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"We venerate the saints because they show us our destiny. Each one of us, by virtue of our baptism and faith in Christ, are called to be complete and whole in Christ. As St Paul says in Ephesians, we are called to 'grow up into the full statue of Christ’s humanity' The saints show us what that looks like." Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes on the reason we venerate Saints in the Catholic Church and addresses the misconceptions held by other religions. 
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“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the..." (Read full quote by J.R.R. Tolkien, so appropriate this Memorial Day) 
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"It would be wise (although scary) for us to realize that our kids watch our every move and they will be like us one day. I pray that is a good thing." Author Randy Hain takes a candid look at what "having your act together" as a Catholic father looks like through the filter of Scripture & Church teaching and offers four guiding points for us to consider as we navigate the challenging road of fatherhood. After reading the four points, is there room for improvement?
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“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7) 
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“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” (St. Augustine of Hippo) 
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"Spiritual motherhood is a topic that more people are becoming aware of within the Catholic Church. Around the United States, retreats and conferences include this subject and new groups are forming to implement its practices." Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. writes on the growing Spiritual Motherhood movement and why it is so necessary today. Learn more...
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"St. John Paul II beatified Elizabeth in 1984, five years into his papacy. He identified her as one of the most influential mystics in his spiritual life. What does a cloistered Carmelite nun and mystic who died in 1906 at the age of 26 have to teach about navigating the modern world as a contemplative?" Patti Armstrong writes on the lessons we can learn from Blessed Elizabeth about dramatically improving our prayer lives. Learn more... 
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"She knows how hard it is in this day and age — it was hard then, too, though the standard was to stay married. She sees the obstacles in front of us and she leads us, once again, back to her Son." Sarah Reinhard writes on Mary and her marriage to Joseph as the ultimate role model for couples today. 
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"In our stressful lives, maybe we have forgotten the reason for the joy that we should have. The greatest truth is that God exists. The second greatest truth is that God loves you. Pope Francis reminds us, writing in The Joy of the Gospel, 'The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received...'" 
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“The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church) 
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"Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said that the only way to dislodge sin from your life is through the expulsive force of a new love. This is the role of the Advocate." Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio writes on the Gospel reflection for this Sunday's Mass and the nature of the Holy Spirit. 
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“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God; that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter...” (Do not miss the rest of 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8) - Deacon Mike
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The Integrated Catholic Life™ - a Catholic eMagazine about Integrating Faith, Family and Work. Co-founded by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Editor in chief and Randy Hain, Senior Editor.