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Ash Wednesday: ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’


The cross is the measure of the love of Jesus Christ...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
My eyes unexpectedly became a waterfall at a Saturday morning “feminine genius” breakfast. The night before, I had read on Twitter about the investigation that yielded credible testimonies that Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche movement of homes for men and women with developmental disabilities, had abused women under the guise of spiritual direction...


From equality indexes to SOGI laws, the LGBTQ movement marches on...


On the battle theme of Lent...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service...


Why are boys failing? Because this experiment has failed...
Anthony Esolen
When he was 13 years old, a mere boy was effectively the American ambassador to Russia, in Saint Petersburg. This was because the lad was fluent in French while his nominal superior, the ambassador himself, was not. The boy had already, at his father’s instruction, translated works of Plutarch from Greek and poems by Horace from Latin...


“Even in the Church, we have let so much dust collect...”...
Rocco Palmo
As these 40 Days begin again – and with them, the biggest crowds of the year converge in most places – a fruitful and Blessed Lent to one and all. While the Pope gave a practical guide to living the season well at this morning's weekly Audience, per immemorial custom, this Ash Wednesday's principal rite doesn't come until evening with the penitential procession on the Avventine Hill and Mass at the basilica of Santa Sabina...


“Adulting” through Lent...
Mary Jo Gerd
Somehow, it is both shocking and no big surprise that the term “adulting” has worked its way into our cultural lexicon. We collectively commend someone when he dutifully takes on the responsibility assigned to his stage in life. “Yay for you, Gary! You’re paying off your college loans on time.” Yet, as creatures accustomed to so much comfort and ease we will often do whatever it takes to avoid facing difficult but necessary challenges of growth...


“Shall these bones live?”...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Every Catholic just loves Ash Wednesday, just as every Catholic just loves Lent. Those were my thoughts as I slipped out of church, my brow smeared with that stark Catholic smudge. Passing the young priest in the vestibule where he stood greeting parishioners, I said ironically, “Happy Lent, Father.” He arrested me—and my sarcasm—with a fervent response...


God and the vanguard of atheism...
John Clark
Over the years, in discussions with atheists and agnostics, I have been frequently accused of seeing everything in a way that supports my position that God exists. Since I want God to exist—the argument goes—I consistently dismiss any reason, logic, or scientific evidence that might contradict my belief. Initially, I took this personally...


It’s time to bring our Eucharistic Lord to the battlefield...


What is the power of celibacy?


U.S. appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions...


Shame on Jean Vanier and shame on all those who have betrayed us. But the Church (and L’Arche) are bigger than any one man...


Personal conversion needed to confront Satan’s lies, Pope Francis says in Lent message...


Sin is first in the will: a brief lesson in morality from Lady Macbeth...


The confessional seal, the Pope and progressives, and more...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Ask God for the strength to love your enemies...


The cycle of hatred and revenge ends with me...

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70 meat-free fast food meals for Lent...


The disappearing sound of Solari boards, those clickety-clack departure signs seen in old airports and train stations...


Something is stirring in England. It’s still just a mustard seed, but the restoration has begun...
Joseph Pearce
Something is stirring in England. It’s not much. A still, small voice of calm whispering in the dark. Prayers ascending like incense. A rekindled faith. No, it’s not much. Merely a mustard seed. It won’t be noticed by most people. It will go unheeded by the dead men milling around satanically in what remains of England’s once green and pleasant land...


Words matter: CNN backs one side in latest debates about the U.S. Senate born-alive bill...
Terry Mattingly
Year after year, debates about abortion continue to raise questions about ethics, politics, morality and science — as well as arguments about language and style in journalism. The latest, of course, focuses on the legal status of a baby that is born accidentally — perhaps during a botched abortion — as opposed to being delivered intentionally...


Explaining the Pope’s soft touch on the survival of Middle Eastern Christianity...
John Allen
Say “Christianity” and “Middle East” to people who’ve been paying attention to events in the region, the and next word that would automatically come to mind for most probably would be “extinction.” By now, the statistics on the collapse of the Christian population in the Middle East are wearily familiar. The situation is worse in the war-torn nations of Iraq and Syria...


How Tolkien nearly translated the entire Jerusalem Bible...
Philip Kosloski
When opening a copy of the Jerusalem Bible, Fr. Alexander Jones writes, “The list of all those who have helped in the preparation of the Bible is too long to be given in its entirety. The principal collaborators in translation and literary revision were...” Fr. Jones then lists a relatively short list, mentioning “J.R.R. Tolkien” among the names...


The urgent theme of Ash Wednesday...


Pete Buttigieg helps 9-year-old boy come out as gay at Denver rally...


A teaching on desire, from St. Augustine...


Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave’...


EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research poll: Finding the Catholic vote...


Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak...


Tim Tebow says he’d rather be known for saving babies than winning Super Bowls...


On losing one’s faith without even knowing it...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
There is a memorable character in the Graham Greene novel A Burnt Out Case named Rycker who is a former monk who has left to get married. He is living in mortal sin, but he thinks the dryness of his spiritual life is because he is going through “the dark night of the soul.” So deluded by his own spiritual pride he imagines that he is a great saint who is suffering for Jesus...


Batman, Ash Wednesday and the power of symbols...


What do Oprah and Michelle have that Bernie and Bloomberg need?


Where in the world: The biggest ‘diocese’ you have never heard of...
K.V. Turley
The Catholic Church in the British Overseas Territories of the southern Atlantic Ocean is governed by two ecclesiastical jurisdictions: the Apostolic Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and the Ecclesial Mission sui iuris of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Both of these are directly responsible to the Holy See. From the 18th century onwards this large ecclesial territory was a mission field for the French and then the Spanish...


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