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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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Five Titles for the Virgin Mary you wouldn’t expect

These names for Mary are not what you would normally call your Mother. The most ancient title for the Blessed Virgin Mary is simply that of “mother.” It was the name Jesus used and is the name Christians have been using ever since. The name “mother” describes Mary’s role in our lives as a spiritual […]

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6 Good Reasons to Abstain from Meat on Fridays, Even Beyond Lent

Go on, be a “fish eater” on Fridays; it will help your whole week A Protestant friend who lived in Philadelphia once said, “You know why those Catholics eat fish on Friday? They’re all Italians, and the Italians have the fish market downtown. So they got the Italian pope to make that rule so they […]

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When is Easter Sunday?

And why is Orthodox Easter on a different date than Catholic Easter? Easter Sunday, the greatest liturgical feast of the year, has been celebrated on various days throughout the Church’s 2,000 year history and the scheduling has provided more than its share of controversy. From the very beginning of the Church the feast of the […]

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The 2 things you should do before Lent is over

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is best known as a Jesuit priest, as editor at large of America, and as the author of several books including the New York Times bestselling Jesus: A Pilgrimage and Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. And yet, when it comes to Lenten practices, it appears Fr. […]

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A simple daily reflection to put the brakes on our rush-hour lives

Fr. Albert Haase offers a 5-step Examen that anyone can do. Aleteia (March 22, 2017): Over a decade ago, Fr. Albert Haase, OM, a spiritual director, author of nine books on spiritual formation (Franciscan Media, InterVarsity Press, Paraclete Press) and the presenter on four bestselling DVDs (Paraclete Press), began practicing St. Ignatius of Loyola’s daily Examen, […]

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21 Regrets people confess on their deathbeds

Some of these seem all too familiar… We’ve all heard the old saying that “People on their deathbeds don’t say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work…’” More often, people’s regrets are truly about “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” A Spanish priest, Father Nelson, has listed the sort […]

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Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”?

Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the purity of the Lamb of God — or of silk threads, braided with knots) back in the 4th century, making this devotional accessory as old as monasticism itself. When monks and anchorites began to […]

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Seven Tips for a good confession, from a saint and spiritual guide

St. Francis de Sales wants you to get to the heart of your sins. Saying “I have not loved God as I ought” is not enough. “My child, never allow your heart to abide heavy with sin, seeing that there is so sure and safe a remedy at hand.” This is the advice of St. […]

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3 Tips to help you get through spiritual desolation

For those times when it seems as if God doesn’t fully see you, hear you, or love you I grew up thinking that a relationship with God was a transaction: I gave God very minimal amounts of my time and prayer, and I was supposed to “get” something from Him. I assumed I would get […]

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