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"The God of peace be with you all. Amen." Rom 15: 33
Reading of the Day

"When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’He said, ‘Yes, he does.’ And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?’When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offence to them, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me." Mt 17:24-27
Saint of the Day
Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. The temptation for many modern readers (including the author) would be to see little to identify with in these graces and walk away without seeing more. The other temptation would be to become so fascinated with these stories that one would neglect to dig deeper and learn the real lessons of her life.

But Mary Magdalene de Pazzi is not a saint because she received ecstasies and graces from God. Many have received visions, ecstasies, and miracles without becoming holy. She is a saint because of her response to those gifts -- a lifelong struggle to show love and gratitude to the God who gave her those graces.

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Pope Praises St. Rita of Cascia, Saint of Hopeless Causes (Full Text of General Audience)

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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘The Christian Carries the Burdens of Life Without Losing Peace’

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Holy Father Lauds Work of Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME)

May 20, 2019. ‘I give thanks to the Lord for the long journey that He has made your Institute undertake in almost 170 years of its foundation…’

Holy Father on a New Commandment at the Last Supper

May 19, 2019. ‘As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’

Pope Cites Beatification of Opus Dei Laywoman

May 19, 2019. Maria Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri Beatified May 18 in Madrid

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Cardinal Becciu’s Homily for Beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (Full Text)

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Archbishop Follo: A New Command for a New Love

May 17, 2019. With the wish to understand more and more that the new commandment of Christ is to love us reciprocally: to give us to the other totally and to receive the other as a gift.

INTERVIEW: Sex Education that Educates Truly

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Pope Explains Twofold Supplication Within ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

May 15, 2019. ‘There is an evil in our life, which is an incontestable presence.’

Against Evil and Temptation? Pope Encourages Using God’s Weapons of Prayer, Reconciliation and Charity

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Pope Encourages Newlyweds, Elderly, Sick, Youth to Imitate Mary

May 15, 2019 . ‘Be courageous and capable of opening your heart to God’

General Audience: On the Our Father’s ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ (Full Text)

May 15, 2019 . ‘It’s the tempter who moves us and pushes us to evil, saying to us: ‘Do this, think this, go on that path’

General Audience: Pope: ‘The ‘Our Father’ Powerfully Confronts the Complete Range of Evil’

May 15, 2019. ‘Life is fraught with difficulties, evil is present in all of our lives, and so this final cry of the ‘Our Father’ powerfully confronts the complete range of evil’

Holy Father’s Homily for Ordination of 19 to Priesthood in Vatican Basilica (Full Text)

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