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Mike Nelson, Catholic News Service

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Having an experience that defies an earthly explanation

My wife tells a story about her dad and their special connection — a connection that transcended this life and one that defies a...

Easter is a beginning of faith and redemption

Near the end of "Jesus of Nazareth," the acclaimed 1977 miniseries, those who put Jesus to death are alarmed, to say the least, at...

The Transfiguration: An invitation to Lenten obedience and self-denial

"This is my chosen Son; listen to him." So what else is new, right? Are we not told regularly, throughout the liturgical year, to listen...

Series on the Mass: The introductory rites: A call to communion...

The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist comprise the lengthiest components of the Mass. But neither can be fully effective --...

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...

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