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Envision Your Faith

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 20, 2017

One of the greatest blessings any of us ever receives is insight into another person’s soul — seeing the truth of another’s sadness, sensing their loneliness, feeling their pain, understanding what would bring them joy, and then with an open heart offering ourselves Read the rest of this entry »

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Dust Off Tradition

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 19, 2017

Three servants are entrusted with their master’s “talents”; the one who fearfully buries his is reprimanded, while those who grow theirs earn the “master’s happiness” and trust. Today we take the hint. We try to share the gifts God gives us. But earliest versions of the parable repeat the phrase Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Good, Regardless Of The Reception

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 17, 2017

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Window by F. X.Zettler

During her marriage to the German Prince Louis, Saint Elizabeth of

The Charity of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852 – 1922)

Hungary (1207-31), sometimes also known as St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, gained a reputation for generosity to the poor and sick. But Louis’ family was Read the rest of this entry »

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Make A Difference For The Good

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stained glass depiction of St. Margaret of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

If you think you can’t make a difference, remember Queen Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093), sometimes also known as Margaret of Wessex, or Saint Margaret of Scotland. A refugee from the Norman invasion of England, Margaret was Read the rest of this entry »

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God Is Mysterious, Naturally

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today is the memorial of Albert Magnus, known as Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor of the Church.

Albert was known for his vast knowledge in all areas of learning. He was Saint Thomas Aquinas’ tutor, a man skilled in all the sciences of his age. Albert did not fear science; for him there was no contradiction between what he learned about the natural world through scientific observation and what he believed as a person of faith. People of mature faith have nothing to Read the rest of this entry »

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Trust your calling

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 13, 2017

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the religious institute founded by the first U.S. citizen saint Frances Cabrini (1850-1917), say that it is not what Mother Cabrini accomplished or how far she traveled that Read the rest of this entry »

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Attention!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 12, 2017

A consistent theme of these weeks leading to Advent is akin to the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard: Semper paratus: “Always ready.” For what? The military remains ready for threats or disasters like a tornado or flood, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Seek Wisely

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 10, 2017

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is among or, in an equally valid translation of the Greek, within us. But how do we recognize the Kingdom that is among and within us? What do we look for? Solomon suggests a very good place for us to start, with his poetic words of praise for wisdom in the first reading. Where we find wisdom, we find the presence of God — within us and among us. Cultivate Read the rest of this entry »

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Come On In

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Finding God in the marketplace is very difficult for most of us because we are easily distracted by the mundane or profane (from the Latin meaning “outside the temple”). A sacred place, like anything sacred, is something set apart or different from what is normal for us. When we Read the rest of this entry »

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RSVP

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In the gospel parable of the great feast, many are invited, but one by one each declines the invitation. Sometimes saying “yes” feels too much like hard work. We’ve got so many other things to do! But are we really too busy? Maybe we just don’t Read the rest of this entry »

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Pay It Forward

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 6, 2017

The idea of repaying a favor or someone’s generosity by doing the same for a third party has been around a long time. In fact it’s at the core of Jesus’ radical challenge to love without condition, because Read the rest of this entry »

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Follow The Law Of Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 5, 2017

We know the Pharisees were arch-villains in the gospels, but it’s surprising that these enemies of Jesus actually had some things in common with him. Both wanted to Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaping Up Is An Ongoing Process

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, November 4, 2017

St. Charles Borromeo 1538-84 Administering The Sacrament To Plague Victims In Milan In 1576, Oil wood print, by Pierre Mignard (1612-95), a French painter known for his religious and mythological scenes and portraits.

Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) was an instrument of the Holy Spirit in helping to keep the church on course through needed reforms in the 16th century. Had he been a participant in the Second Vatican Council rather than the Council of Trent, he may have Read the rest of this entry »

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Look Deeply For Dignity

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 3, 2017

Saint Martin de Porres (1579-1639) was a barbershop surgeon when he joined a Dominican monastery at age 15. Soon his success with medicinal herbs and miraculous healings earned him great fame as a healer. But Martin was famous for tending to small things, too. Once, he solved the monastery’s pest problem by Read the rest of this entry »

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At The Hour Of Our Death

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 2, 2017

A few years ago a church document had this to say about death: “Death, while starkly real and total, is the vehicle of that final offering of self which calls for the supreme act of faith in the Lord of Life.” Yes, death is Read the rest of this entry »

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Healing Leads To Praise

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 30, 2017

Stop to notice the content of your prayers. According to the early Christian thinker Origen, the noblest form of prayer we can make is Read the rest of this entry »

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Pass The torch With Loving Attention

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, October 6, 2017

Among the short list of most influential people in your life surely there is a teacher or two, most likely from your early years of education. Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, who founded an order in Quebec with a strong teaching ministry, was herself deeply influenced by those who taught her along the way. Her first teacher, in fact, was Read the rest of this entry »

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Eyes On The Prize

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 29, 2017

According to Saint Augustine, the word angel (from the Greek angelos — “messenger”) is basically a job description — that is, angels serve as messengers of God’s purposes. They are reliable, says Jesus, because they “always behold the face of my father in heaven.” We can trust such messengers because they do not lose sight of God. Today we celebrate the feast of three archangels — Michael, who spoke regularly to the prophets; Gabriel, who announced the births of John the Baptist and Jesus; and Raphael, whose name means “God has healed.” Let’s learn from them to keep our eyes on God.

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There’s always more to be done

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 Toward the end of his life, Vincent de Paul (1580-1660) sat with one of his many wealthy patronesses, who recounted all the good works of charity he had initiated and supervised throughout his priesthood. She asked him what else he could possibly hope to do. “More,” he replied benignly. His relentless enthusiasm for the relief of human suffering was infectious and led to the founding of the society that bears his name by layman Frederic Ozanam two centuries later. In his name—and through your generosity—the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues to do “more.”

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Quantum Hints Of God

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 25, 2017

In her book of devotions entitled Revelations of Divine Love, 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich describes how she came to understand that God is light, Whom she described as, “our endless Day.” Seven centuries later, physicist Bernard Haisch came to the same understanding: “The solid, stable world of matter appears to be sustained at every instant by Read the rest of this entry »

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Helping Comes First

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, September 23, 2017

 When Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) — Padre Pio as he’s widely known — decided he wanted to build a free hospital for the poor up the road from his friary, he started with a piece of land and a few friends and supporters. Four years later, in 1956, he had one of the most modern hospitals in Europe. Since the padre’s death in 1968, the facility, which Read the rest of this entry »

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Please Be Seated

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 21, 2017

The names of the apostles are integral to our story of faith, but in truth, we know very little about many of them. Bits of information from the gospels and Acts of the Apostles do allow a glimpse of their lives in the first Christian community. The rest we can only prayerfully imagine. We know that Read the rest of this entry »

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Stretching Exercises

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Exercise physiology experts tell us that our physical bodies should be “warmed up” before engaging in any type of exercise – that we should gently stretch our muscles before beginning any exercise routine or competitive event. It’s not uncommon to see athletes “warming up” before games, and baseball pitchers in the “bull pen,” and football players on the sidelines will stretch and move about to get their muscles accustomed to the rigorous vigor of competition. Similarly, being an example of Read the rest of this entry »

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Faith Will See Us Through

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Martyrdom of Saint Januarius; Girolamo Pesce; circa 1727; Oil on canvas, 262 x 193 cm; Bishop’s Library, Vác, Hungary

The stories of early Christian saints are often larger-than-life. So it is with Saint Januarius (third century). According to legend, Januarius was thrown into a fiery furnace by the Romans during a time of intolerance toward Christians. To everyone’s amazement he emerged unscathed. Taken figuratively, the story says a lot about how faith can help us in the face of intolerance when it comes to things like race, gender, immigration status, and so on. We may be Read the rest of this entry »

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Share The Wealth

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing the Centurion’s servant, by Paolo Veronese, 16th century

 Like the centurion who came to Jesus for a healing, we’re aware that we fall short of having “earned” the great gift of the presence of Jesus “under our roof” or in our lives. But Jesus chooses to dwell with us, imperfect as we are. As Pope Francis says in Misericordiae Vultus, our salvation depends on mercy. Mercy is the “ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.” Mercy is the “bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” A daily awareness of our own “unearned rewards” helps us to share our spiritual wealth with others. Do I hear an amen?

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Build On A Loving Foundation

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, September 16, 2017

The third-century life of Saint Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, might have given rise to the comedy tag line: “It’s always something,” but his troubles and those of the church were anything but funny. If it wasn’t a heresy, it was bitter controversy over whether someone who had renounced the faith might be reconciled with the church; or it was exile, or the plague, or schism. Cyprian’s response was always generosity. During a terrible plague, for example, he Read the rest of this entry »

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Christ Before Us

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, exiled for years in a Soviet gulag, had finally reached the limits of his endurance. Bitter cold and brutal treatment had taken their toll. He put down his shovel and sat down, resigning himself to a swift, violent death at the hands of the guards. A gaunt, old prisoner scurried over and Read the rest of this entry »

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Shed Some Light On The World

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Saint John Chrysostom (349-407), the archbishop of Constantinople from 398 to his death in 407, often reminded his subjects to offer prayers universally—that is, to pray for everybody in the whole world. “For [Jesus Christ] did not say ‘thy will be done in me or in us,’ but ‘on earth,’ the whole earth,” he wrote. Because of Read the rest of this entry »

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Listen To The Queen Of Peace

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The origin of today’s memorial goes back to the celebration of the Read the rest of this entry »

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Hard Prayers

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 11, 2017

The highest commandments for those who follow Jesus tell us to love God and one another. To love others with a Christian love means to seek their good, even when we do not feel like it or “others” are behaving in a way that makes it very difficult to wish anything good for them. Even more shocking, Jesus calls us to Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Reconciled In Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Christianity is not just a theoretical philosophy; it’s meant to be lived. One radical way you can put your faith into practice is to follow Jesus’ advice on what to do when someone sins against you: “Go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” This is not the way of the world, which encourages the aggrieved to Read the rest of this entry »

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The Least Of These

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 8, 2017

Only the “birthdays” of Jesus at Christmas, John the Baptist in June, and the Blessed Virgin Mary today get a special day in the church year, so when a “nativity” comes up, it’s something to notice. Mary’s birth is the dawn of our salvation. And that salvation comes through humble vessels like Mary, who in her Magnificat praises God saying, Read the rest of this entry »

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Decipher The Holiness Code

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The presence of holiness seems obvious to demons — they knew Jesus on sight. But the rest of us have a hard time recognizing the holiness all around us. Like Bill Murray’s character in the motion picture “Ghostbusters,” we seem to have trouble with Read the rest of this entry »

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The Power Within

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pity the poor substitute teacher who feels insecure. When a nervous sub enters a classroom the students will sense it, and chaos is likely to break out. On the other hand, pity the students when a teacher is authoritarian, lording it over them just because he or she can. What students are looking for is someone with true authority, whose authority comes from an inner certainty rather than Read the rest of this entry »

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All Work Is Sacred

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 4, 2017

Our work — whether paid or volunteer, inside or outside the home, part-time or full-time, a career or a job — is sacred and worthy of attention and respect. How we labor every day matters, and how we are treated and treat others in our work is Read the rest of this entry »

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The High Cost Of Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 3, 2017

It must have stung Peter to have Jesus call him Satan, especially since Jesus had already chosen him to be the foundation rock of His community of believers. Peter, in his bullheadedness, seems a good stand-in for Read the rest of this entry »

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A Prayer For One And All

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturdays are not only the traditional day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary but also the day of the week to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, the preeminent “Marian” prayer. In prayerfully meditating on the events of the Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary, the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, the Birth of Jesus, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, we “weave our intentions, thoughts, imagination, emotions, and desire for Read the rest of this entry »

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Keeping Vigilant

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 1, 2017

Years ago a cartoon appeared in which a monk is standing on a golf course flying a kite. In the distance, two astonished golfers are staring up at the kite, on which is written Read the rest of this entry »

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Do What You Say

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The word hypocrite comes from the Greek for “one who acts on a stage” and means “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” Hypocrisy was one of Jesus’ frequent targets, and the criticism of hypocrisy has played a major role in Christian moral life ever since. Those who say one thing and do another, who want people to Read the rest of this entry »

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Takes Criticism Well

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Herodias and Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist Artist: Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640) Medium: oil on canvas Size: 137 x 115 cm. (53.9 x 45.3 in.)

It’s human to feel pain and anger, especially at times when you’ve made a mistake and have been soundly called on the carpet for it. King Herod’s wife Herodias wanted to get even with John the Baptist after he spoke out about something she was involved in that was Read the rest of this entry »

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Restless Hearts

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, August 28, 2017

The earliest known portrait of St. Augustine, from about a century after his death.

While some famous people may have amazing rags-to-riches stories to tell, the drama that launched Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) to greatness went from reprobate to repentant. Born in Thagaste, Numidia, which is modern-day Souk Ahras, Algeria, Africa, to an African father, and mother – both whom are thought to have been Berbers, an indigenous North African ethnic group – Augustine was a brilliant young man who Read the rest of this entry »

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Rock-Solid Faith

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Peter got a lot of things wrong in his dealings with Christ, but on the day when Jesus asked him, “Who do you say I am?” Peter got it right and proved himself an astute and faithful disciple. Jesus’ response to Peter’s confession: “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my church.” Jesus chose Peter — despite many instances of Peter’s flawed thinking — to Read the rest of this entry »

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Mary Is Our Model

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Black Madonna of Czestochowa is a Polish icon at least 600 years old and possibly much older. allegedly created by St. Luke himself while Mary told him the story of Jesus’ life, later to be retold as the Gospel of Luke.

 You may be familiar with the 16th-century Litany of Loreto, which gathers wonderful images of Mary such as

Mystical Rose Madonna, by Salvador Dali

Mystical Rose, Tower of Ivory, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, and Morning Star. Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century had a similar litany, his “Salutation of the Virgin,” which hails Mary as Read the rest of this entry »

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A Nearly Anonymous Apostle

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Poor Bartholomew, the mystery apostle. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Acts of the Apostles call him Bartholomew, but in John he might be the person named Nathaniel. An interesting lesson for those who think the Bible is clear about everything — even the names of the 12 apostles!

Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, (1355-1360) Prato, Museo di Palazzo; Tradition holds that the apostle Bartholomew was martyred by being flayed alive. That brutal torture has been depicted in a variety of ways over the centuries. He is sometimes depicted holding a knife, which symbolizes his martyrdom. The artworks seem to evolve over time from showing him just before the blade strikes, to when flaying occurs and then in later works after the act, where he is draped in, or holding his own skin. Viewing those artworks reflecting the act of being skinned alive without squirming can be difficult considering the pain and blood. That is especially so in the early religious paintings of the saint.

But aren’t most of us nearly anonymous disciples ourselves? We don’t get mentioned in the church bulletin all the time, and Read the rest of this entry »

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Beautiful Inside And Out

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (1642–1693), in the Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Appearances rule in pop culture. The beautiful people occupy the covers of magazines and get all the buzz for their many sightings and multiple marriages. We are likewise bombarded with the externals of clothing and housing and vehicles, as if looking good will somehow increase our internal value. Saint Rose of Lima, born Isabel Flores de Oliva (1586-1617), a lay member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, was by all accounts an exceedingly beautiful woman, and because she was Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Others Lift You Up

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some say it’s good to be queen, and in the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lucy is dismayed to learn she can’t be queen when she grows up. You have to be born one. “If I can’t be a queen,” she says, then “I’ll work and work until I’m very rich and then I will buy myself a queendom.” Good grief! Wrong on both counts. Queen saints became saints by doing Read the rest of this entry »

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Champion For The Poor

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, August 21, 2017

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914), 257th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Saint Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835-1914), was canonized in 1954, and was adored and abhorred during his brief 11-year papal reign from 1903-1914. As a pastoral pope, he promoted frequent Communion and spirituality for children and laypeople. As a reformer, he contributed to significant changes in Read the rest of this entry »

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Approach Boldly

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 20, 2017

“The Woman at the Well” by Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957)

Greek icon, date unknown, “Woman at the Well”

The award for the “Lady with the Most Chutzpah” in the New Testament might be viewed as a toss-up between Read the rest of this entry »

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Reform From Within

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Love for people innervated John Eudes’ (1601-80) work, who from the beginning, gave of himself. As a young priest he worked among plague victims, and lived alone so as not to risk infecting other members of his religious order. He became a famous preacher and confessor, and in 1641 founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge in Caen, Normandya, a community to help women who had Read the rest of this entry »

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