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Tag Archive for ‘Aleteia’

Priest: Why holy water comes with me whenever I travel

Fr. Edward Looney explains why he brings holy water with him into every hotel room, and shares the prayers he prays. Every now and again, I have the opportunity to travel and speak at conferences, sharing about Mary’s importance in the spiritual life. When I do so, I usually have to spend the night in […]

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Social Cross, a Facebook alternative, seeks to provide Christians with space for free speech

The founder got fed up with censorship on the world’s leading social media site. Aletetia: There are lots of alternatives to Facebook, many of them for specialized communities, such as military personnel, Lego Fans, or beer connoisseurs. And there have been many Christian alternatives as well, such as Christians Like Me and Awestruck. Now there’s a new one, which was founded […]

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Remembering the dead at every meal

An important tradition that pays homage to the faithful departed. Many families maintain a tradition of invoking God’s blessing upon their food before eating. It is a simple way of thanking God for the bounty he has provided, recognizing his providential hand in our daily care. It is a Catholic tradition to add to this […]

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The 10 technological diseases affecting us today

Has technology hijacked our quality of life?  When we talk about the increasing number of people who are addicted to technology, we immediately picture smartphone zombies who can barely hold a conversation because they’re constantly busy scanning their phone’s push notifications, or that time your most selfie-centered friend nearly got hit by a car while […]

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3 Morning habits that start your day off on the wrong foot

Aleteia: We crowd-sourced lots of ideas for starting your morning off on the right foot, in order to have a more successful day. Whether we’re early birds getting our worms or night owls hooting it up until the wee hours, starting our day off right — no matter when we get up — is not […]

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J.R.R. Tolkien: A new look at the literary giant’s contribution to the Jerusalem Bible

Did you know that the same author who wrote about hobbits, elves and orcs also translated the Book of Jonah for the Jerusalem Bible? J.R.R. Tolkien, best known for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was asked in 1957 to contribute to a new translation of the Bible coming out of England. The task was led by […]

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The Eucharistic miracle of Sokolka: The host is tissue from heart of a dying man

Aletetia: Laboratory analyses confirm that the structure of the cardiac muscle fibers and the structure of the bread are intertwined in a way impossible to reproduce by human means. Every day, on the altars of Catholic churches around the world, the greatest miracle possible takes place: the transformation of bread and wine into the true […]

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The 10 Commandments online: Are we sinning in cyberspace?

Aleteia: How well do we resist the internet’s soul-crippling dark joy of strange gods, murderous spite, sexual temptations and mindless shopping? Every now and then, someone cranks up the gas on the internet, social media catches fire, and we end up surrounded by so much ash and soot, you can barely breathe. There are times […]

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The key to avoiding distraction … from a 6th-century monk

Must-read advice for discussing contentious issues in person and on the web. Do you ever feel like we’re all talking past each other? Even in friendly conversations I notice times when I’m simply waiting for a pause so I can interject a new topic of conversation and hold court about it. In other words, I’m […]

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The surprising liturgical coincidence of the solar eclipse

This year’s celestial event occurs on a significant day and year in the Church’s calendar. Aleteia: While the upcoming solar eclipse may not be a sign of the “end times,” it does occur on a significant day and year of the Church’s liturgical calendar. The eclipse will occur on August 21. The primary feast for this day […]

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