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O, that the soul of Mary were in us to glorify the Lord! That the spirit of Mary were in us to rejoice in God.  –St. Ambrose
— from The Catholic Prayer Book

Monday, January 21, 2013
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James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

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The Rosary Project
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Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. Do you know these Bible passages?

Mysteries of the Virgin Mary

On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, grow closer to Mary with this beautiful book by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Martin L. King, Jr. Birthday Celebrated (U.S.)
On this holiday we remember and strive to imitate Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to peace.

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
Loving God, give us imagination and courage to build your Church together in unity and in love.

First Sunday in Lent
Assure your parish’s newly Elect of your prayers as they journey toward Easter.

Make the most of God's graces and blessings throughout the coming year.

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
Lord, we pray this week that all Christians may be one as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One.

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