Novenas in Scripture
Mar11

Novenas in Scripture

Novenas in Scripture The 2nd Annual Evangelium Vitae novena is less than a week away, so I though it might be interesting to look at the origins of novenas. The word novena is derived from the latin word meaning ‘nine’, and a novena consists of some form of prayer involving nine parts. Novenas, as we know them, have been around since the 17th century. But are novenas just a Catholic thing, or do they have some basis in...

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Mary Loves a Chaste Heart – a Poem
Jun27

Mary Loves a Chaste Heart – a Poem

Mary Loves A Chaste Heart -a Poem by Christopher Ziegler   This lovely poem first appeared at Christ’s Faithful Witness  (Please have a look at this great, faithful Catholic site) and is reproduced here with permission.   Mary loves a chaste heart— But so often have I struggled.   A wandering mind begets temptation. When I remove my eye from Mary, I begin to believe I can trust myself. Soon the cravings of sin...

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Evangelii Gaudium: No to Warring Among Ourselves
Jun02

Evangelii Gaudium: No to Warring Among Ourselves

Evangelii Gaudium: No To Warring Among Ourselves   98. How many wars take place within the people of God and in our different communities! In our neighbourhoods and in the workplace, how many wars are caused by envy and jealousy, even among Christians! Spiritual worldliness leads some Christians to war with other Christians who stand in the way of their quest for power, prestige, pleasure and economic security. Some are even no...

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The Theological Virtues: Charity
May12

The Theological Virtues: Charity

      The Theological Virtues: Charity Or: Loving as God Loves   The two terms “love” and “charity” are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, “I love hot chocolate,” or “I love...

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The Theological Virtues: Hope
May12

The Theological Virtues: Hope

  The Theological Virtues: Hope Or: Striving for Heaven   As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God’s supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That’s where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope...

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