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Adventures in Tithing

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, That there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the LORD of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measure?” (3:10). It sounds as if God is issuing a dare to the reader.

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The Rosary Calls Us to Love

The Rosary is a prayer that bolsters this important truth. It is a prayer of love precisely because it teaches us how to love in the circumstances of everyday human life. Its four sets of mysteries together represent a complete rhythm of human life and a blueprint by which to live that life well, in love toward both God and neighbor.

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Praying for Peace in Assisi

We have come to expect surprises from Pope John Paul II. His Sunday Angelus address on November 18, 2001, contained two. After speaking about the world’s turbulent situation, he asked Catholics to fast and pray on December 14, 2001, the same day that millions of our Muslim brothers and sisters marked the end of Ramadan, a month-long fast and time for special prayer.

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Easter Sunday: Room for Everyone

Room for Everyone

“…he saw and believed.”
—John 20:8

There is a story of Saint Francis eating with his friars one Easter. The friars had prepared a fancy table setting, with linens and glassware. When Francis saw it, he chose instead to sneak outside and disguise himself. When dinner started he knocked, pleaded for food, in the name of God, and was admitted: “Come in, man, for love of him whom you have invoked!”

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Adventures in Ordinary Time

As a lifelong Catholic, I learned at a young age that life was conveniently divided into two categories: holy and ordinary. I remember asking my first-grade teacher, Sister Mary Christine, if the particular day we were living was a holy day. She said, “No.”

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