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  • Who Was John Paul II?

    by Joseph McHugh

    Editor's Note: On April 27, Pope Francis will canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Canonization by the Catholic Church simply formalizes on earth what is already true in heaven. Canonization expresses the belief that someone is already in … read more

  • Meet "Good Pope John"

    by Rebecca Ryskind Teti

    Editor's note: On April 27, Pope Francis will canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Canonization by the Catholic Church simply formalizes on earth what is already true in heaven. Canonization expresses the belief that someone is already in … read more

  • Sacramental Garments

    by Kathy Hendricks

    My daughter, Anna, was married last summer. I anticipated an emotional day from start to finish, and so it was. One of the most touching moments came when I saw her in my wedding gown. With my blessing she had it remade, and the result was stunning. … read more

  • A Formula for Personal Holiness

    by Eric Groth

    In November 2013, I had the joy and privilege of spending a weekend in Indianapolis with more than 21,000 teens at the National Catholic Youth Conference. Among many things, I walked away with two very encouraging observations: First, the young Catholic… read more

  • I Want To Be A Saint

    by Amy Welborn

    When my daughter was six years old, I remember deciding with her which saint she’d be for her Catholic school’s All Saints’ Day celebration.   She had two choices, given her name—Catherine Louise. She knew about St. Louise … read more

  • The Sign of the Cross: Bookends for our day

    by Melannie Svoboda, SND

    The Sign of the Cross is a venerable ritual dating back to the earliest days of Christianity. The earliest form consisted of tracing a cross on the forehead with one’s thumb. So popular was the practice that Tertullian, writing in the third century… read more

  • Praying and living the Lenten season

    by Living with Christ staff

    It's a common practice to "give things up" for Lent. But when we give up something we desire, we create an empty space in our minds and hearts that is ready to be filled by something else. We have an opportunity to replace something we desire… read more

  • How can I help children understand Lent?

    by Susan Kay

    Q. How can I help those I teach understand that Lent can be a season of joy?A. During Lent, we, as Church, prepare for the most wonder­ful and important celebration of the year—the Easter season. Prayers at Ash Wednesday Mass call Lent “… read more

  • “Remembering” Advent and Christmas

    by Mariette Martineau

    I was a little girl at Bible Camp, and I was sitting in the shade behind the public school listening to the young Protestant youth minister urging us to memorize our daily Bible passage. I don’t remember any of the passages exactly, but I do remember… read more

  • Many ways to say thanks

    by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

    Thankfulness is a human trait. The moon and stars, roses, and robins cannot thank their creator or anyone else. Only we, who are conscious of the good done for us, have the power to acknowledge our indebtedness to others. The word "thank" is derived … read more

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