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Last Call: Grace and Sobriety
Paul M. Smith

I spent years in a drunken haze. Then God found me.

Will There Be Any Christians in the Holy Land?
John Feister

From Jerusalem to Galilee, Christians are leaving Israel. We went there to find out why.

Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Mary Ann Spina

Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs.

Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs. By Mary Ann Spina

Resolve This Year to Make More Time for God
Every new year provides us with opportunities to get closer to God. By Susan K. Rowland

A Journey Through Monastic Prayer
For over 20 years, a Presbyterian pastor has found peace and renewal while praying with Benedictine and Trappist monks around the United States. By the Rev. David Robinson

Fiction: Four Pages
Her mother had said it best. By Marcy Kennedy

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James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

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First Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family to bless the Advent wreath and light one purple candle.

Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
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May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

St. Andrew Dung-Lac
Our common faith is our greatest treasure. Join Vietnamese Catholics around the world in honoring this 19th-century martyr.

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