Weekly Notes

Family, peace, and punishment

Family, peace, and punishment

Pope Francis reminds us that true love - essential for peace - “is not irritable” or easily provoked. [In St. Paul, irritable] refers to a violent reaction within, a hidden...

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Peace and Private property

Peace and Private property

The universal destination of goods (see last week’s Note) doesn’t mean we should haveno personal possessions. Material possessions are necessary to us human beings because of...

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Blessed the peacemaker

Blessed the peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9).Peacemakers love peace, working to heal discord between people and to reconcile...

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Marital lies and mortal sin

Marital lies and mortal sin

Married persons also need a pure heart to avoid sins against the sixth beatitude, by usingmarital relations in a disordered way by putting limits or conditions on their total,...

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Marital love and fidelity

Marital love and fidelity

Purity of heart is essential for a relationship with God, especially since the pure union ofa man and woman in a lifelong marriage reflects God’s image and likeness as a Trinity...

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Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings

Dear St. Mary of the Angels Family & Friends Love for us moved Jesus Christ to climb the steps to the summit of Calvary, embracingincredible suffering and death on the cross....

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Extramarital lies

Extramarital lies

Often young people challenge the Church: “Why must we wait until we are married tohave sex? When I hear such questions I like to ask: “Why would you want to?” The young peopleare...

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Eyes ordered for love

Eyes ordered for love

Our Lord links the beatitude, Blessed are the pure in heart, to the sixth and ninthcommandments—Thou shalt not commit adultery nor covet thy neighbor’s wife. As Christ says:“You...

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St. Josemaria’s Love for Freedom

St. Josemaria’s Love for Freedom

St. Josemaria's Love for Freedom The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is aninalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person....

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Respecting Authority and civic Law

Respecting Authority and civic Law

Jesus confirms John's teaching Jewish leaders often challenged Jesus, yet he encouraged us to respect all legitimateauthority. For example, when the Scribes and Pharisees try to...

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Family (Social) Participation

Family (Social) Participation

Picture by Josh Appel-Unsplash Children often complain and criticize parents and their rules, especially when they don’t get to do what they want. Citizens often do the same with...

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mercy and obedience

mercy and obedience

Often people reduce the Fourth Commandment, “Honor thy father and mother,” to achild’s obligation to obey. Certainly obedience is important, as a child honors his parents andGod...

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Honoring our merciful father

Honoring our merciful father

We honor our parents not because they give us what we want but because they represent our merciful God who gives us his loving and life-giving Spirit: What father among you, if...

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