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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Pentecost

Scholars tell us that the first Pentecost took place during the Jewish Feast of Weeks. This was a festival at which the first fruits of the harvest were offered to God in thanksgiving. But on this particular day, instead of giving our first fruits to God, he gave his first fruit—the Holy Spirit—to us.

And what an amazing gift the Spirit has been! It is his power that has kept the church on track, despite human sinfulness, for two millennia. It is his grac...


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Three Helpful Principles of Fasting: A Letter to a New Convert

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Simplicity, Satiety, and a Litmus Question

Dear _________, 

You ask about guidelines for fasting and whether all the rules you have read about amount to legalism. I will try to answer you as best as I can.

One quickly finds in Orthodoxy today that, when it comes to the more minor or secondary rules for practicing any given fast, there are a lot of different opinions as to what is proper practice. This can be quite confusing for the zealous convert. As in all things Orthodox, one must endeav...


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Solemnity of St. Joseph: Model of Commitment in Faith and Hope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) -- On the eve of the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary, the reading for Evening Prayer I of the Liturgy of the Hours -- the official prayer of the Church in which millions of Catholic faithful around the world unite together in the fellowship of koinonia and ecclesial prayer -- is taken from Colossians:

"Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men, since you know full well you will receive an inheritance fr...
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Saint of the Day for February 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Aubin

 Feastday: February 29

Albinus, also known as Aubin, entered the monastery of Tincillac when a youth, was elected Abbot when he was thirty-five, and was named Bishop of Angers in 529. He was known for his generosity to the sick and the indigent, widows, and orphans, for his work in ransoming slaves, and for his holiness and the many miracles he is reputed to have performed both during his lifetime and after his death. His feast day is March 1.  


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Our Daily Bread for February 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

An Ordinary Man

Steve was just an ordinary guy. He quietly served in a church I attended years ago. He helped prepare communion, shoveled the church sidewalks in the winter, and mowed the lawn in the summer. He spent time with teenage boys who had no fathers in the home. I often heard him telling people at church in his quiet way how good the Lord was to him. During prayer meeting he didn’t talk much about himself but would ask us to pray for those he was telling about Jesus’ forgive...


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First Week of the Great Fast

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February 20-26, 2012

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise Isaiah 1:15-20 - "When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, t...


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Our Daily Bread for February 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Remedy for Fear

In his first inaugural speech in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly elected president of the US, addressed a nation that was still reeling from the Great Depression. Hoping to ignite a more optimistic outlook regarding that economic crisis, he declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Fear often shows up in our lives when we are at risk of losing something—our wealth, health, reputation, position, safety, family, friends. It reveals our inn...


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Our Daily Bread for February 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Word From the Lord

Noted preacher and theologian Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) endured great opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet he remained committed to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ during a difficult and perplexing time. Scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed modern issues and problems in his sermons, “he sought to answer the question, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’”

Isn’t that w...


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Our Daily Bread for February 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Invite Questions

When I teach, I sometimes use the motto “Question Authority” to get the attention of my students. I am not inviting them to challenge my authority; I am encouraging them to ask me questions. Some education experts say that more learning takes place when teachers answer questions than when they impart information. By nature, we all place a higher value on what we want to know than on what someone wants to tell us.

There is, of course, a place for both types...


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Our Daily Bread for February 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Side by Side

In my family scrapbook is a picture of my daughter at age 4 working next to me, using a toy hammer to repair the siding on the house. Side by side we worked that day; she imitated my every action, absolutely convinced that she too was fixing the house. Rarely have I enjoyed a chore more. In the picture, it’s obvious that she’s enjoying it too.

That photo reminds me that our children mimic most of what they see in us—words and deeds. They also form their imag...


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Saint of the Day for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Walfrid

Feastday:
February 15
Died: 765

Walfrid or Galfrido della Gherardesca was born in Pisa, of which he became a prosperous and honored citizen. He married a wife to whom he was deeply attached, and they had five sons and at least one daughter. After a time, Walfrid and his wife Thesia felt that God was calling them to enter the religious life. Walfrid had two friends - A kinsman named Gunduald and a certain Fortis, a native of Corsica: like him they were living in the world, but were dr...
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Our Daily Bread for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MORE, MORE, MORE

Now that my daughter is learning to talk, she has adopted a favorite word: more. She will say “more” and point to toast with jam. She held out her palm and said “More!” when my husband gave her some coins for her piggy bank. She even exclaimed, “More Daddy!” one morning after her father left for work.

Like my little one, many of us look around and call for “more.” Unfortunately, enough is never enough. We need the power of Christ to break the cycle so that w...


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Saint of the Day for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Valentine 

Feastday: February 14
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Died: 269

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270....


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Saint of the Day for February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Catherine de Ricci

 Feastday: February 13

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of Monticelli in Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun. After a brief return home, she entered the convent of the Dominican nuns at Prat in Tuscany, in her fourteenth ye...


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Our Daily Bread for February 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Covenant With My Eyes

Our friend is a computer “techie.” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). Evidently, he understood the potential danger of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images.

Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues, “Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Like many of us, Job had p...


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Our Daily Bread for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
FLAWED

A well-known actor commented that he enjoyed playing “flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it’s easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect.

God included stories in the Bible of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take Jacob, for example, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then there wa...


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Saint of the Day for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947)
When she was nine, Josephine was kidnapped by slave-traders. She was sold and resold for years until an Italian owner freed her. In Italy, she embraced the Faith and converted. A few years later, she became a nun. She was known for her gentle presence and her willingness to perform even the most menial tasks.

Reflections from the Saints

When a person loves another dearly, he desires strongly to be close to the other: therefore, why be afraid to die? Death br...

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Saint of the Day for February 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul Miki (1562-1597)
The son of a wealthy military leader, Paul joined the Jesuits at a young age. When a persecution began, he continued his preaching ministry and was soon arrested. He was forced to march 600 miles, being beaten along the way, and was eventually crucified.

Reflections from the Saints

The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.
– St. Paul Miki

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Saint of the Day for February 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Agatha (3rd century)
Agatha was a beautiful young woman that consecrated her life to God. During a Christian persecution, a powerful man demanded her purity in exchange for not charging her. When she refused, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually killed by being rolled on red-hot coals.

Reflections from the Saints

Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am - you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil...

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Saint of the Day for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Joseph of Leonissa (1556-1612)
Joseph was a Capuchin Franciscan missionary to Muslim lands. After being hung above a fire for three days, he escaped and returned home to Italy. There he helped establish hospitals, homeless shelters, and food banks, and ministered in prisons, to the poor, and the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel.
– St. Joseph of Leonissa

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Saint of the Day for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Blaise (3rd century)
Blaise was a physician and bishop. After living in a cave for years, he was cast into prison by pagans. There, he miraculously cured a child who was choking, and ministered to his fellow prisoners. When he challenged the pagans to prove the power of their gods, he was beaten and beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Either make Jesus Christ known or die!
– Bl. Marie Rivier

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Saint of the Day for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Saint of the Day

St. Cornelius (1st century)
Cornelius was a pagan centurion of the Roman army stationed at Caesarea. After listening to the preaching of the Apostle Peter, he asked him to baptize his entire family. He was the first known Gentile convert to Christianity, and the first bishop of Caesarea.

Reflections from the Saints

If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by His grace He would make of me a good man.
– St. Ansgar

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Saint of the Day for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Brigid of Ireland (453-523)
Brigid was a Christian slave and friend of St. Patrick. As a child, she frequently gave her owner's belongs to the poor. Her owner set her free just to rid himself of her. When her father then arranged for her marriage, she refused and fled to a bishop to make a vow of virginity. She started convents all over Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of c...

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Saint of the Day for January 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Hyacintha (1585-1640)
An Italian noblie, Hyacintha abandoned her lifestyle to be a Franciscan. When she was challenged by her confessor to live a more humble life, she simplified her food and dress, did the most menial work in the convent, and replaced her bed with a few bare boards. She later founded the Oblates of Mary.

Reflections from the Saints

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us ...

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Saint of the Day for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Gildas (516-570)
Gildas was an English noble who was taught by St. Illtyd. Later, as a teacher, he taught several saints himself. After he was ordained in Ireland, he returned to evangelize England, where he founded several churches and monasteries. He then became a hermit, living on the tiny island, where he wrote several works about holiness. He was one of Britain's earliest historians.

Reflections from the Saints

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one aft...

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Saint of the Day for January 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Angela Merici (1474-1540)
At an early age, Angela was a Third-Order Franciscan. She founded two schools for the instruction of young girls in religion, and started the Ursuline Order.

Reflections from the Saints

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
– St. Angela Merici

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Saint of the Day for January 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Timothy (1st century)
Timothy was an early Christian, and the recipient of two letters now found in the New Testament. The son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, he was a companion of St. Paul. He was first bishop of Ephesus, where he was martyred for opposing the worship of Dionysius.

Reflections from the Saints

Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
– St. Paul the Apostle

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Saint of the Day for January 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Paul the Apostle (1st century)
Saul was a Jew who hated and persecuted the first Christians. Once, while travelling, he was thrown from his horse, blinded by a light, and given a message from Christ Himself. Profoundly affected by the experience, he converted to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul, and began travelling and preaching. He wrote several letters now found in Sacred Scripture. After being imprisoned several times, he was beheaded in Rome.

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Saint of the Day for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Francis was a Doctor of Law before becoming a priest. He later became a bishop. Famous for his sermons and writings, especially The Introduction to the Devout Life, his gentle ways won the hearts of many. He is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.
– St. Francis de Sales

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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

In the person of St. Louis IX were the qualities which form a great king, a hero of romance, and a saint! With his death, the century of knights ended. One day a messenger, breathless with haste, burst in upon the king with surprising and exciting news. "Your majesty," he cried, "hasten to the Church! A great miracle is occurring there. A priest is saying holy Mass, and after the consecration, instead of the host there is visible on the altar Jesus Himself in His human figure. Everyb...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

During Mass today, I saw the Lord Jesus, who said to me, "Be at peace, My daughter; I see your efforts, which are very pleasing to Me." And the Lord disappeared, and it was time for Holy Communion. After I received Holy Communion, I suddenly saw the Cenacle and in it Jesus and the Apostles. I saw the institution of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Jesus allowed me to penetrate His interior, and I came to know the greatness of His majesty and, at the same time, His great humbling of Himsel...


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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

You should adore our Lord Jesus Christ, who makes himself present to us on the altar, so that we might offer him the homage and adoration we owe. Pray that just as he changes the lower earthly nature of bread and wine into his body and blood he might change and transform also the sluggishness, coldness and dryness of our earthly and arid heat into the fire, tenderness and agility of the holy divine affections and dispositions of his divine and heavenly heart. Then you should remember...


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The Happy Priest: On This Rock I Will Build My Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Next Sunday's gospel passage directs our gaze to Rome, the center of Catholicism.  As Catholics, our identity, meaning and direction only have fulfillment in so far as we are united to the Vicar of Christ, the visible head of the Church.   The challenging times that we live in provides countless opportunities to be heroically faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. 

In order to continue his work on earth and lead all peoples to eternal salvatio...
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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

Saint Tarcisius, the boy martyr of the Holy Eucharist, is called the Patron Saint of First Communicants.

It was to young Tarcisius that the Blessed Sacrament was entrusted to be carried, as inconspicuously as possible, as Holy Viaticum to imprisoned Christians who had been condemned to death.

One day when Tarcisius refused to show them what he was carrying, a band of pagan Roman ruffians attacked him and beat him with sticks before stoning him to death.

When his assailants turned...


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Eucharistic Miracles

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

We who hold faithful to what the Roman Catholic Church teaches, believe that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  We believe it on the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who promised to give us His flesh to eat and blood to drink, at the lakeside of Galilee (John 6, 48-60), and who fulfilled that promise at the Last Supper (Matt. 26: 26-28; Luke 22: 19-20; Mark 14: 22-24; 1 Cor. 11: 23-25).  We have also the divine, infallible testimon...


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The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

"Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society"

--Saint Francis

Text Box:  One of the most famous and enduring, if not endearing saints of the West was born the son of a wealthy silk merchant in the southern Italian town of Assisi.  Peter and Pica Bernadone became parents while Peter was away in France on business.  The newborn was baptized and christened with the name of John (Giovanni), but upon his father’s return from a successful business trip to France, he was renamed Francesco, or as w...


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ACTS OF THE APOSTOLES

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Acts 1  —  THE UPPER ROOM

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth." —1:8

In an upper room, Jesus gave us His body and blood in Holy Communion at the Last Supper. In an upper room, Jesus baptized His disciples with the Holy Spirit. The upper room was a place of prayer. For nine days, "together they devoted themselves to constant prayer" (1:14).

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ECCLESIASTES

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Qoheleth, the writer of Ecclesiastes, convincingly argues that all human activity is meaningless. This book is ultra-depressing, but accurate and realistic, considering it was written before Christ. Life is worth living only because of Jesus' love poured out in His death and resurrection.

Key word    VANITY
 
Key verse    "Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!" —1:2
 
Command verse    "Fear God and k...

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ESTHER

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

This book gives the origins of the Jewish feast of Purim. The word "pur" means "lot," referring to the lot cast by Haman to determine the time for the extermination of the Jews. Haman's plan was dramatically reversed. The Jews were able to destroy their enemies instead of being destroyed. This reversal was due to the fasting, courage, and wisdom of Queen Esther. This supernatural reversal of a plan for destruction into overwhelming victory is celebrated in the feast of Purim and pre...


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HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.

COME, HOLY SPIRIT

"No one knows what lies at the depths of God but the Spirit of God." — 1 Corinthians 2:11

The Bible reveals the depths of God and on...


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