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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.

WEB+ Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?
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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Jutta of Thuringia: Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.
<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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