Blessed Are the Peacemakers

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One other thing the pope said at Mass for new cardinals Saturday was: The Church needs us also to be peacemakers, building peace by our words, our hopes and our prayers. Building peace! Being peacemakers! Let us therefore invoke peace and reconciliation for those peoples presently experiencing violence, exclusion and war. As we follow Jesus, [Read More...]

Out of the Smoke of Poison and Death, Grace and Hope

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Magnificat today excerpts an interview with Tiffiny Gulla,a composer and choreographer who was 29 years old on 9/11/01, working near the World Trade Center. In the fuller interview, she explains: I was standing on the corner of Liberty and Broadway. I remember suddenly running through a smoke cloud down the avenue toward the water to [Read More...]

What Are You Doing with that Wine?

Friday’s gospel is about new wine and old wineskins. Fr. James Bradley (whose Twitter feed — @FrJamesBradley — is a source of social-media spiritual nourishment) reflects: fervent and yet silent interior renewal, that makes us ready to receive the graces of this endeavour and to act on them, as we seek to bring the gospel [Read More...]

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Whine?

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From the Catholic News Agency’s report on Tuesday morning Mass with Pope Francis: Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace. A Christian “who constantly complains, fails to be a [Read More...]

When I Hear ‘Peace’

I think silence. I think Silent Night. I think of the continuity between Christmas and Easter. And I remember we must get on with being missionary people, already. Which, of course, is only made possible done in prayer, with the grace only God’s peaceful, merciful love can provide. [Read more...]

‘Strive for Peace with Everyone’

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Every once in a while — a little more often than that lately perhaps — I get into conversations with people about peace. Pax Christi, you know. It can seem a foreign thing, with all our noise and anxieties, all our concerns and responsibilities, so many burdens weighing on us. But when we know we [Read More...]

Do We Bring Peace to the World?

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This morning in Rome, Pope Benedict prays with us all for the families who lost children on Friday in that horrifying school shooting in Connecticut: I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May [Read More...]

Not at Peace?

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It’s hard to resist sharing a little from Magnificat some days. Did you read this yet? Ah, children, when a man feels himself dull, hard, and slow, being oppressed by nature; when peace is gone; when he is become quite helpless; then let him detach his soul’s affections from everything, yield himself up entirely to [Read More...]


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