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“For she [wisdom] is a breath of the power of God. . .” Wisdom How different was my nephew’s experience with philosophy and my encounter with St. Thomas during Father Griffin’s course in the novitiate. Now in retrospect I realize that the assassination of truth happens throughout many colleges and universities today! Maybe I can help to counteract Satan’s march through the minds and hearts of the young by telling my story. So here goes . . . My story began in the beautiful novitiate by the sea. It was my canonical year and I was studying theology and philosophy with Father Griffin. Our only text was the Summa Theologica of St....
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What would my former philosophy professor say about these class notes – a manual for truth bashing? Father was like St. Michael standing guard before this citadel of truth -- the Summa of St. Thomas. Father didn’t “suffer fools gladly”. He referred to many modern philosophers – whom the world regarded as geniuses – as ignoramuses. But Father, who took no prisoners when it came to battling those who were polluting truth, set a fire in our hearts and a yearning for wisdom. Wisdom is the experience of truth that the Summa leads us to. Somehow I had to make this evident to my nephew, so that he may see atheistic materialism for what it...
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Continuing from Meeting St. Thomas , we fast forward decades to my nephew’s freshman year at the university. I receive a call from my sister asking me to help him with his philosophy. Of course, I have had six courses in St. Thomas and Aristotle, and there was no mountain I wouldn’t climb for my nephew’s intellectual conquest. Bring it on! So I download the class notes and I begin to read them. Whoa! This course should have been listed as a nuclear bomb workshop. It’s atheistic materialism on steroids! How would I help my nephew to refute this…how would he even understand it? So first order of business, I take a deep breath...
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I’m feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus . . . and I look it too. Unable to do much, suddenly my eye catches a little black book. I pick it up enjoying the smooth touch of the leather with its tantalizing aroma that only a 62 year old sheep-skin book can have. Wondering what secrets it holds, I eagerly scan the introductory pages. It’s a condensed version of St. Thomas’ Summa Theologica. And, I’m catapulted back in time to Our Lady of Mercy novitiate where I’m in Father Griffin’s classroom that overlooks the sea. A giant of a man with thinning reddish gray hair, one moment commanding our attention and the next telling us an engaging story...
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Defending My Lady: Our Lady of All Nations. As for the Image of Our Lady of All Nations with half veil, from 1945: 1. Queen of Peace, NY 11367 USA established 1939, the statue of Our Lady has No Veil. 2. The New American Bible (96-97 Edition) Imprimatur Most Rev Daniel E. Pilarcsyk Pres NCCB 10-10-1997, [+2 more Imprimatur from Cardinals]; here the Pictures of Our Lady as Immaculate Conception has No Veil; and as Coronation of Our Lady has Half Veil. May those who were criticizing Her short Veil or half Veil may be stopped. As for the Image of Our Lady of All Nations with the Cross behind Her: 1. This is the idea of the Vexillum...
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Hello everyone, I am very happy to have found Women of Grace. I have been on a lifelong spiritual journey which had led me to the Catholic Church, just to roam away from it only to find myself returning home again. I am hopeful to use my life to draw others to the Church and to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm looking forward to meeting other members and Women of Grace, drawing nearer to each other and to our Lord and living to be a part of the New Evangelism. Mary Annthipie Bane
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-dHZRO3kj4 Looks great and really interesting. He says that EVERYONE suffers from this, to some extent, so hopeful his advice on it will help us all to come closer to healing. Praise God! -Dawn
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More in this same vein: http://www.onepeterfive.com/eucharistic-profanation-and-the-philadelphia-papal-mass/ -Dawn
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I found St Lorenzo and companions very inspirational - here is their story: St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions Lived: (1600?-1637) | Feast Day: Monday, September 28, 2015 Lawrence (Lorenzo) was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter. His...
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Carmel of the Holy Face

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Here is a prayer line for the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Face: 701-336-7907. You may submit intentions for them here if you wish. http://carmeloftheholyface.com/ -Dawn
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http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/2013/difference-between-a-sister-and-a-nun/ I found these Sisters through Father Z's blog. They seem very solid! Here is an article from their site, about the difference between a sister and a nun. Enjoy! -Dawn
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http://vmntblog.com/2015/02/bishop-schneider-on-communion-in-hand.html I found this article to be very insightful. Please check it out! -Dawn
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/woman-makes-surprising-find-inside-garden-gnome-statue-she-accidentally-breaks-190435242.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHbgX1Tn3wAbxLQtDMD I have heard two off-the-wall news stories recently that somehow I feel pertains to my life! This is one of them! The other is a story about a wedding dress found in a field in Alabama. It dates from the time I was temporarily assigned at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Real life can be stranger than a dream! Anyone knowing anything about these events should consider responding to me. Thank you.
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A pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey is scheduled for October 28-Nov 7. I attended the pilgrimage to Fatima with Father Shelby as the spiritual director and was blessed with a healing miracle last year! Registration fee is due June 1. There is still time to pray for God's guidance in sending you on this blessed journey!
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Love Letter from God

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GZSbeTLIIQ How beautiful! Everyone has a day when they really need to read this!
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Does anyone have a facilitator guide for Grace Filled Moments? At my church, Holy Name of Jesus, in Harrisburg PA, we are growing our Women of Grace Program. This is a great book, and we would like to do another study. This book is very helpful in help guide women to the mission God has entrusted for us. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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As I looked at the mountain of manure that needed to be moved by hand - in other words ME-after the never ending winter, I almost gave up and went back to the house to wait for a time I would have some husband muscle power. Waiting for one's husband to be around to help is not normally an Army wife's protocol, because one never knows when that will be really. Instead for whatever reason I found myself asking Saint Moses for help. 'Saint ' Moses ? you say , yes I was startled by that notion too but was reminded that he is in Heaven ,so he must be a saint . Moses just kept going, toiling on with the burden of doing the task that had been handed to him...
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Father Michael Russo, Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Church chose to offer the Women of Grace study to the women of his parish as their Lenten program. Greater than 180 women applied for the class. The parish was able to accommodate 144 women for this class and will repeat it again later in the year for those who did not make this class. Our parish has been abundantly blessed to have so many women stepping up to answer our Lord's call ! In addition, 12 women filled with the Holy Spirit have been trained as facilitators and will lead our 12 groups of women through the study. We are so blessed to have these women!
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Our family may be moving from Ohio to Ct. and we're wondering where to find the best family friendly communities within or surrounding the West Hartford area. Looking for a faithful church, good schools, etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I'm halfway through my first pregnancy (😄) and am suddenly starting to feel daunted on how to raise catholic children. My husband is not catholic, as well as his parents, sisters, etc. My family is but there are lots of strained relationships on that side. My main support comes from his family, who are so dear to me. I'm starting to realize the challenges that I'm up against in raising our children catholic. My husband is in full support of this, he hasn't yet chosen the catholic faith although he does come to church with me on occasion, and I've noticed our views on things are becoming closer and closer. Does anyone know of any patron saints, novenas, prayers,...
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