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Between the Lines with Nicholas Sparks
Susan Hines-Brigger

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

WEB+ Trailer for the movie Safe Haven
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.

WEB+ More information on the prophet Joel
Jesus' Command: 'Give Them Some Food'
Text and Photos by John Feister

A firsthand look at CRS' work in Africa

WEB+ Interactive map of CRS projects
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.

WEB+ More information on the Examen





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Gerard of Lunel: Gerard, born into a noble family in southern France, showed an early inclination to piety—so much so that he received the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis at the age of five. When he was 18, Gerard and his brother, Effrenaud, hid themselves in a cave on the banks of a river and began two years of living as hermits. Both brothers then decided to go on a pilgrimage, in part to discourage the many visitors to the hermitage who had heard of their reputation for holiness. Making their way to Rome on foot, they spent two years there, visiting its many famous churches and shrines. 
<p>They intended to continue to Jerusalem, but Gerard collapsed on the way. While his brother went to seek help, he left Gerard in a simple cottage near Montesanto, Italy, but Gerard expired before his brother's return. </p><p>Many miracles are said to have taken place at Gerard's tomb, making it a favorite place of pilgrimage. People who were afflicted with headaches or subject to epilepsy experienced special relief through his intercession. The city of Montesanto has long venerated Blessed Gerard as its principal patron. He is sometimes known as Gery, Gerius or Roger of Lunel.</p> American Catholic Blog It is an astonishing truth that God made human beings in his image. An immortal, rational, free and loving God made beings who have immortal souls and who are rational, free, and made to love and to be loved. Human life is sacred because it specifically reflects the nature of the divine.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mother's Day
Authentic motherhood calls forth the beauty in children’s souls, just like God’s love.

Ascension of the Lord
Many begin a pre-Pentecost novena to the Holy Spirit with the observance of today’s feast.

National Day of Prayer (U.S.)
Remind friends and family to ask God’s blessing on our nation tomorrow and every day.

Mother's Day
Send an e-card to arrange a special gathering this weekend for your mother, wife, sister, or daughter.

Happy Birthday
You are one of a kind. There has never been another you.


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