25 years ago in U.S. Catholic: A mom’s-eye view of the Blessed Mother

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Women

By Margaret Mantle

This article appeared in the May 1989 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 54, No. 5, pages 29-31).

Like a lot of us, I grew up with a pretty traditional view of Mary. She was the gentle, sweet, patient mother of Jesus and a model of virtue to us all. She was the sort of perfect mom we all wanted to be when we grew up and had babies.


Pope John XXIII: A breath of fresh air

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Vatican
A new pope quickly wins the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Sound familiar?

The legacies of John Paul II and John XXIII

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Vatican

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(RNS) One was a man who shook the very foundations of the Roman Catholic Church by ushering in revolutionary reforms through the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. The other was a charismatic globe-trotter who stared down communism and taught the world lasting lessons of how to die.

On Sunday (April 27), Pope Francis will canonize two predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, elevating the two most influential popes of the 20th century to the pantheon of Catholic life and worship.


Easter Sunday: Living in God's joy

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality

It was Mom’s birthday and I was 12 years old. I made her a card that said “I love you mom!” and when I gave it to her I said, “Thank you for being my mom and for giving me life.” She responded with a smile, saying, “It was a pleasure!”


Good Friday: Jesus' execution and the death penalty in the United States

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Article Ethic of Life Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Each year on Good Friday we listen to the account of the events surrounding Jesus’ death: the trial, the boisterous crowd, the journey to Golgotha. The description is clear; Jesus received the death penalty and was executed. Though the cross is a rich symbol of all that God has accomplished in Jesus, don’t forget it is (or was) also an instrument of torture and execution. Jesus has once and for all taken away sin by his sacrifice (Heb. 9:26).


Can women participate in the Holy Thursday washing of the feet?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Women and men were both participating in the ancient rite long before Pope Francis arrived on the scene.

Palm Sunday: An unnamed woman and her prophetic act at Bethany

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Women

I have no memory. Every Palm Sunday I join the parade of parishioners, waving palm branches and singing “Hosanna” as we process into church. Each year, I am utterly devastated then when the passion is read. The happy hosannas are drowned in the refrain “Were you there?” and I am reminded again that the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. Such is the emotional roller coaster that begins Holy Week.


35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Don't pass over Exodus

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

By Father Peter M.J. Stravinskas

This article appeared in the April 1979 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 44, No. 4, pages 36-40).


Week Four: Becoming children of the light

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality Young Adults

Millennials are obsessed with authenticity. We have been raised to explore who we are and to be that person. That might be why we can’t pass up the latest Buzzfeed quiz, whether it will tell us where we should live, what career we should have, or which Christian saint or pretty little liar we most resemble. And if authenticity is the cardinal virtue of the millennial generation, hypocrisy might be the considered the ugliest vice.     


Week Three: Three refreshing gifts of Lent

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality

Lent is a beautiful time of renewal that is often missed. Yet, just like an unexpected afternoon free, a chance to walk quietly alone in the forest or along the beach, Lent can provide the space to lean back into the now and take a deep refreshing breath with God when we see it in the proper perspective. The two questions remain though:

Will we take this opportunity?

If we do, how should we best go about it in a simple, sincere way?


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