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Choosing Family Sunday, December 29, 2013
Francis and the Incarnation Sunday, December 22, 2013
Patience and Joy Sunday, December 15, 2013
Francis and John the Baptist Sunday, December 8, 2013
Already but Not Yet Sunday, December 1, 2013
Christ Reigns from the Cross Sunday, November 24, 2013
The End of the World? Sunday, November 17, 2013
Married to Lady Poverty Thursday, November 14, 2013
A Headlong Pursuit of Jesus Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Divine Light Sunday, October 27, 2013
God Loves Us as We Are Sunday, October 20, 2013
We See Jesus in the Poor Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rejoice and be glad Sunday, October 6, 2013
Francis and the Sultan Sunday, September 29, 2013
Praise God Always Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Joseph Benedict Cottolengo: In some ways Joseph exemplified St. Francis’ advice, "Let us begin to serve the Lord God, for up to now we have made little or no progress" (<i>1 Celano, </i>#103). 
<p>Joseph was the eldest of 12 children. Born in Piedmont, he was ordained for the Diocese of Turin in 1811. Frail health and difficulty in school were obstacles he overcame to reach ordination. </p><p>During Joseph’s lifetime Italy was torn by civil war while the poor and the sick suffered from neglect. Inspired by reading the life of St. Vincent de Paul and moved by the human suffering all around him, Joseph rented some rooms to nurse the sick of his parish and recruited local young women to serve as staff. </p><p>In 1832 at Voldocco, Joseph founded the House of Providence which served many different groups (the sick, the elderly, students, the mentally ill, the blind). All of this was financed by contributions. Popularly called "the University of Charity," this testimonial to God’s goodness was serving 8,000 people by the time of Joseph’s beatification in 1917. </p><p>To carry on his work, Joseph organized two religious communities, the Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. Joseph, who had joined the Secular Franciscans as a young man, was canonized in 1934.</p> American Catholic Blog The image of God! This is what it means to be human! We are not just a bunch of cells randomly thrown together by some impersonal forces. Rather, we reflect an eternal God who knew us from before we were made and purposely called us into being.

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