In Cana of Galilee…



What’s the price of a medal?

One weekend recently we took the family to Braga to watch the first international artistic gymnastics tournament to be held in Portugal at 2nd division level. Clare was going to compete in the four events, balance beam, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. Clare has been doing gymnastics almost since she learned to walk. At home, of course! At the age of four, five, six…, we became used to seeing her doing cartwheels and handstands alone in the garden and in her room. We watched her grow, tumble after tumble, learning aerials from Youtube and back handsprings with her PE(…)

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Novena for Pentecost

The great day of Pentecost is quickly approaching. In our house we started to pray a Novena for Pentecost on Ascension Sunday, invoking the Holy Spirit and His seven gifts each day. It’s a magnificent way to deepen our understanding about the Spirit and about what the Bible and the Church say about Him. And it’s also a great way to teach our younger kids, because once they’ve listened to the prayer two or three times they begin to memorise the different gifts and fruits mentioned. Try it out! You can find it on the Prayers page in the From(…)

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The Families of Cana in English

Today, May 13th, the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, and the Day of Our Lady of Fatima, we have a special gift to offer Mary. We wanted to present it on this day as an act of thanksgiving because, as St. John Bosco said, “it was She who did it all!” We wanted to present it on this day, asking for the intercession of the youngest saints of the Church, Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco Marto. After all, just like the little shepherds in Fatima, the children who grow up in Families of Cana, with a rosary beads(…)

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Families learning to be Disciples

Saturday was a happy day. Our Lady sent us the sun and brought us families so that we could have a wonderful retreat. And indeed we did! There were twenty-six adults, twenty-five children and five youths, all anxious to meet together, to pray, to play, to sing and to celebrate together. Our Reverend Bishop arrived early in the morning and offered us two very beautiful teachings about discipleship based on St. Mark’s Gospel. Are we following Jesus swiftly like the Apostles did? Are we ready to leave our cloak behind and follow the Lord like the blind Bartimeus? Are we(…)

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The hidden Divine Mercy

Niall’s work involves quite a bit of travel. Last week it took him to Vilnius in Lithuania. If you know the message of the Divine Mercy and the life of St. Faustina, you probably know that Vilnius is intimately connected with the visions that St. Faustina had of the Merciful Jesus. It was in Vilnius that Jesus asked her to have His image painted, an image of His pierced heart pouring out water and blood. And it was an artist from Vilnius that painted the image under the guidance of St. Faustina. The original painting, after a little restauration, has(…)

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