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Forgiveness of sins: An audio reflection for Lent

Posted on February 27th, 2015

Listen to our podcast of Permanent Deacon Michael Pascarella offering a reflection and a prayer based on a passage from the Gospel of John.


Bless me, for I am a felon — may I be ordained?

Posted on February 26th, 2015

Father Ken Doyle hears from a prisoner who found God and the Catholic faith in jail, and wonders about ordained ministry after he’s released.


Our inner vision is fed by God’s word, if we listen

Posted on February 26th, 2015

CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino looks at a prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent that’s hard on the ears, but is really about seeing inside our deepest selves, with God’s help.


Finding peace of mind during Lent

Posted on February 24th, 2015

Fasting is fine for getting in spiritual shape, writes Father Eugene Hemrick. But to dispel anxiety, follow Christ’s advice and look at the heart, more than the belly.


An immense outpouring of mercy, beyond counting

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

Michelle Francl-Donnay’s chemistry students are challenged to count the molecules in a cup of water, and she finds a parallel with Abraham and Isaac in the second reading of the Easter Vigil.


Take it from an old man: The only thing that matters is love

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

God’s joy is contagious, writes Father John Catoir. Since you are a carrier of divine love, why not figure out ways to help those near you? Think of ways to bring joy especially to those who may live in fear.


Don’t let meatless Fridays be just a seafood splurge

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Posted on February 20th, 2015

Real fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, Pope Francis said, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and crying out “full-throated and unsparingly” against injustice and sin.


Don’t be a successful failure: Choose life over false gods, pope says

Posted on February 19th, 2015

Don’t use peer pressure, greed or laziness as an excuse to chase after false gods and become a wildly successful failure, Pope Francis said.


On the Eucharist, a question of presence: Is it real or symbolic?

Posted on February 19th, 2015

For a definitive answer on the topic, Father Ken Doyle refers a doubtful reader to Jesus’ own words in the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel. Widely varying polling data about Catholics’ beliefs indicate the need for better teaching.


A prayer for peace in Ukraine

Posted on February 13th, 2015

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia released the following prayer in conjunction with the appeal for prayers for Ukraine.


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