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Pray with Pope Francis in February

Posted on February 9th, 2016

Watch a video of the pope’s February prayer intention for care of creation, and see our prayer resources.

This Lent, put your ear to God’s heart

Posted on February 9th, 2016

Michelle Francl-DonnayMercy is the beating heart of the Gospel, notes Michelle Francl-Donnay. She finds the rhythm of mercy pulsing in the psalms and turns to them, as Jesus did, to provide solace and strength every day.

To share the good news, first step into your inner room of prayer

Posted on February 9th, 2016

Stefanick Chris cropChris Stefanik points to the great saints who changed the world, and says our journey to holiness must be first an interior one in prayer. He suggests a short prayer for someone every day of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday.

Let this year be a time of pardon and peace for you

Posted on February 8th, 2016

Eric BaneckerSeminarian Eric Banecker encourages everyone to take advantage of Christ’s gift of mercy by going to the sacrament of penance, even if it has been many years since going to confession. Follow our series on the Year of Mercy.

Husband doesn’t know he’s dying; when should wife call for anointing?

Posted on February 5th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle replies creatively to a dilemma of when and how a man’s wife might ask a priest to anoint her husband, who has terminal cancer.

I believe: Every tongue, every land, united in heart

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Michelle Francl-DonnayOur faith resides not in historical happenings nor in a big book of rules, but in the heart — with one accord in the love of God, writes Michelle Francl-Donnay.

Use a tool from St. Ignatius this Lent to see handprints of God

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Effie Caldarola Only in dim light could Effie Caldarola see the handprints of her granddaughter on a mirror. God’s presence in the world is like that, and she recommends the Ignatian examen to see find those signs.

Prayers, care for sick are common ground for believers, pope says

Posted on January 28th, 2016

In his message for the World Day of the Sick, celebrated Feb. 11, the pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer — and the entire Year of Mercy — would promote an encounter of people of different religions and lead to greater understanding among them.

Reader wants to move sign of peace, squelch singing at Communion

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle answers two readers’ suggestions for changing the Mass by pointing out what the church allows and encourages in the liturgy.

See Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2016

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Read the pope’s message in which he traces the history of mercy in God’s covenant, through Mary the model of evangelization and to the works of mercy. He advises all not to waste the season of Lent.

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