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Some Aspects of Independence Day - July 4th, Civil Religious Liberty, & Authentic Christian Freedom – Part I

From a conference given to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Little Rock and Missionaries of Charity.        Thanks to the Internet's historical data, offered free as a public service, we can affirm that precisely 240 years ago, the Declaration of Independence from England, was signed by the Continental Congress of the original 13 colonies of the USA. That was on July 4, 1776, in
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The Year of Consecrated Life

Last fall when we learned that contemplatives were also invited to participate in a special program of activities organized by CIVCSVA for the conclusion of the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life on the 2nd of February 2016, to the great surprise of contemplative nuns, we were invited to participate! In Rome! Each Federation or Association was invited to send their President and a companion
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An Aesthetic Moment, A Moment of Grace

        Recently, while on the road shopping for groceries, I happened to be listening to a classical music station on the radio.  Before the next featured piece was broadcast, a piece for violin, it was announced that this piece the violinist—a woman with the last name of Marcovici—was about to play was a piece originally written for a movie, I’ve
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 1

You may well have seen an animated/action film that is still showing in theatres at this time. It is a Disney film produced by Pixar Studios and directed by Pete Docter and Reynaldo de Carmen called Inside Out. Some of the characters for the film are voice-acted by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. Inside Out tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley who is being challenged by the
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