Three Saints, Three Stories, Three Lessons Learned

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I have just finished reading Elizabeth Ficocelli's story of the lives of Therese, Faustina and Bernadette; and I have to thank Elizabeth when I see her--for I am somehow changed for having had the opportunity to learn at the feet of these great women of God.I had read two of their stories in my youth:  Therese and Bernadette lived in the 19th century, and their stories had been written more than once; so they became favorite and familiar saints from my own childhood.  Faustina, while not my c … [Read more...]

What Is the Gift of Counsel?

 What is Counsel?That was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis today, in his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square.  Counsel, Pope Francis taught, is that gift by which the Holy Spirit enables us to make concrete decisions according to the logic of Jesus and the Gospel.Vatican Information Service has the report: The Holy Spirit “helps us to grow positively both inwardly and in the community, and helps us not to fall prey to selfishness or to our way of seeing thi … [Read more...]

Rooted in Love: Tools and Inspiration for Catholic Women

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Sometimes for a woman, the Urgent is the enemy of the Important. Amid the cacophony of family life—the homework, the laundry, the dishes, the after-school football practice—it’s a temptation for a mother to simply overlook the really important part of her day, her relationship with Christ.  For the 75 percent of American women who also work outside the home, the challenge is compounded by the distraction of daily job pressures.Whatever a woman’s station in life—single, married with child … [Read more...]


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