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St. John Paul II and Pastoral Ministry as a Gift

“We all know how important the Totus Tuus Marian consecration was to JP II.  But what’s striking here is what he identifies as the most pressing reason for him to make this total entrustment to our Lady.  He wants to be sure in ministry that he truly receives others as a gift.” – Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer

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Marian Consecration at the Foot of the Cross

At the moment when our salvation is being accomplished by Jesus on the Cross, Jesus says to his Mother, “Woman, behold your son!” and he says to his beloved disciple, “Behold your mother!”  Is this not the first total consecration to Mary our Blessed Mother? 

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To Be a Bride

The consecrated woman stands as a sign of contradiction:  what it seems she has given up, she has actually gained in a way far more real than the rest of us can know this side of eternity.  Claire Dwyer continues her series on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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Thy Face is My Fatherland: Under the Gaze of God

Some of the greatest saints of the Church  – and through Scripture, even God Himself – have used the example of gazing into the eyes of another to try to capture the beautiful and astonishingly real experience of God’s great love in the soul: contemplative prayer.  Claire Dwyer reflects.

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