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Why we ask saints for their intercession

"I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth," said St. Therese of Lisieux, as noted in "The Final Conversations." And so she...

The holy family, and us, in search of the dignity of...

Tables and chess sets. Bookends and treasure boxes. All fashioned from good, solid wood, usually oak. Cut and shaped, sanded and smoothed, nailed and...

The rich and the richly blessed

I can identify, a little at least, with the rich young man to whom Jesus says "sell what you have and give to ...

Body and blood: life-giving for all

Corpus Christi. Body and blood. Real presence. When I was growing up and attending Lutheran Sunday school (until age 9), these terms were very unfamiliar...

Authenticating and protecting relics: The new Vatican instruction

The significance of relics in the church is well crystallized by the Gospel story of the woman desperate to stop her bleeding who approached...

Embrace sacrifice — but do not forget service and surrender

Catholic News Service Lent and Easter had come and gone, but the Christian call to sacrifice was very much on Pope Francis' mind when he...

Ash Wednesday: A point of re-entry?

Catholic News Service  Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that's part of...

Anointing with holy oil: Consecration and promise, from Moses to Jesus

Catholic News Service In the Catholic tradition, to be confirmed is to be chosen -- chosen by God to be a sign of God's presence...

Surrender, and receive

Catholic News Service        As nearly any of their Christmas shopping lists would suggest, parents know all about surrendering wants and desires -- primarily, their wants...

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue: Progress, not perfection

Catholic News Service             As a Lutheran boy growing up in Virginia, Michael Root saw the faith-based fear and loathing that permeated the 1960 presidential election...

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