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O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary.  Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary.  Let me be united with them now on earth and forever in heaven.

Acknowledgement

Unknown.  “The Last Supper.”  Source/Photographer Acervo de Obras de Arte Europeia em Coleções Brasileiras.  

Text: http://www.catholicwalton.com/prayer-to-st-john-the-evangelist/

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O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose of Milan.  His prayer seems very appropriate to the Advent season, and in some ways reminds me of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge (let us remember that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable):

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,
Amen.

Acknowledgement

AmbroseOfMilan.jpg ‎(312 × 600 pixels, file size: 84 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) — https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AmbroseOfMilan.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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For parts one and two, click here

In his pivotal Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II noted an important and fundamental “fruit” of the Original Sin for the relationship between man and woman: (more…)

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This is the final installment in a three-part series.  For parts one and two, click here

Let’s get right to it: Theologically speaking, what’s so special about being a girl?

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Do I have your attention?

Good.  The fidget spinners have done their duty, and we can move on.

Do I know you?

Even better.

Are you a past Into the Dance reader?

Better still.

Does it seem to you that I’ve been gone for quite awhile?

That doesn’t surprise me.  It’s because I have. (more…)

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fall

I am prejudiced when it comes to the four seasons — fall is my favorite.

Fall is nature at its aesthetic best, giving us a heraldic panoply of colors and scents.

But fall is traditionally a time to reflect on the reality of death, as well as being a time of beauty.

Forgive me, but I don’t think that’s an accident. (more…)

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