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Modern Insights on an Old Lenten Practice

Like numerous in the secular world, in recent years I’ve rediscovered the value of fasting. But as a Catholic I’ve sought to apply to the age-old spiritual knowledge some newer insights into its benefits. As part of my grad studies in the field of nutrition, I’ve dug deeper into the physiology of fasting in order […]

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True Romantic Love Is a Love for a Lifetime

The Facts of Life Series: Romance and Marriage So much of life is a promise. A vistum of alternative. An plain of commotion and exploration. A hope for happiness and a search for meaning and realization. An undertaking of being and becoming. A quest for timeless truth and timely prudence. A search for true goodness […]

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A Heart Filled with Praise?

Oh, what a great thing it is, and how consoling, to serve as an instrument for God’s glory! — Venerable Bruno Lanteri I used to wonder why God craved our kudo. The pleasurable denomination of enjoy in the Trinity is complete: What could add to it? What could our praise lend? Why did it matter […]

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What the Angelic Doctor Taught on the Nature & Purpose of Purgatory

Those who revoke Purgatory speak against the justice of God. — St. Thomas Aquinas, ST, Supplement, Appendix 2, 1 Does torment exist? Some who repudiate the existence of purgatory cite Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.’ Blessed definitely, ’ says the Spirit,’ that they may rest from their strives, […]

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Imitating Mary The Contemplative

We find Mary throughout the Gospel of Luke contemplating the birth and childhood of Jesus. When the shepherds tell her about the angels’ Gloria in Excelsis Deo, she continues this incident in her heart and studies on it. She does the same thing after encountering the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple, who was discussing profound […]

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The Love Story of St. Teresa of Avila

In college, I comes within the framework of a team of students that strategy the re-dedication of our dormitory chapel to a saint that would be a good fit for a dormitory filled with undergraduate girls. I was rooting for St. Therese of Lisieux and was initially disappointed when St. Teresa of Avila was chosen. […]