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The Widow and Elijah

She has contributed all she had, all she had to live on. (Mark 12:44)

If you are like me, Christ’s words here make you think of the first section of Pope-Emeritus Benedict’s… 823 more words


A Better World

I’m part of a group of young Catholics who meet monthly. We are slowly studying Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi (saved in hope), and it’s given me a lot of food for thought. 499 more words


Why pray for the holy souls in purgatory?

 The belief that love can reach into the afterlife, that reciprocal giving and receiving is possible, in which our affection for one another continues beyond the limits of death—this has been a fundamental conviction of Christianity throughout the ages and it remains a source of comfort today. 327 more words


Magnificat: True or False?

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty!’…Yes, but I have seen the rich sit secure on their thrones and send the hungry away empty.

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Justice will be Done

Whenever we read about Lazarus and Dives, I think we recall the money passage of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi:

“I am convinced,” the Pope writes, “that the question of justice constitutes the essential argument, or in any case the strongest argument, in favor of faith in eternal life.

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Evangelii Gaudium

Published today the Vatican releases the new encyclical by His Holiness the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). 291 more words

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Bernard of Clairvaux coined the marvellous expression: Impassibilis est Deus, sed non incompassibilis—God cannot suffer, but he can suffer with. Man is worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way—in flesh and blood—as is revealed to us in the account of Jesus’s Passion. 45 more words