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Papal message of thanks to cloistered religious

Catholic World News - November 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI offered thanks for the prayerful witness of cloistered religious on November 21, the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.

At the close of his regular weekly public audience, the Pontiff took note of the feast day and voices “my closeness, and that of the entire ecclesial community, to the religious called by the Lord to the contemplative life.” He encouraged lay Catholics to give their support to monastic communities.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 22, 2012 9:37 AM ET USA

    "Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers, The Way of the Heart clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping-stones: Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God); Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive); and Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart)." (Random House re. Fr. Nouwen's The Way of the Heart) "Flee, be silent and pray." God bless the generous souls!

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