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The unlikely friendship between a canonized saint and an English princess
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February 23, 2018

The unlikely friendship between a canonized saint and an English princess

Two of history’s most famous women were bound by their mutual desire to bring compassion to a world starving for love. There is something beautiful about a friendship between two individuals who appear to be as different as night and…
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Africans go to confession more often than all other Catholics. Here’s why
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February 23, 2018

Africans go to confession more often than all other Catholics. Here’s why

“I have celebrated thousands of confessions, believe me.” Franciscan Father Josep Maria Massana now lives in the convent of the sanctuary of San Antonio de Padua in Barcelona. But, before that, he lived for years in African Franciscan Missions in…
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This Scripture passage will help you talk to your family about God
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February 23, 2018

This Scripture passage will help you talk to your family about God

How do we avoid the "prophet’s curse"? I used to teach a unit on language in my philosophy of the human person classes. The author we read gave a confident argument that language was absolutely central to the human experience,…
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Is vanity ruining your Lent?
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February 23, 2018

Is vanity ruining your Lent?

What to do if our preparation for the Resurrection is getting mixed up with the bathroom scale. I’ve always had a sweet tooth. It’s almost embarrassing how indiscriminate it is. I enjoy milk chocolate as much as dark chocolate, which,…
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Lebanese judge finds creative way to sentence 3 men who vandalized Mary statue
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February 22, 2018

Lebanese judge finds creative way to sentence 3 men who vandalized Mary statue

Even prime minister supports Christian's handling of Sunni Muslims' violation. Earlier this month, three young Lebanese men of the Sunnite Muslim faith entered a church in northern Lebanon and vandalized a statue of Mary there. The young men were arrested…
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How St. Peter first became a bishop in Antioch, not Rome
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February 22, 2018

How St. Peter first became a bishop in Antioch, not Rome

The first pope started out his ministry in a central hub of the ancient world. While St. Peter is widely known as the first bishop of Rome, the “prince of the apostles” started out his ministry in the “Rome of…
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I can’t pay attention at Mass. Is it even worth going?
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February 22, 2018

I can’t pay attention at Mass. Is it even worth going?

How "active participation" can be something other than what you're thinking. Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered “participating” if I can’t fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My…
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4 Ways Lent transforms us
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February 22, 2018

4 Ways Lent transforms us

Why does the Church bring us to Mount Tabor at the beginning of Lent? Lent is still just getting started when, on the Second Sunday of Lent (Year B), we accompany James and John up Mount Tabor to see Jesus Christ…
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The unlikely connection between Sts Therese and Joan of Arc
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February 22, 2018

The unlikely connection between Sts Therese and Joan of Arc

Why did a contemplative nun find inspiration in a religious warrior? It may be surprising to learn that Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, commonly known as the “Little Flower,” found constant inspiration not in a contemplative nun, but in the religious…
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5 Things the mystics have taught me about motherhood
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February 22, 2018

5 Things the mystics have taught me about motherhood

These people can help you live more simply, shake off insecurities, and be a better mother to your kids. When I was suffering from postpartum depression, I sought solace in the Christian mystics as a way to find language for…
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