What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it’s more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more,…

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How to do alms giving when you don’t have a lot of money

While it is one of the 3 pillars of Lent, we don’t have to be rich to live it. It wasn’t the first time one of my catechism class kids came up with the topic for class. We had Lent on the lesson plan; that’s a broad subject, and the book our parish uses has…

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How to use Lent to improve your marriage

Why not use Lent to focus on your relationship? Even though it feels like we just put away our Christmas trees, Lent is upon us. Most people I know think about Lent as a time to give things up and “deprive yourself.” But the season is also about giving more of yourself to others, including…

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The Holy See wants to start a global conversation with young people through #Synod 2018.

The Synod of Bishops that the Catholic Church will hold in October 2018 on the subject of young people will be preceded by a global dialog, thanks to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For the first time in history, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, following Pope Francis’ instructions, has…

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Online groups to give youth across the globe a chance to participate in synod prep

Pope Francis: “It is my ardent wish that all young people may be actively involved in this preparation” Pope Francis is actively involving young people in the preparation of the next synod of bishops, not only brining a group to Rome, but also enabling participation from across the globe with online groups. The pope spoke…

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5 Important things Jesus said about prayer

He practiced what he preached. Among the many teachings Jesus left us, one of the most powerful was his example of prayer. He not only taught his disciples how to pray, but most importantly modeled it so that others could follow in his footsteps. The Gospels are full of lessons on prayer that challenge us…

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100-year anniversary of the apparitions seems a good time to honor Our Lady’s request

This year is the 100th anniversary of the visions at Fatima. Last week I pointed out that Fatima’s “conversion of sinners” message comes, providentially, a year after the Year of Mercy. This week, I wanted to point out the vital necessity of the other major message of Fatima: Saying the Rosary daily. My family has been saying…

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A simple option for those who want to pray the Stations, but can’t seem to find the time

The Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis, is a devotion commonly associated with Lent, but it shouldn’t be limited to just 40 days of the year. The Via Crucis is a channel of grace at any time, and is especially linked to Fridays, in memory of Christ’s death on that day. Meditating slowly on each of the…

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How to Pray: A Catholic Guide to the Interior Life.

It’s no secret: you can learn how to pray! Yes, YOU! Even if you’ve got a houseful of screaming kids, or too much schoolwork, or a job that consumes way too much of your time. In fact, that just means that you need prayer more! Because prayer gives true freedom, “the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom…

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