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False Light brings Darkness

BY DEACON GREG GARNIE At the Easter Vigil we chant three times the words “Lumen Christi”— Christ Our Light — in the midst of darkness as the light of the Easter candle illuminates the darkness. This light is a symbol of the True Light, Jesus Christ, who illuminates all darkness.

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A Community of Warmth & Love

BY Phiwokuhle Siyabonga Xulu In 2011 I was fortunate enough to share in community with the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Port Elizabeth. Before I went there I didn’t even know that there was a saint named Philip Neri, nor was I aware of an existence of an Oratory. But my stay […]

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The Grace of a Jar of Peanut Butter

BY KARIN HUMAN The “Mustard Seeds” column is entering its second year of life. A year ago, I laid out my dream for this column: a place to share stories of hope and experiences of practical faith.

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Vocations: We are counting on you

BY TYLER TENBARGE Before I ever recall being asked about what I wanted to be when I grew up, my parents say I was already telling them and others: “I want to be a priest.” Many people expect a seminarian or religious sister to say that, but I think the opposite is often true.

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Reach out with Love for Others

The greatest gift we receive at Christmas is the one we receive every year: Jesus Christ. And with that gift comes an obligation. KELVIN BANDA OP explains.

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Being God’s slave sets you free

The great lesson of Christmas is that by being slaves to God, we are set free, as CATHERINE DE VALENCE explains. Think about this: It took a servant to bring a Servant into our world. Mary never saw herself as a leader for the people, but as a servant of God, for the people. It was her trust […]

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