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Pope’s Ash Wednesday Audience: “If the Jubilee Year doesn’t reach the pockets, it’s not a true Jubilee”


10 lessons from Padre Pio for Lent...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
With Padre Pio’s relics visiting Rome for the Year of Mercy we’re reminded of his amazing biography and how infused his whole life was with the miraculous. This website chronicles some of the astounding miracles attributed to him. The one thing which is most devastating for the Catholic faith is modernism. Modernism is like a watery soup full of various unappetizing and inedible bits floating round in it...


You must begin again, right now, right where you are...


Why it's meaningless to say something is “so big you can see it from space”...


This Lent, give God permission to turn you into a saint...
Paul McCusker
As we enter the Lenten season, I’m experiencing a variety of my usual feelings about the season. One is similar to how I feel about a New Year and resolutions: a kind of playful not-to-be-taken-seriously approach, which isn’t very helpful. Another is a feeling of panic as I can’t decide what I’m going to give up and take on and how I’ll manage it...


Henry VIII’s Hampton Court chapel hosts first Catholic service in 450 years...


Rome is best seen at sunrise—especially during Lent...
George Weigel
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since my son, Stephen, and I spent two months in Rome – all of Lent and Easter Week – preparing a book that would allow readers to make the city’s ancient Lenten station church pilgrimage at home. But so it goes; tempus indeed fugit. Yet the memory of those two months lingers as the best Lent of my life...


Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are in harmony with human nature...
Anthony Lilles
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are works of piety that make space for a right use of reason. Many spiritual people do not connect works of piety with reason or love or freedom. Without making good use of reason, freedom and love, our works of piety will fall short of our Lenten Observance, and the healing that this season offers us will not be realized...


The Great Ash Wednesday Miracle of 1218...
Brantly Millegan
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular Catholic feast days of the whole liturgical year. The devout and nominal alike head to church, line up to receive ashes, and make final decisions about what they’re giving up for Lent. But about 800 years ago, it was the date of an extraordinary miracle of one of the Church’s greatest saints...


We need to stop saying that there are 33,000 Protestant denominations...


9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday...
Jimmy Akin
Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins. The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads. Many people ask: Is Ash Wednesday a Holyday of Obligation? The answer: No. There is no obligation to attend Mass. However, Ash Wednesday is a penitential day and it...


Saint Josephine Bakhita knows those for whom she prays...
Elizabeth Scalia
Loving God, who rewards the humble with your own transcendent Grace, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with remarkable charity and mercy, even for those whose hatred, greed, and lust for power rendered them blind to her luminous humanity. May her prayers on behalf of the exploited, the victimized, and the powerless rescue the captives...


Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick Jr. featured in new Divine Mercy documentary...


Why the shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham is known as “England’s Nazareth”...


As the culture of death commits suicide, the culture of life will rise from the ashes...


Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or temptations to sin? So did Saint Peter Faber...


Are these the Last Days? Let's take a closer look at the signs...

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I’m a pro-lifer, and I hated the Doritos Super Bowl commercial...
Simcha Fisher
We need to stop drooling every time corporations ring their sociological bells. Talk about dehumanizing! All commercial campaigns are inherently dehumanizing, because they invite us to see ourselves and each other as mere consumers, rather than as whole people with better things to do than think about Doritos. This effect is doubled or tripled when a bag of chips tries to persuade us that it has anything to say about...


What happens when teenagers debate abortion in class...


On the threshold: Of Lent, marriage, and Louie’s Backyard...
Rick Becker
The radio was on as I did dishes Sunday morning, and NPR’s Rachel Martin was introducing a story. “At the Marine Room in La Jolla, California,” she said, “asking for an oceanside table will get you – well, the Pacific Ocean.” Martin was describing a beachfront restaurant that serves up both a five-star menu and an unforgettable oceanic floor show...


The real goal of Lent is life, love, and union with God and neighbor...
Mark Shea
Many of my Protestant friends are uncomfortable with Lent. "It's all about mortification and self-discipline when we know that the Risen Jesus is joyful and alive!" they say. "We don't need to mortify ourselves to please God. That's why Jesus died for us, so we don't have be 'good enough'. Moreover...


Angela Merkel “can't recall” angry phone talk with Pope Francis...


Can you use a magnifying glass and moonlight to light a fire?


How real are your ashes? Five meanings of the ashes we receive today...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn’t like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much...


13 super-easy meatless recipes for Lent you can make in 30 minutes or less...


We all know Padre Pio, but who is St. Leopold Mandić?


A would-be Catholic gives Lent a try, and comes to an unexpected conclusion...


Three big guys from Buffalo decided to start walking to lose weight. They've almost reached LA...


Padre Pio’s miraculous powers and struggles with the devil...


Let's face it: The young adult Catholic dating scene is horrific...


The three temptations of philosophy...


American bombs are still buried under German towns. And they're blowing up...


The Super Bowl ad that freaked out NARAL...


Notice the genocide. It's the right thing to do...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
‘I forgave ISIS.” An Iraqi Christian sitting in what looks to be a church auditorium in Jordan gives her testimony. “We love our enemy — even the ones that hurt us.” Her story is part of an exhibit that was on display last month at New York Encounter, an annual cultural event held around the corner from what seemed to be the perfect midtown view of the Freedom Tower...


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