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God’s Great Gift: The Ten Commandments

In 1988, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, a multimillionaire, and a man of strong opinions, addressed the National Press Association in Atlanta about the Ten Commandments. He said, “We’re living with outmoded rules. The rules we’re living under are the Ten Commandments, and I bet nobody here even pays much attention to them because they are too old.” If effect, he said, “Get rid of them.”
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The Power of the Annunciation

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). According to Saint Luke’s Gospel, just a few months after the angel Gabriel visited Zechariah and announced the conception of Saint John the Baptist, that same angel visited Mary in the little town of Nazareth. Needless to say, Mary was a little shocked when, all of a sudden, an angel appeared and told her that she was highly favored by God, and that she should not to be afraid. And, besides all that, the angel said that Mary was to conceive a child and should name him Jesus.
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The Cycles of Parenthood

“Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most.” This quote from the movie Hope Floats has always struck a chord with me. And lately I’ve been thinking about it a lot. In fact, a few weeks ago, after a particularly trying and chaotic morning, I posted on Facebook: “Before kids, mornings were so much easier. But they sure weren’t as adventurous or fun.”
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Saint Joseph: A Man to Emulate

Why do we make such a big deal out of the feast of someone we know so very little about? After all, except for the story of Joseph and Mary finding Jesus in the Temple at the age of 12, Saint Joseph isn’t even mentioned outside of Matthew and Luke’s infancy narratives—and even they are not considered historical by most Scripture scholars. So, what’s the big deal? Simply put, Saint Joseph is important because of the role he played in the lives of Jesus and Mary—and ours. Like so many saints, we don’t need a lot of data to realize the significance of his life. 
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Saint Patrick: A Bite-Sized Biography

Saint Patrick’s Day is good time to wear green (or get a pinch!), celebrate the coming of spring and maybe hope for a little good luck in the form of a four-leaf clover. Traditions are fun, but like any holiday, it’s important to discover why we have it in the first place.
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What Do Cell Phones Have to Do with Lent?

Pope Francis always challenges us. I noticed a post in a blog, or it might have been a Facebook feed, or a meme on Instagram, that said the pope is prompting us to spend as much time with the Bible as we do with our cell phones. I thought that was good advice for others, but certainly not for me. As Lent begins, Pope Francis has been asking us to think of our Bibles, to be in them more than we are our cell phones. In his Angelus address he asked “What would happen were we to treat the Bible as we treat our mobile phone?; were we to always carry it with us? . . . were we to turn back when we forget it?”
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All the News That’s Fit to Share

Seek truth and report it. Minimize harm. Act independently. Be accountable and transparent. Those are the four principles that the Society of Professional Journalists says are the foundation of ethical journalism. These days, though, there seems to be a debate as to whether those codes are being regularly honored in reporting. We regularly hear phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts.” The line has blurred so much between news reporting, satire, and commentary that it’s often hard to tell where the lines used to be.
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Pope Francis: Who Am I to Judge?

A Word from Pope Francis We are all masters, we are all experts, when it comes to justifying ourselves. We all have an alibi to justify our shortcomings, our sins. We so often respond with an ‘I don’t know!’ face, or with an ‘I didn’t do it, it must have been someone else!’ face. We are always ready to play innocent. Before and after confession, in your life, in your prayer, are you able to blame yourself? Or is it easier to blame others?
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Station 3: Jesus Falls for the First Time

  Presider: We adore you, O Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all of your churches throughout the whole world. All: And we praise you, because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
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Follower of Saint Francis: Sister Rose Jochmann, OSF

When Brother Sun shines on the  Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross motherhouse in Green Bay, Wisconsin, its rays bring more than warmth and natural light. The 416 solar panels soak in the sun’s energy on the grounds of the motherhouse, an initiative spearheaded by Sister Rose Jochmann, OSF.
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