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Mike Nelson, Catholic News Service

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Encounter: Scripture teaches us the value of encountering the different among...

We can learn much from Scripture and the teachings of the church about the value of encountering those different from ourselves. Certainly, Jesus' encounter with...

Addressing our fear: God will use your suffering and fear for...

"Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." Jesus spoke these words to his disciples (Jn 14:27) at the Last Supper, when he himself...

Three messages for Easter from Pope Francis: Love, presence and beginning...

"It is always possible to begin anew." "He is alive here and now." "Jesus, the risen Lord, loves us without limits." If you caught Pope Francis' Easter...

First Sunday of Lent: Rejecting temptation is one form of repentance...

As we begin the season of Lent -- knowing that this, of all liturgical seasons, entails a certain amount of time, energy and commitment...

The Beatitudes: Offer support, hope and strength to those who mourn...

"Blessed are they who mourn," Jesus tells us in the second beatitude delivered at his Sermon on the Mount, "for they will be comforted"...

We need not wait for Advent to heed Christ’s call to...

Waiting has always been a central theme of Advent. But who is it we wait for? The Messiah? Is Our Lord Jesus not already here? Before...

Peace has to start at home — not just where we...

For my junior high school graduation ceremony, our class of 700-plus was assigned to write on the topic, "Man: Architect of His Future." The...

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...

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