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St. Clare's Gamble
Ramona Miller, OSF

Many people thought Clare of Assisi, a noblewoman, was wasting her life by living as a cloistered nun at San Damiano. She proved them wrong.

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I'd Like to Say: Religious Freedom Is at Stake
Helen Alvare

An expert on Church and culture explains what's at stake in the dispute between government-funding regulations and the Catholic Church.

WEB+ Information on the U.S. bishops' advocacy on behalf of religious freedom
Faith by Design
James Breig

Interior designers Bob and Cortney Novogratz are known on and off TV for bringing “downtown chic” to drab spaces. But it’s their Catholic faith that brings real color to their lives.

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Franciscan Green
Alicia von Stamwitz

Why do Franciscans care about the environment? Father Joe Rozansky lays out the facts.

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Let's Be Civil
Judy Ball

Can voting and holiness go hand in hand? This Duquesne law professor tells us how.

WEB+ Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility





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Paul Miki and Companions: Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers and laymen, Franciscans, Jesuits and members of the Secular Franciscan Order; there were catechists, doctors, simple artisans and servants, old men and innocent children—all united in a common faith and love for Jesus and his Church. 
<p>Brother Paul Miki, a Jesuit and a native of Japan, has become the best known among the martyrs of Japan. While hanging upon a cross, Paul Miki preached to the people gathered for the execution: “The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.” </p><p>When missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860s, at first they found no trace of Christianity. But after establishing themselves they found that thousands of Christians lived around Nagasaki and that they had secretly preserved the faith. Beatified in 1627, the martyrs of Japan were finally canonized in 1862.</p> American Catholic Blog By way of analogy, we are taught that we all have the same sun shining on us and we all have the same rain falling on us. It is how we deal with sun and rain, how we deal with the happy and the not-so-happy things of life that causes our interior weather. Basically, we do it to ourselves.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Schedule one or more e-cards today to be sent next Sunday.

Carnival
Create a festive atmosphere and invite friends over for one last party before the Lenten fast.

Catholic Schools Week
In the Catholic schools, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.

Birthday
May God grant you good health, good cheer and all good things today and all the days of the coming year.

Presentation of the Lord
Traditionally candles were blessed on this feast, giving it the common designation of Candlemas.


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