Saint Justin martyr

The saints were seized and brought before the prefect of
Rome, whose name was Rusticus. As they stood before the judgment seat, Rusticus
the prefect said to Justin, “Above all, have faith in the gods and obey the
emperors.” Justin said, “We cannot be accused or condemned for obeying the
commands of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Rusticus said, “What system of teaching do you profess?”
Justin said, “I have tried to learn about every system, but I have

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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions, June 2009

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The general intention

That international efforts to help poorer nations bring
prompt, concrete results to relieve the crushing burden of foreign debt.

The mission intention

That local Church communities serving areas torn by violence may be supported through the love

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Living in the Spirit with the Blessed Virgin Mary

Have you thought much about the terrific connection between the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit? There is an ever stronger interest in my heart that is building in me to experience more fully this intimacy, this desire of the Lord that is known in the heart of Mary. I mentioned it the other day by suggesting using some of the mysteries of the rosary to allow us to consider that intimacy between the Divine and the human. The Pope gave the follow

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The Special work of the Holy Spirit

Each of the three Divine Persons is holy, and each is a
spirit, and we give the name “Holy Spirit” to the Third Person precisely
because He is all that the Father and the Son have 

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common -their divinity,
their charity, their blessedness, their delight in each other, their holiness
and their spiritual nature. The Holy Spirit is

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Pantheon Rose

Pantheon roses.jpgEvery year on the Solemnity of Pentecost there’s a shower of red roses during the singing of the   Veni Sanctae Spiritus at the Pantheon, the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Martrys.

See the video clip of this famous Roman tradition.

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Come, Holy Ghost

Come, Holy Ghost, send down those beams,

which sweetly flow in silent streams

from Thy bright throne above.

 

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O come, Thou Father of the poor;

O come, Thou source of all our store,

come, fill our hearts with love.

 

O Thou, of comforters

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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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