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.


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.


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.


Contagious Spirit: Father Damien

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The example of Father Damien, the new Hawaiian saint, has a young man from the mainland catching on to the Aloha way of life.

Contagious Spirit: Father Damien

By Daniel Murphy| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The example of Father Damien, the new Hawaiian saint, has a young man from the mainland catching on to the Aloha way of life.

Humble piety: Sister Jeanne Jugan

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.

In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, "Here's my chance to be a saint."


Humble piety: Sister Jeanne Jugan

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.

In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, "Here's my chance to be a saint."


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