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Walking Through Darkness

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

Saint John of the Cross (1542–1591), aka ‘San Juan de la Cruz’ in Spanish, was a Spanish mystic most well known for writing the highly-regarded book “The Dark Night of the Soul,” which explores Read the rest of this entry »

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All At Once

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 7, 2017

When a dispute arose about who was to be the new bishop of Milan, Ambrose (c. 339-397) stepped in to try to mediate the dispute. Ambrose is also remembered as Read the rest of this entry »

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A Jolly Good Tradition

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

Saint Nicholas Saves Three Innocents from Death (oil painting by Ilya Repin, 1888, State Russian Museum)Saint Nicholas spoke out against heresies and was imprisoned for a time for his Christian beliefs. His faithfulness is exemplary, but charity remains his signature virtue. What started with Nicholas tossing a few bags of coins into a poor family’s yard has been transformed over centuries of retelling, embellishing, grafting, and adapting into the magical tales of Ole Saint Nick (Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle), whose yearly ambition is to deliver gifts to every girl and boy. We may not Read the rest of this entry »

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Mindfulness 101

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

Be aware of your surroundings. Look where you’re going. Think before you speak. Remember to breathe. Be here now. Pithy reminders to be mindful have been sprinkled into the popular diet for so long, they tend to Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Your Passport Stamped

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 26, 2017

The man often called the “good thief” turned his life around in the final hour when he encountered Jesus on the cross at Golgotha. One good act of Read the rest of this entry »

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Give It Your All

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 24, 2017

How much are you willing to give? Some make the ultimate sacrifice and give their very lives. Andrew Dung-Lac (1795-1839) was a priest and one of 117 saints martyred by Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Present To The Spirit

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How did the Virgin Mary come to be a woman “full of grace”? It was her close association with the holy Temple, as today’s feast (Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) reminds us. Although not recorded in the Bible, an early document attributed to the apostle James 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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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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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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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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Break some bread today

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Baking bread requires the virtues of patience and attention. It is hard work wrapped in warm smells and a tremendous sense of accomplishment when the job is done. The process seems undeniably 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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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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