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Open confessional doors, open hearts to holiness and mission

Open confessional doors, open hearts to holiness and mission

| Denise Bossert | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is the key to unleashing the new evangelization. It is essential to carrying out the Gospel mission. What is the key? It is the confessional.

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It’s so difficult to see Christ in ‘them’

It’s so difficult to see Christ in ‘them’

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A teaching Catholics learn early on, one that tends to prod guilty consciences when one hears it later in life, is that we are supposed to see Christ in every person we meet.

When was the last time you did that?

Yeah. Me, too.

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We can be missionaries right where we are

We can be missionaries right where we are

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

French poet Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness in life is not to become a saint.”

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Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

| Shawn Peterson | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of all the important and interesting policy areas I work on, none is more personal than education.

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Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

| Christina Capecchi | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back, the son that was born to Leoold and Anna Maria Mozart on a Tuesday evening in late January seemed to arrive with fully formed symphonies bound up in his tiny body, waiting for ink and instrument. At age 3, the toddler nicknamed Wolfgangerl was identifying thirds on the clavier, and by 5, he was composing music.

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Our heavenly family after Vatican II

Our heavenly family after Vatican II

| Colleen Carroll Campbell | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our Church’s focus on heaven and its citizens takes on special significance this November. Fifty years ago this month, Pope Paul VI promulgated one of the landmark documents of the Second Vatican Council, the “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.” Known as “Lumen Gentium” (“Light of the Nations”), it famously proclaimed the “universal call to holiness” — the idea that sainthood is God’s will for each of us, not just for priests and nuns or some elite caste of professional Catholics.

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Self-reflection in the age of selfies

Self-reflection in the age of selfies

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Lena Dunham is not done confessing. That’s the headline of the New York Times Magazine profile just published about the actress-turned-memoirist, and it couldn’t be more apt.

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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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The Church in Russia: hope for the future

The Church in Russia: hope for the future

| Nick Hagen | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am witness to an underreported reality in Russia that is much deeper and more fascinating than any political situation.

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Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

| Jason Adkins | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

This past summer, Time Magazine had a cover story called “The Next Civil Rights Revolution,” chronicling the movement to create legal mandates for the accommodation of persons who either identify as transgender or who refuse to identify as male or female altogether.

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Sharing the truth with others requires love, compassion

Sharing the truth with others requires love, compassion

| Father James Liekhus | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is a debate taking place in our society over the very nature of the human person. This debate manifests itself in many ways, most recently in the definition of marriage and in our sexual identity as male and female. As Catholics, it is important that we understand the truth that the Church teaches about our human nature so that we can share this truth with others, doing so always with love and compassion.

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Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Throughout history, Christians have often felt like outsiders even within their own nations. In appearance, they may seem indistinguishable from those around them, but their mode of being is different, often times conflicting with the mainstream culture.

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