Heart to heart: Mary and motherhood

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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

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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?


Saint Dorothy Day, pray for us

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice War and Peace

We need the example of this woman who tried to live the gospel in the modern world.


Saint Dorothy Day, pray for us

By Tom McGrath| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice War and Peace

We need the example of this woman who tried to live the gospel in the modern world.


Are there rules for decorating the church during the holidays?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

There are surprisingly few official rules about decorating churches, much to the chagrin of those who have been crowded out by Christmas poinsettias or engulfed by Easter lilies. At times, admittedly, the altar looks like it's been attacked by a rioting mob of florists.


Manger Danger: Let's keep Uncle Sam out of church affairs

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Article Politics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Let's keep Uncle Sam out of the nativity scene by reinforcing the wall between church and state.

Our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."


The more days the merrier: Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Twelve ways to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, not including pipers piping.

This year, hand on heart, I saw Christmas decorations for sale on October 1. When I was little, we didn't even start thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

My family would spend most of Advent getting ready. We'd shop for a tree, pull decorations down out of the attic, stock up on wrapping paper, and make lists for Santa. Most years the grownups would gather for a Christmas Eve party, and we kids would struggle to stay awake late into the night.


Another side of paradise: Life in Kalaupapa

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In honor of Father Damien’s beatification on October 11, we revisit a story from 2000 about Molokai. The church continues to care for the settlements remaining residence today.

Is Kalaupapa the world’s most isolated spot? That’s what Hawaii’s King Kamehameha V thought in 1865, when he signed a law banishing people with advanced stages of leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) to the north shore of the island of Molokai.


Another side of paradise: Life in Kalaupapa

By Mimi Forsyth| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In honor of Father Damien’s beatification on October 11, we revisit a story from 2000 about Molokai. The church continues to care for the settlements remaining residence today.

Is Kalaupapa the world’s most isolated spot? That’s what Hawaii’s King Kamehameha V thought in 1865, when he signed a law banishing people with advanced stages of leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) to the north shore of the island of Molokai.


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