40 Days to a new you pt.2

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Ever wish you had your own personal spiritual trainer? For Lent we offer you 40 of them, finishing up the final 20 in Part II this month.


21. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.: A growing season
Lent is not an event. It is not something that happens to us. It is at most a microcosm of what turns out to be a lifelong journey to the center of the self.


The greatest story never foretold?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us... he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." These lines from Isaiah 9:6 are some of the most recognizable of the scriptures we hear at Christmastime in the Catholic Church. But was Isaiah really talking about Jesus of Nazareth?

 


Honor your Father and your Mother

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Article Scripture and Theology Women
Stale images of God aren't working for today's seekers, says feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. New ones are emerging from the experiences of all God's people-male and female.

 

When you whispered a prayer this morning while sipping your coffee and eating your toast, to whom exactly did you pray? An old man with a beard somewhere beyond the clouds? Sophia, otherwise known as Holy Wisdom? The Holy Spirit? Jesus?


Road scholar

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Article Scripture and Theology
St. Paul may be known as the "apostle to the Gentiles," but his high ideals make him an apostle for believers today, too.

 

When you ask Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor why he studies St. Paul, you get a simple, down-to-earth answer: "He gave me my start, and that got me my job." The start was a doctoral thesis on Paul's approach to preaching, which eventually landed Murphy-O'Connor a position at Jerusalem's prestigious École Biblique, where he has taught New Testament for the past 40 years while lecturing on every corner of the globe as well.


Not just lip service: Reciting the Creed

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
Every Sunday many Catholics mumble their way through the recitation of what we believe. Doesn't the Creed deserve to be proclaimed with a little more gusto?

 


Unwrap the gifts of Advent

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
  
Christmas should be an attitude toward life, not an endurance exercise. This Advent season, why not shop the scriptures rather than the malls to prepare?


Seven habits of highly effective mass goers

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

 

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center?


Confession: A shadow of its former self?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
 When Bonnie Lavric was growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the mid-1960's, her mother, father, and four siblings dutifully piled into their VW Beetle every Saturday for an afternoon drive. The destination? Weekly individual Confessions at their local parish.
  

Let's put the Eucharist to work

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
With a name like "Communion," it seems obvious that Eucharist shouldn't be a private experience. Robert J. McClory takes a look at parishes living out Jesus' command to "do this in memory of me."

The other Latin Mass

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Article Hispanic Catholics Prayer and Sacraments
Charismatic liturgies, with their lively music, mysticism, and strong community, offer the best of both worlds to Hispanic Catholics looking for a little more oomph in the Mass.

 


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