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Mother Mary and the Other Marys — Saints for Today’s Girls

Imagine living the life of a prostitute from age 12 to 29! Prostitution leaves a woman hardened and scarred. It must surely turn the heart into a stone because sex, which is a God-ordained gift of vulnerable union, has been turned into a crass money-making abuse of the body. So who is the 17-year-prostitute and why should we care? Mary [...]

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Why Sacrifice is Necessary in this Life

One of the things with which we so often struggle is to understand our condition in a fallen world. Each of us, in our own way, has experienced the pain and suffering so often encountered as one journeys through this world on our road to heaven. It is a road of sacrifice paved with the cross of Christ. If we [...]

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The Way of the Cross and the Road to Salvation

Truth in advertising – after all the glowing reports of the benefits of a product, potential side effects need to be mentioned. Informed consent – before surgery, patients have to be told of all the things that could possibly go wrong. That way, they have the chance to opt out before it’s too late. As soon had the truth came out at [...]

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The Church Where Jesus Was Crucified

More than a decade ago I received a gift that left an indelible mark on by soul, a trip to the Holy Land. One of the most memorable of my encounters was at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built on the mount where our blessed Lord was crucified. As I entered into the huge and holy structure on [...]

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Important Rules for Catholic Fathers

During a coffee meeting with a friend not long ago, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front. What’s your secret?” I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all. I don’t mean that out of false humility. I pray every day to be a better husband [...]

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What if Padre Pio and Niels Bohr Had Met?

I came across two unrelated stories and had a thought. What if St. Pio of Pietrelcina and Niels Bohr had met? The brilliant Thomistic philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler, told a brief story in his book, Angels and Us. He had occasion in the early 1920′s to attend a luncheon at the University of Chicago and was the only philosopher at a table of eminent physicists, [...]

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Parents of Large Families: Ours is a Public Ministry

I went to the dentist last week and when it was my turn to have my teeth cleaned, the energetic 23-year-old hygienist made small talk as she prepped the room for x-rays. “Your husband was just in here and he told me you guys have six kids?” the young woman said. “Yes, we do,” I answered. I braced myself for [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Josemaría Escrivá

“Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” (St. Josemaría Escrivá) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage [...]

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The Mystery of Holy Day Mass Times

Dear Parishes of My Area (and, from what I gather, around the country), I hear you complaining about Holy Days of Obligation and how low attendance is. In fact, as a parish employee myself, I’ve taken this to heart. And I think maybe I’ve found the reason for part of your problem. A couple of years ago, when I was [...]