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Feast of Thanks
Kathy Coffey

This Thanksgiving, settle down, sit back, and soak in the essence of faith and family.

WEB+ Thanksgiving seasonal feature
On Pilgrimage with Dorothy Day
Illustrations by Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

A personal journey of conversion paralleled this social activist’s public journey for justice. We tell of both.

WEB+ Learn more about Dorothy Day, the Catholic Worker Movement, and artist Michael O'Neill McGrath.
A Life of Heroic Love
Brian Jordan, OFM

St. Maximilian Kolbe died in Auschwitz, but his influence is still felt as far as Nagasaki, Japan.

WEB+ Information on St. Maximilian Kolbe and the movie The Labyrinth.
Shaping a New Future in Egypt
Meghan and Jonathan Millea

Salesian sisters help Muslim and Christian students contribute to their changing country.

WEB+ Information on the Salesian Sisters as well as the Middle East
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Connie Beckman

Out of tragedy come unexpected blessings.

WEB+ Resources on grieving





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Raymond Lull: Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa. 
<p>Raymond was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. He earned a position in the king’s court there. One day a sermon inspired him to dedicate his life to working for the conversion of the Muslims in North Africa. He became a Secular Franciscan and founded a college where missionaries could learn the Arabic they would need in the missions. Retiring to solitude, he spent nine years as a hermit. During that time he wrote on all branches of knowledge, a work which earned him the title "Enlightened Doctor." </p><p>Raymond then made many trips through Europe to interest popes, kings and princes in establishing special colleges to prepare future missionaries. He achieved his goal in 1311 when the Council of Vienne ordered the creation of chairs of Hebrew, Arabic and Chaldean at the universities of Bologna, Oxford, Paris and Salamanca. At the age of 79, Raymond went to North Africa in 1314 to be a missionary himself. An angry crowd of Muslims stoned him in the city of Bougie. Genoese merchants took him back to Mallorca, where he died. Raymond was beatified in 1514.</p> American Catholic Blog Let’s not forget these words: The Lord never tires of forgiving us, never. The problem is that we grow tired; we don’t want to ask, we grow tired of asking for forgiveness.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Thank You
Don’t forget to express your gratitude for the thoughtfulness of others.

New Home
The family home is the place where children first meet and learn about God.

Nativity of St. John the Baptist
The one who prepared the way for the Messiah remains a witness to Christians today.

Sacrament of Anointing
“For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.”

Summer
Relax! God can find us in the leisure of the day.


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