St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pope at Audience: Pray, and When Things Become Dark, Pray More!

Prayer leads one forward in hope and when things become dark, there must be more prayer! And there will be more hope.
Pope Francis gave this advice during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope.

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Be Bold, Be Catholic 5

Some people are afraid of giving a witness because they may think of giving away big dark secrets. This is not what witnessing is about. You only need to give instances that illustrate how you came closer to Jesus. It does make you vulnerable in one sense. People get to know you. They see you as a person. That is good. You simply want to share with them a positive experience of faith. So it is somewhat personal, but not like something that only your best friend or family members would know. There is an appropriateness in witnessing. Continue reading

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Vicar for Southern Arabia: Pray for Kidnapped Salesian

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace be with you! We are still in shock from the brutal murder of the four Missionaries of Charity and 12 collaborators in Aden on March 4. We pray for the repose of their souls. At the same time we implore the four martyrs to intercede for Yemen and for the whole Middle East that peace may come and violence cease. …

Vicar for Southern Arabia: Pray for Kidnapped Salesian