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Are You Really Catholic?

Engaging in conversation about faith and morals with non-Catholics can be difficult or intimidating at times; but I sometimes find it to be easier than speaking about these matters with other Catholics.  One of the most frustrating things for me as a Catholic is when I am discussing faith with people who identify as practicing Catholics yet […]

The Resurrection is depicted in "Christ Risen from the Tomb," a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone. The artwork is from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is April 8 in the Latin-rite church this year. (CNS photo/courtesy of the National Gallery of Art) (March 27, 2012)

Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Salve festa dies is a Latin hymn written by the Roman Christian poet St. Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-c. 610).  In its English form Hail Thee, Festival Day—sung to the tune by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams—it is often performed on Easter Sunday.  It is a splendid hymn, using the return of Spring as a metaphor for the new life which Christ […]

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George Bellows: The Crucifixion

Expressions of the Faith sometimes emanate from unlikely places.  The American artist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925) was known for his rugged boxing pictures, gritty cityscapes and elegant society portraits depicting the dynamic world of change in the early twentieth century.  Raised by a strict Methodist family in Ohio, Bellows rebelled against his religious upbringing and developed strong sympathies for the socialist and anarchist movements.  During […]

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Not an Obstacle Course to Easter

“Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” It was a familiar phrase during my time attending Georgetown University, repeated early and often throughout Lent by one of the Jesuits. “Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” Take a minute and really think about it.  Almost everything we do in Lent is just an […]

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The True Face of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas has had quite a career: from bishop of a small diocese in Asia Minor to everlasting fame on Hallmark greeting cards and Coca Cola advertisements the world over.  To help us bridge the gap from St. Nicholas to the modern secular Santa, we have the excellent website of the St. Nicholas Center, whose motto is […]

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