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Why was Mary Troubled?

By Edward Sri

The Bible says Mary “was greatly troubled” (Luke 1:29). I used to think that Mary was afraid at the sight of the angel. After all, if I were alone at my home in the middle of the day and suddenly an angel appeared to me, I’d probably be greatly troubled, too! But that’s not why Mary was ...

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A Return to Civility

By Rick Santorum

In present day America, one need only turn on the TV or pick up a paper to see the divisions in our nation. Party against party, people against people, ideology against ideology. On all sides, deep mistrust and even anger has taken root. We are deeply divided because our country is deeply divided. T...

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Rebuilding Solidarity

By Bishop David O'Connell

Twenty five years, in April 1992, Los Angeles was hit by some of the worst urban riots in American history. During three days of rioting, looting and mayhem 60 people were murdered and thousands of stores and shops looted and burnt to the ground. The riots were the inevitable consequence of the brea...

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Humbling the Rebellion in Lent

By Fr. Ed Benioff

Every generation in its turn is proud of its accomplishments — proud even to the point of arrogance. Usually we’re a lot more impressed than we ought to be. As we get older, if we are wise like King Solomon, we come to realize that "Nothing new is under the sun." If we are wise, that is. And tha...

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Servant Leadership and the Eucharist

By Martha Reichert

As the President of Endow (a Catholic Women’s Apostolate running small groups for women in over 150 diocese), every day I wake up and do my best to lead a staff of nine women who are actively working with thousands of small group facilitators, who have led more than 30,000 women in Endow groups ar...

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Observing Lent on the Digital Continent

By Matt Meeks

Many people enter Lent resolved to give up media entirely. For some, this means a blackout of all activities on Facebook, for others it is a resolution to avoid TV or movies.  As Catholics, Lent is a time to renew our witness to be like Christ reflecting on his sacrifice and his evangelical zeal fo...

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