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Remembering Gaza’s Christians

“It is a very special Easter. We are closer than ever to the crucified Savior,” a Christian in Gaza recently told the Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in […]

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Five Ways to Make Holy Week More Holy

As we prepare to enter into the most sacred days of the liturgical year, we have a prime opportunity to make up for any shortcomings that may have been part […]

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Lent Has Led Us to the Joy and Agony of the Cross

“Through the Passion of Your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, may our reconciliation with You be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own […]

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Discipleship Means Complete Obedience to the Will of God

Fifth Sunday of Lent The Book of Jeremiah provides this weekend’s first reading. A common theme runs through all the written prophecies of ancient Israel – namely, that despite human […]

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A Theology of the Body for Lent

In a recent column, I mentioned that the idea of sacrificial fasting – in particular, giving something up for Lent – has fallen out of favor among many Catholics in recent […]

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Cleaning Up for a Special Guest

Kids’ toys were scattered around on the floor. Dog hair had blown into corners (we had shedders). Books were stacked in almost every room in the house, and baskets of […]

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How a Lenten Climb Up Tepayac Hill Leads to Christ

I should have been more prepared for the altitude. I knew Mexico City’s elevation had been a concern during the organization of Pope Benedict’s 2012 trip to the country. (Many […]

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The Mission of Lent: Running Toward Love Himself

“By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, Your Son handed Himself over […]

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Rejoice! The Resurrection of Christ Is Drawing Near

Fourth Sunday of Lent The Second Book of Chronicles provides this Lenten weekend with its first reading. Chronicles was written about 1,000 years before Jesus. The identity of its author […]

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The Painting Beneath the Painting: Faith That Endures

I was a first grader when I made my inaugural trip to Disney. This month – decades later – I returned with a first grader and a fresh set of […]

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‘You Will Never Wash My Feet!’

Soon enough, we will be celebrating Holy Thursday, also known as the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Gospel reading for that Mass is John 13:1-15, which is not […]

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‘True Confessions’ Offers Inside Perspectives on Church’s Challenges

Parishes closing or consolidating. Fewer and fewer people at Sunday Mass. An aging corps of priests and not enough new vocations to take their place. These and similar items combine […]