In Cana of Galilee…



Holiness according to two Francis’s, and a hymn

In the entrance hall of our house you’ll find a framed Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I’ve known it by heart since I was a child and my children have learned to pray it as well. It has always seemed to me that this prayer contains the secret of holiness, and therefore the secret to happiness. Being a saint means being an instrument of the peace of the Lord. Being a saint is forgetting our own selves, our comforts, our free time, our pleasure, our hurt feelings, our pouts and even our dreams in order to love our neighbour(…)

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Sunday III of Easter, Year B

Weekly reflection on the readings of the following Sunday, written by Teresa and published in the disocesan newspaper Correio do Vouga HOW TO RECEIVE THE VISIT OF THE RESSURECTED CHRIST Throughout Easter we are led from adventure to adventure through the Acts of the Apostles. Children and adults alike can marvel at the great spiritual adventures told in the daily mass readings. Reading the entire Acts of the Apostles is a wonderful Easter challenge and well worthwhile to do as a family. Think of the courage of those men, the very same men who abandoned Jesus in the Passion and(…)

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The yes of Mary, the yes of Anthony, the commitment of the Families of Cana

On Monday the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation, transferred from March 25th, Palm Sunday. And so, as we usually do on solemnities, we went to evening mass. Anthony was anxious: “Mum, do you think I should serve at the altar, even though it’s a weekday?” “Of course! Father Taveira will be delighted.” “Ah good. Like that I’ll be the first to receive Holy Communion. And I loved having communion yesterday! I want to have communion today and every day. I think I’ll start counting my communions.” Lucia joined in the conversation. “When I made my first communion, I(…)

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More important than an angel

“Hey kids, Father Aníbal Mendonça is coming to visit. He has a present from Cana of Galilee for us and he wants to come here this evening to give it to us because he’ll be vising Mogofores. Let’s start our prayers now and Father Aníbal will join in when he arrives. When he comes in, don’t forget to stand up to say hello, ok?” “Why’s that?” the little girl who lives with us wants to know. “Why’s what?” “Why do we have to stand up from the sofa?” “It’s a matter of respect”, I told her. And before I could(…)

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