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Rend your Hearts, not your Garments

If you discovered you were to die in 5 minutes what would your next thought be?  Your last words? And what if you discovered that you were going to be burned alive by the legitimate reigning government? Fear.  Anger.  Resentment.  Venomous threats and lashing out. Those are some of the thoughts that come to my […]

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St. Stephen: Remembering the First Martyr

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those with whom he is pleased,” sang the heavenly hosts to the shepherds on the night of our Savior’s birth, giving us our first Christmas carol (a doxology). The angels bade the shepherds to throw away their fear and make haste to seek the […]

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Strength of the Saints

As a continuation of an earlier post, I would like to shed light on another name that is heard, but rarely understood when spoken of during the consecration of the Eucharist during Holy Mass. As the list of names that is read in the longer form of the Mass permits, one will hear the names […]

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