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Musing on saints’ teeth

Musing on saints’ teeth

| Bishop Robert Barron | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

I write these words from Milan, Italy, where I am with my Word on Fire team filming new episodes for our Pivotal Players series. I’ve seen lots of marvelous things on this trip, including the ruins of the ancient baptistery under the Milan Cathedral where, in the spring of 387, St. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrose. But the most fascinating sight I’ve taken in is the vested and mitered skeleton of that same Ambrose, which rests in the basilica that bears his name, not far from the Cathedral.

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Priest holes and history lessons: embracing our ancient faith

Priest holes and history lessons: embracing our ancient faith

| Christina Capecchi | August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death.

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Finding out: Is it even possible?

Finding out: Is it even possible?

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

I catch her eye across the pew and smile. Her stomach is starting to swell, slightly. After Mass she rushes over, excited and chatty. “How are you?” I ask.

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The crisis of men without work

The crisis of men without work

| Jonathan Liedl | July 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

There is a growing deficit of men in the workforce.

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Living the Act of Contrition

Living the Act of Contrition

| Vincenzo Randazzo | July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

A while back, I was hanging out with a friend and having a beer. I’ll call him Angelo for this story. I could tell something was troubling Angelo as I cracked open a pint and handed it to him as he sat down. He took a deep breath, and with sad conviction he said, “I screwed up. I royally screwed up.”

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NFP keeps life and love together

NFP keeps life and love together

| Father James Adams | July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The greatest gift of God’s love is always open to life. Thus, natural family planning is always open to life and keeps life and love together. This is the good news of our faith in Jesus that the Church proclaims at every marriage — and especially in preparing and caring for couples as they start and grow their family.

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¡Gracias a Dios por la vida y el amor!

¡Gracias a Dios por la vida y el amor!

| Father James Adams | July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

¡El regalo más grande del amor de Dios es estar siempre abiertos a la vida! Por eso, la Planificación Natural de la Familia está siempre abierta a la vida y mantiene la vida y al amor siempre juntos. Esta es la buena nueva de nuestra fe en Jesús, que la Iglesia proclama a todos los matrimonios, sobre todo en la preparación y cuidado de las parejas a medida que ellos empiezan y crece su familia.

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I didn’t sign up for this. Or did I?

I didn’t sign up for this. Or did I?

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Stripping soaked sheets off a child’s bed for the third night in a row. Scrubbing vomit out of a car seat. Listening to a bedroom door slam with an angry “I hate you!”

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History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

| Christina Cepecchi | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead.

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Considering the options for infertile couples

Considering the options for infertile couples

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Tad answers: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow us to try? What does our infertility mean, spiritually and personally, in the face of our fervent but frustrated desire for a baby?

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Love Jesus, not politics

Love Jesus, not politics

| Rachel Herbeck | June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my work as the policy and outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I meet many Catholics who have a deep aversion to politics. In their experience, politics are so steeped in special interests and dominated by power games that they don’t see why a Catholic should wade into such an imperfect arena.

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Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

| Father John Paul Erickson | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been very fortunate in my young priestly life to witness many Catholic weddings. They are celebrations of great beauty, hope and joy, liturgies that remind all attendees of the power of Christian love and the great dignity of the sacrament of marriage.

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