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Dick Vitale: Faith, Family and Foul Shots
Susan Hines-Brigger

If March Madness is the World Series of college basketball, Dick Vitale is the hands-down MVP.

Seven Things Catholics Should Know About Divorce
Susan K. Rowland

Divorced Catholics long for understanding and acceptance. Here’s how the Church can help.

Living As Catholics Without Compromise
The two Books of Maccabees show Jews determined not to forfeit their religious identity in Greek culture. Where do we draw the line between resistance and accommodation in today’s culture? By Martin Pable, O.F.M.Cap.

Lent: Learning From God
A veteran spiritual guide offers an encounter with this year’s Sunday Gospels. By Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

Let Jesus Set the Pattern
Jesus' person, message and manner of living should set the example for our lives. by Patricia Cooney Hathaway

Fiction: Jee
Love is a wordless language. By Marie Anderson

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Columban: Columban was the greatest of the Irish missionaries who worked on the European continent. As a young man who was greatly tormented by temptations of the flesh, he sought the advice of a religious woman who had lived a hermit’s life for years. He saw in her answer a call to leave the world. He went first to a monk on an island in Lough Erne, then to the great monastic seat of learning at Bangor. 
<p>After many years of seclusion and prayer, he traveled to Gaul (modern-day France) with 12 companion missionaries. They won wide respect for the rigor of their discipline, their preaching, and their commitment to charity and religious life in a time characterized by clerical laxity and civil strife. Columban established several monasteries in Europe which became centers of religion and culture. </p><p>Like all saints, he met opposition. Ultimately he had to appeal to the pope against complaints of Frankish bishops, for vindication of his orthodoxy and approval of Irish customs. He reproved the king for his licentious life, insisting that he marry. Since this threatened the power of the queen mother, Columban was deported to Ireland. His ship ran aground in a storm, and he continued his work in Europe, ultimately arriving in Italy, where he found favor with the king of the Lombards. In his last years he established the famous monastery of Bobbio, where he died. His writings include a treatise on penance and against Arianism, sermons, poetry and his monastic rule.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus was never a careerist or a glory-monger; he did not demand to be hailed as a king or lauded as a hero. He came to live among us, to suffer with us, and to serve us from the heart. He came to teach us how to love.

Your Imperfect Holy Family

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and

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.

With Thursday’s menu planned and groceries purchased, now is the time to send an e-card to far-away friends.

Christ the King
Our liturgical year ends as it begins, focusing on Our Lord’s eternal reign.

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