Christian Meert

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I was born and raised in Morocco in a Catholic family. One of my uncles was a Franciscan priest and his sister a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, both in Morocco. I am the youngest of three boys. My eldest brother passed in 2011 and my other brother lives in Montpellier, France, with his family. I received my Masters in International Business in Montpellier, France, in 1976, and worked as the Regional Director of an American ag company for 15 years. I traveled all over the world: mainly Europe, Africa and Middle East. I am happily married to Christine since 1977 and we have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren so far. In 1990, our family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, in France, of which we were a part of for fifteen years. We started the House of the Community in Denver at the call of Archbishop Chaput in 1999. In 2004 Christine and I founded CatholicMarriagePrep.com, and then left the Community to dedicate ourselves to our ministry. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. In 2010, we became American citizens. I love fly-fishing, hiking and gardening!

Wishing You and Yours a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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Agape Catholic Ministries ~ Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!

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A Thanksgiving to Remember

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We had been only a few years in the USA, and we had learned a great deal about Thanksgiving.
So that year I wanted to make something special for our close friends.
I thought, let's reverse the first Thanksgiving and let the newcomers invite our US born friends.
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Saintly Parents Inspire Holy Children: Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

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A few months ago, I started doing research on saintly parents. I wanted to find holy men and women, dedicated moms, and dads, who were able to raise a family and live their faith fully. I was surprised at how many examples we have in our Catholic faith of saintly parents. I wanted to share some of these inspiring stories with our readers, in a series of posts called Saintly Parents. This is the second article in the series about sainthood and parenting. Does parenthood make you a saint? Can your saintly life inspire your children to live holy lives as well? Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi are examples that prove that it can.

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Sts Monica and Augustine: Mother-Son Saints!

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The tears of the Mother gained the heart of the Son.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Edith Stein/Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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A Jewish Convert, Carmelite, martyred in the gas chambers of Aushwitz, "a daughter of Israel who during the Nazi persecutions was united with faith and love of the Crucified Lord, Jesus Christ, as a Catholic, and with her own people as a Jew." ~ Saint John Paull II.

Original Drawings by Olivier Heitz for CatholicMarriagePrep.com

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St. John Vianney

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“If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die: not of fear, but of love.” The Cure of Ars, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. Original Drawings by Olivier Heitz for CatholicMarriagePrep.com

 

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Saintly Parents Inspire Holy Children: Venerable Attilio Giordani

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With Mother and Father’s Day fresh on our minds and hearts, I find myself thinking about sainthood and parenting. It is the chicken-and-the-egg type question... Does parenthood make you a saint? Or do you first need to be a saint to be a great parent to your kids?

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