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A Eucharistic Word: Mission

“Truly, nothing is more beautiful than to know Christ and to make Him known to others.” These words in Pope Benedict XVI’s Sacramentum Caritatis (“Sacrament of Charity”) echoed in my […]

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Through God’s Divine Mercy Are We Freed from Sin and Death

Second Sunday of Easter As almost always in the Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles furnishes the Liturgy of the Word with its first reading. Acts claims to be […]

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During the Easter Season and Beyond, Stay Oily!

Oil is a funny thing. We use it for so many different purposes – both inside and outside of our bodies. Externally, we use oil to moisturize our skin but […]

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Let’s Celebrate Easter for a While

This year, I’m glad to see Lent come to an end, and not just because of Easter alleluias and Cadbury dark chocolate eggs. It was a tough Lent. Part of […]

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Gowns of Grace, Heaps of Joy: Rediscovering Catholicism

Jenna Wright has come a long way from being an NFL cheerleader to a first Communion catechist. Now, rather than sporting a skimpy outfit at the Super Bowl, she’s selling […]

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May We Never Forget: We Are an Easter People

“But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, […]

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Rejoice in the Resurrection of the Lord, for He Is Risen

The Resurrection of the Lord A variety of biblical readings occurs in the course of liturgical celebrations for Easter. For instance, the Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Vigil […]

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He Is Truly Risen!

Alleluia! Happy Easter to you! There is a traditional greeting used by many Christians during the Easter season in which the first person says, “He is risen!” and the other […]

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Joseph’s Perfect Wife and Her Perfect Son

A while ago, writing about St. Joseph, I was intent on lifting up His human experience while calling out quick attempts to idealize this important person in Jesus’s life. Joseph […]

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From the Cross to the Resurrection with three Marys

Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote, “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” None of us can understand the joy of Easter without […]

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We Must Follow Christ on His Way to Calvary

Palm Sunday This weekend, in a liturgy majestic in its ability to transport us to the events of the day that began the first Holy Week, the Church celebrates Palm […]

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Lenten Lessons: Practices to Keep All Year

Living liturgically means approaching Lent as a built-in annual retreat. For most Catholics, that takes a time-tested and traditional shape. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are, after all, the hallmarks of […]