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God chooses King Cyrus, a pagan, to let the Jews return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple.1 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:

Suffering for the human race is a marvelous mystery. It can lead to personal transformation and redemption, like sown seeds struggling to grow and break through the earth.Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him, we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted in this special artwork as Our Lady of the Rosary.October is traditionally remembered as the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. It is also Respect Life Month. Therefore, one of our special Rosary intentions should be the petition to renew a Culture of Life in the world. Every day, if possible, pray the Rosary with your family. One reason why the Rosary is such a powerful family prayer is because it’s all about the life of a family who should be our model, our standard of holiness: the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In the Holy Family Prayer Book, for example, there is a section on praying the Family Life Rosary.

Miss Elizabeth and her extended family gather for a photograph celebrating her graduation from Saint Frances Cabrini Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri.My name is Elizabeth, and I graduated from Saint Frances Cabrini Academy in 2013. I started attending Cabrini in kindergarten -- a total of nine years at Cabrini. My family joined Saint Wenceslaus Church soon after our move from California to Missouri. From the very beginning, Saint Wenceslaus has been a home to my family. They welcomed us with open arms and really helped us settle into Saint Louis, Missouri and build a new life.

This school marquee sign for Saint Frances Cabrini Academy welcomes Jonathan Murphy Schroeder, the adopted son of Dr. Pete Schroeder, school principal.A simple “yes” can change the world.  At least, it has changed mine. Five years ago, I said “yes” when I was offered the position of principal at Saint Frances Cabrini Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri. Little did I know how this would change my life! As a new principal, there was much to learn and a pretty steep learning curve to get past. As I matured in my role as principal, I came to realize what an incredible gift the school community of Saint Frances Cabrini Academy was to me.

Cabrini Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri is one of the most diverse Catholic schools in the city with a mixture of African-American, African, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic children.Consider an ethnically diverse world with individuals who respect one another and work together toward common goals. Saint Frances Cabrini Academy, an urban grade school in South Saint Louis City, is already a model for a diverse world. Cabrini is a kindergarten through 8th grade school, and it has become an anchor in the community. It is a special place with families from countries such as Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Burma, and Vietnam. Cabrini believes that providing a quality, affordable Catholic education is the most effective way to create opportunities for our children and their families.

This is an international postage stamp honoring Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Saint of the Poor.On Sunday, September 4, at Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square in Rome, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will become Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Her actions speak louder than words, but here are just a few of her jewels of wisdom: "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet, especially your family. Be holy, let us pray."

This painting of a doctor in prayer before surgery is in the office of Dr. Mark Hickman, a Catholic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas.Make friends with the doctor, for he is essential to you; God has also established him in his profession. From God the doctor has wisdom, and from the king he receives sustenance. 3 Knowledge makes the doctor distinguished, and gives access to those in authority. 4 God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent should not neglect; 5 was not the water sweetened by a twig, so that all might learn his power? 6 He endows people with knowledge, to glory in his mighty works, 7 through which the doctor eases pain, 8 and the druggist prepares his medicines.

This book cover for Champions of the Rosary, by Rev. Donald Calloway, captures the true meaning of spiritual warfare and how to conquer evil with good.The rosary is not just for little old church ladies and pious nuns locked up in convents. It’s been prayed by brave soldiers, young martyrs, brilliant scientists, key political figures, and recently, a hopeless hippie drug addict. But the real question is: why should everyone, including and especially you, pray the rosary? Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC makes a staunch case for this powerful prayer in the most comprehensive book about the rosary. His thoroughly researched book “Champions of the Rosary” traces the origin of the prayer.

This beautiful stained glass image of the Virgin Mary was created by Ukrainian artist Petro Kholodny in 1924.On Monday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim: