February 2013


Feb282013
My Papa

My Papa

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In honor of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who serves his final day as Roman Pontiff, here are 10 individuals who have...

Feb272013
Calling the Homosexual Heart

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John Paul II speaks of Christ's “appeal to the heart.” What he is describing here is not a simple set of rules and...

Feb262013
Using the Helper Day-In and Day-Out

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As a young adult, newly introduced to the career world, I am often finding myself still asking those big 'life...

Feb252013
If You See Charity

If You See Charity

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In Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est (“God Is Love”), we learn the true meaning of charity....

Feb242013
The Struggle for Holiness

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I can't recall my first Confession, but it took place in 1984 at St. Jude's in Fort Wayne. I have no idea how many times...

Feb232013
Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid

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You could say that Jesus gives the Apostles a preview of what is about to happen.  The Transfiguration is a sneak peek, if you...

Feb222013
The Chair of St. Peter and Papal Infallibility

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The recent announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication from the papacy, effective February 28, 2013, makes the Feast of...

Feb212013
3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Year of Faith Online

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When Pope Benedict announced the Year of Faith, he described it as a time to “reinforce our faith in [Christ] and to proclaim...

Feb202013
Speaking Through Prophets

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People are fascinated with predictions of the future.  Around New Year, supermarket tabloids boost sales by running articles...

Feb192013
He Will Not Speak on His Own

He Will Not Speak

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685   To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity,...

Feb182013
A Presidents Day To-Do

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On the third Monday of February, we observe Presidents Day.  This year, that falls on February 18th…today!  Many of us...

Feb172013
Faith and Conversion

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Pope Benedict has described this Year of Faith as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one...

Feb162013
Nothing to Fear

Nothing to Fear

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The movie The Passion of the Christ begins with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John.  Satan comes to...

Feb152013
Enter Into His Passion

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Both as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the Church, we adore and praise our Lord because by his holy cross he has...

Feb142013
Dear Friend:  A Letter from Your Valentine

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Dear Friend, Red, pink, hearts, lace, candy, cards, music, dancing, flowers, romantic comedies, sentimental notes, love, love,...

Feb132013
You Are Dust

You Are Dust

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” At first glance, these sound like angry, unpastoral, and harsh...

Feb122013
The Pope Is Resigning?

The Pope Is Resign

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We've all asked that question these past 24 hours, maybe a little incredulously.  How does the pope resign?  Why is he...

Feb112013
Joy Revealed

Joy Revealed

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I vividly remember my first complete thought as I sat down on the bed and cried in my hotel room that first night: “I...

Feb102013
Celebrating Lent as a Family

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Our Church wisely gifts the faithful with a Liturgical calendar comprised of many seasons of grace in which to journey closer...

Feb092013
We Are Being Saved

We Are Being Saved

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This weekend we are invited to observe St. Paul as he visits the Corinthians. Paul, in his customary zeal, does whatever he can...

Feb082013
Fortunate One

Fortunate One

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Imagine being so scared that you forget your own name. That was the reality for one Sudanese girl, who was kidnapped and sold...

Feb072013
A Who’s Who of Lenten Sacrifices

A Who’s Who

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It's official.  We've got less than a week to decide what to give up for Lent.  For some of us (who may or may not have...

Feb062013
Paying a Debt of Justice:  Almsgiving

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Today, we examine the third Lenten practice:  Almsgiving: CCC 2462 Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal...

Feb052013
A Fasting Buffet

A Fasting Buffet

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Have you ever considered that fasting is one of the sweetest, most delicious of the spiritual foods that nourish our souls?...

Feb042013
A Surge of the Heart

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Editor's Note: The entire 4th section of the Catechism focuses on prayer. We encourage readers to read more than we have...