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One thing Saints have in common is their radical love for Christ, and it shows in the way that they lived out sacrifice and penance. From cutting hair, flagellation, fasting, sleeping on needles, suffering, praying for hours, offering discomfort, etc. The saints were very creative and unique in the way they worshiped God and prepared for Heaven. Thanks to their powerful witness and God’s mercy, we enjoy their friendship today. Saint Rose of Lima was not shy of those sacrifices; she was pious and faithful. 

 

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Lectio divina means “divine reading” in Latin. It is a way of praying with Scripture that has been used by faithful Catholics for centuries. In the Middle Ages, monks practiced lectio divina to commune with God through his word. Now the practice is used by religious communities and laypeople. The method of prayer can be broken into four parts: reading, meditation, prayer and listening. 

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The Miraculous Medal is also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, this medal originated in St. Catherine Labouré's vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1830. Wearing a medal of faith and dedication reminds us of the love and protection that Our Lady gives to all the children of Heaven.

 “Have a medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces; they should wear it around the neck. Graces will abound for those who wear it with confidence.” ~ Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus is precisely the image that expresses our mission to LOVE. It is the image of the vast and merciful love which God has shared with the world through his Son. 


"In the Heart of Christ, man's heart learns to know the genuine and unique meaning of his life and his destiny, to understand the value of an authentically Christian life, to keep himself from certain perversions of the human heart, and to unite the filial love for God and the love of neighbor." - St. John Paul II.


Jesus is perfect love, and we are invited to learn from love itself how to love God, ourselves, and our neighbor. We are called to encounter this love every time we visit the Eucharist, the ultimate act of love. Only this love, the love of the Heart of Christ, can transform the human heart and bring true peace to the world.

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Catholics have celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday since the year 2000. However, this was already a solemnity on the Octave Day of Easter. The title "Divine Mercy Sunday" does, however, highlight the meaning of the day. This day was instituted by St. John Paul the II on April 30th, 2000, at the canonization of Saint Faustina prompted by the writings on her diary where God revealed to the mystic his wish to dedicate the Octave Day of Easter to the contemplation of His Divine Mercy.

 

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