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The Church’s First Novena

By |2019-06-01T10:42:29+00:00June 1st, 2019|Church, Our Lady|

Ascension Thursday begins what we may call the Church’s first novena. It is the nine-day period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday in which the disciples were locked in the Upper Room, united in prayer with Our Lady, and obedient to the Lord’s wishes: “to wait for ‘the promise of the Father’” (Acts 1:4). This [...]

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Five Antidotes for Presumption

By |2015-03-14T00:00:28+00:00March 14th, 2015|Motivation, Recent, Spirituality|

One of the most withering indictments our Lord meted out to the religious leaders of His day was a simple phrase that dismantled their exalted self-image. When presented with a legalistic challenge concerning the hypothetical case of a woman who had married seven husbands, He took those perversely proud men down a peg by telling [...]

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