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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND THOUGHTS

It was 7:30 am. We were on the coast of Prince Edward Island with a trailer and a one hundred pound dog. And he wanted to go for a walk. I grabbed my rosary and shoved it in my pocket then grabbed his lead and took him out. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Until I looked at the river. It wasn't there! Well, it was, but I could not see ...

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HOW LONG IS MASS?

I guess that our pastor must be reading the catholic365 website! His sermon this weekend could have been taken from these essays! I live in a resort area. We have three seasons: summer, snowmobile and mud seasons. Right now we are in summer and the place is packed with campers, hikers and water park enthusiasts. There are two churches in the tow...

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WAS SIXTUS A POPE?

Although Sixtus is claimed to be a pope by the writings of St. Ireneus and Eusebius, there is not good historical accuracy for that claim. Although it is known that there were bishops in Asia Minor, such as James, in Jerusalem, and Polycarp, in Smyrna, there does not seem to be any indication of the men, listed as pope in the first century aft...

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POPE ALEXANDER I

Alexander is reckoned the fifth pope after St. Peter. As with many persons from the early period of the Church, little is known about Alexander. The most likely scenario is that he was a Roman, some say named after his father. Legend has it that he was born at Caput Tauri, (“head if the bull”) an area of Rome on Esquilline Hill, one of the seven...

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POPE SAINT EVARISTUS

Like the man/God he followed, Evaristus was a Jew, born in Bethlehem. His father, Juda, was of Greek origin, but lived in Bethlehem, only a few miles from the temple in Jerusalem, the goal of all good Jews. Evidently, Juda moved his family from the town, probably just before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Little is known about Evari...

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CLETUS, THE THIRD POPE?

There are many transcription and memory mistakes made when a group of people are writing to one another in the middle of a war. The “war” was the intermittent persecution of Christians from Nero to Domitian to Marcus Aurelius and onward until the early 300s. The transcriptions were the chronological order of Roman bishops, who are now seen as po...

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AUGUST 3, MEMORIAL OF ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

Named Apostle of the Eucharist by Pope John Paul II, Peter Julian Eymard was born to poverty in France in1811. His mother was a devout woman and took him to adoration often enough that he would go to church on his own by the time he was four. When his mother died, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. But his father prevented him for a t...

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Genuflecting to the True Presence

Why do we genuflect on entering a Catholic church? Because the Lord is present in the tabernacle. And we know that because the Lord is present in the Eucharist and the extra consecrated hosts are in a ciborium, locked in the tabernacle. But how do we know that? Blessed Jacinta of Fatima, who was denied Holy Communion in this life, used to cal...

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POPES WHO APPEARED IN THE BIBLE

Of the two hundred and sixty-six popes in the Catholic history, three have been mentioned in the Bible: Peter, Linus and Clement. Peter, we all know, was there at the beginning. He was one of the inner three, along with James and John. He appears in all four Gospels and is prominent in the Acts of the Apostles. He wrote two epistles of his ow...

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THE POPE WHO WAS A BUSINESSMAN

St. Peter was born in Bethsaida, on the northern tip of the Sea of Galilee, an area now in Syria. At the time, it was run by Herod Philip, son of Herod the Great. On the far side of the Jordan River was Galilee, run by Herod Antipas. Peter was born Simon, his father was Jonah and his brother was Andrew. “Andrew” is a Greek name, with no variant ...

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