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Spring does comeJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Winter is long, especially if you live in a place where "cold" means temperatures below freezing -- and not just at night or for a day or two. That's why the etymology of the word "Lent" used to make ...

Praying alwaysFather Robert M. O’Grady

Worshiping the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit is the foremost duty of the church. It is the distinguishing characteristic of Catholic Christians individually and together. A poignant reminder ...

Help Amid DevastationMaureen Crowley Heil

Traveling by road in the missions can be challenging, to say the least. Roads are often not paved, just hard packed dirt. The potholes make ours look like pinpricks! They force drivers to perform a delicate ...

Spiritual sacrificeScott Hahn

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) -- to reveal its true purpose in God's saving plan. He is the Lord the prophets said would come -- to purify the ...

Sustaining the fast: Simple meals for the Lenten desertDr. R. Jared Staudt

Lent calls us into a season of 40 days of fasting. It's common for us to focus particularly on one edible attachment: chocolate, alcohol, dessert, etc. Throughout Christian history, however, Lent ...

Did Pope Benedict XVI validly resign?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Did Pope Benedict XVI validly resign even though he did not renounce the munus? (Scottsville, VA) A: As many of us will recall, on Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when, after ...

The church's honor rollFather Robert M. O’Grady

Do you recall your parents reviewing your report card? It was a quarterly experience each school year -- parochial or public. Did you ever get a nudge, push, or shove to do better so you could be "on ...

Feel the Beat!Maureen Crowley Heil

We've all been there -- we go to our favorite restaurant or hang out spot and something has changed. It used to be a place for relaxation and talking with friends or family. Suddenly, there is different ...

Bonds loosedScott Hahn

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week's First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test. The ...

Scripture reflection for Feb. 25, Second Sunday of LentJem Sullivan

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 Rom 8:31b-34 Mk 9:2-10 Lent is a graced time for spiritual transfiguration. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "the Transfiguration ...