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Between the Lines with Nicholas Sparks
Susan Hines-Brigger

Beneath the best-selling books lies a deep and lifelong faith.

WEB+ Trailer for the movie Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks' web page
Nicholas Sparks Foundation

Getting to Know Joel
Theresa Doyle-Nelson

Every Ash Wednesday this Old Testament prophet sets the tone for Lent.

WEB+ More information on the prophet Joel
Jesus' Command: 'Give Them Some Food'
Text and Photos by John Feister

A firsthand look at CRS' work in Africa

WEB+ Interactive map of CRS projects
CRS warehouse in Burkina Faso
Sesame oil
Lessons From Rosa
Colleen Shaddox

One of my greatest teachers is the dog at my feet.

WEB+ Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?
Why We Bless Animals
Pet Blessings Around the US
Mind Your 'P's
Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

Presence, Praise, Process, Penance, and Promise: St. Ignatius’ Examen provides spiritual exercise for the soul.

WEB+ More information on the Examen





to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Casimir: Casimir, born of kings and in line (third among 13 children) to be a king himself, was filled with exceptional values and learning by a great teacher, John Dlugosz. Even his critics could not say that his conscientious objection indicated softness. Even as a teenager, Casimir lived a highly disciplined, even severe life, sleeping on the ground, spending a great part of the night in prayer and dedicating himself to lifelong celibacy. 
<p>When nobles in Hungary became dissatisfied with their king, they prevailed upon Casimir’s father, the king of Poland, to send his son to take over the country. Casimir obeyed his father, as many young men over the centuries have obeyed their government. The army he was supposed to lead was clearly outnumbered by the “enemy”; some of his troops were deserting because they were not paid. At the advice of his officers, Casimir decided to return home. </p><p>His father was irked at the failure of his plans, and confined his 15-year-old son for three months. The lad made up his mind never again to become involved in the wars of his day, and no amount of persuasion could change his mind. He returned to prayer and study, maintaining his decision to remain celibate even under pressure to marry the emperor’s daughter. </p><p>He reigned briefly as king of Poland during his father’s absence. He died of lung trouble at 23 while visiting Lithuania, of which he was also Grand Duke. He was buried in Vilnius, Lithuania.</p> American Catholic Blog We renew and deepen our dedication to God and express that by sacrificing something meaningful to us. But as we go about our fasting and almsgiving, let’s not forget to give him some extra time in prayer.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Lent
In this season of penance, may we put aside those things that keep us from the Lord.

St. Katharine Drexel
This Philadelphia heiress dedicated her life to the care and education of Native American and African-American children.

Feliz Cumpleaños
Spanish-speaking friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness in finding a birthday e-card in Spanish!

Second Sunday in Lent
Lent invites us to open our hearts, minds and bodies to the grace of rebirth.

Thank You
Catholic Greetings offers an assortment of blank e-cards for various occasions.


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