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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5 Saints who can help with the hardships we face as women
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February 22, 2018

5 Saints who can help with the hardships we face as women

Whatever trial you're enduring, these wise "older sisters" understand and can be powerful helpers. Life as a woman creates a few pressure points, that’s for sure. What woman hasn’t felt the weight of the world on her shoulders at one…
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10 Women whose motherhood helped them become saints
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February 22, 2018

10 Women whose motherhood helped them become saints

Some takeaways here to remind you that you’re doing good work. There are times when your child hugs you and gives you a picture in crayon of the two of you holding hands surrounded by hearts. There are also times…
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St. Joseph was more than “righteous”; he was courageous
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February 22, 2018

St. Joseph was more than “righteous”; he was courageous

The angel wouldn't have said "Do not be afraid" unless there was something to fear. The Feast of St. Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord, is what I call an orphan solemnity in the Church. Not much is made of it,…
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You can overcome temptation—but only if you want to!
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February 22, 2018

You can overcome temptation—but only if you want to!

Every addict who wishes to remain sober starts by admitting that he cannot resist by himself what will surely kill him. We must face our temptations similarly. “When the devil caresses you, he wants your soul.” That’s what one mother…
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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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