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Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

| Jason Adkins | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.

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The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

| Rachel Lu | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

I decided to live contraceptive-free for a very simple reason: I wanted to be Catholic, and as I understood it, those were the rules. Not having grown up in the Church, I naively assumed that this was simply The Done Thing among Catholic women.

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At the heart of ‘Laudato Si’’: Everything is connected

At the heart of ‘Laudato Si’’: Everything is connected

| Cindy Wooden | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

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Analyzing ruling’s implications will take time, Church officials say

Analyzing ruling’s implications will take time, Church officials say

| Julie Asher | July 2, 2015 | 3 Comments

Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

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Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

| Christina Capecchi | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The mention of booze generates a look of horror among many of the non-drinkers living and working alongside Michael P. Foley in Waco, Texas, where the Catholic dad teaches at a dry Baptist college. There’s a “skittishness,” he says.

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Stewardship of creation begins at home

Stewardship of creation begins at home

| Chiara Dowell | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the spring of 2014, my husband and I sold our 40-acre grass farm in southwest Wisconsin where we raised cheviot sheep. I still remember the moment I realized we were going to buy our current “river’s edge garden farm.” It was not exactly love at first sight of the 100-year-old farm house and overgrown six-acre lot.

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The dead end of gender theory

The dead end of gender theory

| Jessica Zittlow | June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis has been talking a lot lately about what he is calling “gender theory.” He has called it an “anthropological regression” that “does not recognize the order of creation.”

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Eucharistic devotion should draw faithful to charity, community

Eucharistic devotion should draw faithful to charity, community

| Johan van Parys | June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ on June 7. At the Basilica of St. Mary, we will mark the day with the celebration of the Eucharist, a eucharistic procession followed by benediction, and an invitation to participate in “Bread for the World.”

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Commitment leery?

Commitment leery?

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ever been invited to an event — dinner out, an educational opportunity or entertainment of some kind — and responded hesitantly, not because you were already booked that day but because, well, something better might come along?

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There but for the grace of God: Pope Francis on prisoners

There but for the grace of God: Pope Francis on prisoners

| Cindy Wooden | June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison — at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.

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The call of the birds: slowing down and tuning in

The call of the birds: slowing down and tuning in

| Christina Capecchi | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

“The only essential equipment for seeing birds is a pair of eyes. Good ears are a help too.”

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To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

| Father Michael Byron | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first time I became smitten with cemeteries was while I was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in Collegeville. There on a gorgeous sloped hill to the west of the lake was the cemetery where the monks had been buried for generations, marked with simple gray granite stones. I found it a marvelous place of bringing life back to earth.

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