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Savoring the simplicity of Lent

by Jeff Young  For me, one of the most beautiful aspects of being Catholic is celebrating the liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. There’s something so simple, so … human about this. The seasons ground us…

The Bible: Mystery or History?

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker After my talk at a parish mission, one of the women came up looking a bit flustered. “Father, can I ask you a question?” “Sure.” “I was at Mass yesterday and the priest said in his homily that the story of Jonah…

An Ordinary Miracle

by Jeannie Ewing “One day you will have a son who will do great things for God.” Through a stranger  My fingers gingerly traced these words in a diary I kept more than 20 years before when I was a naïve teenage girl with no experience with…

Meet women who chose life

by Nancy Flanders Pregnancy can be hard enough even when a woman’s situation and health are good. But for a Catholic woman facing extreme circumstances in a pregnancy, she may also experience heartbreaking societal pressure and medical…

THE SIGN OF BREAD & WINE

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker  So often we attend Mass and take things for granted. Not paying attention, we miss the meaning and overlook the significance of the little things. The bread and wine are brought forward during the offertory, and…

ANGER: A passion for good

by Bert Ghezzi One week after the tragedy of 9/11, my wife, Mary Lou, and I were traveling to visit family in Pittsburgh. At the Orlando International Airport, we stood in a long security check line. When we reached the agent, he asked for…

Five types of biblical writing

by Amy Ekeh When we pick up the Bible and begin to read, understanding what we read is a common challenge. As modern readers of ancient literature, we can expect to run into some difficulties! But understanding the Bible becomes much easier…