March 2, 2023

A pair of wedding bands symbolizing the sacrament of marriage is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Isabel Church in Sanibel, Fla. (OSV News photo/CNS filer, Gregory A. Shemitz)

Dating culture crisis fuels Catholic marriage vocation collapse

Among Catholics, the sacrament of matrimony is in freefall. Over 50 years between 1969 and 2019, Catholic marriages declined 69% even as the Catholic population increased by nearly 20 million, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

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Woman and dog looking out at the sea

Jesus and Abundance

Reflect Today ponder the words of John 10:10: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.” Pray God, help me to let in more—not materials things,but surrendering to more joy, more …

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two friends on a mountain | Photo by Cornelia Steinwender on Unsplash

The Gift of Alms

It is hard to depend on other people. We feel ashamed when we are in need and in turn shame those who need help from others, especially if they are “undeserving.”

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Cross inside a purple heart

Lent with St. Clare: First Thursday

Since St. Clare of Assisi and her sisters never left the convent of San Damiano, it seems this directive could be challenging. Yet Clare still showed her love outwardly through her letters and through service to her sisters.

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