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Be Not Afraid: The Surprising Holy Origins of Halloween SOUTHERN FRIED CATHOLICISM - October 31, 2013 ... Faith – recording the date of their martyrdom on the official calendar of the Church and commemorating that day each year. This commemoration would include a special Mass in thanksgiving to God for the martyr's Christian witness and it asked for the saint's intercessory prayers before God's heavenly throne. Eventually, the persecutions of the Church became so intense and the number of the martyrs so prolific, that it became obvious that there would not ...http://www.southernfriedcatholicism.com/2013/10/be-not-afraid-surprising-holy-origins.html
A Gift of a Man of Joy CATHOLICMOM.COM - October 20, 2013 ... looked as though he could see something we others could not. When the ministers of hospitality came around with the collection baskets I thought for sure that he would let it pass him by without a donation. After all, even if he wasn't homeless he for sure didn't look like he had anything to give monetarily. As the basket passed him by I saw him drop a rolled up amount of bills along with some change into that basket and my heart sank. This man who obviously had very little ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Catholicmomcom/~3/AKx6k1vrprg/
In Memoriam Seamus Heaney. THE CITY AND THE WORLD - August 30, 2013 ... occurred; I went to the altar rails and received the mystery on my tongue, returned to my place, shut my eyes fast, made an act of thanksgiving, opened my eyes and felt time starting up again. It was phenomenally refreshing and, when I began to admit to myself that I was losing faith in it, I was very sorry. Intellectually speaking, the loss of faith occurred offstage, there was never a scene where I had it out with myself or another. But the potency of those words ['transubstantiation' and ...http://jesuitjoe.blogspot.com/2013/08/in-memoriam-seamus-heaney.html