10.22
TCC Video: JPII A Saint of Vatican II

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JPII and Mother Teresa

I will never forget hearing JPII preach at two World Youth Days. Today is the first every feast day of St. Pope John Paul II. Being officially declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t mean that a person was without flaws, it simply means that he or she lived a life of extraordinary holiness and is now in Heaven. Popes John Paul II and John XXIII were recently canonized, or officially declared saints, by Pope Francis. For more, read Fr. James Martin’s piece in The Wall Street JournalDo We Still Need Saints? Watch a video on the life of St. John Paul II from Catholic News Service after the jump:

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10.22
Misc: The Things We Keep

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relics Rebecca Brown writes for The Stranger about her fondness for St. Therese of Lisieux and why relics of the dead mean so much to us, “Sometimes it seems the Catholic Church, if it has a sense of humor at all, has a bad one. But sometimes it has a terrific one—like when they made stay-at-home Therese a patron of missions, along with Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit who missioned to Goa, India, Japan, Borneo, etc. (Another funny Catholic and relic thing: Xavier’s body—er, most of it—is in Goa; his forearm is in Rome.)” Read the whole thing here: The Things We Keep

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10.21
Misc: On a spiritual journey it’s good to have a soul friend

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Everyone I know who has done spiritual direction, myself included, highly recommends it. Kathleen Hirsch writes for Crux about what spiritual direction is, and is not, and how to find a spiritual director (like one of the guys pictured above). Read it here: On a spiritual journey it’s good to have a soul friend

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10.21
The Feast of All Saints

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All Saints

Halloween is a door to today’s feast, the Feast of All Saints. We learn this from its name: All Hallows Eve, or the vigil (the evening before) of the Feast of All Saints. TCC’s own Melissa Musick recommends having a dinner party to celebrate. Recipes and ideas for the day after the jump:

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10.21
Misc: Ma’am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For

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drive-thru Kate Murphy writes for The New York Times about how people are paying for the order of the driver behind them in drive-throughs as a random act of kindness, “Perhaps the largest outbreak of drive-through generosity occurred last December at Tim Horton’s in Winnipeg, Manitoba when 228 consecutive cars paid it forward.” Read it here: Ma’am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For.

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