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St. Cecilia's Fish Fry
Jeannette Cooperman

People have found fellowship in this multicultural parish. Their secret? It's in the batter.

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From Widow's Grief to New Life
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

Mired in grief over the loss of her husband, this college professor found a kindred spirit in another widow: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

'I Have Called You'
Kristina M. Santos

Life's joys and frustrations are present in God's love at Sunday Mass--even if someone's cellphone is ringing.

Faith in Fiction
Mitch Finley

Deacon Ron Hansen's novels carry themes of his Catholic faith.

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Trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Find links throughout the article to excerpts from Ron Hansen’s works.

Cleaning Our Spiritual Closets
Jeanne Hunt

This Lent, allow prayer, fasting and works of compassion to challenge whatever is keeping you from God.






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Augustine of Hippo: A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. 
<p>There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love. </p><p>Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. </p><p>In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, please fill my heart and soul with the confidence that you will always provide what I need, when I need it, and let me be obedient to you.

Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Augustine
Catholic Greetings e-cards are reminders to explore the lives of our Catholic heroes, the saints.

St. Monica
The tears of this fourth-century mother contributed to her son's conversion to Christ.

Back to School
Students and staff will appreciate receiving an e-card from you to begin the new school year.

Praying for You
Pray for the Church, especially for those who have been ordained to the priesthood.

Happy Birthday
Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful birthday!


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