Reading for Tuesday, Third Week of Easter. Memorial: Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Liturgical Colour: white

First Reading : (Acts 7: 51 — 8: 1a) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 31: 3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab) Gospel: (John 6: 30-35)   First Reading : (Acts 7: 51 — 8: 1a) You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who…

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Italian nun beatified

Sister Leopoldina Naudet (1773-1834), foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Verona, was beatified at the Basilica of St. Anastasia in Verona on April 29. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes for Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification. “Brought up in the court of the Habsburgs, first in Florence and then in Vienna, from her youth she had a strong vocation to prayer, but also to educational service,” Pope Francis said during his April 30 Regina Coeli address. “She consecrated herself to God…

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FOR GOD SO LOVE AUGUSTINE…

It is indubitable that John 3:16 is one of the most popular text of Scripture. As a child it was the first scripture that registered in my mind. My teachers often require me to memorize and recite the aforementioned scriptural text. Since it is true that John 3:16 states “… so love the world,” why then does the theme of the reflection states … so love Augustine? Dear, it high time you realized that God loves you personally. God’s love for the world distinctively includes you. He loves you as…

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Woman Forced 12-Year- Old Into Prostitution, Made Her Have an Abortion After She Became Pregnant

In a disturbing North Carolina case this week, a 12-year-old girl allegedly was forced into prostitution, raped repeatedly and given an abortion over a two-year period. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Flora Riano Gonzalez, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted on charges of forcing the young girl into prostitution while she was between the ages of 12 and 14. On Friday, a judge sentenced Gonzalez to up to 16 years and 6 months in prison, the report states. Gonzalez allegedly reported the girl’s sexual abuse herself after the girl became pregnant; authorities…

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Mother Gives Birth to Healthy Conjoined Twins After Refusing Abortion

When doctors told Chelsea Torres that she was carrying conjoined twins, they warned her that the babies probably would not survive past the first trimester. Doctors encouraged Torres and her husband, Nick, of Blackfoot, Idaho, to consider having an abortion, The Daily Mail reports. They refused. The Idaho parents now are so thankful that they did not listen to their doctors’ advice. Their twin girls, Callie and Carter, were born in January, and they are doing well, according to the report. Here’s more from the report: Callie and Carter are omphalo-ischiopagus…

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BLESSING FOR THE MONTH AND WEEK

The blessing of Yahweh be on you! Happy and prosperous will you be. Your own labours will yield you a living. Like the Cedars of the Lebanon shall you flourish. You will come back singing, bringing in your sheaves. You will not be a prey in the teeth of Satan. Like a bird shall you escape from the fowler’s net. May Yahweh bless you and your family from Zion! May the blessing of the almighty God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit + remain with you now and forever (Amen). Happy…

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