayer O God, you are the source of all our gifts and talents. We thank you for the many gifts that you gave Fernando of Lisbon (later Anthony of Padua). Help us to see our own talents as coming from you and intended to lead others to you. Help us always to cooperate generously with your grace. Amen.
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Choose Love: A Message from Pope Francis

“The heart of the human being aspires to great things, lofty values, deep friendships, ties that are strengthened rather than broken by the trials of life. The human being aspires to love and to be loved. This is our deepest aspiration: to love and be loved; and definitively.” –Pope Francis
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The Friends of Thomas Merton

On November 10, 1958, Thomas Merton wrote a letter to Pope John XXIII in which the famous American monk shared with the new pope some reflections about the world and Church. In one part, Merton describes how he has begun to understand that being a cloistered monk does not necessarily mean withdrawing from the world in an absolute sort of way.
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Our Return to Holy Saturday

Now that Lent has long passed, and Easter celebrations have ended, we return to Holy Saturday, the space in which most of our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives unfold. On summer’s doorstep, in the wake of seeing the earth bloom to life, we are reminded of the coming dryness.
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