Mark Hart
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Mark Hart

October 15: The Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

“Whoever has God lacks nothing: God alone is enough.” Born: March 28, 1515 Died: October 4, 1582 Feast Day: October 15 Patron of headache sufferers and Spanish Catholic writers Background If you heard a teen guy describing a girl as “witty and beautiful, intelligent and charming, funny and deep,” you

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communion of saints
Mark Hart

October 4th: The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi had a deep love for God, people, animals, and the environment. Put simply, he saw God in everyone and everything. Above all, he cared for and loved the sick and poor in a way that few others ever have.

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Catholic
Mark Hart

The “Apostle of Ireland”: A Little About St. Patrick

If you were to ask most people what they know about St. Patrick, you would most likely get a wide range of answers. And, inevitably, most would be incorrect. Much like St. Valentine, St. Patrick is more known for his now secularized holiday than for his actual feast day.

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Mark Hart

Little Did He Know…

The road was little more than a path of dirt covered with small jagged rocks and pebbles. It was far from a desirable place to lay your head, much less land on. How humbling it must have been for Saul, powerful Saul, to quickly go from being the hunter to the hunted.How ironic that he landed upon the earth when God humbled him, for both ground and humility share the same root word in Latin (a language Saul certainly knew).

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Lent
Mark Hart

Holy Crap: The Unholy Art of Outdoing Another

Here’s the thing about Lent: Your thing is your thing. What you give up and what you add on is between you and God, not you and your friends.

If, however, you take every opportunity (consciously or unconsciously) to share just how much you’re giving up or how much you’re doing, it’s not holiness you’re seeking — it’s attention.

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Beatitudes
Mark Hart

Blessed the Beggar: Who Are the “Poor in Spirit”?

This is one of those Scripture passages that many people 'know' (meaning, they've heard it before) but countless people fail to understand. My own parochial school teacher taught us that it simply meant God loves poor people 'more.'

Ummm, to put it as charitably and bluntly as possible . . . no, that's not what it means . . .

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Canonization
Mark Hart

What Makes a Saint?

To be clear, the Church doesn’t “make someone” a saint. The Church recognizes the holiness of certain individuals and honors some with the title of “saint.” If you make it to heaven, you are a saint – whether or not the Church recognizes you as one publicly.

The title of saint is conferred on someone after what is called the canonization process.

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