New year, new you: Spiritual resolutions

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Article Spirituality
Stretch your soul in ten minutes a day

It’s a new year, and time to get cracking on those resolutions. In addition to those vows to exercise regularly, eat better, save money, get organized, and call Mom more often, make room on your list for one more improvement: spiritual growth.

’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.

The gift of Guadalupe

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Article Hispanic Catholics Spirituality
Our Lady of Guadalupe is for all Catholics, says religious studies and theology professor Jeanette Rodriguez.

To understand Our Lady of Guadalupe--the powerful story of the 16th-century apparition of Mary to the Indian Juan Diego outside what is now Mexico City--Jeanette Rodriguez says we must first enter into the experience of near-annihilation that the indigenous people faced at the hands of the Spanish invaders. It was in response to their agony that Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke her message of loving presence.

Put in a good word

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Article Seniors Spirituality
If a eulogy sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Putting on rose-colored glasses to look at a loved one’s life, however, might be just what we need for resolution.

Recently I attended the wake and funeral for the father of a friend. At the wake, the children—now all middle-aged—took turns talking about their dad. They spoke with affection about his love for their mother and his devout faith.

Family Album: Remembering the dead

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
The November feasts of All Saints and All Souls invite a long, loving look at those who have gone before us.

Life in a college town may be full of diversity, but it also has a shallow root system where faces and friendships come and go with the university calendar. Parish life and programs need to catch on quickly, and, just like with a grass fire, when you get a good idea, you stand back and watch it grow.

Don't be scared of Halloween: Readers share frightful memories

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
There's no reason to be afraid of the ghouls and goblins roaming the neighborhood on All Hallows' Eve. They're just participating in an ancient-and Catholic-holiday.

Halloween: What a great holiday! It beats the heck out of Arbor Day six ways to Sunday. Around this time every year, I'm asked by Christian parents about the appropriateness of their children dressing up as Spiderman or cowboys or fairy princesses.

God-spotting: Can we make a case for the Almighty?

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Article Spirituality
India and the United States may be on opposite ends of the belief spectrum, but both cultures must make a case for God that includes everyone.

In an age of atheism, in which it is considered rude in many circles to even bring up religion, I’ve got a problem. Remember that wonderful old Joni Mitchell song from her album Blue? It’s called “A Case of You.”

“Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling,
And I would still be on my feet,
Oh I would still be on my feet.”

Sermon on the mound: John Sexton on baseball and God

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Article Spirituality
In the classroom and the stands, the president of NYU roots for God.

John Sexton, the president of New York University, holds tight to some deep truths: that his late wife is still with him, that there’s more to life than science, and that baseball and God are connected.

He is also a man of intriguing contradictions. A native of Brooklyn, he roots for the Yankees. He works within an environment of science and learning, but he holds

on to his belief in the reality of the ineffable. Surrounded by doubters, he remains steadfast in his Catholicism.

She's Nobody: Remembering Emily Dickinson

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Article Spirituality
Emily Dickinson may hve found it dreary to be Somebody, but some still find her worthy of remembrance.

Blessed among women, Robert Ellsberg calls her in his book of the same name. Here Emily Dickinson appears with other spiritual giants, sharing Teresa of Ávila's mysticism, her soul in white heat; Joan of Arc's courageous wrestle with belief and unbelief; the little way of Thérèse of Lisieux, whose battles, like Emily's, were mostly fought within.

Here is Catherine of Siena: "All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said, ‘I am the way.' "

Work hard, pray hard: More on Dorothy Day

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Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
The editors interview Jim Forest, biographer and friend of Dorothy Day--and a former Catholic Worker himself, about Dorothy Day's abortion, conversion to Catholicism, and what she might think about women's ordination.

How did Dorothy Day become Catholic?