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The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger. When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens. The pope’s itinerary is posted at the US Catholic Bishops Conference’s website (usccb.org), so we know many of the particulars: the pope will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, speak at the United Nations in New York, and participate...

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The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger. When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens. The pope’s itinerary is posted at the US Catholic Bishops Conference’s website (usccb.org), so we know many of the particulars: the pope will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, speak at the United Nations in New York, and participate...

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Bridging the Digital Divide

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The other night I was working in our upstairs office when I got an instant message on the computer from Mark–who was just downstairs watching TV–asking me to check something in the office for him. Now mind you, we don’t live in a 14-story house where it would be quite an endeavor for him to hike all the way up to the office and check on whatever it was he needed. No, it is one flight of stairs–18 steps to be exact. When I IM’d him back pointing this out, he said it was just easier and quicker this way. Yeah, seems like...

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Bridging the Digital Divide

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The other night I was working in our upstairs office when I got an instant message on the computer from Mark–who was just downstairs watching TV–asking me to check something in the office for him. Now mind you, we don’t live in a 14-story house where it would be quite an endeavor for him to hike all the way up to the office and check on whatever it was he needed. No, it is one flight of stairs–18 steps to be exact. When I IM’d him back pointing this out, he said it was just easier and quicker this way. Yeah, seems like...

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Growing Well Despite the Weather

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer wish you all a very happy feast of St Alphonsus! This year we have had a poor summer in Orkney. But on Papa Stronsay the greenhouse, although a little slowed by the lack of sun, is continuing to produce wonders. The Holy Angels have arranged for some good weather for St Alphonsus’ feast day.The greenhouse on Papa Stronsay. Br Alfonso Maria, F.SS.R.has been the labourer in the greenhouse this year, and he has kept the community supplied with fresh lettuce every day. Juicy peaches! The tomatoes have...

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Jean Vanier: The One I Reject Is the One Who Heals Me

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Jean Vanier’s new book The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. We are all filled with fears, prejudices, and wounds. We are afraid of our own limits, fragility, and mortality. We are afraid of those who are different, of people with disabilities, of people like Eric. If we let go of our defenses, we meet within ourselves those parts of us that are also wounded, disabled, and weak. It is extraordinary to discover within ourselves the wounded person we have been...

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Jean Vanier: The One I Reject Is the One Who Heals Me

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Jean Vanier’s new book The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. We are all filled with fears, prejudices, and wounds. We are afraid of our own limits, fragility, and mortality. We are afraid of those who are different, of people with disabilities, of people like Eric. If we let go of our defenses, we meet within ourselves those parts of us that are also wounded, disabled, and weak. It is extraordinary to discover within ourselves the wounded person we have been...

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The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different. My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in appreciation of the Psalms, whether they have a natural love for them or find them foreign. The present writing is an attempt to suggest some thoughts about the Psalms. The author does not intend a deep and systematic presentation. Rather, from...

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The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different. My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in appreciation of the Psalms, whether they have a natural love for them or find them foreign. The present writing is an attempt to suggest some thoughts about the Psalms. The author does not intend a deep and systematic presentation. Rather, from...

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The Holy Words of St. Anthony

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the benefit of his brothers. I’d like to share with you some passages of St. Anthony’s sermons. Sunlight Reveals Dirt Let me begin with this short passage from one of Anthony’s sermons:“When it is dark, we do not see how dusty and dirty our house...

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The Holy Words of St. Anthony

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the benefit of his brothers. I’d like to share with you some passages of St. Anthony’s sermons. Sunlight Reveals Dirt Let me begin with this short passage from one of Anthony’s sermons:“When it is dark, we do not see how dusty and dirty our house...

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When Love Goes Wrong

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When I decided to write a book about the experience of shame and Christian spiritual growth, I didn’t talk about it much. Too negative, too discouraging—these were the reactions I figured I’d get. But I was wrong. Instead, I’ve been amazed, mildly startled actually, by the consistently constructive, encouraging responses I’ve received once word slipped out that I was hard at work on such a book. “I’m glad you’re writing about that; it’s really important. So many people find it hard to take themselves seriously, let alone love themselves.”...

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A Sign for the Isle

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Papa Stronsay now proudly displays its own sign!  Under the Papa Stronsay Arms can be read the three ancient names of Papa Stronsay:Papey Minni.Papey Minor.Papey in Litla. A Great sight as you approach the Papa Stronsay Pier! Very Rev Fr. Michael Mary and the brothers erect the new sign on the pier wall. Fr. Magdala Maria handles the drill and is assisted by Br Alfonso Maria and Very Rev Fr Michael...

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Gallup Poll shows Pope Francis is not so “Laudato” these days

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Have you seen the Gallup Poll on Pope Francis’ popularity? HERE His favorability has, essentially, crashed. Back in February 2015, Pew Research showed that 70% of all Americans and 90% of Catholics viewed Francis favorably. Today, according Gallup, his favorability is at 71%. So, in about 6 months – half a year – Francis’ popularity in these U.S.A., has, among Catholics, fallen nearly 20% (19% to be exact).   That’s in only 6 months. Let us ask: What happened between February and now? Laudato si’....

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The Chime Travelers Series Arrives!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lisa M. Hendey, founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, give us a glimpse into her new Chime Travelers books, published by Servant. When the bells chime, get ready for adventure and fun as you join Katie and Patrick on their travels back in time to far-distant lands. The mysterious strangers they meet along the way turn out to be saints of old who become close friends who help our young travelers understand their faith a little better. Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Be ready when you hear the bells chime. Available Now! The Sign of...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."