March 1, 2023

A woman and other members of the Ukrainian community participate in a candlelight vigil in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington Feb. 24, 2023, to mark the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (OSV News photo/Anna Rose Layden, Reuters)

Ukraine’s healing needs justice, repentance, say experts

Healing the wounds of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine requires decades of effort — and a willingness to face human suffering at a staggering scale, said experts at a Feb. 23 panel discussion hosted by the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago.

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Ceremony of Repentance

Reflect Most cultures have a religious or spiritual ceremony for repenting or self-cleansing. Native Hawaiians, for example, recognize their faults, come to terms with needing to change, and go into the sea to cleanse their bodies, as well as their …

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Come Follow Me

“This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29). Jonah was the stereotypical doomsday prophet proclaiming, “The end is near. Repent!” Francis stood …

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Lent with St. Clare: First Wednesday

When St. Clare died on August 11, 1253, she was only fifty-nine years old. Yet what she accomplished in those fifty-nine years has endured even today. That says a lot about her and the strength of her faith.

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