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The Faith in Slow Motion  
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no 43)
Ordinary Time
If there is a theme that holds together the Sundays and weekdays of Ordinary time, it would be living out the Christian life, responding to the Grace poured out upon the baptized, practicing the Christian faith. In this time the readings of Scripture and the prayers of the Mass urge us to follow Christ, to fight the spiritual battle against our sins, to pray ceaselessly, to give generously, to love sacrificially.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 46)
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Illness and suffering have always been among the greatest problems confronted in human life. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death. Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 47)
Transfiguration:  Miraculous Beauty
The miracles recorded in the gospels are not divine displays of brute power. They do not simply prove, they also reveal.  There is a kind of appropriateness about them, a kind of artistry.  We rightly speak of them as “supernatural” occurrences, but the miracles do not lose touch with the natural world.  They transfigure it.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 48)
The Holy Oils
In Hebrew the word is Messiah; in Greek it is Christos. Translated into English, both words mean "the Anointed One". At the beginning of his public ministry, in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth, Jesus read publicly the words of the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings . . .". Then, as the Gospel of Luke tells us, while "the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him, he said to them, 'Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing"' (see Luke 4:16-21).
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 49)
Fasting at the Feast?
Why would the great saint and doctor of the Church be concerned that the reception of Holy Communion could possibly be “an offense” before God, rather than a “saving plea for forgiveness”? Is not Holy Communion always God's gift of mercy—always the crucified and risen Body and Blood of Christ? Yes, certainly, the Sacrament is always Christ's bodily presence and gift. But in our reception of the gift, there are two possibilities (and only two): saving grace or judgment.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 50)
“We Dare to Say.  Our Father...”
“The Lord's Prayer is truly the most perfect of prayers” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2773, 2774).  As Christ is the perfection of humanity, so the Our Father is the perfection of prayer.
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The Catholic Faith In Slow Motion (No.51)
Much gets lost in a world that is filled with noise and endless chatter. Along with the inevitable noise of autos and industry and commerce, we have a host of increasingly sophisticated devices with which to ban silence. The devices are “on” day and night in more and more places—at home, at school, at work, in waiting rooms, hospital rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, malls and lobbies, parks and playgrounds. Much information is distributed by the chatter. Our favorite music helps us through the boring times. Keeping the chatter going among friends saves us from loneliness, and at least some of the movies and t.v. shows are truly entertaining.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 52)
The Sanctification of Time
As the Church marks the passing of time, certain days and seasons are especially infused with meaning. All time, of course, can be made holy, as it is received as a gift from the Creator. But some days and seasons have been so filled up with God’s saving work that they are dense with holiness. Sunday, for example—the day in which time itself was redeemed by being filled with the presence of the risen Jesus

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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 53)
The Family Within the Christmas Mystery and The World Meeting of Families
In the coming months a remarkable opportunity is ours for the spiritual renewal of families. September 22-27, 2015, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will welcome families from across America and around the world to the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which will include a papal visit. Since 1994, the World Meeting has convened every three years. At the 2012 gathering in Milan one million people attended the concluding papal mass. For details about how you can participate in this week of catechesis, celebration, and prayer (with venues for all ages), go online to http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/  or the Facebook site, worldMeeting2015.
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The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 55)
The Communion of the Holy Spirit
The Nicene Creed makes sure that the Holy Spirit we believe in is not simply some divine influence or emanation from God but is truly God. In that creed, the Holy Spirit is clearly identified as the Lord, the giver of Life. When God gives the Holy Spirit, God gives God. The Holy Spirit is the name of God when God is given as a gift to human creatures.

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