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Jesus' Extraordinary Treatment of Women
Barbara Leonhard, O.S.F.

Jesus refuses to see women as inferior or unclean, and even makes them his disciples and reveals himself to them. His is a new model of how to treat women.

The Screwtape Letters Comes to Life
James Breig

Theatergoers across the country are welcoming C.S. Lewis’s classic description of human self-deception, as told by a wily tempter.

Celebration of Body and Soul
B.G. Kelley

This sports journalist reflects on the spirituality of physical activity.

What the Church Teaches About Immigration Policy
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas

Immigration is back in the news. The bishop of Tucson explains why you should care.

WEB+ Read the personal experiences of three illegal immigrants. For a further look into this issue, visit our immigration feature.

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No Greater Love: Operation Pedro Pan
Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda

Fifty years ago brave parents put their children on one-way flights to the United States and freedom.






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Paul Miki and Companions: Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers and laymen, Franciscans, Jesuits and members of the Secular Franciscan Order; there were catechists, doctors, simple artisans and servants, old men and innocent children—all united in a common faith and love for Jesus and his Church. 
<p>Brother Paul Miki, a Jesuit and a native of Japan, has become the best known among the martyrs of Japan. While hanging upon a cross, Paul Miki preached to the people gathered for the execution: “The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.” </p><p>When missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860s, at first they found no trace of Christianity. But after establishing themselves they found that thousands of Christians lived around Nagasaki and that they had secretly preserved the faith. Beatified in 1627, the martyrs of Japan were finally canonized in 1862.</p> American Catholic Blog By way of analogy, we are taught that we all have the same sun shining on us and we all have the same rain falling on us. It is how we deal with sun and rain, how we deal with the happy and the not-so-happy things of life that causes our interior weather. Basically, we do it to ourselves.

Your Imperfect Holy Family

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Schedule one or more e-cards today to be sent next Sunday.

Carnival
Create a festive atmosphere and invite friends over for one last party before the Lenten fast.

Catholic Schools Week
In the Catholic schools, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.

Birthday
May God grant you good health, good cheer and all good things today and all the days of the coming year.

Presentation of the Lord
Traditionally candles were blessed on this feast, giving it the common designation of Candlemas.


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