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Washing of Women's Feet on Holy Thursday?
And More on Preparing the Corporal for the Altar

The Annunciation
Dear Blessed Mother, pray with me, enlighten me. You are the model for every vocation. You sought God’s will in your life. You were able to perceive it clearly. Although it was the greatest, most demanding vocation, you accepted it with simplicity ...

Messing With this Vocation Thing
I’ve become quite serious about a role in the Church but pursuing an MDiv or MA, and getting married. I’ve had a very hard time finding resources for people considering this direction. Could you point me to any and offer any suggestions?

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: A Christian Work of Art Part III
Mel Gibson’s artistic quality is unquestionable, as is, his steadfast belief in the Christian faith and his desire to be true to the gospel story.

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: A Christian Work of Art Part II
An analysis of the motivations behind the controversy surrounding this epic film.

The Eucharist and the Paschal Mystery of Christ
The Eucharist is intimately tethered to Holy Week and the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. They are bound so closely together that the Holy Father ...

Is a Contemplative Lifestyle Selfish and Self-Absorbed Like I Have Been Told?
Contemplative vocation is of especially vital importance for the Church.

Confirmation and the Laity's Role
And More on Rent-a-Priest

Anonymity in the Confessional
And more on the Rite of Washing of the Feet.

The Passion (2003), Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
Video/DVD Picks from Steven Greydanus of DecentFilms.com

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002), Diary of a Country Priest (1950) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Video/DVD Picks

I am Sixteen and I Want to be a Deacon, Can You Help Me?
My biggest dream, in fact, is to have a family but also to bring the words of the Lord to the people in today's society.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Places in the Heart (1984)
Video/DVD Picks

The Theology of the Body
Father Richard Hogan, of NFPOutreach.org, examines the Holy Father's audiences addressing the Theology of the Body.

What a Catholic Elementary School Should Be
White Pines is an example of what should be the norm for forming a young follower of Christ.

Can a Woman Who Has Sinned in the Area of Chastity Have a Conversion and Become a Religious?
The general answer is, of course, yes, it is possible, just like Mary Magdalene converted and followed Jesus right up to the Cross. The more particular piece of advice is this: each case has to be looked at with the help of a prudent spiritual director.

The General (1927), Stuart Little 2 (2002) and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959)
Video/DVD Picks

What if I'm Not Even Catholic?
I'm not Catholic yet and everybody thinks I'm a nut for wanting to be a religious, but I think I'm getting a wake-me-up from God and I was wondering what you think.

An Evangelical Ignatius?
Rick Warren, pastor for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has written a kind of Spiritual Exercises for today’s evangelical Christian. While The Purpose Driven Life shares much in common with the work of Saint Ignatius, the differences …

An Introduction to Prayer
Prayer is like breathing for the soul. Did you ever try to stop breathing for a few days? What would happen to your body in that case happens to your Christian life when you stop praying.

Let the Little Children Run?
And Observations on "Redemptionis Sacramentum"

Communion for Homebound Moms
And More on Crowded Altars

The Morality of Prenatal Diagnosis
Prenatal diagnosis - procedures such as amniocentesis and ultrasonography - in and of itself, is not evil. But it can be evil if the intention of undergoing such testing is to procure an abortion if the unborn child is determined to be "defective."

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 …

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 …

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.


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