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Minute Meditations
Never Despair Minute Meditations
It sometimes seems impossible to repair the bridge between the Church and the world. Pope Francis admonished us to never give way to discouragement. Our hope is founded on the knowledge that Jesus carries us on his shoulders.
— from Geekpriest

Saturday, November 2, 2013
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Our Lady of Sorrows: For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September. 
<p>The principal biblical references to Mary's sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon's prediction about a sword piercing Mary's soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus' words to Mary and to the beloved disciple. </p><p>Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary's sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment. </p><p>St. Ambrose (December7) in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son's wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed but offered herself to her persecutors.</p> American Catholic Blog For mercy is an indispensable dimension of love; it is as it were love’s second name. —Blessed John Paul II

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
All Souls Day
May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
All Saints Day
May the light of gospel men and women remind us that God is always with us no matter how far we wander away.
All Hallows Eve
Christians can celebrate Halloween because we believe that good will always triumph over evil.
Halloween
Welcome tomorrow evening's goblins with candy and blessings!
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God of life, we come to celebrate another year and ask you to bless us.



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