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An Open Letter to God

Dear God, I’m sorry I fell so far away from you.  I never thought I would.  I thought my love for you was too strong.  I was wrong.  I grew impatient, I hung out around the wrong people, and I was brainwashed by the media into thinking that material things would make me happier than […]

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True Happiness Is Not Found On Earth

Happiness is what life is all about.  Everyone’s supposed to be happy all the time, right? Wrong.  Our society has made happiness paramount in our lives by trying to convince us that being happy is the only thing that makes life worth living; if you have all these things and still aren’t happy, something is […]

Sacred Realism: William Holman Hunt’s “Finding of the Saviour in the Temple”

Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was an English artist who created realistic, richly detailed and symbolic renderings of sacred scenes.  He was a founding member of the group of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which advocated returning to the observation of nature and looking back to the […]

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St. Camillus: Catholic Pioneer in Health Care

On July 18 we celebrate the feast of a saint whose life is significant not only to the history of religion but to the history of medical practice as well — prompting him to be called the “Red Cross saint.” St. Camillus de Lellis (born in Abruzzi, Italy in 1550) started out as a feisty and quarrelsome youth, much addicted to gambling.  Standing […]

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You Are Beautiful

Our American society today is obsessed with physical beauty.  It pressures people to be thinner, fitter, younger, sexier. The plethora of products, treatments, surgeries, pills, crash diets, makeup, and programs designed to change our appearance to fit the impossible standards of “perfection” is vast and ubiquitous.  Everywhere you look, be it TV, magazines, the internet, […]

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