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Praying always

Worshiping the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit is the foremost duty of the church. It is the distinguishing characteristic of Catholic Christians individually and together. A poignant reminder ...



Spring does comeJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Winter is long, especially if you live in a place where "cold" means temperatures below freezing -- and not just at night or for a day or two. That's why the etymology of the word "Lent" used to make ...

The ethics of neuroimplants and brain-computer interfacesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Neuralink, a company run by Elon Musk, announced in September that it had received approval to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces (BCI) into human volunteers. A BCI is a neural device that translates ...

Help Amid DevastationMaureen Crowley Heil

Traveling by road in the missions can be challenging, to say the least. Roads are often not paved, just hard packed dirt. The potholes make ours look like pinpricks! They force drivers to perform a delicate ...

Spiritual sacrificeScott Hahn

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) -- to reveal its true purpose in God's saving plan. He is the Lord the prophets said would come -- to purify the ...

Did Pope Benedict XVI validly resign?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Did Pope Benedict XVI validly resign even though he did not renounce the munus? (Scottsville, VA) A: As many of us will recall, on Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when, after ...

Sustaining the fast: Simple meals for the Lenten desertDr. R. Jared Staudt

Lent calls us into a season of 40 days of fasting. It's common for us to focus particularly on one edible attachment: chocolate, alcohol, dessert, etc. Throughout Christian history, however, Lent ...

Reflection for March 3, 2024, Third Sunday of LentDeacon Greg Kandra

Ex 20:1-17 Ex: 20:1-3. 7-8, 12-17 (alternate) Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 1 Cor 1:22-25 Jn 2: 13-25 Incredibly, we're already entering the third week of Lent. The ashes are a distant memory. We've ...

The challenge to live the GospelMichael Reardon

Sitting in silence at St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street after receiving my ashes, these words came to my mind, "Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return" (Gen. 3:19). As a child, I ...