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  • The 3 key words of the family: Please, thank you, sorry

    VATICAN CITY – “Please, thank you and sorry” are the three words that Pope Francis “would write on the door of every family home” as they are the key to living well and in peace both inside and outside the home.
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  • Putting faith into action

    Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras and past president of the Latin American bishops’ council, was on the campus of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia at the end of April to participate in a meeting of about 250 Catholic community organizers gathered to express their hopes for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September.
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  • Using dialogue in difficult situations

    In today’s secular climate, it isn’t easy to guide teens along paths that will lead them to happier lives. Where do you begin talking to them about some of the potential problems they might face or the situations others might force them into?
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  • The beauty of Christian marriage

    The beauty of Christian marriage, which is not “simply the beauty of the ceremony that takes place in church, but rather the Sacrament made by the Church, giving rise to a new family community,” was the theme chosen by Pope Francis in the catechesis of his Wednesday general audience May 6.
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  • Sacred Heart Cathedral: Students from China at the crossroads

    When you find yourself sitting in your car at the red traffic light at the crossroads of Gough and Ellis streets by St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, take the opportunity to watch classmates at the urban campus of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep trudge between buildings.
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  • The elderly as poets of prayer

    At 6 o’clock each morning, we Little Sisters gather in the chapel to begin our day with an hour of prayer. Most days we are joined by a petite, frail old woman who wheels herself into the chapel, strains to reach the holy water font, blesses herself and then settles in to begin her daily devotions.
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  • America’s pornography pandemic

    “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.” Matthew 5:28
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  • Remembering Cardinal George

    We are never quite the same after experiencing endearing moments that touch us. The recent death of Cardinal Francis E. George, retired archbishop of Chicago, reminds me of cherished moments.
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  • Pornography on the supermarket shelves

    This past April 22, a coalition that has brought together the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, doctors, activists and community leaders launched the “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign seeking to “inform, expose and equip communities to take action and protect minors,” according to their National Press Club news conference release.
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  • Rise of a homeschooled Catholic tech star

    On Sunday night the email landed in Mike Foss’ inbox: He had been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the business magazine’s annual list of rising stars younger than 30.
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  • Leading from the center, not the top

    I’ve been thinking a lot these days about the geometry of leadership. Those thoughts are prompted by invitations I’ve had to speak to college students about leadership and also by the recent death of a great educational leader, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, and by the emergence in Iowa and New Hampshire of presidential hopefuls as the primary season begins to heat up.
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  • Dialogue: Essential for peaceful relationships

    According to The New York Times, during a White House luncheon in 1954 Winston Churchill said, “To jaw-jaw ([talk-talk) always is better than to war-war.”
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  • A Lenten lesson to practice throughout life

    On a recent trip out West, I once again became aware of one of St. John XXIII’s reasons for initiating the Second Vatican Council: to encourage the church to adjust to changing times.
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  • The last trimester of life: The spirituality of aging

    In Sacred Scripture our Lord reminds us in Psalms, Chapter 90 that God turns humanity back to dust and that “Seventy is the sum of our years, or 80, if we are strong; Most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone.”
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  • The greatness of being you

    Most people never think of themselves as great, but if you think about it, you are quite extraordinary.
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  • The sanctuary of St. Boniface as the tabernacle of the suffering Christ

    In ancient times, the tabernacle was the tent that housed the divine presence among the Israelites; today the word is used to describe the container that holds the reserved consecrated Eucharist in church.
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  • A compelling cathedral

    Imagine three medieval workers standing around a large vat, vigorously mixing its contents. Though they are all engaged in the same task, each has a different answer when asked just what they are doing. One responds, “I’m mixing clay”; the second says, “I’m making bricks”; but the third boasts, “I’m building a cathedral.”
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  • Be compassionate

    We have a loving and compassionate God and Jesus calls us to practice these virtues in our lives. This is our mission as Christians. Here are some practical ways to be more holy and compassionate so as to fulfill Christ’s command.
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  • The darkest day of the human experience

    The darkest day in the life of a human being is the death of a loved one – be it a parent, grandparent, sibling, child, family member, close friend, significant other or even a family pet. Grief is the human suffering caused by that death.
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  • The spiritual meaning of suffering and death

    Anyone can commit suicide. It’s done all the time. But recently we have seen a movement toward legalization of assisted suicide.
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