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Baubles

Every once in awhile, one of my friends will ask me why I am so obsessed with death, time and the overall fragility of life. I am always surprised by that question, since I am not sure ‘being obsessed’ is the right adjective to use. I am pretty much an average person and I would […]

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A good deed

I believe that God whispers to us all. I also believe that those who pray and meditate are more open to this inner conversation that they are often unaware of. Also there are people whose heart is open and tender even if they don’t pray, at least on a conscious level. For I also hold […]

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7 Spiritual Themes to Look for in Star Wars VII

The Force Awakens can help us appreciate anew our religious heritage and the stories that guide our choices George Lucas wanted Star Wars to be a new mythology that teaches a new generation about spirituality, good and evil. He deliberately used common themes in biblical stories and various religions in his movies. Here are seven […]

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The Little-Known Story of John Wayne’s Deathbed Conversion to Catholicism

Most people know of John Wayne’s incredible, five-decade-long career in Hollywood, in which he variously acted in, directed, and produced over 160 films (about half of which were Westerns), such as True Grit, The Longest Day, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. What many people do not know is the story of how Wayne converted […]

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The Miracle that Led “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to Convert to Catholicism

Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. While he appeared in lots of films over the years and won many awards, he best known as having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. What many people don’t know about him, though, is that at the age of 42 he converted to […]

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The Heart Must Be Cleansed to See God

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). This is a great promise, my brothers, and something to be desired with all one’s heart. For to see in this way is to be like God, as John the Apostle says, “Now we are all sons of God, but it has […]

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Defend Marriage and Religious Liberty from “Invasive Public Policies”

VATICAN CITY — In the lead-up to his first visit to the United States next month for the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27, Pope Francis has sent a powerful message to American Catholics and all US citizens, urging them to defend traditional marriage and the freedoms on which their nation was […]

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Another Way to Look at Dressing for Mass

Jennifer Fulwiler: A few months ago when I was out of town visiting another church, I saw a sight that I won’t soon forget. I had just settled into the pew a few minutes before Mass when something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. I looked over to see a voluptuous woman in […]

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

1. “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near” (Is 55,6). These words from the second part of the Book of Isaiah ring out on this Sunday that ends the Christmas season. They are an invitation to go more deeply into the meaning for us of today’s Feast, […]

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Learn to Preserve Inner Peace

Catholic Exchange: July 8, 2014. Sometimes you might fall into some sin or negligence in word or deed, such as disturbing yourself at anything which happens to you, or murmuring, or listening to murmuring, or falling into some dispute, irritation, curiosity, or suspicion of others, or into any other fault, whether it be one or […]

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