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Catholic News & Perspective

November 2023

Nov 29

New book explores how Our Lady of Guadalupe sparked millions of conversions

by Katie Yoder  Joseph Julián and Monique González still remember the moment they decided to write a book shedding new light on Our Lady of Guadalupe: May 10, 2016, the month of Mary and the date of Mexico’s Mother’s Day. “After years of initial research, we were sitting in a coffee shop and looked at...
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Nov 27

‘Fully alive’ NCYC youth challenged to celebrate mysteries of faith, science and self

by OSV News  (OSV News) — Grace Stecker of the Diocese of Helena, Mont., pulled out her cell phone and called her dad, right in the middle of a talk during the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). In fact, teens all around her were talking on their phones, even as the speaker stood on the stage. But they had his...
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Nov 24

What it means to be a king

by Catherine Cavadini This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. From the beginning of the readings for the solemnity, Our Lord tells us what it means that he is “King of the Universe.” The Lord begins by speaking through Ezekiel, saying, “I myself will look after and...
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Nov 22

The greatest desire of our heart

by Scott P. Richert When my sisters and I were young, my mother would spend all of Advent baking cookies and making candy. That may hardly seem remarkable; after all, countless millions of Christmas cookies are baked and consumed every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. But my mother didn’t eat any of the cookies she baked,...
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Nov 20

How Dorothy Day learned sainthood comes in all sizes

by David Mills Dorothy Day liked St. Thérèse of Lisieux when she first of heard of her, from a young mother in the next bed in the Bellevue Hospital maternity ward. She very much disliked the saint when she first read her. Day and her new daughter’s father were political radicals without any religious identity,...
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Nov 17

Preparing for the master’s joy

by Father Joshua J. Whitfield This parable of the talents is subject to a variety of interpretations. Some argue that it’s a parable about first-century Jews and Jewish Christians, the former (symbolized by the third servant in the story) burying the “talents” of Judaism, refusing to take part in the ingathering of...
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Nov 15

4 ways to jump start your Eucharistic Revival

by Gretchen R. Crowe It’s been almost a year and a half since Corpus Christi Sunday 2022 — June 19 — the launch date of the ongoing National Eucharistic Revival. At the time of the revival’s start, Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Crookston, who is leading the efforts, said the following: “It’s our mission...
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Nov 13

Tammy Peterson’s journey to Catholic conversion is really a homecoming

by OSV News  TORONTO (OSV News) — “The Tammy Peterson Podcast” delves into issues such as faith through a counter-cultural lens. Behind the podcast stands a 62-year-old cancer survivor and wife of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson who has just begun the journey to become a member of the Catholic Church....
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Nov 10

Prepared for the bridegroom

by Catherine Cavadini  “Amen, I say to you, I do not know you” (Mt 25:12). These are the words of the bridegroom to the foolish virgins of Matthew 25. And they give us the key to understanding this Sunday’s readings about the kingdom of heaven. In his parable of the ten virgins, Christ tells us that the first five are...
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Nov 8

How to become a mystic amid the popular media culture

by Sister Nancy Usselmann OSV News) Integrating our faith with our media use is a real challenge, particularly as adverse media messages often run so contrary to our values. How can we bring faith into our digital media dialogue without losing who we are as Christians? How can we become holy within a culture that often tempts us toward the...
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Nov 6

Does Purgatory really exist? ‘I hope so,’ said the priest

by Jaymie Stuart Wolfe  (OSV News) Before I came into communion with the Church, there were a handful of Catholic doctrines I found confusing and, frankly, odd. Purgatory was one of them. I couldn’t understand why anyone would believe that people who had entrusted themselves to salvation in Jesus Christ and did their...
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Nov 3

The dangers of spiritual blindness and arrogance

by Father Joshua J. Whitfield In John’s Gospel, the suggestion is that the reason some people didn’t believe in Jesus was because they sought their own glory more than the glory of God. That is, because they sought praise more for themselves, seeking thereby the esteem of others more than God’s esteem, they were...
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Nov 1

It’s time for a family and spiritual reset

by Gretchen R. Crowe Back in 2015, newly engaged, I signed on the dotted line (and initialed about 135 times) before departing from the cozy conference room with a new-to-me house. Before I left, the former owner looked at me and said, “What are you going to do with all that space?” I looked at him, looked at my ring, smiled and...
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