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For this season of praise and celebration: Stigmata, Transitus, and the Feast of Francis ... dance and chant. Quite beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less

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Admonition IX

The Lord says: Love your enemies [do good to those who hate you and pray for those who persecute and slander you]. Mt 5:44
For that person truly loves his enemy who is not hurt by an injury done to him, but, because of love of God, is stung by the sin of his soul. Let him show him love by his deeds.


Prayer to Love My Enemies
Jesus, Prince of Peace,
you have asked us to love our enemies
and pray for those who persecute us.
We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us.
With the help of the Holy Spirit,
may all people learn to work together
for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.
To you be glory and honor for ever and ever.

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Sunday's Gospel contains a simple request from Jesus: “Strive to enter through the narrow door..." (Luke 13:24)

In the news we are hearing politicians and Church-goers who say not everyone is 'accepted' into God's house--people whose skin is a different color; folks who live a different sexuality; worshipers who follow a different belief system.

So what are we to make of Jesus speaking of a narrow door?

'The image of the door recurs in the Gospel on various occasions and calls to mind the door of the house, of the home, where we find safety, love and warmth. Jesus tells us that there is a door which gives us access to God’s family, to the warmth of God’s house, of communion with him. This door is Jesus himself (cf. Jn 10:9). He is the door. He is the entrance to salvation. He leads us to the Father, and the door that is Jesus is never closed. It is always open and to all, without distinction, without exclusion, without privileges. Because, you know, Jesus does not exclude anyone.'

Pope Francis
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 25 August 2013
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