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St. Francisco’s courage gave him constancy in pursuing good

St. Francisco’s courage gave him constancy in pursuing good

By Barb Ernster St. Francisco Marto is associated particularly with the Rosary and loving attention to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. These spiritual tools gave him the courage to follow Jesus all the way to the end, after the example of Our Lady. He died

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The great dignity of St. Joseph

The great dignity of St. Joseph

From the writings of St. Leonard of Port-Maurice – There is a prophetic figure who embodies the greatness of our saint: According to St. Bernardine, Joseph, son of Jacob the patriarch, represents in the distant past the awe-inspiring prerogatives of Mary’s spouse. You will remember

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Shrine welcomes new chaplain, Father James Walling, CPM

Shrine welcomes new chaplain, Father James Walling, CPM

The National Blue Army Shrine welcomes our new chaplain, Father James Walling, a priest of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy (CPM). Father Walling is replacing Father Michael Venditti, who has served as the Shrine chaplain since 2014, and has taken a new assignment

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Experience Lent in an intentional way

Experience Lent in an intentional way

By Kate Soucheray – Lent is my favorite season of the liturgical year. I anticipate its coming like waiting for our children, in-laws and grandchildren to arrive for the Christmas holidays. There is such anticipation of renewed relationships, the excitement of opening presents on Christmas

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The loveable seers of Lourdes and Fatima

The loveable seers of Lourdes and Fatima

By Donal Foley – The apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima and Lourdes are among the best-known and loved of all her appearances in nearly 2,000 years of Church history. This is due, to some extent, to the lovable and attractive nature of the

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Fasting and the acceptable sacrifice

Fasting and the acceptable sacrifice

By Barb Ernster At Fatima, Our Lady did not specifically ask the children to fast on food and water, but she did ask them to do penance and make sacrifices. The Fatima children came up with their own ways of doing this, including giving up

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An unknown light in 1938 demands our attention – even today

An unknown light in 1938 demands our attention – even today

By Barb Ernster – On this day that celebrates the conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, upon seeing a great light from the sky suddenly flashed around him, it is good to remind ourselves why God uses such signs. And woe to us when we

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Father Andrew Apostoli – What a wonderful life

Father Andrew Apostoli – What a wonderful life

By David Carollo – We said goodbye to our dear friend, Father Andrew Apostoli, who passed into eternity on December 13, two months to the day after his last visit to the Blue Army Shrine. We visited with him regularly while he was under the

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New Year’s challenge – pray more rosaries!

New Year’s challenge – pray more rosaries!

By Father John Anthony, CFR – Everywhere I go in the world today, people pull me aside and say, ‘Father, do you think it’s the end of the world?’ I’ve had Jews, Muslims, atheists and agnostics all asking me the same question. Do you think

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Fatima, like Christmas, reminds us to be people of hope and peace

Fatima, like Christmas, reminds us to be people of hope and peace

By Patrick Sabat – As the Fatima U.S. Tour for Peace wraps up at the end of the centennial year, it is important to look back at the beginning of our journey to all 50 states and our effort to bring the message of peace

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