They did it their way

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Your book All Saints tells the stories of a broad range of saints-some officially canonized and some not, some Catholic or Christian, some not. How did you select whom to include?

 


They did it their way

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Your book All Saints tells the stories of a broad range of saints-some officially canonized and some not, some Catholic or Christian, some not. How did you select whom to include?

 


Who picks the holy days of obligation?

By Victoria M. Tufano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

Holy days of obligation-days when Catholics are required to celebrate Eucharist-are a result of tradition, devotion, and church law, and their number has varied according to history and place.

Before the mid-17th century, individual bishops could determine what holy days would be observed in their diocese. This resulted in vastly different church calendars from diocese to diocese and a huge number of holy days.


If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday.


If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday.


Why does Easter seem to go on forever?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery—this Paschal Mystery—every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the full moon of spring and the Jewish Passover, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a most solemn way.


Why does Easter seem to go on forever?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery—this Paschal Mystery—every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the full moon of spring and the Jewish Passover, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a most solemn way.


Who was St. Augustine, and why should I care?

By Michael Cameron| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
“LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O Beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I love you!” So prayed the passionate theologian and pastor of the early church, St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430).

Who was St. Augustine, and why should I care?

By Michael Cameron| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
“LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O Beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I love you!” So prayed the passionate theologian and pastor of the early church, St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430).

Lean into Lent

By Tom McGrath| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The point of lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart a conversion process. But what is it we're supposed to change? How does change occur?

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