Amazon Warrior

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Even unto death, Dorothy Stang had no fear in her fight for the poor and the rain forest, and her example inspires us to join the battle.

Just when I thought I’d outgrown mentors, a friend introduced me to David Stang. His enthusiasm for his favorite subject, his sister Dorothy, is contagious.


Fast Food

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Abstaining from chicken nuggets and burgers during Lent can teach us about caring for animals, our neighbors, and the Earth as much as it does about self-control.

I once thought that to be Catholic meant to eat meat. It wasn’t a holiday without Mass, Polish sausage, and turkey or ham. Even my family Christmas cookie recipe’s secret ingredient is lard. God gave us dominion of animals. Meat on our plate is God’s delicious gift to us.


St. Francis: Patron of ecology

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Article Environment Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Even if St. Francis of Assisi wasn't an environmentalist in the modern sense of the word, Keith Warner, OFM finds modern Catholics can learn a lot from his love for creation.

[Read more from Keith Warner on Catholic environmentalism.]


Rise to the occasion: The many ways to celebrate Easter

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons


Rise to the occasion: The many ways to celebrate Easter

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons


Were you there?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Let the slow, poignant shuffle begin--the Veneration of the Cross.

A priest prone, his face to the floor, his arms stretched like broken wings. The chapel silent and expectant. Thorny-voiced Isaiah: "He was despised and forsaken; he was pierced for our transessions; he was crushed for our iniquities." Then the voices from all around the chapel-the young priest near the altar, a girl high in the balcony, a boy in a deep dark corner:

"What is truth?" says Pilate.

"Hail, King of the Jews."


What's your sign? Searching for an Easter symbol

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Spirituality
Though the cross reigns over Good Friday, Easter's mystery needs a symbol of its own. 

I don't usually think of Jesus' crucifixion when passing the sweets table, but there it was: A big rich dark chocolate cake adorned with white sugary latticework in the shape of-you guessed it-a cross.


What's your sign? Searching for an Easter symbol

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Spirituality
Though the cross reigns over Good Friday, Easter's mystery needs a symbol of its own. 

I don't usually think of Jesus' crucifixion when passing the sweets table, but there it was: A big rich dark chocolate cake adorned with white sugary latticework in the shape of-you guessed it-a cross.


Via dolorosa: Walking the Stations of the Cross while on chemo

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
When you're on chemo, the Stations of the Cross take on a whole new meaning. 

Growing up Catholic in the 1970s, I remember the older women in our parish staying after Mass and praying before the Stations of the Cross. They would walk silently and slowly, stopping to pray at each of the 14 depictions of Jesus' final hours. I learned to think of the stations in the same way I thought of the rosary: They were for old people, a throwback to a pre-Vatican II time, and they held no meaning for me.


A moveable feast

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
A Polish Catholic would be a basket case without this annual blessing of Easter goodies.

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