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Lenten Guide to Choosing the Right Penance

Is it Arbitrary or Necessary? Lent is almost here! Have you chosen your penance? Fr. Mike Schmitz recently posted an excellent video, which puts the true meaning of Lenten penance into perspective. He explained that many o...


Pope on Ash Wednesday: Lenten fasting a ‘wake-up call for the soul’

 Fasting from food or other things during Lent is a chance for Catholics to reorient their material attachments, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday, as he urged people to slow down and turn to Christ during the penitential...



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Study shows religion and spirituality are beneficial for those at risk of depression

Research suggests belief may alter brain structures, canceling out familial predisposition. In a new study published in the medical journal Brain and Behavior, researchers presented evidence that an active faith can reduce...



4 Things you need to keep doing to combat the post-Christmas blues

The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s is such a letdown! Here are 4 ways to perk up and stay up — all year long. The days after Christmas can be a huge letdown. After all the tree trimming, stocking hanging, and hol...


Bishop Frank Caggiano: Youth synod bishops

Caggiano: Youth synod bishops must address sexual abuse crisis Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to gain the trust of young people. During his Oct. 4...



Pope Francis tells families in Ireland;

Be a ‘beacon of joy,’ Francis tells families in Ireland  Pope Francis encouraged attendees at an evening festival for the World Meeting of Families to radiate joy into the world like lighthouses radiate light – g...


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Fight evil with action – not apathy

Fight evil with action – not apathy, Francis says It is not enough for Catholics to not do bad things, they must counter evil by actively living out charity in the performance of good deeds, Pope Francis told young people and...


The Feast of Saint John Vianney

The Feast of Saint John Vianney – a model for priests The patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, died Aug. 4, 1859. A century later, Pope John XXIII reflected on the life of the saint, and what it means to be a holy pries...



ST. COLUMBA OF IONA

On June 9, the Catholic Church commemorates the sixth-century Irish monk and missionary Saint Columba of Iona, also known as St. Columcille. One of Ireland’s three patron saints (together with Saint Patrick and Saint Brig...


SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” This fea...