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By Mario Martinez

 It has been almost three years since the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was hosted in the United States. This year the WMOF will be taking place in Dublin, Ireland from August 21st to the 26th. It is expected that Pope Francis will participate in the Festival of Families and celebrate the closing Mass.

Read more: WMOF to focus on familial love

By Susan Janowicz

 The Sacrament of Confirmation completes and seals the grace received in Baptism. In Confirmation the Holy Spirit bring us closer to Christ and into a closer relationship with the Church. Confirmation helps us be a witness to our faith in what we say and do by giving us the strength to live out and act on our beliefs. 

Read more: Come Holy Spirit!

By Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez For most, Easter Sunday is a social day when we look forward to sharing the company of others. Some will visit a loved one’s home, while others will open the doors of their home to host family and friends. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, hospitality is “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” For some, this reception of others creates absolute delight, while for others utter dismay. Wherever we may find ourselves on the scale between delight and dismay, we can all agree that hospitality has very profound implications. More than opening our home, being friendly, or generous with others, reception is about opening our hearts to others and becoming a self-gift.

Read more: Give the gift of yourself at Easter

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