In Cana of Galilee…



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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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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