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April 15, 2018

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This past Monday, as we celebrated the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Holy See published an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Gaudete et Exsultate. Pope Francis describes it not as "a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification" but as an opportunity to "repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities".

In 177 short paragraphs the Holy Father reflects on aspects of the call to holiness in the modern world. He points out the pitfalls of Gnosticism and Pelagianism, highlights the necessity of grace, expounds on the Beatitudes, emphasizes the Lord's teaching on the separation of the sheep and the goats, details some characteristics of holiness such as perseverance, patience, meekness, joy, humor, boldness, passion, community, constant prayer and concludes with a warning about the real activity of the devil and the danger of lethargy:

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April 1, 2018

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REJOICE!
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RALLEGRATEVI!
RÉJOUISSEZ-VOUS!

>The Resurrection of Christ

The Resurrection of Christ by Alonso López de Herrera
(ca. 1585 - ca. 1675)

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March 25, 2018

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From a sermon by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop
(c. 650 – 4 July 740)
[Oratio 9 in ramos palmarum: PG 97, 990-994]

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority, and power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.

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March 18, 2018

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Tomorrow, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, many of us will be making or renewing our consecration to Jesus through Mary. St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716) helped promote through his book True Devotion to Mary this way of making our lives more intentional.

On the Saturdays of Lent some of us who have been reading 33 Days to Morning Glory have been gathering to listen to and to discuss the reflections of Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC whose Consecration Prayer might inspire you to join us next time:

I, __________, a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before. Mary, I give you my heart. Please set it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure Heart that I may love Jesus and the members of his Body with your own perfect love.

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