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Three Minutes with God: Meditations on Hope

Will what I do during my lifetime make any difference? Maybe in the present, but what about years from now? Will the good fruit of love and justice I have borne really last? Jesus gave us the answer to that question: Yes! If our life is connected by faith, hope, and love, we will bear “fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

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Three Minutes with God: The Power of Prayer

We often are deaf to God’s presence, loving inspirations, guidance, tenderness, and mercy because of the noise around us and inside us. Create your own space for silence where you can be alone and quiet today. Let God find you there in the silence.

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Three Minutes with God: Strength in Suffering

Three Minutes with God features hundreds of inspiring reflections and prayers that will remind you to rejoice and praise God. Each day includes a scripture passage, a reflection, and a prayer to revive your spirit.

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Jesus’ Brief Ministry

Jesus’ life can be divided into two parts. What is surprising is that, while he is the Son of God who came to redeem the world, he spent 90 percent of his life in the remote town of Nazareth.

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Growing In Faith Like St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was always a saint, right? Absolutely wrong! In his teens and early 20s, he often found God’s ways to be an obstacle to the generous life for which he would much later be revered.

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Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States. As such, it’s a great time to recognize the contributions of Black Americans in the Catholic Church.

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Trappist Father Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century, is pictured in an undated photo. "The Advent mystery in our own lives is the beginning of the end of all, in us, that is not yet Christ," Merton wrote in his essay, "Advent: Hope or Delusion?" (CNS photo/Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University)

The Friends of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton continues to exercise an “apostolate of friendship,” bringing people together across many divides.

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