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Thanksgiving

Someone has said: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” All of us must encourage our hearts to remember – remember the kindnesses we receive everyday, the love we take for granted, and the blessings the Lord bestows on us on a daily basis. Unfortunately our memories find it easier to dwell on the bad than on the good. I believe that most of us spend too much time complaining and not enough time being grateful.

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Indulgences

On December 8, 2015, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, invited the Universal Church to enter into the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He opened the Holy Door at St Peter’s in Rome and dioceses around the world followed suit by designating special churches which the faithful may visit to obtain indulgences. The Holy Father himself said in the document, The Face of Mercy: “A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even more important meaning in the Holy Year of Mercy.” (#22)

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Making Saints

On October 10th, 2020 a young boy of fifteen was declared blessed at the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy. Born in 1991, Carlo Acutis was a normal kid who loved soccer, played on his Playstation and enjoyed good food. His love for Jesus was evident from the time he was five. It would seem that God blessed him with special graces. It was he who brought his parents to the Catholic faith that they had abandoned. His eyes were set on heaven. He said, “Our goal must be the Infinite and not the finite. The Infinite is our homeland. We are always expected in Heaven.” Once he made his First Holy Communion he made daily Mass his priority. Stricken with leukemia, he was not afraid to die. He said, “I am happy to die because I lived my life without wasting even a minute of it on anything not pleasing to God.” His short life was spent “with Jesus, for Jesus, in Jesus.” Carlo will probably go down as the first millennial saint.

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Who is Fr. Britto?

Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.

After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...

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