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Letter to an unbeliever – King Baudouin
  • Posted on:  Thursday, September 27, 2018

Why I believe The King’s faith was neither a matter of theory nor speculation; rather was it something he lived out in the logic of daily life. Among his letters there is one, dated 1984, which he shared with me one day, in which he […]

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Called to be a personal witness – Cardinal Suenens
  • Posted on:  Thursday, July 12, 2018

Not everyone is called to a ‘ministry of evangelisation’, but everyone is called to be a personal witness, to give account of “the faith that is in them”, as St Peter enjoined. And that arises from life itself, from the desire ‘always and everywhere’, in […]

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The culture of mercy – Pope Francis
  • Posted on:  Saturday, June 30, 2018

  First, we are called to celebrate mercy. What great richness is present in the Church’s prayer when she invokes God as the Father of mercies! In the liturgy, mercy is not only repeatedly evoked, but is truly received and experienced. Many of the prayers […]

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Pope institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of Church Pope Francis inserts the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, into the Roman Calendar on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. By Devin Watkins Pope Francis has decreed that the ancient devotion to […]

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The charismatic Renewal – Card. Suenens
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the course of my visits to the USA, I heard about an astonishing religious awakening, born in the early years of this century, then gradually accepted in traditional Protestant Churches, and appearing in the Catholic Church in 1967. This spiritual Renewal affected both universities, […]

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Message of pope Francis – Lent 2018
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come […]

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Putting prayer into action
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An introduction to the latest FIAT-booklet “Putting prayer into action” (Card. Suenens)  by Prof. Em. Jan Van der Veken “From now on all ages will call me blessed” (Lk 1,48b), words that have truly been fulfilled. In the prayer of successive generations, Mary has always […]

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King Baudouin, a hidden life
  • Posted on:  Friday, November 10, 2017

by Cardinal Suenens The key to the hidden source of the King’s life is not hard to find: it lies in his deep spirituality, in other words, in his union with God, lived out from day to day as a Christian, and translated into daily […]

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A Birthday Gift for Mary?
  • Posted on:  Monday, October 16, 2017

A birthday gift Veronica O’Brien, founder of the FIAT Association, was for more than 50 years a faithful collaborator with Cardinal Suenens. He wrote about her life in his book The Contingency of God. We can read what happened there 30 years ago on September […]

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The Spirit creates in us a new heart – Pope Francis
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Spirit is in fact the Easter Gift par excellence.  He is the Creator Spirit, who constantly brings about new things. Today we will look at two of those new things: first, the Spirit makes of us a new people, and second, he creates in us a […]

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A Personal Pentecost Let me begin by describing the basic experience which is the soul of the Renewal. Progressing beyond superficial analogies, we have to understand the Renewal as a grace that re-actualises baptism and confirmation, as a kind of personal Pentecost involving conversion, a […]

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The Kingdom of God is among you – Pope Francis
  • Posted on:  Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In this second Sunday of Advent’s Gospel reading, we hear echoed the invitation of John the Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 3,2). With these same words, Jesus will start his mission in Galilee […]

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Christ's prophetic office
Prophetic office and charisms of the people of God
  • Posted on:  Thursday, May 26, 2016

The holy people of God shares also in Christ’s prophetic office; it spreads abroad a living witness to Him, especially by means of a life of faith and charity and by offering to God a sacrifice of praise, the tribute of lips which give praise […]

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“So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17,21) From the beginning of all ecumenical dialogue, we have to […]

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Saint Joseph – A Grace to be Captured in our Time
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On the feast of Saint Joseph the liturgy opens with these words: “Almighty God, at the dawn of new times You places the mysteries of our salvation in Joseph’s watchful care. May this prayer continue to help your Church to bring these mysteries to their […]

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Thus says the Lord – Prof. Dr. Jan Van der Veken
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A main problem in the charismatic renewal and also in the Church, according to Prof. J. Van der Veken is: “the link between God’s action and human activity. How should we understand that and think about it? What do we mean, for example, when we […]

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The Experience of Lent
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016

To experience a conversion during the period of Lent truely is a grace of the Lord. All our actions originate in Him and go towards Him. From beginning to end, He is present in our activities. The primacy of Grace in the period of Lent […]

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God of the Incarnation – Dom Helder Camara
  • Posted on:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In ancient days the Lord sent the witnessing people patriarchs and prophets, in order to sustain its faith in the one God. But in the fullness, the zenith of time, he sent his own Son, who took flesh by assuming, in the Virgin Mary, a […]

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