holiness

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Into the Wilderness

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him” (Mark 1:12-13). As we begin our Lenten observance today on Ash Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our […]






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Find out what everyone needs you to do this year

  I had known for some time that I needed to make a retreat.  I had found plenty of excuses not to go—I don’t have time, I don’t have any major decisions to discern right now, there aren’t a lot of options for lay people, I don’t need it because I go to daily Mass… did I mention I don’t […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Paul VI

“Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. For joy comes from another source. It is spiritual. Money, comfort, hygiene and material security are often not lacking; and yet boredom, depression and sadness unhappily remain the lot of many.” (Blessed Paul VI, Gaudete in Domino, Apostolic Exhortation, 1975) Print this […]






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Why I’m proud to be a woman of the Church

As a woman who is active in the Church on both the local and national level, I’ve had plenty of time to think about women’s role in the Church. I probably find myself talking about it more frequently than the average person, too.  The other day a friend brought it up, and he began parroting the notion that throughout history the Church […]






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The Abortion Culture’s Assault on Babies

An oppressive darkness has settled upon the United States of America. Forty-three years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States “legalized” abortion on demand and this country has never recovered from the damage inflicted on our moral fiber as tens of millions of children have been sacrificed on the “altar of self” out of expediency […]






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Lessons from the Lottery

  Like millions of other Americans last week, I bought a lottery ticket. And like millions of other Americans, I didn’t win. As my friends and I were discussing our plans for when we won, I commented that it would be nice to at least put some aside for retirement. I commented, “It might not be biblical, but it would […]






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What your family can learn from the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Each year, this celebration occurs on the Sunday following Christmas Day, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, then it falls on the following Friday. The Church wants us to see the important link between the birth of our […]






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Feast of the Holy Family

Every year right after Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.  There is an important reason for this.  It’s easy to think the Incarnation means God took on a human body, that he appeared in human flesh. But there is much more to it than that.  In Jesus, God unites himself to an entire human nature.  He fully […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”  (Pope St. John Paul II) October 22 is the Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005).   Print this entry