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Be thou my vision, but what do I see?

Be thou my vision, but what do I see?

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

We cuddle together in the dark after the last book has been read. His 5-year-old limbs squirm as I whisper that it’s time for sleep.

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Whose English? Explaining the potential for new Mass translations

Whose English? Explaining the potential for new Mass translations

| Father John Paul Erickson | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Certainly one of the more obvious outcomes of the Second Vatican Council was the reform of the liturgy, that is, the public prayer of the Church. As enunciated in the first published document of the council, “Sacrosanctum Concilium,” an explicit goal of these reforms was the “full, active and conscious participation” of the people of God in this public prayer, especially in the holy Mass.

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Combating racial disparities

Combating racial disparities

| Jason Adkins | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.

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Sex in accord with reason

Sex in accord with reason

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and Bonnie Hewlett, anthropologists from Washington State University, found that married Aka and Ngandu men and women consistently reported having sex multiple times in a single night. They also discovered that practices of, and even the concepts of, homosexuality and masturbation appeared to be largely unknown to the groups:

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The sacred act of dishwashing

The sacred act of dishwashing

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I hate dishwashing

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Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

| Christina Capecchi | September 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The miracle was not just the eclipse but its impact, that millions stopped to look up. These days we tend to run low on wonder. This filled us up again.

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Against spiritual couch potatoes

Against spiritual couch potatoes

| Father Paul Jarvis | September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Just do it!”

Most everyone recognizes this Nike ad.

It should be a slogan for Christianity.

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The “Expendable Children”

The “Expendable Children”

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too pregnant” when twins, triplets or quads arise. This occurs from the practice of implanting more than one embryo at a time to improve pregnancy success rates.

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Fathering at Mass

Fathering at Mass

| Vincenzo Randazzo | August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I remember how the Church I grew up in did not have statues or artwork or anything really interesting to look at, so as a small child I would kind of rotate between watching the ceiling fans and playing with my brother, or I would lean on my Dad and just doze off. On the other hand, a friend who grew up attending a beautiful church said that he would observe the stained glass, often from his father’s arms, during the whole liturgy.

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Gender ideology: colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

Gender ideology: colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

| Jason Adkins | August 22, 2017 | 4 Comments

Our schools should be places where children are trained to pursue the true, the good and the beautiful — or, at the very least, equipped to honestly and rationally engage with objective reality. A school should be a place of education, not ideological instruction.

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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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