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Patience

For everything there is a season, And a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate, A time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For Reflection: What "time" is it in my life? How can patience help me make the most of it?  

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Patience

"With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event." Cardinal John Henry Newman

For Reflection: Do I "color all things with hues of faith?" Do I see "a divine meaning in every event?" If I were to do so, how would this encourage the virtue of patience in me? What one situation or circumstance am I presently facing that can give me this opportunity?

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Muslim Man Has No Regrets After Gunning Down Six Daughters in "Honor Killing"

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Only a month after an international foundation ranked Pakistan as the third most dangerous country in the world for women, news is breaking about a horrendous "honor killing" in Pakistan where a man gunned down six of his daughters - in front of their mother - because two of them were suspected of having boyfriends.

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New Envoy Will Defend Religious Freedom Overseas

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist An end to the debt limit crisis isn't the only battle being fought in the U.S. House these days. Lawmakers are also taking on the fight to protect religious minorities around the world by creating a new diplomatic post that will be charged with defending religious freedom overseas.

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"Just a Simple Girl" Launches National Day of Prayer for Marriage

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist

Acting on an inspiration that came to her during Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, a 25 year-old Minnesota woman has launched the first national day of prayer for marriage which will take place one month from today - on August 29, 2011.

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Patience

"There are many who excuse themselves, saying that if they were in other circumstances they would be much more patient. This is a grave mistake, for it assumes that virtue is a matter of geography, and not of moral effort. It makes little difference where we are; it all depends on what we are thinking about." Fulton J. Sheen For Reflection: What is the connection between my thoughts and my actions? How can my thoughts help me to acquire patience regardless of my exterior circumstances? Where ought my thoughts be fixed if I am to grow in virtue?  

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Gay Activists Target Family-Themed Dollywood

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Acting under the direction of a gay activist group, a lesbian couple from Nashville, Tennessee have logged an official complaint with Dolly Parton's family theme park after one of the women, who was wearing a "Marriage is so gay" t-shirt, was asked to turn it inside out to avoid offending guests.

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