Weekly Reflections for Lent

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Lent is a great time for reflection and prayer for Christians to prepare themselves for the coming of Easter. Throughout this holy season, we will be posting reflections from some well-known Catholics to enhance your spiritual life and to steer you on the path to holiness. Be sure to check back every week for more spiritual guidance during these 40 holy days.

Ash Wednesday: Lent calls us to look inward—and to focus on community as well by Carolyn Woo


30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Don't let Lent pass you by

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By Ken Maafe

This article appeared in the March 1984 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 49, No. 3, pages 12-13). 

My father had an enduring love for the church and a healthy skepticism about some of its leaders’ decisions. Thus, every time he had to do without meat (in those days it was every Friday, not just during Lent), he would begin to rail against certain unnamed Italian cardinals.


Discomfort and joy: U.S. Catholic readers on the Christmas spirit

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U.S. Catholic  readers unwrap the things they love—and dread—about the Christmas season.

Christmas, as the old song goes, can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” It is a season full of joyful celebrations with family and friends, fond childhood memories, and rich traditions. But let’s face it—the season that is the celebration of Christ’s birth can sometimes also be a bit of a pain. The challenge is balancing the hustle and bustle with the magic and the meaning of the season.


In praise of the 'good enough' family

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Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The holy family, with its adoptive father-son pairing, can lead the way for today’s unconventional families.

I’ve never liked Norman Rockwell. It is not because of his artistic abilities that I do not like him, but because of his subject matter. I am particularly troubled by his presentation of an idealized family. Remember the scene of the Thanksgiving dinner? Everyone sitting around the table, cheerful faces, waiting for Dad to carve the giant turkey? Where do those people live?


Special Section: Advent resources from U.S. Catholic

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20 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Put something different under the tree

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By Mary Clare Brady

This article appeared in the December 1993 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 58, No. 12, pages 31-33).


What Julian of Norwich can teach us about prayer

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality Women

After spending 20 years meditating on a number of visions, Julian of Norwich developed a deep understanding of God and produced her famous work, Revelations of Divine Love. Through her words, one can see the fruits of contemplative meditation.

While interviewing Father William Meninger on the topic of contemplative meditation for our November 2013 issue, we asked him what else we might learn from this 14th-century woman’s writings.


30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Let's bring back patron saints

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By John Delaney

This article appeared in the November 1983 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 48, No. 11, pages 31-33).


How many saints are there?

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Catholics frequently invoke the holy women and men of the church. But how many people make up this exclusive group?

What is the transfiguration?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
A mountaintop encounter with Jesus and his apostles holds valuable lessons for all followers of Christ.

All three synoptic gospels tell the story of the transfiguration of Jesus (Matt. 17:1-13; Mark 9:3-13; Luke 9:28-36)—frequently a sign of the importance of an event from Jesus’ life for the early Christian community. Its origin is debated. Some scholars say the transfiguration episode is really an account of Jesus’ resurrection which was moved to a different part of the gospels. Others think it has its roots in an actual visionary event of some kind.


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