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Friday, August 29, 2014
  • St. Louis, Missouri celebrates its 250th birthday
    St. Louis is tied forever to its founding on the banks of the Mississippi River in a frontier land, Catholics were reminded at one of four Masses Aug. 23-25 celebrating the city's 250th anniversary.    At an Aug. 24 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. ...
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    Prince Louis Alphonse and his wife, Princes Marie-Marguerite, visited the Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.
  • Pope cautions against being envious or mean-spirited
    Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.    "Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love ...
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    Pope Francis greets a girl before the general audience. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • Pope prays for peace in Ukraine
    Pope Francis lamented "tension and conflict" in Ukraine and prayed for "peace and tranquility" there on the country's Independence Day.    The pope made his remarks Aug. 24, after praying the Angelus with a crowd in St. Peter's Square.    "My thoughts go in a particular ...
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    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, his wife and son light candles in Kiev's St. Sofia Cathedral. (CNS photo/Mikhail Palenck, pool via EPA)
  • Force alone cannot stop 'religious cleansing' in Mideast
    Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, "we have never seen the kind of 'religious cleansing' we are witnessing today," said the head of the region's Franciscans.    "All religious communities must raise ...
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    Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has led the Franciscans in the Holy Land since May 2004. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • Superintendent and principal get iced for ALS challenge
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21.    Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school's ...
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    Tom Otten (left) and Dr. Jim Rigg get iced for ALS challenge (CNS photo, John Stegeman, Catholic Telegraph)
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Martyrdom of John the Baptist: The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life? 
<p>This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare the people for the Messiah. His vocation was one of selfless giving. The only power that he claimed was the Spirit of Yahweh. “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Scripture tells us that many people followed John looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power. John never allowed himself the false honor of receiving these people for his own glory. He knew his calling was one of preparation. When the time came, he led his disciples to Jesus: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37). It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life and death were a giving over of self for God and other people. His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart. Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, of salvation.</p> American Catholic Blog Those who pray learn to favor and prefer God’s judgment over that of human beings. God always outdoes us in generosity and in receptivity. God is always more loving than the person who has loved you the most!
 
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