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A Vision for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

The year was 1822 and France was still reeling from the aftereffects of its own Revolution. A young woman named Pauline Marie Jaricot had a vision. In it, she saw two oil lamps; one was empty and the ...

How God lovesScott Hahn

We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has ...

For better or worse, in sickness and health, from day one Father Roger J. Landry

"I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life." On the day of their wedding, most couples make those vows ...

Christ's descent into hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I get The Catholic Virginian and have enjoyed reading your column over the years. But I do have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat ...

Holy warriorsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Almost exactly 100 years ago, on May 16, 1920, the Catholic Church canonized St. Joan of Arc. Two days later, Karol Wojtyla was born. The timing is almost poetic. So is the fact that we are observing ...

Lockdown: Here and ThereMaureen Crowley Heil

Any parent working from home right now knows the difficulties of balancing "office hours" with "school time" for their children. While older students can guide themselves through lessons and assignments, ...

A mighty windScott Hahn

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth ...

Feeling need for forgivenessFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a teenage girl who would like some advice. I have committed a serious sin. I knew that it was wrong, that it was considered a mortal sin, which would separate me from God, but I decided to do ...

Parents as teachers: A fresh appreciationKevin and Marilyn Ryan

National Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5, slipped by again this year with nary a nod. It was vastly overshadowed by National Nurses Day, which was celebrated with the American public's loud manifestations ...

Where Did You See the Face of Christ Today?Maureen Crowley Heil

On my very first mission trip, I spent a good amount of my time working with Saint Mother Teresa's Sisters, The Missionaries of Charity, in the slums of Cite Soleil, Haiti. My days rotated among three ...