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The most important sacrament

The most important sacrament

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

There was a time in the past when religious education classes were soft, when the students drew pictures, made collages and spoke about their feelings. But when it came to instruction, solid content was lacking.

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A new focus

A new focus

| Father Tom Walker | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth sits on a ridge overlooking a broad valley. Mount Tabor (the site in the Gospel passage for Feb. 25) towers above the valley just a short distance away. Surveying the scene, I have wondered if today’s Gospel story was the only time Jesus had made a pilgrimage up that holy mountain. As a boy growing up in Nazareth, how often had he gone to the edge of town to view the mountain? As a young man, had Mount Tabor often been a place to spend time in communion with his Father and with the holy ones who had come before him?

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The purpose of fasting

The purpose of fasting

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 22, 2018 | 2 Comments

If the sum total of my Lenten experience is giving up some treat, where is the conversion? Where is the deepening of my relationship with Jesus Christ?

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El ayuno tiene un propósito

El ayuno tiene un propósito

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nuestro Evangelio del Miércoles de Ceniza (Mateo 6: 1-6; 16-18) nos recordó que nuestra disciplina en la Temporada de Cuaresma no es una muestra pública. Por ejemplo, si renuncio a los colinabos cubiertos de chocolate, entonces no debería ser una causa de sufrimiento para los que me rodean, todos los que tienen que escuchar lo difícil que es mi sacrificio y cómo cuento los días previos a la Pascua.

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America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

| Bishop Robert Barron | February 21, 2018 | 3 Comments

Last month, America magazine published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like to offer a fuller response to their findings.

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Fighting fake news with the truth of Christ

Fighting fake news with the truth of Christ

| Jason Adkins | February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.

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Pope renews membership of child protection commission

Pope renews membership of child protection commission

| Cindy Wooden | February 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis has named nine new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including abuse survivors or the parents of survivors, the Vatican said.

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A father’s love

A father’s love

| Bryant Ortega | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember sitting around as a teenager hearing stories of my dad coming to this country to pursue the American dream. The more he told me, the more I wanted to know about the intense experience he endured and why he would leave his parents and loved ones. He always said he wanted a better life and to one day give that to his family. It sounded a bit cliché, like your typical immigrant story told in movies, but I accepted it.

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Getting to forgiveness

Getting to forgiveness

| Liz Kelly | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some years ago, a woman told a lie about me that caused some serious harm and was tremendously painful to bear. After many months had passed, out of the blue, she sent me an email, something along the lines of, “If I hurt you, I’m sorry.” We’ve all gotten these: the non-apology apology. It was, I thought, cowardly, and did very little to repair the damage that had been done.

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