When art came to the Eucharist’s rescue: Caravaggio, Domenichino, and Barocci
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January 28, 2018

When art came to the Eucharist’s rescue: Caravaggio, Domenichino, and Barocci

Flanked by theologians and girded with personal faith, these artists worked to spark imaginations and deepen adoration for the Eucharist in their empirical times. This series of articles looks at how the Church responded to this turbulent age by finding…
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The best kind of prayer is not what you may think
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January 28, 2018

The best kind of prayer is not what you may think

It may be hard and it may seem useless at times, but prayer is necessary for spiritual growth. Praying can be daunting. For me, at least, it’s often difficult. This might be surprising given I’m a priest, but it’s true; prayer can…
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Struggling to care for someone who needs you? Use Mother Teresa’s prayer
Prayers
January 28, 2018

Struggling to care for someone who needs you? Use Mother Teresa’s prayer

O Jesus, you who suffer, grant that today and every day I may be able to see you in the person of your sick ones and that, by offering them my care, I may serve you. Grant that, even if…
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The future saint who refused to swear allegiance to Hitler
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January 27, 2018

The future saint who refused to swear allegiance to Hitler

Josef Mayr-Nusser obeyed the first commandment to the end: "...thou shalt not have strange Gods before me." Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman remembered as a conscientious objector during WWII, will be beatified today, March 18, 2017, in Bolzano, Italy. I…
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St. Benedict’s advice for beating the blues
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January 27, 2018

St. Benedict’s advice for beating the blues

Acedia has two remedies, one is psalmody. As to the other... A while back, for whatever reason, I was most uncharacteristically doing battle with the devilish little megrim that is acedia. Actually, “doing battle” sounds romantic and pro-active. It would…
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Husband, father, and priest, Blessed Emilian saved Jews, scorned Nazis, died a martyr
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January 27, 2018

Husband, father, and priest, Blessed Emilian saved Jews, scorned Nazis, died a martyr

A member of an Eastern Catholic Rite, this hero of the Church is like another Maximilian Kolbe. With its wars, persecutions, and oppressive regimes, the 20th century was an era of saints — martyrs beyond number on every continent. Some…
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St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the conversion that makes all the difference
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January 27, 2018

St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the conversion that makes all the difference

Though separated by 4 centuries and hailing from extremely different cultures, Patrick and Joseph have a great deal in common, spiritually speaking. I am always pleased when the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph roll around every year, the…
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Feeling inadequate to the task before you? Here’s the saint for you
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January 27, 2018

Feeling inadequate to the task before you? Here’s the saint for you

It was a hard lesson, but St Hugh finally found the peace of accepting that God would work through him. The Christian call to humility is a difficult one. For those who are extremely talented, good-looking, and well-liked, the challenge is…
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Do ghosts really exist?
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January 27, 2018

Do ghosts really exist?

Odds are very likely that if someone sees a ghost or if they are involved with “ghost-hunting,” what they saw is actually a demon Around this time of year “ghosts” are everywhere. You can find them at school, on the…
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What you need to know about wizards, witches and warlocks
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January 27, 2018

What you need to know about wizards, witches and warlocks

Dabbling in the dark arts is not just the stuff of "Harry Potter" As the Harry Potter franchise is rebooted this year with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the craze over witches, wizards and casting spells will start all over…
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