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Father Leo Patalinghug: Connecting Food and Faith
Susan Hines-Brigger

Why do we have to limit Thanksgiving to once a year? That’s what this food-loving priest wants to know.

The Feast of All Saints: God's Glorious Nobodies
Kathy Coffey

Want to find a future saint? Look around you.





The Thankful Mysteries
To the 20 official mysteries of the Rosary, a veteran parish minister suggests adding five more. By Patricia Robertson

A School Mass Reroutes a Mom's Heart
The sound of children’s voices led a Protestant mother to become a Catholic. Text by Tama Ward, photos by John Sinal

Franciscan Friars Serving in Louisiana
In early June of this year, our senior editor drove across Louisiana to report briefly through words and photos on the ministries of Cincinnati Franciscans in four cities. Text and photos by Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

Fiction: Sell What You Have
She could part with items, but not the memories. By Carol Ann Morrow


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Ludovico of Casoria: Born in Casoria (near Naples), Arcangelo Palmentieri was a cabinet-maker before entering the Friars Minor in 1832, taking the name Ludovico. After his ordination five years later, he taught chemistry, physics and mathematics to younger members of his province for several years. 
<p>In 1847 he had a mystical experience which he later described as a cleansing. After that he dedicated his life to the poor and the infirm, establishing a dispensary for the poor, two schools for African children, an institute for the children of nobility, as well as an institution for orphans, the deaf and the speechless, and other institutes for the blind, elderly and for travelers. In addition to an infirmary for friars of his province, he began charitable institutes in Naples, Florence and Assisi. He once said, "Christ’s love has wounded my heart." This love prompted him to great acts of charity.
</p><p>To help continue these works of mercy, in 1859 he established the Gray Brothers, a religious community composed of men who formerly belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order. Three years later he founded the Gray Sisters of St. Elizabeth for the same purpose.
</p><p>Toward the beginning of his final, nine-year illness, Ludovico wrote a spiritual testament which described faith as "light in the darkness, help in sickness, blessing in tribulations, paradise in the crucifixion and life amid death." The local work for his beatification began within five months of Ludovico’s death. He was beatified in 1993.</p> American Catholic Blog Father, there are so many times when I attempt to do something good, and disturbing situations arise, as if someone or some power is trying to stop me. Give me the grace never to be afraid or avoid doing good for fear of Satan. In Jesus's name, Father, I ask for this grace, Amen.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.

Praying for You
As they grow closer to the Easter sacraments, your parish’s RCIA candidates count on your prayers.

Congratulations
Thanks be to God for uncountable mercies--for every blessing!

Annunciation of the Lord
We honor Mary on this feast, and we rejoice in her ‘yes’ to God’s invitation to motherhood.

Lent
Our Lenten journey is almost complete. Catholic Greetings helps you share how this season has been a blessing for you.


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