Not so fast

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Sister Joan Chittister argues that we should not be so quick to abandon the practice of going hungry during Lent and throughout the year.

IF IRELAND IS A BELLWETHER OF ANYTHING TODAY, IT is surely of the Catholic consciousness. The Angelus still plays on public TV and radio at noon and 6 p.m. everyday. "Stations"-house Masses that developed during penal times when the practice of Catholicism was forbidden by British law-are still practiced in rural areas. St. Brigid's Day is even more of a celebration in some ways than St. Patrick's Day.


Circle of friends: A closer look at the communion of saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Women
The communion of saints is more than Saint Francis and the rest of the canonized saints, and more than your dear old dead Aunt Haddie and all the faithful departed.

Want to know whos in that number? Start by looking in the mirror.


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

By John Dear| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


Day by Day: The letters and journals of Dorothy Day

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Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
Thirty years after her death, Dorothy Day’s letters and diaries reveal an ordinary but committed woman trying to put love where there was none.

There is probably no more famous image of Dorothy Day than the iconic photo by Bob Fitch that shows her seated with a look of utter tranquility between two armed and imposing police officers. That photo was taken in 1973 when she was 75. The occasion was her final arrest while picketing with striking farmworkers in California.


Come together: St. Martin de Porres

By Alejandro Garcia-Rivera| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

One day I was home, a familiar comfortable place; the next day I was a stranger in a strange land. It was Nov. 3, 1960, the date of my exile from my home in Cuba. It was also the feast day of St. Martín de Porres, a Dominican friar from Peru. St. Martín, I now believe, was assigned to be my guide in this strange land, the United States.


Come together: St. Martin de Porres

By Alejandro Garcia-Rivera| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

One day I was home, a familiar comfortable place; the next day I was a stranger in a strange land. It was Nov. 3, 1960, the date of my exile from my home in Cuba. It was also the feast day of St. Martín de Porres, a Dominican friar from Peru. St. Martín, I now believe, was assigned to be my guide in this strange land, the United States.


Heart to heart: Mary and motherhood

By Ginny Kubitz Moyer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family
Fact: Parents worry about their kids every day. No one knows this more than Mary.

As a kid in Catholic school, I grew up learning a lot about Mary. She was the Mother of God and the mother of all people everywhere. She wore a white dress and a blue veil and had a serene, dreamy expression. She also had a visible heart, one crowned with flames and pierced with swords.


All in a Day's work

By Robert Ellsberg| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Dorothy Day icon by Brian Nicholas TsaiOn Aug. 6, 1976 Dorothy Day was invited to address the World Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. The date of her talk was, of course, the Feast of the Transfiguration. But it was also, at least on the Catholic Worker calendar, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Consequently we were astonished to learn that the Congress had scheduled for that day--of all days--a Mass to commemorate the armed forces.


The gifts of Saint Dorothy Day: An interview with Robert Ellsberg

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice

Dorothy DayYou have spoken out strongly in favor of canonizing Dorothy Day. How is she a saint for today?


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