Articles
February 22, 2018

How my 7-year-old’s first experience of death was deeply imbued with peace … and even joy

Our accidental encounter with a coffin brought home the beauty of our faith My son and I dashed off to morning Mass earlier this week with plans to hit confession afterward and have our souls tidy and nice for the…
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Stations of the Cross for busy people
Prayers
February 22, 2018

Stations of the Cross for busy people

A simple option for those who want to pray the Stations, but can't seem to find the time The Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis, is a devotion commonly associated with Lent, but it shouldn’t be limited to just 40 days…
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40,000 Register for WYD in first week
Articles
February 21, 2018

40,000 Register for WYD in first week

Rosary from Christians in Bethlehem will be part of the pilgrim kit. More than 40,000 young people have registered for World Youth Day (WYD) to be held in Panama in January 2019, according to Father João Chagas of the Dicastery…
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Lent: A time to be broken?
ArticlesQ&A
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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C.S. Lewis tells you how to observe Lent
Articles
February 21, 2018

C.S. Lewis tells you how to observe Lent

We are, Lewis says, “far too easily pleased.” Most people, C.S. Lewis said back in 1941, think unselfishness the highest of the virtues. So do we. Ask people today to name an example of goodness and most will point to…
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Top 4 ways to defeat the devil’s temptations
Articles
February 21, 2018

Top 4 ways to defeat the devil’s temptations

The spiritual life is a battle. Here's how to fight. The spiritual life is a battle. Not only is it a battle against our own selfish desires, but also against the evil spiritual forces of this world. St. John Paul…
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When a woman stole the Eucharist to make a love potion
Articles
February 21, 2018

When a woman stole the Eucharist to make a love potion

She wanted to win back her lost love, but didn't expect this to happen. During the 13th century in Altari, Italy, a young woman was heartbroken. She lost the love of her life and was determined to win him back.…
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SPOTLIGHT: Sex Abuse Survivors and the Road to Recovery
Articles
February 21, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Sex Abuse Survivors and the Road to Recovery

As "Spotlight" refocuses the nation's attention on Boston's clergy abuse scandal, victims tell of struggle to heal A well-known Catholic intellectual referred to the year 2002 as the Long Lent—a period in which shame was just heaped upon the Church because of…
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CNN's "Finding Jesus" Asks the Right Questions
Articles
February 21, 2018

CNN’s “Finding Jesus” Asks the Right Questions

Does it come to truthful conclusions? "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" is a CNN original series running through lent. Produced by Nutopia, a British film company, the series examines the facts and myths behind the Shroud of Turin, the relic of the…
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How to pray the Stations of the Cross as if you were there
Articles
February 21, 2018

How to pray the Stations of the Cross as if you were there

Just try this: Imagine that Jesus has been condemned to death and you are the only one of his friends who holds his hand while he awaits his fate. Nothing (except perhaps Friday fish fries) characterizes the season of Lent…
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