Praying for what God wants

We tend to pray with great intensity for the things we

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Blessed Roger of Todi, companion of Saint Francis

The Lord sealed a covenant of peace with him, bestowing the priestly dignity upon him forever. (Sir. 45:30)

Lord, through the wise counsel of blessed Roger You have gathered to Yourself many peoples. As we eagerly run the way of Your commandments, may his intercession obtain for us a firm faith and true peace of heart.

Known as being on fire for the salvation of souls, Saint Francis admitted Roger to his fraternity and later asked him to help guide a community of women under

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Anglicans coming to Rome? Why? … Here’s your answer

If you want to know the reasons why the bishops and vicars of the Traditional Anglican Communion petitioned the Holy Father for full communion –which led to the motu proprio for the Anglicans (given on Nov. 4, 2009), then read their October 2007 letter. The It was recently published by a blogger of Anglo-Catholic sensiblities. Here it is

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

St Thomas Aquinas2.jpgBlessed be the Lord; for love of him Saint Thomas Aquinas spent long hours in prayer, study, and writing. (Gospel antiphon for Lauds)


O Lord my God, help me to be obedient without reserve,
poor without servility, chaste without compromise, humble without pretense,
joyful without depravity, serious without affectation, active without
frivolity, submissive without bitterness, truthful without

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St. Francis: Innovator with and not against the Pope

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In a recent catechesis, I already illustrated the
providential role that the Order of Friars Minor and the Order of Preachers,
founded respectively by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Dominic Guzmán, had in
the renewal of the Church of their time. Today I would like to present to you
the figure of Francis, an authentic “giant” of holiness, who

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The Franciscan Project of Life – 800 Years Young

During
this 800th anniversary year of the founding of the Franciscan Order,
Franciscans throughout the world have remembered the occasion with celebrations
and have also been reflecting on the demands of Franciscans today. Though
Franciscan life is expressed differently depending on one’s state in life, five
basic commitments characterize all Franciscan’s lives
. These five commitments
offer a continuing challenge for renewal and recommitment to living the Franciscan
life which this anniversary year has helped to foster.

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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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