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Lent: Silent prayer in a noisy digital world

As Catholics, our lives shift a bit during the season of Lent, as is visibly marked on Ash Wednesday with ashes on our foreheads....

Prayer, almsgiving, fasting: How to approach Lent as a family

Incorporating children into our Lenten journey can be difficult for parents. I know it was for me, until one year, when I was at...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Here I am, Lord

Sunday Scripture reading, Jan. 19, 2020 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1) Is 49:3, 5-6 Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 2) 1 Cor 1:1-3 Gospel: Jn 1:29-34 Here I am, Lord Lovely...

Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christians who focus more on being superficially close to the church rather than care for their fellow brothers and sisters are...

“Heart of church’s mission is prayer”, says Pope Francis to prayer...

VATICAN CITY -- Prayer helps men and women to view reality through the eyes of faith and to have a spiritual outlook on life...

An open prayer to God for clarity in discernment

Dear Lord, Sometimes the morning fog seems the perfect metaphor for my inability to see where you are calling me. How, through the mist and...

Our life’s work: How do we discern what God is asking...

"Samuel, Samuel!" the Lord calls, in one of the more famous stories of discernment in the Bible. After bothering his teacher, Eli, three times,...

Ash Wednesday — a kick-start to holiness

When I was in college there was a group of students who didn't always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all...

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all...

Pray.com offers social network for prayer, community-building

VATICAN CITY — Convinced that faith communities would want to share prayer requests, announcements and service opportunities without going to multiple platforms and without...

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