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Saint John Bosco: Hero of Youth JEAN M. HEIMANN - January 30, 2017 ... complete the farm chores previously performed by their father to support the family. At age nine, John had a vision that foretold his vocation. In the dream, he was encircled by a crowd of boys who were fighting and cursing. He tried to calm them, first by reasoning with them, then by hitting them. Suddenly, a mysterious lady appeared, who directed him, "Softly, softly…if you wish to win them! Take your shepherds staff if you wish to lead them to pasture." Her words transformed the ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/01/saint-john-bosco-hero-youth/
A Template for Real Catholic Reform in 2017 (Commentary) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2017 ... Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues in northern New York State, gave their lives for Christ while preaching him to those who had never heard his name. Others, like the Englishmen John Fisher and Thomas More bore witness to the Catholic faith at the hands of an absolute state that demanded they betray their faith, and later Edmund Campion, who died at the hands of a Protestant reform run amok. Evangelization and mission The rediscovery of the richness of the Catholic faith inspired a zeal to share this ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-template-for-real-catholic-reform-in.html
Politics May Complicate Sainthood for Pakistani Martyr (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 31, 2016 ... them to villages to see how Christians truly live in a country where they're less than two percent of the population, most consigned to illiteracy, poverty, and chronic second-class citizenship. Bhatti would later recall that when he was 13, he heard a Good Friday sermon about the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and says he decided then and there he would dedicate his life to defending Christians and other minorities in the country. In college he founded an organization for Christian students ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/politics-may-complicate-sainthood-for.html
The Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Christ the King) IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - November 16, 2016 ... the Son of Man. He ordered the angels to use the sickle because the harvest had begun. Wednesday: (Revelation 15) Seven angels with seen plagues were leashed. The beast had been defeated and the victors sang in praise. Thursday: (Revelation 18) They will cry out, "Fallen. Fallen is Babylon, the great. At the end, a great multitude exclaimed, "Amen." Friday (Revelation 20) The beast, the devil, was thrown into the abyss, which was locked and sealed so other nations could not be led astray. I ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-thirty-fourth-sunday-in-ordinary.html
Conversion Story of Zacchaeus, Matt Talbot and ? VENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - November 6, 2016 ... alcohol for three months. He began to go to daily Mass, which he continued to do until the day he died. Three months seemed like an eternity and involved a terrible struggle. But he stayed away from the pub and his drinking friends. He slept only four hours, spending the rest of the night reading spiritual books and praying. He especially turned to reading the lives of the saints to replace his former friends who were still drinking. Having remained sober for three months he took the pledge ...http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-conversion-tory-of-zacchaeus-matt.html
All Saints' Day: We Should All Desire to Be Saints HAPPY CATHOLIC* - November 1, 2016 ... The thought struck me as a little weird. I said: "How do you expect me to become a saint?" "By wanting to," said Lax, simply. "I can't be a saint," I said, "I can't be a saint." And my mind darkened with a confusion of realities and unrealities: the knowledge of my own sins, and the false humility which makes men say that they cannot do the things that they must do, cannot reach the level that they must reach: the cowardice that says: "I am ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2016/11/all-saints-day-we-should-all-desire-to.html