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12 Keys to a Sacramental Marriage
Andrew and Terri Lyke

This couple advises husbands and wives: Allow God to shine through your marriage.

The Rite: The Story Behind the Film
By Matt Wielgos and John Feister

Curiosity about exorcism led a journalist to take a class in Rome, then write a book. Now it’s become a film starring Anthony Hopkins.





Changing How We Pray
A veteran liturgist explains what changes we will see in the Mass later this year. By Father Lawrence E. Mick

Stress: A Pathway to Prayer
Stressed? Forget the quick fixes. Turn to God. By Kathy Coffey

Dr. Miguel Díaz: U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
Hunger, human rights and peace are only three issues that occupy the talents and energy of this Cuban-born, former theology professor. By Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.

Fiction: Juggling Act
Life takes practice. By Mary C. Perham


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Augustine of Hippo: A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. 
<p>There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love. </p><p>Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. </p><p>In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).</p> American Catholic Blog Pope Francis said, “The Church gives us the life of faith in Baptism: that is the moment in which she gives birth to us as children of God, the moment she gives us the life of God, she engenders us as a mother would.”

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