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Eucharistic Revival

A New York Times/CBS poll some years ago found that two out of three adult American Catholics didn't believe that at Mass the consecrated bread and wine truly became Jesus' body and blood. Instead, ...



Scripture reflection for Feb. 25, Second Sunday of LentJem Sullivan

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 Rom 8:31b-34 Mk 9:2-10 Lent is a graced time for spiritual transfiguration. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "the Transfiguration ...

Is the devil a being?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Is the devil an actual being, or is he a metaphor for "people doing bad," and for just general evil in the world? I've sometimes heard this last called "the demonic," which I understood to mean ...

Answers in Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

"Will this be on the exam?" Anyone who is a teacher will recognize this question as one that erupts like clockwork when midterm or final exam season rolls around. Intellectually, I know that students ...

'Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord'Father Robert M. O’Grady

As we continue our visit to the liturgical library, this week, we pick up "Order of Christian Funerals." The new title is important as this means that this book contains several chapters that are actually ...

Witnessing a Miracle Worker in the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

Many of us know the story of Helen Keller, the American author and disability rights advocate. Maybe you read about her early life or learned about it from watching the movie The Miracle Worker. We know ...

Let God choose your LentJaymie Stuart Wolfe

''What are you giving up for Lent?" For many Catholics, the question appears almost automatically -- and even before the last box of Christmas decorations has been packed up and stowed away. As ...

The new creationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of our baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of Baptism, Peter reminds us in today's ...

This Lent, say sorry -- and mean itDr. Greg Popcak

Lent is a time of reparation -- a season of sorrow for sins committed and expressions of a sincere desire to reform our lives. But what does it mean to be sorry? What are the components of real remorse? Whether ...