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Matthew Kelly: On Faith and Fatherhood
Christopher Heffron

Author Matthew Kelly has spoken to millions of Catholics in over 50 countries. But his favorite audience is his one-year-old son, Walter.

World Youth Day: Celebrating Young Faith
Edited by Christopher Heffron

These young, vibrant Catholics are coming to Spain for World Youth Day.

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God bless our youth! Not all the reflections we received could fit into this article. To read more from participants of this year’s World Youth Day in Madrid—including on-site reporting from the event—go to AmericanCatholic.org/WorldYouthDay.

Spiritually Healthy Children
Alicia von Stamwitz

Here are seven tips to help our children develop spiritually.

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An Encounter With Jesus in Jamaica
Suzanne Rose

Spreading lotion onto the hands of abandoned women cared for by Blessed Mother Teresa’s sisters taught this volunteer a lesson of love.

Judge Janine P. Geske: Circles of Healing
John Feister

Amidst our clergy sex-abuse crisis, it’s time for healing and restoration, says this former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.

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Martyrdom of John the Baptist: The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life? 
<p>This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare the people for the Messiah. His vocation was one of selfless giving. The only power that he claimed was the Spirit of Yahweh. “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Scripture tells us that many people followed John looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power. John never allowed himself the false honor of receiving these people for his own glory. He knew his calling was one of preparation. When the time came, he led his disciples to Jesus: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37). It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life and death were a giving over of self for God and other people. His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart. Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, of salvation.</p> American Catholic Blog Once you begin to neglect obedience, one by one everything goes. Obedience is difficult but that’s where love comes from. There are so many broken families because a woman will not obey a man and a man will not obey a woman. We belong to Jesus and obedience is our strength. You must do small acts of obedience with great love.

Spiritual Resilience

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Religious Profession
Lord of the harvest, thank you for all those Men and Women Religious who have answered your call to service.

St. Augustine
Catholic Greetings e-cards are reminders to explore the lives of our Catholic heroes, the saints.

St. Monica
The tears of this fourth-century mother contributed to her son's conversion to Christ.

Back to School
Students and staff will appreciate receiving an e-card from you to begin the new school year.

Praying for You
Pray for the Church, especially for those who have been ordained to the priesthood.


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