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January 2018

Catherine of Siena: Doctor of the Church and Unforgettable Fire
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January 31, 2018

Catherine of Siena: Doctor of the Church and Unforgettable Fire

A woman wielding power, influence and wisdom to which most moderns can only aspire A century after its original publication, Edmund G. Gardner’s unique study, The Road to Siena: The Essential Biography of St. Catherine, was reissued in 2009. The volume offers…
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A New Mysticism: The Visions, Miracles and Devotion of St. Lutgarde
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January 31, 2018

A New Mysticism: The Visions, Miracles and Devotion of St. Lutgarde

Tales of the Saints, June 16 Time has not been gentle to Thomas of Cantimpré, the thirteenth-century Dominican theologian, preacher, and compiler of notes about saints. In 1892, the scholar who wrote the first major study of the medieval mystics of the…
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To Be a Saint is to be Truly Revolutionary
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January 31, 2018

To Be a Saint is to be Truly Revolutionary

Tales of the Saints, June 17 On June 17, 1775, American revolutionaries lost the Battle of Bunker Hill, unable to stop the British in Boston from marching out to seize the high ground that commanded the nearby harbor. Still, the…
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The Unlikely Holiness of the White-Collar Saint
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January 31, 2018

The Unlikely Holiness of the White-Collar Saint

Tales of the Saints, June 18 Sailors can be saints—as can musicians, ditch-diggers, and lawyers. Or maybe that needs to be turned around, to put sanctity in the first place: It’s the saints who can be sailors, musicians, ditch-diggers, and…
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Pope Francis Calls for One Date for Easter
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January 31, 2018

Pope Francis Calls for One Date for Easter

Orthodox welcome Pontiff's comments but reemphasize tradition It’s only on rare occasions that Christians around the world celebrate Easter on the same day. More often, while Roman Catholics and some Protestants are singing "Jesus Christ is risen today!" Orthodox are…
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Planning a Trip to Rome? Here Are Some Do’s and Don’ts
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January 31, 2018

Planning a Trip to Rome? Here Are Some Do’s and Don’ts

Make your pilgrimage (or vacation!) one to remember To be perfectly honest, Romans can cope with anything. For centuries, their city has been a target for hordes of tourists and barbarians. Through it all, Romans have remained inscrutable – insouciant,…
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10 Inspiring Quotes from St. Athanasius
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January 31, 2018

10 Inspiring Quotes from St. Athanasius

The “Father of Orthodoxy,” St. Athanasius of Alexandria is widely known for his long battle with Arianism and his staunch defense of the Incarnation. Athanasius was not afraid to defend the truth at all costs, which got him into trouble…
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Pope Francis’ Youthful Traumatic Experience is Key to Understanding His “Culture of Encounter”
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January 31, 2018

Pope Francis’ Youthful Traumatic Experience is Key to Understanding His “Culture of Encounter”

The Pontiff shares the reason behind it: "It's a concern that I carry with me from my childhood." Alexandre Awi, priest and famous Mariologist, shared his valuable reflections on the pontificate of Pope Francis in an interview with Portaluz during…
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3 Saints Who Never Knew the Impact They Would Have on Others
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January 31, 2018

3 Saints Who Never Knew the Impact They Would Have on Others

St. Vincent de Paul, St. Jeanne Jugan and Blessed Frederick Ozanam took on their work with no expectations of greatness Saint-Servan, France, 1839: On a bitterly cold winter night, Jeanne Jugan, 47, looked out from her bedroom window and saw a person huddled…
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Why Spiritual Direction Is Good for Anyone Who Takes Faith Seriously
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January 31, 2018

Why Spiritual Direction Is Good for Anyone Who Takes Faith Seriously

It's an essential tool to discerning one's vocation -- and not just for priests and nuns Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not…
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