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Follower of Saint Francis: Rhett Engelking, OFS

Image: Angel Acevedo | unsplash In Saint Francis’ “Canticle of the Sun,” the saint proclaims, “Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth/Who feeds us and rules us . . .” How might Saint Francis view the current state of the environment and people’s relationship with nature?
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Models of Mercy: Saint Joseph

My mother raised my sisters and brothers and me in the Catholic faith. While my dad supported her “nonnegotiable” decision, he wasn’t baptized until just before my seventeenth birthday. That was an extremely moving day for all of us, especially my mother. She had never forced my dad to believe, but she did provide him with an outstanding example of what it means to be a person of faith and service.
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Year of Mercy: Prayers for Life and Death

Image: Regola - S. Maria dell'Orazione e Morte, Wikimedia Commons. If a pilgrim walking to Rome for a Holy Year fell mortally ill far from home or a poor tenant farmer died working in a field or an unidentifiable victim of murder was found, a group of courageous Christians buried these anonymous or forgotten dead with dignity.
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How Much Does God Love You?

Image: Marco Basaiti, Call of the Sons of Zebedee. Academia of Venice. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. —Jeremiah 31:3 Although he had absolutely nothing to gain from it, God wanted to share his very life with man. As a result, he began the process of creation. In the first two chapters of the book of Genesis, we see how the Lord created the heavens and the earth from nothing. He then populated the earth with numerous creatures. The Father's act of generosity culminated with the creation of man.
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Year of Mercy: Visiting the Sick in the Jungle

Image: Taryn Hill, a second-year resident from Austin, Texas, examines a young girl at a clinic in Akawini, Guyana, March 18. (CNS photos/Bob Roller) WAKAPOA, Guyana (Catholic News Service)—The indigenous families living in this South American jungle village came early to see the American doctors running a free health clinic. They paddled dugout canoes for miles on the placid waters of the Wakapoa Creek, gave their names and sat on wooden benches to wait for what may be their only doctor's appointment in a year. Nylon hammocks and silky mosquito nets in which the doctors slept hung on the walls around them.
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Lenten Recipes: Rolled Sole with Fennel and Citrus

Hospitality is an important ministry of Benedictines, but also with that comes the need for a spirit of flexibility! You never know when a guest can appear needing a meal or a place to spend the night. Being a Type-A personality and a perfectionist, this gift is not something that comes naturally to me. My life at the Villa was a wonderful time for me to breathe and let God take the reins.
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Christ: Our Remedy for Suffering

Image: Jayakumar Ananthan. “Just offer it up.” Some of us grew up hearing this phrase from our Catholic parents. Even if we heard that phrase repeatedly, we most likely didn’t understand fully what it meant. Certainly this is a foreign phrase to our Protestant brothers and sisters. It sounds strange—after all, what does God want with my broken arm or seven stitches in my knee?
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Walking with God: Take Nothing for the Journey

Image: Ybrayym Esenov. I find there are two types of people who attack me when they discover I’m Catholic. The first are lapsed or disgruntled Catholics who claim to be revolted by the Church but can’t stop talking about it. The second type, the Pharisees, are always trying to get me to say something bad about other (in their eyes, lukewarm) members of the Church. None of these folks can bear the hideous gap between how a follower of God should be and how a person who claims to be a follower of Christ actually is.
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Why Should I Go to Confession?

Image: Redd Angelo. Why Do I Need to Confess That? If anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure…to you all. —2 CORINTHIANS 2:5 Who do my sins hurt? Who do your sins hurt? Only you? A popular misconception is that our sins hurt only us. It’s common for me to hear someone say, “What’s the big deal with (blank)? I’m only hurting myself.” OK, I’ll say this as lovingly as I can: “That’s a crock!” Sin runs deeper than that.
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40 Days of Lent: Day 15

                  0:48                 POWERED BY WISTIA     Loading... Playing in 540p   ● Auto ○ 224p ○ 360p ○ 540p ○ 720p ○ 1080p   Switch to Flash   About Wistia              Make the Confiteor a daily prayer during Lent, and recite it in the morning or before bed. I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
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