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Choosing the Path

Location: Chicago, IL USA

By: Bill Hofmann

I was at a crossroads in life, not sure of what I wanted to do. I had just driven to meet my girlfriend in Tampa, Florida. While we were together, she broke things off. In a state of confusion, I set off for Clearwater Beach. There, I found a parking spot and began walking. As I walked, a sense of peace came over me, and my thoughts cleared. Thoughts began running through my mind, always asking what direction my life should take. Very clearly, I heard a voice tell me, \"Do what you always wanted to do, but denied.\" It had been my dream to be a physician, but poor grades and indifference to study kind of killed that idea. But the voice gave me a sense of purpose, and a strong resolve. Today I am a head and neck surgeon, thankful for the angel who spoke to me on that beach.

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St. Apollonius the Apologist

Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the ... continue reading



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Sts. Joachim and Anne

By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition. We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though ... continue reading


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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading



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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of ... continue reading

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Every carpenter must practice patience. We can learn important lessons from the wood shop in Nazareth from the humble Saint Joseph. I have ... continue reading




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