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Last week we looked at the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, fear of the Lord, and piety. Those who collaborate with the Holy Spirit and who use these seven gifts experience the Fruits of the Spirit. 

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     The Letter to Diognetus is an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Both the person addressed and the author of the work are unknown although at one time the apologist, Justin Martyr, was erroneously considered the author.

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      St. Paul Miki was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. He joined the Jesuits and preached the gospel to the Japanese people with great success. When a Catholic persecution arose, he was arrested with 25 others and taken to Nagasaki where they were bound to crosses and speared.

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When Pope Francis talked about his endorsement of civil unions for same-sex partners, the news was broadcasted around the world over every possible media. Everyone had their own “spin” on what the Pope had said. Even comedians got into the act. Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening remarks on his…

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I recently read the book, The Gift of Forgiveness, by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt. She is the eldest child of actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver. Her maternal grandmother, Eunice, was a younger sister of John F. Kennedy. She had connections. 

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We, as a nation, are deeply divided on many issues. One big issue is how we look at our past. On one side, we have those who emphasis all the good qualities and who want to forget the mistakes and sins of the past. On the other side, we see people who want to deal with our past mistakes and …

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I was shocked when I read what a young priest wrote on Facebook, “I’m not watching the Saints this year . . . Join me in boycotting them . . . Money speaks louder than politics. You have one job NFL, entertain the masses. You represent your state, not political factions or parties.”

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Representative John Lewis died on July 18. I had seen him on TV strongly advocating for some just cause, but I really did not know him as a person. He has been hailed as an American Icon, the Moral Conscience of Congress, a lifelong Civil Rights leader, a person who was willing to go to jail…