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Last Call: Grace and Sobriety
Paul M. Smith

I spent years in a drunken haze. Then God found me.

Will There Be Any Christians in the Holy Land?
John Feister

From Jerusalem to Galilee, Christians are leaving Israel. We went there to find out why.

Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Mary Ann Spina

Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs.





Constancy, Change and Discipleship
Matthew’s Gospel shows how disciples in a topsy-turvy world can maintain their core beliefs. By Mary Ann Spina

Resolve This Year to Make More Time for God
Every new year provides us with opportunities to get closer to God. By Susan K. Rowland

A Journey Through Monastic Prayer
For over 20 years, a Presbyterian pastor has found peace and renewal while praying with Benedictine and Trappist monks around the United States. By the Rev. David Robinson

Fiction: Four Pages
Her mother had said it best. By Marcy Kennedy


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Bridget: From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. 
<p>She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children (the second eldest was St. Catherine of Sweden), she lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. </p><p>Bridget constantly strove to exert her good influence over Magnus; while never fully reforming, he did give her land and buildings to found a monastery for men and women. This group eventually expanded into an Order known as the Bridgetines (still in existence). </p><p>In 1350, a year of jubilee, Bridget braved a plague-stricken Europe to make a pilgrimage to Rome. Although she never returned to Sweden, her years in Rome were far from happy, being hounded by debts and by opposition to her work against Church abuses. </p><p>A final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marred by shipwreck and the death of her son, Charles, eventually led to her death in 1373. In 1999, she, Saints Catherine of Siena (April 29) and Teresa Benedicts of the Cross (Edith Stein, August 9) were named co-patronesses of Europe.</p> American Catholic Blog Teaching by example forms a durable base from which to form character. It is the base, but alone it won’t raise the kind of person you want. Being a moral adult is fundamental to teaching children morals. But it is not sufficient, in and of itself.

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World Youth Day
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