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"Christ's Entry into Jerusalem" by Hippolyte Flandrin"Christ's Entry into Jerusalem" by Hippolyte Flandrin

The Paradox of the Cross — Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above the Altar is too intense a reminder of the sorrow in the world and that she would never join a [...]

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Encountering the Word — 2 Corinthians 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s [...]

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino

Daily Catholic Quote from Thomas à Kempis

“Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God’s sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Perpetua, Martyr

“We were in the hands of our persecutors, when my father, out of the affection he bore me, made new efforts to shake my resolution. I said to him: ‘Can that vessel, which you see, change its name?’ He said: ‘No.’ I replied: ‘Nor can I call myself any other than I am, that is to say, a Christian.’” (St. [...]

"Christ in the Desert" by Kramskoy"Christ in the Desert" by Kramskoy

Why do Catholics Practice Fast and Abstinence?

Would you like to know the secret to a better, deeper, more joyful life in Christ? Of course you would.  We all would. Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The “secret” we all look for is really no secret at all.  At its heart, the gospel message is one [...]

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Encountering the Word — Romans 8:14-17

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. John of the Cross

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” (St. John of the Cross) December 14 is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church (A.D. 1542 – 1591) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and [...]

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

Gratitude for Our Challenges

“If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) I woke up yesterday not feeling very grateful.  I am not sure why, but I started my day in a “mood.”  Maybe it was the stress of having too much on my [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Fr. Francis Fernandez

“The Cross is the essential mark of a Christian because it was the vehicle for the world’s Redemption. The Lord frequently used the expression bear the cross to summarize in this figure the Christian meaning of pain and contradiction” (Fr. Francis Fernandez; In Conversation with God) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share [...]

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Grandma’s Ice Cream

Grandma didn’t always make chicken and rice casserole without the chicken. And she didn’t always ask mom three times if she wanted to save or throw out the leftover peas. But these moments became the ones seared in my memory in the years after she’d gone. Though watching her sporadic mental hiccups in her final years seemed more funny than [...]