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Ten Things that Caught My Eye Today (October 14, 2019)

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1. A beautiful reflection from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on living

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4. Marlo Safi: Syria’s Christians are Suffering in Silence

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6. (New York Times): Baby Antonio: 5 Pounds, 12 Ounces and Homeless From Birth

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8. Bill de Blasio is reconsidering the decision to overlook the popularity of Mother Cabrini for a project to put statues of women around NYC – but apparently because of actor Chazz Palminteri. (Listen here about 13 minutes in, if you’re interested.) More about the controversy here.

9. Pope Francis on Sunday:

To cry out. To walk. To give thanks. Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession. Three of them were religious women; they show us that the consecrated life is a journey of love at the existential peripheries of the world. Saint Marguerite Bays, on the other hand, was a seamstress; she speaks to us of the power of simple prayer, enduring patience and silent self-giving. That is how the Lord made the splendour of Easter radiate in her life, in her humbleness. Such is the holiness of daily life, which Saint John Henry Newman described in these words: “The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not… The Christian is cheerful, easy, kind, gentle, courteous, candid, unassuming; has no pretence… with so little that is unusual or striking in his bearing, that he may easily be taken at first sight for an ordinary man” (Parochial and Plain Sermons, V, 5).

Let us ask to be like that, “kindly lights” amid the encircling gloom. Jesus, “stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest: so to shine as to be a light to others” (Meditations on Christian Doctrine, VII, 3). Amen.

10. Prince Charles on Saint John Henry Newman

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