St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Gratitude in Doing God’s Work

Haven’t you ever noticed how people who give of their time, especially to those in need, say that they get more out of it than what they give? Is that just a nice cliché or is it really true? If it is true, how so? What do they mean by that anyway? Continue reading

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Defend Life and Holy Mother Church

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Pope at Angelus: Don’t Just Speak, Act

Pope at Angelus: Don’t Just Speak, Act

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Don’t Be ‘Soap Bubble’ Christians, Pope Exhorts in Morning Homily

Vatican City, September 25, 2014

Drawing from the first reading’s exclamation, “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” Pope Francis spoke today in his morning homily about Christians’ temptation to “make themselves seen” when doing good.

During his morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said to beware of vanity, which takes us far from the truth and makes us seem like “soap bubbles.” …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Christian Life is Simple and Radical


Vatican City, September 23

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence on Tuesday morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the simplicity of the Christian life and the Gospel’s call to radical simplicity in life and action. …