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The Hope of Lent

The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives. By Diane M. Houdek

Diane Houdek

Franciscan Media

On the Feast of Stephen: A Meditation from Pope Francis

From the perspective of faith, the Feast of Saint Stephen is in full harmony with the deeper meaning of Christmas. By Diane M. Houdek

Diane Houdek

Book Overviews

Eucharist: Far More Than a Reenactment

Fr. Pat answers readers' questions about the Eucharist, spiritual communion, scapulars, priests, and apostles.

Diane Houdek

Praying a Poem by the Pope 

One of poetry's great gifts is to slow us down. Take a meditative Lenten journey with a poem written by a young priest—and future pope: Karol Wojtyla.

Diane Houdek