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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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Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

Divine Science Michael Dennin

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Bring candy and flowers but send an e-card.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Celebrate our Blessed Mother who never tires of interceding on our behalf.

Ash Wednesday
Throughout these 40 days we allow our pride to fade into humility as together we ask for forgiveness.

Mardi Gras
Promise this Lent to do one thing to become more aware of God in yourself and in others.

St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.


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