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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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Our Lady of Lourdes: On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution <i>Ineffabilis Deus</i>. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 
<p>Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin.” </p><p>During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” She used the word <i>aquero</i>, a dialect term meaning “this thing.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address (<i>tu</i>), but the polite form (<i>vous</i>). The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity. </p><p>Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.</p> American Catholic Blog While the term social justice has received negative connotations in some circles in recent years due to certain media misrepresentations of the tradition, the vocation of all Christian women and men to work toward the common good, protect the dignity of all human life, strive toward ending violence in all forms, and providing for the welfare of all people remains integral to who we are as bearers of the name Christ.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
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.

National Marriage Week
During this week especially tell each other how much your marriage means to you.


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