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Love Letters From God

Scripture is a constant revelation of God's love for us. By Daniel P. Horan, OFM

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Finding Strength in Our Interior Beauty

God tells me that my value as his daughter and as a woman is increasing, not fading away. By Lisa Mladnich

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The Poverty Mentality

How can we learn to be sane around money when we were never taught, and when many of us have been taught that to speak of money is unseemly? By Heather King

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The Worst Religious Sin

God speaks in many tongues and to every color and age of people. By Joan Chittister

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The Truth About Trouble

The Truth About Trouble

Troubles will come. It's how we relate to them that matters. By Michael Scanlan, TOR.

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The Upper Room in Jerusalem: The Most Important Room in Christendom

It's the location of the Last Supper, the gathering place of the apostles, and the home of Pentecost. By Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi

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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

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The Little Way of Advent: Stirred by the Lord’s Spirit

The ways in which God responds to our prayers can be difficult to comprehend. By Fr. Gary Caster

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The Strangers at the Manger

The Brady twins find themselves witnessing one of the most important events in history: the birth of Christ. By Lisa M. Hendey.

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Prayer in the Advent Season

The spirituality of Advent focuses us on the mystery of the unknown and the incomplete, connecting with the journey of Mary and Joseph. By Donal Neary, SJ

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Peace Be with You

As we begin the Advent season, let us reflect on the way of peace practiced by Mother Teresa. By Heidi Hess Saxton

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Gift-Giving as a Way of Life

Think of a gift as the language of your soul. By Thomas Moore

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Advice Worth Ignoring: “It’s a Stage. It Will Pass.”

It may be a stage, but that doesn’t mean it will pass.

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When Darkness Becomes Dawn

Even in the depths of grief, there is a Presence that will light the way.

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Padre Pio and the Madonna

Padre Pio nurtured his love for the Mother of Jesus from the time he was a child.

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The Easiest Prayer Ever

Plenty of people think they don’t pray well. Or that they somehow pray wrong. But there is a kind of prayer that anyone can do.

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Encounters with Pope Francis

Pope Francis speaks of the "culture of encounter," and during his 2015 trip to America, it became apparent that he lives it as well.

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Castles in the Clouds

As Larkspur Linwood is overcoming the humiliation she suffered in Africa, she gets a new chance at love and a new glimpse of God's plan for her.

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Mercy and the Franciscan Way

The power of mercy happens when we are open to the Spirit’s call to see the needs of the least among us.

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How Can Anyone Pray ‘Always’?

Prayer is referring to an inner state, a state of conscious, choice-filled, loving union with what is in front of us.

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The body of St. Padre Pio is carried in procession in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 5. Pope Francis had asked that the relics of Padre Pio and St. Leopold Manic be brought to Rome for the Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD Feb 6, 2016 and PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD-MERCY Feb. 4, 2016.

A Look Back at the Life of Padre Pio

Padre Pio was a friar devoted to simplicity and to the grace of suffering. His life became an inspiration to believers the world over.

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Rediscovering Henri Nouwen

When he died in 1996, the generation that knew his works mourned him, and a new generation began to discover a thoughtful writer who managed to talk about difficult things concerning spirituality and faith.

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An Eye-Opening Scene from Our Selfie-Obsessed Culture

Are we too self-absorbed? Teresa Tomeo has a few thoughts on that question.

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Members of the Missionaries of Charity attend a service marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in this Aug. 26, 2010, file photo. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa, paving the way for her canonization in 2016. (CNS photo/Deshakalayan Chowdhur, Reuters pool) See MOTHER-TERESA-SAINTHOOD-CAUSES Dec. 18, 2015.

Mother Teresa: Love in Action

Mother Teresa constantly told her sisters that the best way to serve God is to do the next loving thing.

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