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Can We Earn God's Love?

A common misconception is that we have to do something virtuous or heroic to find favor with God. But the opposite is true, says Fr. Gary Caster, author of Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple. “What we have to do is accept what has already been proven by God in his son, Jesus,” Fr. Caster says. 
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Learn to Discern Your Vocation in an Age of Constant Hustle

The idea of being single in college is one that has many mixed reviews associated with it. Many might think of cuffing season—the idea that you must be dating someone by the time you come home for the holidays.
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What Will Your Legacy Be?

 Your faith is an important focus of your life—which is why you visit our websites or read our journals, magazines, or books. We often receive comments from readers who found help in these resources that they want to make sure they are available for generations to come. And you might feel that you want to do everything you can to sustain the good work of ministries that touch your heart and feed your soul. But how can you afford that?
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Pray Where You Are and Be As God Made You

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11–12) Saint John Paul II was fond of reminding the various groups of people to whom he spoke, “Be who you are!” Young people, married couples, consecrated men and women throughout the world heard this important reminder. I first heard him speak these words at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. It was an exciting time, one of great hope and promise, and his words struck at the heart of what so many of us too easily forget. 
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Seven Habits of Prayerful People

How easily the golfing pro drives a ball 280 yards! How gracefully the Olympic skater glides across the ice! How effortlessly the master teacher communicates even difficult concepts! But we are not fooled. We know that behind the apparent ease, grace, and spontaneity are years of discipline and training—the habits that have shaped the golfer, ice skater, teacher into a pro.
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Mary, Our Path to Jesus

Two thousand years ago, Mary had a baby. We can relate a few historical facts about both mother and child, but very few. Then there is the theologizing about Jesus and Mary that has taken place over the centuries—lots of words and ideas. Add to that the sentimental and devotional practices that surround both, and we have what very possibly could be a truly confusing mess. As the king in The King and I stated so well, “’tis a puzzlement.”
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Saint Francis and the Canticle of the Creatures

How can we sum up the spirituality of Saint Francis? One way to start, Murray Bodo, OFM, says, is to consider Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures.” “He praises God,” Murray says,“by being a part of all of the created world.”  Enjoy this glimpse into Saint Francis' Canticle! And for more with Fr. Murray, check out his book Francis: The Journey and the Dream.
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Discovering the Art and Truth of Thomas Merton

It’s fifty years since l discovered Thomas Merton’s book The Seven Storey Mountain. Like many before and since, l was deeply moved by his story – the turmoils of his early years, his desire to write, his discovery of prayer, his burgeoning vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, his passion for God. I never forgot the deep impact that the book had made on me, and l found over the years in my work as a priest that l continued to be drawn to him as his later writings – so insightful, so pertinent – spoke with a new compulsion about God, and the world in which we live, and the meaning of prayer, and the challenge of discipleship.
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Mary, Mother to Us All

Blog #3 in our Mondays with Mary series! I simply cannot observe or smell aromatic lilacs without thinking of Mother’s Day and recalling with vivid memory the precious time spent with my mother, my grandmother, and, later on, with my beloved children.
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In Praise of Mothers and Grandmothers

Pope Francis was raised by two spirited women: his mother Regina and his grandmother Rosa who lived around the corner from his childhood home in Buenos Aires. His love and appreciation for mothers and grandmothers are evident in his speeches. Here are a few colorful quotes and anecdotes.  
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