Saint Augustine
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Saint Augustine

Augustine’s faith was essentially a thinking faith, endeavouring to bring together the belief of his heart and the abilities of his mind. This is well illustrated by the fact that his favourite verse from scripture was a [mis]quotation from Isaiah 7:9, ‘If you do not believe, then you will not understand.’ Faith seeks understanding: faith…

Mary Magdalen
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Mary Magdalen

In 2016, Pope Francis elevated thge memorial of St Mary Magdalen, traditionally observed on 22 July, to the status of a feast day. Over the past 30 years a number of studies have restored the reputation of Mary of Magdala from repentant prostitute to leading women disciple. Her title ‘Apostle of the Apostles’ is founded…

Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.
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Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.

Saving the roof of a new cathedral in an area of Malawi beset by natural disasters is one of the key building projects Aid to the Church is undertaking to mark the year of Saint Joseph. National director Neville Kyrke-Smith said: “These projects will transform the lives of the local Catholic communities struggling to live…

The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?
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The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?

Priest, professor and former dean Titus Brandsma is an important step towards canonization. “If things go fast, it could be in February,” says philosopher and FTR dean Christoph Lüthy. Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) is well on his way to being canonized. The Carmelite, priest and former professor and dean of the Catholic University of Nijmegen who…

North Africa: Two Recent Events Illumine Church on the Margins
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North Africa: Two Recent Events Illumine Church on the Margins

In their collective statement circulated Tuesday, November 3, CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as “the two recent Church events” that “shed a new and joyful light on what we are living.” They term the Holy Father’s Encyclical a document that sheds light on the value of…

St Willibrord: Patron Saint of the Netherlands
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St Willibrord: Patron Saint of the Netherlands

Missionary archbishop. Born in Northumbria in 658, Willibrord studied at Ripon monastery under St Wilfrid and spent twelve years studying in Ireland at the abbey of Rathmelsigi, under Saints Egbert and Wigbert. After his ordination he set out, in about 690, with a dozen companions for Frisia, or Friesland. These men covered extraordinary distances on…

St Francis of Assisi
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St Francis of Assisi

“Sermon to the birds: ‘Esteemed friends, birds of noble lineage, I have no message to you except this: be what you are: be birds. Thus you will be your own sermon to yourselves!’ Reply: ‘Even this is one sermon too many!’” — Thomas Merton (Day of a Stranger, p.51)   Francis and the Wolf Carlo Carretto (1910–1988)…

St Ignatius of Loyola: On Marrying the Spiritual and the Practical
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St Ignatius of Loyola: On Marrying the Spiritual and the Practical

So, on this feast of St Ignatius we find him walking with us, still a pilgrim on our pilgrimage. As our companion, what might he want to share with us to keep us going in these difficult times? For a start, I think he would ask us not only to focus on the spiritual but…