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The hard work of being a person of peace

The Benedictine ideal of the human being is not that
of one who achieves and accomplishes things, not a person with an unusual
religious gift, not a great ascetic, but the wise and mature person who knows
how to bring people together, who creates around herself or himself an
atmosphere of peace and mutual understanding.


Behind this ideal image stands a
high demand. No one can simply resolve to become a peacemaker.

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Saint Matthew, the evangelist

St Matthew Caravaggio.jpgWe beseech Thee, O Lord, let the prayers of blessed Matthew, Thine Apostle and Evangelist, assist us, that those things which we cannot obtain by ourselves may be granted us by his intercession.

Adrienne von Speyer says of Saint Matthew: “in prayer, he feels himself drawn toward something mysterious in the Son, toward the Son’s divinity, toward the Father and the Spirit. And he always believes that the

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Confronting what is being proposed: a viewpoint on real education

This past summer some members of Communion and
Liberation gathered for the second time to discuss important educational
matters at a conference which met in Cambridge, MA. The 2009 theme of the Education Conference was “The Risk of Educating:
The Student-Teacher Relationship.”


“[Msgr. Luigi] Giussani
talks about this need to live this question, “To educate means to propose
something.  But it would mean to
dump something on someone externally,

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Rooted in Jesus Christ (RiJC): an Adult Faith Formation Community

Rooted in Jesus Christ (RiJC) is an Adult Faith
Formation Community whose goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to explore
ways to ratify, strengthen, and renew their knowledge of, and love for, Jesus
Christ. If you are interested in deepening your faith, then we invite you to
join us at one of our Friday night gatherings. RiJC meets at Our Lady of Good
Counsel Church (East 90th Street, NYC, btw 2nd & 3rd Aves). For dates of
the meeting

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Saint Gaetano Catanoso –a saint for the Year of the Priest

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Many think that Saint John Vianney is the only canonized
parish priest. Vianney is certainly the most known for his extraordinary life.
And it helps that popes and other notable authors have drawn our attention to
him. But there is another saint who has a persuasive personality who is also a
parish priest and worthy of our

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Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor: Eamon Duffy strikes again

EDuffy Mary Catholic England.jpgStuart Chessman, the blogger at The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny recently gave his musings of Eamon Duffy’s newest work, Fires of faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

Professor Duffy was at Yale this past week to present the Bainton Lecture on his work.
While I have not read the book, I am always intrigued by

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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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