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. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place...

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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 taken aback by that, thinking: “Doesn’t everyone want to?” But this question forces them...

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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 have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every...

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Blessed the Pure of Heart (Commandments 6 and 9)

Blessed the Pure of Heart (Commandments 6 and 9)

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matthew 5:18). Pope Francis notes:This Beatitude speaks of those whose hearts are simple, pure and undefiled, for aheart capable of love admits nothing that might harm, weaken or endanger that love. TheBible uses...

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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. This right must be recognizedand protected by civil authority within the limits of common...

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Religious Freedom and Obedience to the State

Religious Freedom and Obedience to the State

The state has a duty to protect the private and public exercise of religion and eachperson’s right to religious freedom—no one should be forced to act against his conscience: In what way does a person exercise his or her proper...

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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 trap our Lord, dragging before hima woman they caught in adultery: should we obey the Law,...

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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 governmental leaders and laws. Yet our responsibility goes beyond obeying legitimate...

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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 by obeying them and God’s law. Obedience is the child’s way of saying that he trust that...

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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 his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an...

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