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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...

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!

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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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Pornography is the ‘other’ deadly pandemic

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For thousands of years, human beings have been degrading other human beings via pornography — from Greek pottery to glossy magazines, movies, the internet and more. Today, with isolation, loneliness, lockdowns, and anxiety, mental health problems are on the rise and so is pornography.

It’s well known that pornography earns a lot of money for those who produce it, but less well known is the cost to society in general. Employees who use company computers to look at pornography during work hours cost the economy $17 billion a year, and that’s nothing compared to the human cost.

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Is there a life after life?

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Great question, right?
You can google this question or google Near Death Experiences and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of people who have seen that there is something waiting for us beyond death.

Here are two examples of stories that touched me personally.

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