Don't get comfortable this Lent

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Lent’s 40 days should disturb our consumer complacency.

King and I: Martin Luther King Jr.

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
When we take Martin Luther King Jr. off the pedestal, he becomes a greater inspiration to work for justice for all.  

At Marquette University I teach a course on Martin Luther King's ethics and faith. I face two obstacles when teaching about King. The first is that we are too acquainted with him.


Humble piety

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.”


I'll be green for Christmas

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Article Environment Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Let’s not only be green when summer’s here but also during the most wonderful time of the year.

The anticipation was over, the gifts all opened, and nothing left to do except take it all in. Even when I was little, it was one of my favorite moments of Christmas. I'd sit with my loot sorted next to me and survey the living room while peeling the customary orange from my stocking. Red, green, and patterned wrapping paper covered the floor, and the cats, high on new catnip, would be attacking a bow under the tree.


’Twas the fight before Christmas : A survival guide to a fairly happy holiday

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Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Family drama bringing you down? Our survival guide to fairly happy holidays recommends decking the halls, not your brother.

We've all seen the Hallmark version: the loving, happy, laughing family gathered around the Christmas tree.

Then there's real life.


Hold your fire! Let's call a truce in the war on Christmas

By Father Paul Boudreau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the barricades, patriots! Lock down the airports! Suspend the Constitution! Appropriate billions of dollars! Prepare a preemptive attack! The enemies, whoever they are, have launched a war on Christmas!

Why does the church require miracles for sainthood?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
The church requires two miracles before a person can be canonized. Why?

A Catholic friar on a plane that made a dramatic emergency landing in Poland last fall clutched a lock of hair from Blessed John Paul II while praying for the safety of his fellow passengers. Will this be the second miracle needed for the late pontiff’s canonization?


Is Dia de los Muertos the same as All Souls Day?

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Article Hispanic Catholics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

For three days every year Mexicans and Mexican Americans gather for Día de los Muertos. In cemeteries and homes people come together to remember their deceased loved ones. The last of those days, November 2, falls on the traditional Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed—All Souls Day. Are the two celebrations the same?


Lives of the saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
These are the holy people who didn’t quite make the cut—until they did.

Alphonsus Rodriguez must have thought he had it made. Yes, there had been a few bumps in the road. His education had been cut short when his father died and Alphonsus had to return home to Segovia, Spain, destined to take over the family wool business, though it had been much reduced. But once home he settled in and started a family in 1557.


Lives of the saints

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
These are the holy people who didn’t quite make the cut—until they did.

Alphonsus Rodriguez must have thought he had it made. Yes, there had been a few bumps in the road. His education had been cut short when his father died and Alphonsus had to return home to Segovia, Spain, destined to take over the family wool business, though it had been much reduced. But once home he settled in and started a family in 1557.


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