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Faithful till the death

2 Macc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost teachers of the Law, a man already advanced in years and of most noble appearance, had his mouth forced open, to make him eat a piece of pork. But he, resolving to die with honour rather than to live disgraced, walked of his own accord to the …

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Keeping fidelity

1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 ‘From these there grew a wicked offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes son of King Antiochus; once a hostage in Rome, he became king in the 107th year of the kingdom of the Greeks. It was then that there emerged from Israel a set of renegades who led many people astray. ‘Come,’ …

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Think about the end

Mk 13:24-32 ‘But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with …

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Pray persistently

Lk 18:1-8 ‘Jesus then told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town,’ he said, ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for anyone. In the same town there was also a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, …

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The unfreedoms (III): EXCESSIVE INFLUENCIBILITY, FALSE PLIABILITY AND DEPENDENCE ON PUBLIC OPINION

In the last two meditations, we had looked at two different deficiencies of freedom: fear and human respects. In addition, we had talked a little about inferiority complexes. On our path of following Christ, we are called to overcome – with God’s help – all these limitations to our freedom, so that they do not …

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Sin and forgiveness

Lk 17:1-6 ‘He said to his disciples, ‘Causes of falling are sure to come, but alas for the one through whom they occur! It would be better for such a person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round the neck than to be the downfall of a single one of these little …

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The rise of fervour

On the 7th of each month, I interrupt the usual framework of the daily biblical meditations and dedicate that day’s meditation to our Heavenly Father, for which I take an extract from the “Message from the Father” to Sister Eugenia Ravasio; a private revelation that has been approved by the Church[i]: “If there is something …

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