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  • University of Notre Dame revokes awards given to L’Arche founder Vanier
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — The University of Notre Dame Feb. 23 revoked the Notre Dame Award that was conferred upon Jean Vanier in 1994 after the L’Arche organization he established found credible allegations that Vanier sexually exploited six women. Vanier was the recipient of the third Notre Dame Award for worldwide humanitarian service. The […]

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  • Ash Wednesday
    Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again […]

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  • Frivolity and Friendship: On The Eternal Importance of Good Friends
    I was wearing my running clothes, standing on a patch of grass across from the downtown Krispy Kreme. Four donuts were in my hand, mashed together, the third such round of four. Looking upon them made me cringe. I sighed and then I took a bite. I chewed only once and my mouth fired out […]
  • Boredom, Isolation, & the Internet: The Perfect Storm
    Tom was noticeably upset as he described his frustration with pornography use.  It seemed that every day at work he would end up going online and viewing pornography.  No matter what he tried, he always seemed to fall into the same pattern.  For Tom, the root causes of his internet porn use were boredom, isolation, […]
  • Podcast Ep. 3: The Man of the Household with Dr. John Cuddeback
    What does it mean to be a man? Even more fundamentally, what does it mean to be human? In this Episode, I discuss these questions and more with Dr. John Cuddeback, a professor of philosophy and author with deep insights into how live a more human life filled with the joy of community, real work, […]

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  • Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins
    How did Ash Wednesday get started? Find out in this excerpt from an older text on this celebration and practice ... as we begin the discipline of Lent.
  • Making a Holy Lent: Prayer
    Fr. Bill Casey turns our attention to Jesus in brief reflections on topics ranging from the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist to the role that the Blessed Virgin Mary plays in every healthy prayer life.
  • The Vice of Acedia and Our Use of the Media, Part 1
    Could one's obsessive use of media be rooted in acedia? Jess Fehy informs and challenges.

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  • Bournemouth Oratory Appeal
    Over the past year, during the time that I have been recovering from illness, the Bournemouth Oratory-in-Formation has generously welcomed me to celebrate Mass in the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart every day, and have become good friends in what is sometimes an isolated existence while I wait for accommodation in my own Archdiocese. […]
  • Our Lady Immaculate, our model for preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ.
    Listening with respect to the message of the angel, and prudently questioning him on how it was possible for her to be the Mother of Christ, Our Lady gave her immediate, willing and whole-hearted consent. From then on, her prayerful expectation of the birth of Christ is a model for us of the devout attitude […]
  • Academy of the Annunciation: a new initiative in Bournemouth
    I am very happy to pass on news of the founding of the Academy of the Annunciation in Bournemouth. The Academy plans to offer conferences and study days for lay people to equip students to evangelise effectively in the vineyard of the Lord. It is also looking to provide conferences for priests, religious, and seminarians.The Academy […]

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  • Cardinal Biffi on the Antichrist
    ",,,,  the Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist. He ... seeks the consensus of all the Christian confessions, conceding something to each one.""The crowds follow him, except for tiny groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants. Chased by the Antichrist, they tell him, 'You have given us everything except for the one thing […]
  • Prayer and Reality
     "It is not the healthy who need a physician but the sick"Jesus is supposed to be our Saviour but most of us think we are just fine and we don't need Salvation or a Saviour, in fact the idea of Salvation especially for modern Western Christians is incomprehensible nonsense. We think of ourselves as capable […]
  • Fasting and Reality
    Let's be realistic about fasting, it makes you tetchy, even murderous!Jesus was "driven" into desert to face hunger and temptation not for an intimate prayerful experience. if anything fasting makes the mental effort of prayer much more difficult.I asked a wise old monk why Recreation was reduced to just half an hour during Lent in […]

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