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A Lesson about Forgiveness: The Story of St. Maria Goretti

Among the saints canonized by the Catholic Church, St. Maria Goretti is one of the youngest. She was just 11 years old when she died. Maria died of a fatal attack by her neighbour Alessandro, after she refused to submit to his sexual advances. Fountain of Grace's production team followed Fr. Carlos Martins to Maria's former residence to learn about forgiveness from this saint.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 7


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Finding Christ in the Eucharist

A group of youth witnesses their passion in prayer and Eucharistic adoration, their strong feelings towards the Eucharist, and their experience in building an intimate relationship with Christ and in discerning their vocation.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 2


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Pope Francis: We are called to face the Evil one through prayer, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life

(CNA/EWTN News) Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Lent.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 22


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Pope Francis: Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others

(NCRegister.com) In his homily at Mass on November 1 in Malmo, Sweden, on the feast of All Saints, Pope Francis has underlined how the Beatitudes are a Christian’s “identity card” that “identify us as followers of Jesus.”
Publish date: 2016 - 11 - 3


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Pope Francis: The ministry of bishops, priests and deacons is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on November 12, Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 13


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Love of God Entails Love of Neighbor

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Love of God Entails Love of NeighborEdmond Lo The first reading of this Sunday is part of the so-called Book of Covenant (Ex 20:22-23:19), which contains a collection of mainly casuistic laws. These are secular laws that emerged from practice; they serve to build up a realistic social order in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 26


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Pope Francis: Charisms are bestowed upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience on October 1 to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters. “A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 2


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Our Zeal for God Is Consuming Us!

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God” (Psalm 63:2). Gentle in tone and unadorned in expression, the human yearning for God, as reflected in the antiphon of this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, belies the zeal and vigour simmering deep in the psalmist’s heart. In fact, his longing for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 31


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Pope Francis: God’s will is that we grow in our capacity to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) During his weekly general audience on August 27, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 28


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Proper Wedding Garments

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


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Prosperity as a Disease

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 19


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Was Jesus sent only for the lost sheep of Israel?

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Whenever I read this passage in the gospel of Matthew, I always wonder if Jesus knew already the answer of the woman. Theologically He should, for He is true God and true Man. Therefore His refusal to attend the woman’s plea at the beginning is not a lack of sympathy […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 17


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Tough Love

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 14


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Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

(CNA/EWTN News) – After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in Iraq and Gaza, revealing that his personal envoy to Iraq will leave Monday. “Dear brothers and sisters: The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 13


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Greatest in the Kingdom of God

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 12


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Obeying Men, Disobeying God

Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.” He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand. It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man; but […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 5


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Parable of the New and Old Treasure

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 31


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Pope Francis: Christians are called to imitate the patience of God

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly Sunday Angelus address on July 20, Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 24


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Pope Francis: May the Lord give to all the strength and courage to take concrete actions to build peace

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday July 13, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer. “I extend a heartfelt appeal to all of you to continue to pray earnestly for peace in the Holy Land, in light of the tragic events of recent days,” […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 17


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Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 15


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Pope Francis: Christians are called to become refreshment and comfort for others, in imitation of Christ

(CNA/EWTN News) At his Angelus address on Sunday July 6, Pope Francis noted that Christ’s invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered everyday […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 10


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The Commissioning of the Twelve

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 10


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In the Face of Calumny

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 8


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God is love

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time If one has to find a word that sums up the underlying message and the spirit of the Gospel, it would easily be agreed that the word is—Love, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). If we look deeply enough, it could be just as easy to find another word which […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 6


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Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 1