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In this exquisite painting by Italian artist, Placido Costanzi (1702-1759), the Virgin Mary is seen as receiving the supernatural gift of being immaculately conceived as the Ark of the New Covenant.1 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead. 2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved. 3 Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil.

In the beautiful change of seasons, Saint Athanasius reminds us that we must not let any season pass without thanksgiving to God.1 All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

In this Healing of the Ten Lepers by the artist James Tissot, created between 1886 and 1894, Jesus Christ reveals His love and mercy for the suffering..11 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Sent by Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal the Peace Plan from Heaven.Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri will host the 100th Anniversary of Fatima & Tour for Peace: 1917 - 2017, featuring the story of the Fatima Apparitions and the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady. The date is Sunday, November 13, 2016, beginning with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9:00 a.m., and ending with Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Tour for Peace, please click here.

Judas Maccabeus, a great Jewish warrior, liberated Judah from the Romans in 165 B.C.38 Then Judas assembled his army and went to the city of Adul′lam. As the seventh day was coming on, they purified themselves according to the custom, and they kept the sabbath there. 39 On the next day, as by that time it had become necessary, Judas and his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen and to bring them back to lie with their kinsmen in the sepulchres of their fathers.

Pope Francis: No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted.27 “But I say to you that hear -- love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods, do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."

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.

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.