Catholic women’s conference to be held in New Mexico

The Women of Grace apostolate will mark 30 years at its national conference this year, an event which aims to help women celebrate their “gift of authentic femininity.” “Come be restored, renewed, and refreshed as we journey together through this transforming weekend!” organizers said in an announcement. “Discover the blessing of your femininity and how to follow our Blessed Mother’s example in the world today!” Johnnette S. Benkovic, EWTN host and founder and president of Women of Grace, will be among the event’s speakers. The national conference will take place…

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Reading for Tuesday, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Feast: Saint James, Apostle. Liturgical Colour: red First Reading :(2Corinthians 4: 7-15) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 126: 1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6) Gospel: (Matthew 20: 20-28)

First Reading :(2Corinthians 4: 7-15) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 126: 1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6) Gospel: (Matthew 20: 20-28)   First Reading :(2Corinthians 4: 7-15) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us. In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute; We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not: Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus…

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Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Good Seed and the Darnel

Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave on Sunday July 23, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Before the Angelus Today’s Gospel page proposes three parables with which Jesus speaks to the crowds of the Kingdom of Heaven. I will reflect on the first: that of the good seed and the darnel, which illustrates the problem of evil in the world and highlights God’s patience (Cf. Matthew 13:24-30.36-43). How much patience God has! Each one of us can also say this: “How much patience…

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PRAYER OF BLESSING FOR THE WEEK

PRAYER OF BLESSING FOR THE WEEK May the rising sun of Yahweh shine into your life the light of God and dispel from your life the darkness of Satan. As you walk and work, may Yahweh order your steps and bless the good works of your hand. May you net a huge number of fish that would bring your net to a tearing point. May Yahweh protect your blessings and give you good health of mind and body to enjoy it. May you experience happiness and peace that comes from…

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Nigerian Ahiara Diocese Rebellion: Pope replies recalcitrant priests

Days after time ran out for the priests of Ahiara diocese, in Nigeria’s Imo state, to write and apologise for having refused to accept Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, their bishop for the past five years, Pope Francis, through some of his closest advisers, has begun to respond to each of them. “The pope promised he would write back, and he’s doing so,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria. The prelate, who’s been the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Ahiara, also said that the letters “are not passing though…

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