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Fr. Louis Cameli


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Fr. Cameli is the Cardinal's Delegate for Formation and Mission.

Blog posts by Fr. Louis Cameli

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

    People Who Are Marked: The Journey of Lent

    Lent, of course, began on Ash Wednesday. We received ashes that have faded or were washed away, but we remain marked people. And we carry our mark across this holy season, a time of deeper reflection and coming to terms with who we really are.

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  • Monday, December 09, 2013

    Advent and the Time of Our Lives

    These few weeks of Advent are packed. There’s shopping and decorating and social commitments. Ideally, it is also a time for deeper reflection, when we examine our hopes, our longings, and our deepest desire to meet the Lord who comes to us. It may take some serious effort to carve out the space that allows us to reflect and pray. It means finding the time, even a few minutes, and the quiet space that allow us to take a deeper look. Let me share a little of my Advent journey with you.

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  • Monday, July 02, 2012

    Beyond Fear, Guilt, and the Force of Habit: A Year for Sunday Mass

    Make no mistake about it. Going to Sunday Mass is a weighty obligation. The Third Commandment tells us: “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.” For Catholics that means celebrating Sunday Mass and observing Sabbath rest, so that we can pay attention to the deeper realities of our lives in God.

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  • Monday, March 12, 2012

    How the strangest request for ashes taught me to stay on track in Lent

    I celebrated my first Ash Wednesday as a priest at Carlo Forlanini Hospital in Rome. As I was going to the patients’ rooms to distribute ashes, a nurse carrying a tray of medicine approached me, “Father, could you give me ashes?” I said, “Yes, of course.” And I proceeded with the formula, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you will return” and I put ashes on her forehead, which she seemed to receive very devoutly.

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  • Monday, November 28, 2011

    The Advent Challenge: Five Minutes A Day to Spiritual Renewal

    Sometimes, old sayings get it really wrong. For example, “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.” In fact, the devil likes us to be busy and distracted. When we are busy with work and responsibilities and when we are distracted by problems and enjoyments, we never stop to take a deeper look at our lives. Busy and distracted people hurry from one thing to the next. They cannot hear the voice of God calling them in their lives. They just can’t seem to be ready to meet the Lord when he comes in his Word and Sacraments and in the circumstances of ordinary life.

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  • Monday, October 24, 2011

    The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life

    This past week, Ave Maria Press published my latest book The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life. When I was writing the book, my friends wondered why I was bothering to deal with the devil. So much “devil talk” seems to be associated with Hollywood and very strange experiences. In fact, what we have to deal with is far closer to home and far more ordinary than we would have ever suspected. I had to explain myself.

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  • Monday, April 18, 2011

    Can we find forgiveness today?

    I live at Holy Name Cathedral off of north Michigan Avenue. The sidewalks are crowded with workers and students and tourists. It’s easy to bump into people—accidently of course. An “Excuse me” is often met with a scowl. There’s very little forgiveness, it seems, on the Gold Coast. Actually, I don’t think there’s very much forgiveness generally in our world today. And this is true for many reasons.

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