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‘I’m sorry,’ and other words for Advent

Posted on November 20th, 2014

True words of apology can begin the process of forgiveness and healing, writes Maureen Pratt on the cusp of Advent. She can’t imagine “my bad” making it into the sacrament of penance.


St. Anne, grandmother of her savior

Posted on November 19th, 2014

John GarveyJohn Garvey is excited about a unique exhibit of art about Mary. In one painting, Mary sits beside her mother and between them they hold Jesus, who leans back and looks over his shoulder at his grandmother.


The best Christmas deal is free

Posted on November 19th, 2014

Black Friday sales have begun already, and thus begins too much running around during a season that’s supposed to bring us peace. Father Eugene Hemrick suggests an antidote: Daily Mass.


Husband’s a spender, wife’s a saver: What do they do?

Posted on November 13th, 2014

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain aren’t concerned as much about a couple’s spending habits — though they call for better communication — as on emphasizing people (children especially) over things.


Please, it’s for a good cause

Posted on November 13th, 2014

Father William Byron knows it is not easy to ask for money but doing so is essential. He advises fundraisers to remember that among donors, it is the heart that gives, fingers just let go.


How to stop cyber bullying right now

Posted on November 13th, 2014

Karen Osborne writes it’s time for everyone to stop participating in online harassment. Don’t share someone’s personal information that isn’t yours, or say and write hurtful things about other people.


In November, a call to reform the prison culture

Posted on November 13th, 2014

The logic of locking people up and throwing the key away still reigns. But some states are looking at ways to close prisons, reform prisoners and reduce crime. A Catholic organization is leading the call.


Pa. Catholics worked hard to influence state lawmakers

Posted on November 7th, 2014

Joelle Shea reviews the advocacy efforts of Catholics in the state during the 2013-2014 legislative session in Harrisburg, and the issues of interest to Catholics faced by a new governor and legislators next year.


Status of PCC action alert issues

Posted on November 7th, 2014

Throughout the year, thousands of Catholics in Pennsylvania contacted their legislators through the Catholic Advocacy Network. We review the status of those efforts on five specific issues.


7 ways ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ can revitalize the church and its priests

Posted on November 6th, 2014

A Delaware County parish pastor explains how Pope Francis’ exhortation is renewing his priestly ministry and inspiring his parish’s new, bold and attractive expressions of faith.


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