Prayer is Essential

January 6
“Prayer is not one occupation among many, but is at the center
of our life in Christ.”
-St. John Paul II
For Reflection
Prayer is not optional; it is essential. How is God calling you to turn your prayer life into the breath of your existence?

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Did Pope John Paul II Bless Pokemon?

BG writes: “Recently we noticed that several boys in our homeschooling group play with Pokemon and have dozens of card files of these characters . . . . I read your blog post about Pokemon and agree.  However, I also found an article on the internet saying that the wonderful Pope John Paul II gave his blessing to Pokemon saying it was nothing more than fodder for a child’s imagination.  So now I am confused.  Do you have any more information on John Paul’s approval of these toys?  Could the article have been wrong?  Or a fake?  I had an interesting conversation with another homeschooling mom who approves of these toys, and I would like to get my ducks in a row on these issues.”

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Vatican Snubs Tell-All Book on JPII

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Even though it was written by the official postulator of Pope John Paul II’s cause for sainthood, the Vatican is not hiding its displeasure with a recently published book containing revelations about the Pope’s private life that many believe should have remained confidential.

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