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Mike Nelson, Catholic News Service

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Parenting: Living our life in the faith gives our children a...

Almost from the time he was born at a Catholic hospital in the San Fernando Valley, our son was destined to practice the Catholic...

Pentecost: A time to breathe, forgive and renew

What could be more essential to life than breathing -- or forgiving? Breathing and forgiving: One follows the other. Forgiveness, as Jesus makes clear throughout...

Fasting from sin is a challenge all of us face daily

In the beginning, fasting was no big deal -- or at least it shouldn't have been. God gave Adam and Eve all they wanted, with...

Catholic social teaching on human dignity: ‘Let us love one another’

In recent centuries, dozens (if not hundreds) of church documents containing millions (if not billions) of words address Catholic social teaching. But the essence...

Advent Week 1: New season and new year remind us how...

How many of you, when asked, "How are you doing?", have replied, "I'm just waiting for this year to end"? We have experienced in 2020...

Autumn: Patience and promise amid the changing seasons

In our backyard is a solitary Liquid Amber tree (liquidambar) that from spring through summer produces a gorgeous bounty of green leaves, providing welcome...

Father’s Day: Faith, fathers and the real power of persuasion

"My son," says the Book of Proverbs, "do not despise the Lord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those...

Pentecost: Know forgiveness, know peace; no forgiveness, no peace

"Peace be with you," Jesus says in the Gospel reading for Pentecost Sunday (Jn 20:19). Peace — as in harmony, or even as in a...

Forgiveness, both giving and receiving, is core to our Catholic faith

Forgiveness -- both seeking and offering it -- is one of the great challenges of our Catholic faith. But it is also among its...

Gifts of the Spirit: Piety is compassion to be shared

It was raining hard the day our son, then a high school freshman, encountered a rain-drenched student he did not know but who, unlike...

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