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Between the Lines with Nicholas Sparks
Susan Hines-Brigger

Beneath the best-selling books lies a deep and lifelong faith.

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Nicholas Sparks' web page
Nicholas Sparks Foundation

Getting to Know Joel
Theresa Doyle-Nelson

Every Ash Wednesday this Old Testament prophet sets the tone for Lent.

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Jesus' Command: 'Give Them Some Food'
Text and Photos by John Feister

A firsthand look at CRS' work in Africa

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CRS warehouse in Burkina Faso
Sesame oil
Lessons From Rosa
Colleen Shaddox

One of my greatest teachers is the dog at my feet.

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Why We Bless Animals
Pet Blessings Around the US
Mind Your 'P's
Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

Presence, Praise, Process, Penance, and Promise: St. Ignatius’ Examen provides spiritual exercise for the soul.

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to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition

Bruno: This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint's intense love of a penitential life in solitude. 
<p>Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims and was appointed chancellor of the archdiocese at the age of 45. He supported Pope Gregory VII in his fight against the decadence of the clergy and took part in the removal of his own scandalous archbishop, Manasses. Bruno suffered the plundering of his house for his pains. </p><p>He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer, and persuaded a few friends to join him in a hermitage. After a while he felt the place unsuitable and, through a friend, was given some land which was to become famous for his foundation "in the Chartreuse" (from which comes the word Carthusians). The climate, desert, mountainous terrain and inaccessibility guaranteed silence, poverty and small numbers. </p><p>Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other. They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts. Their chief work was copying manuscripts. </p><p>The pope, hearing of Bruno's holiness, called for his assistance in Rome. When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again, and spent his last years (after refusing a bishopric) in the wilderness of Calabria. </p><p>He was never formally canonized, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity. However Pope Clement X extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints in heaven love and care for us, and so it is fitting that we pray to them and ask for their prayers, as we on earth assist one another through prayer.

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Happy Birthday
Your best wishes for their special day can be chosen, sent and received within a matter of minutes!

St. Faustina Kowalska
This 20th-century Polish nun encouraged devotion to God’s Divine Mercy.

Respect Life Sunday
Catholic Greetings and encourage you to support local and national efforts to protect and defend human life from conception to natural death.

St. Theodora
Though she was born in France, we honor Mother Theodore Guerin as an American saint.

The Holy Guardian Angels
Guardian angels represent us before God, watch over us always, aid our prayer, and present our souls to God at death.

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