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“Doctor of Divine Love”

January 20, 2022

The 20-year-old Francis found peace in the radical and liberating love of God: “‘loving him without asking anything in return and trusting in divine love; no longer asking what will God do with me: I simply love him, independently of all that he gives me or does not give me. Thus, I find peace’ and the question of predestination – which was being discussed at that time – was resolved, because he no longer sought what he might receive from God; he simply loved God and abandoned himself to his goodness. And this was to be the secret of his life which would shine out in his main work: the The Treatise on the Love of God.”

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Priest: servant or boss?

December 21, 2021

It will therefore be necessary, on the one hand, to restore and use the historic confessionals in continuity with tradition; on the other hand, the creation of new confessionals, which are not only functional and comfortable like any other place of welcome, but have the shape and signs of a sacred place, which arouses prayer, promotes silence, allows the penitential gesture of placing oneself on their knees and allows them to celebrate the sacrament in a way that conforms to liturgical norms. 

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The inner place

December 2, 2021

The desert is not necessarily a solitary place far away from our bustling cities. It’s the inner place you can discover daily in your inner self, when you get out of your “highs and lows” and honestly open-up to God in your naked truth. There God will meet you, and show you the way to live your work, your relationships, your consuming routine with a deeper meaning, “immersed” in His Mercy and with a spirit of service. This is the baptism we may need this Advent.

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Intercessors and models of Christian life

November 2, 2021

The expression “communion of saints” indicates the participation of all the members of the Church in the faith, sacraments, charisms and other spiritual gifts. About this mystic communion St Josemaría Escrivá said “live a special Communion of Saints: and, in the moments of interior struggle just as in the hours of professional work, each of you will feel the joy and the strength of not being alone.”

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Celebrating Halloween Meaningfully

November 1, 2021

The day of All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day, is celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. Hence, the true spirit of Halloween belongs to the Catholic Church and thus excludes the violence, gore, sensuality, or demonism now commonly associated with Halloween.

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Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines

October 12, 2021

The question of the use of vaccines, in general, is often at the center of controversy in the forum of public opinion. In recent months, this Congregation has received several requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, which, in the course of research and production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century. At the same time, diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements in the mass media by bishops, Catholic associations, and experts have raised questions about the morality of the use of these vaccines.

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October 6, 2021

There would be new prohibitions on the sale of travel from Manila (14 March and 20 December 1632) at a time when Philip III of Portugal requested the support of the Count of Linhares from the governor of Manila in order to expel the Dutch from Ilha Formosa, insisting at the same time “in the total cut off of communication and trade between China and Manila, in order to avoid the great inconveniences that resulted in the States of the East and West Indies.”