Pray for the Unborn

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Postscript: Life begins long before the moment of a child’s first breath, as recently proclaimed by a politician!   In 1941 a 16-year old single girl who was pregnant made the decision she would not be able to care and provide for her child when born, and insisted Social Services...

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Journey Of A Benedictine Oblate

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What is an Oblate of Saint Benedict?  Oblates are Christian men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in daily life. After a time of preparation as a Novice Oblate, the candidate becomes an Oblate of St. Benedict, affiliates...

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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina (“Divine Reading") is a method of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to lead to a greater understanding of Holy Scripture (God’s Word),and closer communion with God.The roots of scriptural reflection and interpretation go back to Origen in the 3rd...

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Personal Prayer

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PERSONAL PRAYER Personal prayer is the private conversation you have with God when you are able to find a peaceful place to quiet your mind and offer yourself to God.         In the Gospel it is written: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray...

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Merton On Humility

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On Humility - Quotes by Thomas Merton Humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your piece of heart. As soon as you compare that shadow with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy, because you have begun to...

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Morning & Evening Prayer

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May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, be with us throughout this day, and with all those we love. Amen. Morning Prayer   "O Lord, grant that we may greet the coming day in peace. Help us in all things to rely upon Your holy will. In each hour of the day, reveal Your...

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HUMILITY

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Luke 18:9-14Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that I am...

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Sing To The Lord

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Psalms (NKJV) Psalm 95:1‐2 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 96:1‐2 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!Sing to the Lord, all the...

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Trusting in God

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Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.O my soul, you have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You."     Psalm 16:1-2 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;My God, my strength, in whom I...

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Christian Character (Holy Scripture)

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Christian Character (Holy Scripture) There are numerous books, periodicals, articles and other writings on the subject of “Christian Character”……with a diverse array of approaches and opinions…..some very enriching and thought-provoking, some difficult to...

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