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Pope’s Morning Homily: Pray for Those Suffering Great Tragedy

Vatican City, September 30, 2014

In moments of darkness, our lament becomes a prayer, but we must guard ourselves against overdramatizing our complaints and remember that there are people experiencing “great tragedies” who have good reason to lament, like the Christians driven from their homes for the faith, said Pope Francis Tuesday during Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

Reflecting on the First Reading of the day, in which Job curses the day he was born, the Pope noted that his prayer at first appears to us like a curse. Pope Francis recalled how Job was “put to the test”, how he “lost his entire family, everything he possessed”, how he lost his health and “his body had become a plague, a disgusting plague”.

The Pope said in that moment “he had lost all patience and he says these things. They are ugly! But he was always accustomed to speak the truth and…

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Liturgy of the Eucharist: Part 33

The priest offers our sufferings and unites them to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. It is in this union with the love of our life that we find grace. It is through this same union with Love that we offer a sacrifice of praise to our Heavenly Father, “Through him, with him, and in him, O God almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, for ever and ever”. Jesus has brought us grace into our sufferings and has made them pleasing to our Father. Continue reading

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Madonna Renewal Center Event Big Success

Freeport, Il – Pro Life Corner – 9-28-2014 – On September 20 the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary held a Bratfest “come and see” event for the community in and around Freeport.  As we reported in our article of 9-13-2014, this was to introduce the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital/School into the Madonna Renewal Center. Continue reading

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A Christian Life Without the Cross Isn’t Christian, Says Pope in Morning Homily

Vatican City, September 26, 2014

A Christian cannot understand Christ the Redeemer without the Cross, without being ready to bear the Cross with Jesus. That was Pope Francis’ message at Friday’s morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

To be a Christian means to be a “Cyrene,” that is, to be like Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry his cross, he said. Having the faith consists in this: You belong to Jesus if you bear the weight of the Cross with Him. Otherwise you are going along a path that seems “good” – but is not “true.” …

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Schoenstatt Readies to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Rome, September 25, 2014 ( Staff | 424 hits

The Schoenstatt Movement is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next month.

Festivities will be centered in two cities: in Schoenstatt, Germany, and in Rome, with Pope Francis. …