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The Feast of All Saints: God’s Glorious Nobodies

Snow shovelers, flight attendants, phlebotomists, kindergarten aides, car mechanics, postal workers, gardeners, cooks, farmers, computer technicians, produce managers, librarians, garbage collectors: They make a lovely litany for the Feast of All Saints!
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A Look at Halloween and All Saints Day

Is it OK for Christians to celebrate Halloween? Is this annual celebration something to fear or avoid? What is the Feast of All Saints and why does it fall on November 1? In this funny and informative video, Colin and Roger take a look at these two popular celebrations.
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Saint Francis, Poet

The spirituality of Saint Francis is not so much about the heroic deed as it is about the heroic love with which even the smallest deed is done. That is very clear from the quintessential story of Perfect Joy. 
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The Joys of Silence

Recently, when I turned my calendar over to November, I became painfully aware that the holiday season isn't far away. Where did the time go? Suddenly I will be rushing to cook, shop, and complete the million other tasks that seem to have become standard for a successful holiday.
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Jesus: The Greatest Storyteller

A good story has a wonderful way of touching our hearts. From childhood on, we love to hear them. Over the years, I have told stories in my books and lectures. Often, they were my stories—those of my family or a personal experience that touched my heart.
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The Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been a trusted resource throughout cultures and centuries for those who long to quiet their minds and hearts. When we turn the volume down around us, Clifford Hennings, OFM, says, we can open ourselves to hearing the voice of God.
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We Are in the Hands of God

We know that God is a pure and infinite spirit. But Scripture also attributes human characteristics to him. In his wisdom, God wanted to be real for his children. He wanted to be someone we could hold on to. In God’s own words to us, he has described himself in physical images. For example, Jesus described the Father like a “hen who gathers her chicks safely under her wing” (Lk 13:34). It seems significant, too, that there are 122 references to the hands of God. 
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Live in the Now

An incisive verse by Sufi poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī translates: “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” This wisdom is not easy to embrace. It demands a lifetime of wakefulness practice. Like travelers on a crowded station platform or milling around a bustling terminal, we are pressed to be ever on the move, as though we were only passengers simply passing through. So, we pass our days looking for the next while we overlook the now. And so much wonder and woundedness pass us by or fail to penetrate. How much do we lose each time we try to grab at many things while failing to grasp what is essential?
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Celebrating a World Church

In the 1957-58 school year, I was in the fifth grade at St. Joseph School in Howell, Michigan. Each Lent the Holy Childhood Association had a program to collect money to support a newly baptized Catholic child in some missionary country. I could be wrong on this, but I think the cost was $5.00. In our classroom, boys and girls competed to see which group could raise more money. The US/mission country divide was very clear.
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The Guiding Light of Spiritual Doubt

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Doubting Thomas.” The phrase’s origins hearken back to John’s Gospel, where, after Christ’s resurrection, Jesus’s disciples say to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord,” to which Thomas responds, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
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