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St Martin de Porres

O God, who exalts the humble and who made Saint Martin your confessor, to enter into the heavenly kingdom, grant through his merits and intercession, that we may so follow the example of his humility on earth as to deserve to be exalted with him in heaven. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint Martin de Porres, draw us closer to Christ, pray for us.

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NY Oblates’ Retreat 2019

Labor Day weekend (2019) had 25 of the NY Oblates of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey attended their annual retreat in Ossining, NY. We welcomed several new people. We were blessed, once again to have Fr. Mateo Zamora, OSB was our retreat master, with a series of conferences “A Careful Watch: Vigilance in the Rule of St. Benedict.”

Vigilance is a looking forward to something. It is sober, thoughtful, careful. We care for another; we anticipate something/someone for the future; we

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Pachamama: idolatry breeds sacrilege

THE IDOLATRY AND SACRILEGE AT THE RECENT SYNOD ON THE AMAZON

I wish to speak to you about recent events in Rome, in connection with the synod—the meeting of bishops—regarding the Amazon region. This synod was summoned in order to address the challenges faced by the Church in the Amazon region, especially those that are connected with the evangelization of the indigenous peoples there. During the synod, images of Pachamama, the earth goddess of the Incas, was displayed

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Freedom’s burden without which we aren’t fully human

A lot of our work in the School of Community (the weekly catechesis for those who follow Communion and Liberation) has much to educating our heart and mind to depth and horizon of freedom as a gift give by God for our living in grace –His inner life. Today, I came across a terrific essay on freedom that is at once liberating and daunting. A real substantial call to be in communion with the Holy Trinity. Here’s an excerpt of Ware’s essay and a link to the full

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The encounter that changes everything

It seems to me that we need a renewed orientation in our spiritual, intellectual and apostolic lives, a renewed orientation that exists in Christ Jesus squarely and firmly. John Paul II told the youth at Toronto:

Our personal encounter with Christ bathes life in new light, sets us on the right path, and sends us out to be his witnesses. This new way of looking at the world and at people, which comes to us from him, leads us more deeply into the mystery of faith, which is

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St John Paul II –look to the Lord

Our time invites us, pushes us, obligates us to look to the Lord, and to plunge into a humble and devout meditation on the mystery of the supreme power of Christ himself.

He who was born of the Virgin Mary, the so-called son of the carpenter, the Son of the living God, as Peter confessed, came to make all of us “a kingdom of priests.”

The Second Vatican Council has reminded us of the mystery of this power, and

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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