Blessed John of Vericelli

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God gives us a role in what happens in life

“Freedom is to acknowledge that God is all…. It is complete self-fulfillment … the possibility to reach and confront one’s destiny” (Giussani). Pope John Paul II reminded us that “communion with the crucified and risen Lord is the never-ending source from which the Church draws unceasingly in order to live in freedom.” Freedom means adhering to the risen Lord with the full force of our full-blown faith. As Cardinal Christoph Schönborn writes, “To

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Saint Andrew, Apostle

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We humbly beseech Thy majesty, O Lord, that as blessed Andrew the Apostle was both a preacher and ruler of Thy Church, so he may unceasingly interceded for us with Thee.
Pope Benedict’s General Audience of 14 June 2006 talks about Saint Andrew, the

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Pope calls for prayers and care for those living with HIV/AIDS

This coming December 1 the World AIDS Day will be
observed. My thought and my prayer go to all persons affected by this sickness,
in particular children, to the poorest and to those who are rejected. The
Church does not cease to combat AIDS, through her institutions and the
personnel dedicated to it. I exhort everyone to make their own contribution
with prayer and care, so that those who are affected by the HIV virus will feel
the presence of

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Appeal to Pope Benedict

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As you know, 21 November 2009 the Holy Father held an
audience in Rome with a number of prominent artists, musicians and architects.
In support of his efforts, a number of Catholic architects, academics,
musicologists, journalists have drafted a letter of appeal to Pope Benedict
offering considerations for the recovery the sacred arts in support of the

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Advent 2009: Come Lord, Jesus, “my eyes are toward, You Lord, leave me not defenseless”

Los entering the Grave Wm Blake.jpgTo Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.

(Introit, 1st Sunday of Advent)
The Latin Church begins her observance of Advent with First Vespers for the First Sunday

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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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