The Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels – Sept 29

Today is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

I remember this prayer to St. Michael was said at Mass when I was a kid along with a prayer for the conversion of Russia. The short version was said everyday around the world until 1968.

I think, based on world events, they both should be re-instated!

Short Version:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we ...

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Rome, we have lift-off, lift-off on Attollo 1. We have pilot launch!

Nasa_Appollo11_no_known_copright_restrictionsWhat a momentous day yesterday for Attollo. The pilot launch occurred within the walls of the Augustine Institute, here in Colorado. The leaders of A.I. were gracious enough to provide the meeting room space for us, on the Feast Day of St. Augustine. Ten business owners spent a full day, very precious time, testing out this brand new Catholic business leadership organization I ...

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Wheat is the staff of life for 1.2 billion people who live on less than US$ 2 a day

Written by Dr. Thomas Lumpkin , Director General, CIMMYT

The history of wheat is the history of civilization. Over 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent our ancestors ascended from an existence as hunter-gatherers and began tending and domesticating crops. Thus began wheat’s symbiotic relationship with the history of civilization and humankind’s responsibility as stewards of planet Earth.

Wheat is not only a major diet component but wheat-based products are the personification of cultural heritage and pride. Imagine Italians without pasta, North ...

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The use of created things to help us pursue our universal vocation

bigstock-Saint-Ignatius-21512492_500wpxLiving a divided life can lead to imbalances and misplaced devotion to worldy success.

“The human person is created to praise, reverence and serve God our Lord, and by doing so to save his or her soul. The other things on the face of the earth are created for human beings in order to help them pursue the end for which they were created.

It ...

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We are in the world – in the midst of this storm

“We are in the world now as Christs; in the midst of this storm. We are here to keep Christianity alive, to keep Christianity pure, intact, to ensure by our own lives in Christ that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Christendom. This cannot be done if there is the least compromise with love; if we do not try to cast out fear by loving acts, if we do not use the energy grief gives us in loving ...

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So What Is Friendship ?

My wife and I attended the wedding of a good friend of our daughter. The program had the following quote about friendship printed on the back, entitled “What is Friendship?”. I’ve never read this before. It’s a great reference to the kind of relationship a couple should have before entering into the sacrament of matrimony. The definition is the antithesis of how love (or friendship) is defined in our world today.

giussani“So what ...

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Humility is the foundation of all virtue

In the word of blessed Gregory: “Gathering virtues without humility is like carrying dust in the wind.” Pride is the beginning of all sin, and equally, humility is the foundation of all virtue.

stbonaventureYou must refer all good to God and none to yourself, remembering that it is not you own power and the strength of your own hand that has obtained for you this wealth – for he made us, and ...

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