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What is discernment?
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February 22, 2018

What is discernment?

It's not about the vocation to marriage or to the priesthood! It's something else ... “By discernment, we don’t mean asking whether you should marry or become a priest! That question arises only for those who have already surrendered to…
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Lent: A time to be broken?
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February 21, 2018

Lent: A time to be broken?

First in a series of reflections on poetry for Lent There’s good news and bad news today. The good news: Winter is almost over! Is the bad news Lent has just begun? For those of us who have been locked…
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Do you know the connection between St. Teresa of Avila, Our Lady, and Nicaragua?
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February 21, 2018

Do you know the connection between St. Teresa of Avila, Our Lady, and Nicaragua?

"Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of the Old Man" has quite a history. Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion de El Viejo, patron of Nicaragua, literally means “Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of the Old Man.” In this case,…
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Why Is Lent 40 Days?
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February 15, 2018

Why Is Lent 40 Days?

40 is a special number in the Bible. In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new…
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Which are the days of abstinence in Lent?
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February 14, 2018

Which are the days of abstinence in Lent?

Full Question Can you tell me what Catholic traditions are concerning Lent? My father goes without meat on Friday, my mother on Wednesday and Friday. Which one is right? Answer They both are. The Church nowadays requires abstinence from meat…
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The Last Things: What’s Hell Like and What Will Happen to Us?
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February 2, 2018

The Last Things: What’s Hell Like and What Will Happen to Us?

New book "Decreation" by Paul J. Griffith walks us through the end of time “Decreation” at first sight is an odd word to use when speaking about the end of all things, come the consummation of time. But it makes…
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Have Christians always given up chocolate for Lent?
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February 2, 2018

Have Christians always given up chocolate for Lent?

A brief history of Lenten sacrifices. It’s almost Lent. That means no chocolate for 40 days, right? Isn’t that what Christians have done for centuries? Contrary to popular belief, chocolate isn’t the only type of Lenten sacrifice. (And not just…
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What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest?
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February 1, 2018

What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest?

Their priesthoods are equivalent, but their vocations are not exactly alike   These are somewhat flexible terms; popularly they are all understood to involve a life of sacrifice and poverty. But while all variation of priesthoods may be equivalent, their…
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What’s the difference between the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed?
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February 1, 2018

What’s the difference between the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed?

Or, as they are commonly referred to, the "short Creed" and the "long Creed." When attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, the congregation joins together in reciting a Profession of Faith after the homily. This is also…
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Why do priests (and deacons) wear a stole?
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January 25, 2018

Why do priests (and deacons) wear a stole?

The small piece of fabric is one of the most important vestments worn by ordained clergy. One of the most significant vestments a member of the ordained clergy wears is a simple strip of material called a stole. The Vatican’s Office…
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