Bl. Pope Paul VI’s Message to Women

Originally posted on 8 Kids And A Business:

Below is the full text of Bl. Pope Paul VI’s message to women as part of the  speeches and messages at the close of the Second Vatican Council,  December 8, 1965. You can read the entire text of the closing speeches and messages here.

pope paul viTO WOMEN

And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power…

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Quiz: Which St. John Paul II Quote Are You?

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As USDA Requests Weapons, Congressman Introduces Act to Demilitarize Regulators

From Food Renegade, a good, not too long, article about how to support the demilitarizing of regulatory agencies, such as the USDA. Yes, the US Department of Agriculture, the ones we get food groups, pyramids and plate graphs from, wants submachine guns now, but a Member of Congress is saying enough is enough.

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Of All Things, This Great Quiz Came from Playbuzz

This quiz is hardly what I usually see on that site, but I hope it’s a sign of a trend.

My result:

Sisters of Life
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Your concern for the most innocent among us would make you a great Sister of Life! The Sisters of Life take a vow to protect the sacredness of human life. They operate maternity homes and pray and fast to end abortion. Learn more:


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St. Luke, Evangelist


This is the Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist.

Originally posted on The Holy Ones:

St. Luke, pray for us!

St. Luke, pray for us!

St. Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul’s “Luke, the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). We know few other facts about Luke’s life from Scripture and from early Church historians.

It is believed that Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile. In Colossians 10-14 speaks of those friends who are with him. He first mentions all those “of the circumcision” — in other words, Jews — and he does not include Luke in this group. Luke’s gospel shows special sensitivity to evangelizing Gentiles. It is only in his gospel that we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan, that we hear Jesus praising the faith of Gentiles such as the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian (Lk.4:25-27), and that we hear the story of the one grateful leper who is a Samaritan (Lk.17:11-19). According to the early Church historian Eusebius Luke was born atAntioch in Syria.

In our day, it would be easy to assume that someone who was a doctor was…

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A Prayer of St. Teresa (Theresa) of Avila

Originally posted on GATHERED PRAYERS:

Teresa of Avila, by Francois Gerard

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St. Teresa (Theresa) of Avila (1515-1582) founded monasteries and convents.  Pope Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church in 1970.

Source = Tessa Paul, The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Saints (London, England, UK:  Hermes House, 2009)


“From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.”

–St. Teresa (Theresa) of Avila

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A Symbol to Wear, a Stand to Take Against Oppression

Mere Inkling has posted about a simple, but significant, way to take a stand with the persecuted church in the middle East, and by extension with the oppressed anywhere. It’s a symbol. It’s the Arabic letter nun, just a form of the letter “n”, and it stands for “Nazarene”. Islamists go through Christian neighborhoods and mark houses with nun, identifying their targets for persecution. Christians are taking to wearing the symbol as a way of standing their ground and showing they are not afraid.

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