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Holding Fast

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Holding Fast
So, how’s Lent? I’m guessing that on Ash Wednesday you walked up and rang the doorbell. Having stepped into the foyer of Lent’s home, let’s turn around and look again at the front door that opened to us that day–fasting. It’s also the back door that we’ll pass through on Good Friday, as we head out to the garden of Easter Sunday. Try not to cringe. The spiritual masters of every major religion, and even health gurus, hail the benefits of fasting to mind, soul, and body. Christian fasting,...
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What Deserts Are You Facing This Lent?
I remember the best Lent I ever had. That year, I noticed on the First Sunday of Lent a phrase in the story of Jesus’ temptation: “ … he remained in the desert” (Mark 1:13). This phrase struck me because there were situations in my life at the time that were very desert-like, in the sense of feeling empty and desolate. So my Lent became a time of remaining with Jesus in that desert. Lent was not usually my favorite time of the liturgical year, but I was surprised to find myself “enjoying” ...
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A Society With No Future?

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A Society With No Future?
"A world without God, without absolute moral values rooted in divine revelation, irrevocably turns into the realm of the rule of slavery and lawlessness." —Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, in an address at a conference in London yesterday The Russian theologian Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church who has become well-known in Orthodoxy, and among Christia...
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Syria: Even In This A Moment Of Hope
We daily hear information in the news regarding Syria. Here is a look into the country through the eyes of its Archbishop +Samir NASSAR. In reading it we hope that you take a moment to pray and to be in solidarity with our fellow brothers and sisters who are living even this as a moment of hope: Syria: A fourth Lent spent in war?(1) A CHAOTIC SITUATION:     A fourth year Lent spent in war will mean pain and violence. The Geneva II peace conference[1] hasn’t change anything at the moment. New st...
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Pompeii: More Than a Visual Extravanganza
Overly ambitious, Pompeii falls a bit short of its reach but helps us ponder the human heart by exploring the range of human responses in the face of unexpected tragedy.  It’s hard to talk about a film in the disaster genre without giving away what happens: who survives and who doesn’t? Also, I need to add a disclaimer: disaster movies are one of my least-favorite genres because the plot is so predictable and the “narrow escapes” of the characters are so unrealistic. Despite these weaknesses...
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Do One Thing for Lent

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Do One Thing for Lent
Ash Wednesday is coming. Are you looking forward to it?  Whether you like Lent or would rather skip it, Lent can give us a fresh start in our spiritual life. It’s like spring cleaning for the soul, a time when we can dispose of the clutter that’s been clogging our spirit. But if you would like this Lent to be a step forward in your spiritual life, choose only one thing to focus on.Focusing on one thing can make a real difference. You might compare it to what happens when you use a magnifying g...
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How to Evangelize Without Saying a Word
The Catholic Church preaches the good news of Jesus Christ 24/7. Members of the Church preach in and outside of Church buildings. Every Catholic is engaged in "preaching." We, in fact, are a great body of preachers, of evangelizers, and we spread the Gospel as good news in many different ways. Most probably we associate preaching with the homily “preached” by the priest at Mass. Pope Francis, however, views preaching much more dynamically. Pope Francis, in The Joy of the Gospel, describes ho...
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How To Witness To Faith In Awkward Situations
It makes for an awkward situation. You run into a third-cousin-twice-removed whom you haven't seen in years, who (knowing what a devoted Catholic you are) is eager to tell you how appreciative he or she is that Pope Francis is “rewriting the rules” about a certain under-appreciated area of Church teaching. It's both an opportunity and a bit of a pickle. Are we supposed to set the record straight right away, assuring the speaker that Pope Francis is upholding the same Catechism as his predecess...
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Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother

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Venerable Thecla Merlo, a Mother
I was introduced to the Servant of God Teresa Merlo (1894-1964) when I was first discerning my vocation to religious life. Although she became the Co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul, initially her fragile health prevented her from pursuing her dream to become a sister. When she was 22, she met Blessed James Alberione, who invited her to help him with a new congregation of women who would evangelize with the media. Teresa Merlo eventually took the name “Thecla,” and she became the Co-fou...
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How To Be A Neighbor On The Internet
The Vatican released today its customary Message of the Pope for World Communications Day. We celebrate World Communications Day this year on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The message—which contains the pope’s annual teaching on how to inhabit the world of communications with faith—is always released on the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, January 23rd. This allows us time each year to reflect on the words of the Pope and incorporate them into our lives.  Here’s a few ...
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