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ASK THE LITURGIST (20) – Liturgical Group – 2

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– Enrico Finotti If the three commissions adhere to this threefold way of proceeding they can only be effective in their ecclesial action and promote an authentic work of evangelization, sanctification and Christian life in charity. Unfortunately, in a widespread mentality and in a now generalized costume, this procedure is completely reversed. Instead of starting from the mystery, listening to…

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BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (12) – Were all the apostles of the same rank?

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Christ giving the keys to Peter (1481-1482), Pietro Perugino, Sistine  Chapel (Vatican) – Rev José Mario O Mandía Jesus handpicked twelve men whose names are listed in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16) and in the Acts of the Apostles (1:13 excluding Judas Iscariot). Saint Matthew writes, “The names of the twelve apostles are these: first,…

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THE KEY TO PEACE – 16th December 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 Shiu Lan www.FLL.cc In this third Sunday of Advent as we anticipate and prepare ourselves to relive the spirit of that first Christmas more than two thousand years ago, the scripture readings remind us of the comings of Jesus Christ. The Gospel reading is about the first coming of Christ and the Second reading…

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GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (32)

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– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro After the assault, devoid of anyone who understood the local language – “in the midst of hills frequented by thieves, without having to guide me along” – since the interpreters had been accomplices of the crime, Estevão Cacela and the boy had no other alternative than to return to the starting point. A painful stretch…

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ST JOHN OF THE CROSS – God or nothing

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– Aurelio Porfiri There are many differences among the saints. That is, there are many ways of being a saint even if all are united by the burning desire to follow God with all their strength. Sanctity is a river that has many tributaries. Some saints are more popular than others for historical or devotional reasons that may even escape…

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CHURCH FATHERS (36) – Rufinus of Aquileia

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– Anastasios Rufinus of Aquileia, also called Tyrannius Rufinus (346-411) was a theologian and a writer. He was good friend of Saint Jerome. But the friendship took a bad turn and became bitter when they quarreled over the doctrines of Origen. He visited Egypt and Palestine (371-378). Was ordained as a priest by John, bishop of Jerusalem. He will die…

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UNITED WITH HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD IN MEETING THE BABY JESUS – Advent takes us to the Savior

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– Miguel Augusto We began a new liturgical year (Year C), with Advent before Christmas. Four weeks to meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation, where there shine forth the Blessed Mother Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ, God who became man. In these weeks, we await the glorious coming of the Lord, and we remember the waiting of the…

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SEASON OF HOPE – Where is my heart going?

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– FAUSTO GOMEZ OP For Christians, the liturgical season of Advent is a very significant one. I wish to share with you some thoughts on the meaning and relevance of Advent not only during the season of Advent but through our lives. I focus my simple meditation first on Advent as hope; second, on hope as fidelity to the present,…

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MARIAN APPARITIONS (94) – Genoa, Italy

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In Genoa, Italy there lived a poor woman, named Petruccia who undertook to build a church, which appeared to everyone impossible; she did not fail to lay the first stone of it, and assured everyone that she should not die before the Blessed Virgin and St. Augustine finished this work. In fact, this church was found miraculously completed a short…

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