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Reflection on Humanae Vitae

By Catherine R. Pakaluk, Ph.D.

Amazingly, before 1930, no responsible authority in any Christian congregation whatsoever had ever taught that artificial contraception was permissible. In that year, the Anglican bishops, at their Lambeth Conference, were the first. They introduced what seemed a very small concession. They said t...

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Promotion of Chastity

By Sister Mary Rachel Nerbun, RSM, MD

The human vocation can be summed up in LOVE.  God the Father sent His only Son as LOVE Incarnate to show us how to live and to love in a selfless manner.  Only in knowing and loving God, can we know and love ourselves and our neighbor.  Love is reciprocal giving and receiving.  Our divine callin...

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How Marian Apparitions Reflect Local Cultures and Faith Communities

By Christine Warner

Throughout faith history, Mary has made her motherly presence known by appearing to believers around the world. In doing so, she shares poignant messages, prayerful devotions, personal healing, and miraculous phenomena—all steeped in religious relevance and cultural connections.   Marian a...

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Fostering the Common Good for All Generations

By Sr. Constance Veit, 1.s.p.

As a Little Sister of the Poor my life is devoted to the care of the needy elderly. As such I may seem like an odd person to comment on any aspect of Humanae Vitae, and yet that is just what the Napa Institute has asked me to do! I have been invited to reflect on no. 23 of the document, which takes ...

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The Divine Relationship Between Nature and the Liturgical Calendar

By Christine Warner

Every element of nature is divinely designed.   As Psalm 95:4 - 5 reflects, “In [God’s] hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry earth.” Because of the divine creator, there is harmony betwee...

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The History of Unique Slavic Customs for the Easter Season

By Christine Warner

In rising from the dead, Christ conquered sin and gave humanity the hope of eternal life. This conviction is core to Christianity, making the Easter season the supreme liturgical time. It is the culmination of Jesus’ life on earth and an ultimate testament to the truth of His teachings.   ...

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