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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)
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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 todayís evangelical Christian. While The Purpose Driven Life shares much in common with the work of Saint Ignatius, the differences Ö

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 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.


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