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Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The “narrow gate” to salvation described by Jesus isn’t narrow because God is oppressive, but because pride bloats Christians and prevents them from entering God’s merciful embrace, Pope Francis said.

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Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Few films come to the screen with the kind of storied pedigree that lies behind “Ben-Hur.”

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Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

| Kelly Seegers | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

After winning five medals — four gold and one silver — at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking things one step at a time on her return home.

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Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation’s instructor in human sexuality. For Catholic parents, this raises the critical challenge of how best to approach these matters with their children, given that kids as young as 8 or 9 may already be acquiring information and viewpoints about human sexual behaviors from Internet pornography. I would like to present six practical suggestions for parents, culled from parental testimonies and insights, from other experts in the field, and from former users of pornography.

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Getting voting right

Getting voting right

| Jonathan Liedl | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The level of distaste for both major parties’ presidential candidates is at a historic high. In the midst of this discontent, the traces of two distorted approaches to voting have become clear.

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Prayer: Regular stops on a long journey

Prayer: Regular stops on a long journey

| Jeff Cavins | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

When people are asked how their prayer life is, most will say, “It could be better.” This awareness of our need to spend more time with God is also experienced in our relationships with our spouses and children. While it is true that we need to spend more time with God and our families, we often miss the most important point: the quality of time spent.

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With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

| Alyssa Bormes | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes saints can seem “dusty” and not able to relate to us today. Among them is St. Bernard of Clairvaux — a mystic, preacher, contemplative and doctor of the Church.

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Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

| Father Kenneth Doyle | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

– Where does the Church stand on parish priests counseling their parishioners?
– Can you explain the Church’s teaching on tithing?

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True love involves some suffering

True love involves some suffering

| Deacon Matthew Quail | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

I once had a priest tell me, “If you want good friends, you first have to be a good friend.” Since I heard this, I have tried to be a good friend when my friends call on me. That has included staying up late with friends who are going through a difficult time, dropping everything I’m doing to pick up someone who went walking and then got caught in the rain, and being vulnerable and asking for forgiveness when I have done something to offend a friend.

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