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Tag Archive for ‘Aleteia’

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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Whatever happened to the Twelve Apostles?

Jesus told his apostles to “go” and that’s exactly what they did, taking the Gospel to different parts of the world. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven he said to his apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Having a divine mandate to travel the world for the sake of the Gospel, the apostles didn’t […]

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Three things you might not know about sacramentals

Wait. What’s a sacramental? I have always been drawn to sacramentals. I keep on hand holy water, medals, and many Lents’ worth of palm branches, not to mention a drawer full of miscellaneous holy cards and third-class relics (some of which are blessed, though I’ve mostly forgotten which ones). I often think to myself that […]

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25 Helpful tips for overcoming anxiety

Overcoming fears and phobias is not a simple process, but these suggestions can help! Many of us struggle daily with fears and phobias. Some fears are simply inconvenient, like the fear of flying or spiders. But others are debilitating, such as social anxiety disorder, which can make any conversation with a stranger feel like torture. […]

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1,600-year-old basilica found underwater in what was ancient Nicaea

Aleteia: Archaeologists in Turkey suspect the church may have been built in the year 325, following the First Council of Nicaea. The remains of a 1,600-year-old Byzantine basilica have been discovered at the site of the Councils of Nicaea, at the bottom of a lake in northwest Turkey. “We have found church remains. It is […]

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Help! My pastor wants to make the church pretty, and I want to feed the poor!

Sound like any parishes you know? ——————————————- Aletetia: Why be either/or when we can be both/and? Katrina, At my parish the priest has started a fundraising campaign for church renovations. He’s trying to raise a hundred thousand dollars to purchase statues, install a mural, fix up the confessionals, and add an altar rail. He also […]

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