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Do Religious People Really Want to Suffer Like the Saints Did?
Asceticism is voluntary sacrifice. Anybody who is really in love does it - you love someone and you try to please him, you put that person first, it's natural. At times you listen to that person's type of music, and not your own Ö

How Much Freedom Does a Nun Have?
The essence of obedience is to put yourself in God's hands, out of love and full of trust, to do his work under his terms.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2 not only recaptures the heart of the first film, it goes a bit further. One important supporting character who starts out unsympathetic not only goes on to something like nobility, selflessly sacrificing his own good for that of one he loves ...

Celibacy Sounds Incredibly Lonely. Are You Lonely?
I definitely am not lonely! Why not? Well, first of all on the inside I am not lonely because Christ is always with me. And on the outside I am not lonely because I have many "brothers" I work with who all live the same life Ö

Prayer to Discover and Follow My Vocation
Lord, grant me the light I need to see the next step in that plan; grant me the generosity I need to set aside my own plans in favor of yours; and grant me the strength I need to put my hands to your plough and never turn back.

If I Think I Have a Vocation, What Should I Do?
The first thing to do is make a decision. No matter what your age, if you think you might have a vocation, make the decision that you are going to follow it, no matter what. That is something you do in prayer ...

Decorating the Sanctuary
Common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.

I Had Trouble in School and I'm Nervous that the Seminary Studies May Be Too Hard
More than studies, focus on what the priest is. The life of purity, prayer and service he is called to, just like Christ. Speak with your pastor about this.

Parent in Training - The Legend of Peabody
Like most parents, I was sure that each of our children was the cutest baby in history. But I admit that when our son started on solid foods, there were moments when I had my doubts.

Three Easy Ways to Promote Vocations
The Church needs priests if it is to survive. We all need priests if we are to fulfill the vocation God has given each of us. Now, more than ever, the priesthood needs the support of all the Faithful.

Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Emma (1996) and Little Women (1933)
Weekly Video/DVD Picks from Steven Greydanus of DecentFilms.com

Harry Potter vs. Gandalf
An in-depth analysis of the literary use of magic in the works of J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.

How Brides Should Dress
Catholic.net would like to share with its readers this weekly column that ZENIT has launched featuring common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.

Where Can Someone My Age Start Looking into a Vocation?
I know that I have a calling to the Priesthood but I turn 41 soon. I need to know where someone of my age can start looking into a vocation.

What is Spiritual Consecration?
It is something private and spiritual between you and Jesus, it is not binding like a formal consecration, but it is a beautiful and helpful thing to do if you think you may be called to consecrate yourself to him someday.

And Also With You
When the presider at Mass greets the assembly with the words "The Lord be with you" he extends his arms to all in a gesture of pouring out this wish and blessing ...

The Media's Stem Cell Confusion
The confusion is especially likely for those who get their news from broadcast media, which are always looking for the shortest possible way to identify an issue. In a case like the stem cell research debate, one word is key: embryonic.

Is it Wrong for a Seminarian to Have Doubts about his Vocation to the Priesthood?
Seminary is a time of discernment. Some discernment has to have taken place before you joined the seminary, but in the seminary itself there is further discernment to be done.

Turnaround Vocation
Pray that Godís will be done. Give yourself: accept the difficulties that you are facing and put yourself in Godís hands.

Since I Made My Decision I Have Encountered a Number of Reactions...
The real secret, Dan, is to focus positively on your call. Begin the shift into a life that is oriented very differently, on God and what he wants.

How Can I Fend off New Age Philosophy in my Formation Program?
I'm in the process of beginning a formation process for a lay ministry program which will also help me discern whether I am to pursue a permanent deaconate later on.

Should Lectors Sit in the Pews?
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that extraordinary ministers of Communion only approach the altar after the priest has received Communion. But we must distinguish between approaching the altar and being present in the sanctuary.

Is 18 too Young?
Now, there are some seminaries that will simply not accept candidates who have not done a degree. Others do. You will have to search.

Parent in Training - Timing is Everything
My son has taught me much about timing and keeping commitments. One of my big lessons came when he was about 6 years old and playing organized baseball for the first time.

Contemplating Dating
I am sure you can deduce from what I am saying that usually we should not even question putting God first. It is the natural Christian response. That is the general principle.

Eucharistic Prayer for the Celebrant(s) Alone?
Why has the Eucharistic Prayer always been reserved to the celebrant/concelebrants? It is worded in first person plural, and so it might seem appropriate for everyone to join in, as in the Credo?

My Mom Wants Me To Get Married. How Do I Tell Her I'm Considering Religious Life?
Try to help her grow in her spiritual life, if possible pray together, go to Mass together, and open the way to deeper conversations about life and what God may want you to do.

Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady
This liturgical attribution of Saturday to Mary was largely the work of Alcuin (735-804), the Benedictine monk who was "Minister of Education" as the court of Charlemagne and who contributed in a decisive manner to the Carolingian liturgical reform.

Debunking The Da Vinci Code
Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel provide the definitive debunking of a book that might not have a single fact that is true within it.

How to Defend Marriage
Just as most abortion proponents want to skip the debate about when life begins and argue about ďchoiceĒ instead, most homosexual activists want to skip the argument about what marriage is.


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