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The Sacredness of Tears

The Sacredness of Tears

Washington Irving writes of the “sacredness” in tears, messengers, he says, of grief. There’s been a lot of grief in all of our lives recently, as natural disasters and human folly seem to be multiplying around us; and we each have our own private pain and losses. How do we deal with all those tears? Know you’re not alone. One of the names of Jesus is “Emmanual,” or “God with us.” God is with you in your grief: God is also present through his peopl...
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3 Ways to Keep God in Your Back-to-School Activities… Every Day

3 Ways to Keep God in Your Back-to-School Activities… Every Day

September came around quickly this year, didn’t it? It feels like the summer was stretching out in front of us, long and lazy and beautiful and then—we’re already buying lunch boxes and notebooks and squeezing in that last run to the pool. And somehow it’s really easy to lose our connection to God when we are, like Martha, busy with so many things. How about finding some ways to keep that connection alive? Start your day right. However, you start your day influences ...
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3 Ways Vacation Opens Up New Spiritual Growth… Every Day

3 Ways Vacation Opens Up New Spiritual Growth… Every Day

Last week I was on vacation in Montréal, one of my favorite cities, where I walked a lot, slept a lot, and generally rested up. But what I really appreciated were my visits to Montréal’s many churches, and just staying as long as I wanted to in their silence and stillness. Maybe you’ve been on vacation this summer as well. As we all come back to regular life, here are three ways I thought about while I was away to discover everyday grace refreshing our lives in a new wa...
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Facing a New School Year with Zeal and Courage

Facing a New School Year with Zeal and Courage

Back to school. Some of you are probably already sick of that expression. Since midsummer you’ve been bombarded with advertising assuring you that every back-to-school worry can be handled with a credit card. Buy the right notebooks, the right clothes, and the right electronics, and your kid is good to go.For some people it comes as a kind of relief. Summers are difficult to organize, as your child suddenly has a lot of free time that needs to be filled…and you have none. For other ...
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Ideas for a super summer!

Ideas for a super summer!

In the days following the celebration of the Fourth of July, the summer settles in. After a school year that has been hectic, and a schedule that probably dictated every minute of your family's day, the summer offers the opportunity to find a different rhythm of life and to enjoy other experiences that will strengthen important values in your life and that of your family.Here are some tips to set a few healthy goals for the next several weeks.1) Nature is a great teacher for the summer. Take...
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Helping Kids Explore How God Permeates Their Life

Helping Kids Explore How God Permeates Their Life

Earlier this week, I participated in an editorial meeting here at Pauline Books and Media. One of the first things we did was split into groups and discuss the responses to a survey we had sent out a couple weeks ago. About 200 people were kind enough to respond. Even though we were reflecting together upon answers from grown-ups, I couldn't help but think about children. You see, one of the biggest takeaways from the survey was this: even though almost all of the respondents went to Ma...
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What Is Lent?

What Is Lent?

Lent is the time of preparation for Easter. It lasts from Ash Wednesday to the morning of Holy Thursday. For people who are going to be baptized at Easter, Lent is a very special time of preparation for this sacrament. For those of us who are already baptized, Lent is a time of living our faith more deeply. We turn away from sin and everything that takes us away from God. We turn towards God in prayer and by trying to live better, the way Jesus taught us.We begin Lent by being marked on our...
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How To Pray the Rosary

How To Pray the Rosary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three children, Lucy dos Santos, and Jacinta and Francisco Marto on May 13, 1917. While praying the rosary in the cove they saw “a lady all dressed in white” who appeared to them and asked them to say the rosary and to do penance for sinners. The lady asked them to return for the next six months, from May to October, on the 13th day of each month. In those apparitions Our Lady revealed to them secrets r...
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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: How Difficult Things Can Bring Out Our Hidden Talents

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: How Difficult Things Can Bring Out Our Hidden Talents

“Mother Seton” was the name everyone knew her by when she died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A life full of surprises had led to that name.Elizabeth was born in New York City on August 28, 1774. Her father, Richard Bayley, was a well-known doctor. Her mother, Catherine, died when Elizabeth was very young. Elizabeth was Episcopalian. As a teenager, she did many things to help poor people.In 1794, Elizabeth married William Seton. He was a rich merchant who owned a fleet ...
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Guadalupe: One of Our Catholic Family Stories

Guadalupe: One of Our Catholic Family Stories

In the midst of our Christmas preparations in December we get to take a breather and celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe together. It is a perfect chance to learn about another country, another culture, a saint, and an apparition of Mary all at once.On October 12, 1945, Pope Pius XII, decreed Our Lady of Guadalupe to be "Patroness of all the Americas." Her feast day is December 12, and it is a Holy Day of Obligation in Mexico. She is also considered the Patroness of the Unborn...
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