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Therese J. Borchard: 'Beyond Blue'
John Feister

Mental-health problems may be taboo, but that isn't stopping this woman with bipolar disorder. It's her mission to reach out in all directions.

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Finding St. Anthony: His Art and Miracles
Marion Amberg

From Manhattan to Albuquerque, stained-glass windows and sculptures portray key events in the life of one of the world's most popular saints.

Soul Sisters: A Story of Joy and Sorrow
Colleen Connell Mitchell

This mom’s joyful life was turned upside down when she lost a son at three months and another to a miscarriage.

Dion: A Rock Legend Opens Up
Dion DiMucci and Mike Aquilina

He was supposed to be on the plane that crashed in 1959, “the day the music died.” Here, the rock musician reveals the true story of that day.

Fire: Sparks From the Divine
Barbara Beckwith

The control of fire, the most powerful of the traditional four elements,created civilization and will determine our survival.






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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 Lord, please fill my heart and soul with the confidence that you will always provide what I need, when I need it, and let me be obedient to you.

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