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Ask Fr. Thaddaeus

Father Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, the spiritual director of Friends of Mercy, answers questions from club members:

Linda wrote in:
If someone is born on the 13th day of the month and dies on the 13th day of the month, are they a saint? Is there a sign there for family members?

Models of Mercy: St. Ambrose

The following is the latest in our series looking at the lives of the saints, for they are models, par excellence, of how we should live our lives in the footsteps of Christ. This month, we reflect on the life of St. Ambrose, bishop and Doctor of the Church, whose feast day we celebrate on Dec. 7.

Born in Milan around the year 338 A.D., Ambrose grew up in a non-Christian family and received his education in Rome. He studied law, literature, and rhetoric; was made the governor of Liguria and Emilia in Italy; and had his headquarters in Milan.

Ask Fr. Thaddaeus

From anonymous:
"I was recently told that it is a waste of money to have Masses said for the deceased. I was told it does nothing for them because they are dead and I should spend my money on gas and dinner. Why do we have Masses said for the dead, and why is it worth it?"

Models of Mercy: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Mother Cabrini was the friend of three popes, a foster mother to thousands of children, and the founder of a religious order of missionary sisters that has spread throughout the world to serve anyone in need. Let's learn more about this "missionary of mercy," and consider how we can imitate her faith, courage, and zeal in serving the least among us.

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