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Father Leo Patalinghug: Connecting Food and Faith
Susan Hines-Brigger

Why do we have to limit Thanksgiving to once a year? That’s what this food-loving priest wants to know.

The Feast of All Saints: God's Glorious Nobodies
Kathy Coffey

Want to find a future saint? Look around you.





The Thankful Mysteries
To the 20 official mysteries of the Rosary, a veteran parish minister suggests adding five more. By Patricia Robertson

A School Mass Reroutes a Mom's Heart
The sound of children’s voices led a Protestant mother to become a Catholic. Text by Tama Ward, photos by John Sinal

Franciscan Friars Serving in Louisiana
In early June of this year, our senior editor drove across Louisiana to report briefly through words and photos on the ministries of Cincinnati Franciscans in four cities. Text and photos by Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

Fiction: Sell What You Have
She could part with items, but not the memories. By Carol Ann Morrow


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John Joseph of the Cross: Self-denial is never an end in itself but is only a help toward greater charity—as the life of St. John Joseph shows. 
<p>John Joseph was very ascetic even as a young man. At 16 he joined the Franciscans in Naples; he was the first Italian to follow the reform movement of St. Peter Alcantara. John Joseph’s reputation for holiness prompted his superiors to put him in charge of establishing a new friary even before he was ordained. </p><p>Obedience moved John Joseph to accept appointments as novice master, guardian and, finally, provincial. His years of mortification enabled him to offer these services to the friars with great charity. As guardian he was not above working in the kitchen or carrying the wood and water needed by the friars. </p><p>When his term as provincial expired, John Joseph dedicated himself to hearing confessions and practicing mortification, two concerns contrary to the spirit of the dawning Age of Enlightenment. John Joseph was canonized in 1839.</p> American Catholic Blog Humility is possible only for the free. Those who are secure in the Father’s love, have no need of pomp and circumstance or people fawning on them. They know who they are, where they’ve come from, and where they are going. Not taking themselves too seriously, they can laugh at themselves. The proud cannot.


 
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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.


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