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FAITH ALIVE: Early Church Mothers?
A mosaic of Agnes, a martyr and one of the Mothers of the Church, adorns a chapel wall in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, in this Sept. 28 photo. Women in the early church did not generally leave behind doctrinal writings. But their lives had such a powerful impact that their stories were written, recited and sung from their day down to ours. CNS photo/Chaz Muth
A mosaic of Agnes, a martyr and one of the Mothers of the Church, adorns a chapel wall in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, in this Sept. 28 photo. Women in the early church did not generally leave behind doctrinal writings. But their lives had such a powerful impact that their stories were written, recited and sung from their day down to ours. CNS photo/Chaz Muth
In recent years, some have charged that the role of women in the early church was glossed over or, even worse, deliberately suppressed. The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" is a case in point. More ...
Friday, September 30, 2016

FAITH ALIVE: A Holy Year for contemplating the face of mercy
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. But for revealing what "mercy" truly entails, a picture may be worth many more words than that. More ...
Friday, September 23, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Challenges continue to church's stand against assisted suicide
Concern for human life and dignity from conception to natural death is a fundamental principle of Catholic teaching.  More ...
Friday, September 16, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Jewish origins of the Lord's Prayer
As Jews, Christ's disciples already knew how to pray. Psalms were sung as the priests offered the sacrifices in the Temple. Psalms were chanted in the synagogue services and prayed around the table at Passover. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Promoting the common good in the public square
What happens in a society when violent killings escalate to the point of becoming commonplace? More ...
Friday, September 2, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Why honor a saint's relics?
The human heart is a clear symbol in human language for love. To speak of giving one's heart away, whether in pop music or in the poetry of the ages, is to speak of giving love and sharing life. More ...
Friday, August 26, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: The story of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata
In the eyes of the 20th-century global Catholic community, a woman known everywhere simply as "Mother Teresa" was a living saint. More ...
Friday, August 12, 2016
FAITH ALIVE; Finding dignity and purpose in work
What is your attitude toward work? Do you work in order to live, or do you live in order to work? How do you express yourself through your work? Do you feel that you accomplish something of value most days, or do you feel that your labor is meaningless toil that only achieves your minimal paycheck? More ...
Sunday, July 10, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Marian apparitions: Determining what is 'worthy of belief'

A recent case involving alleged Marian apparitions in the Philippines -- which the Vatican effectively denied as "supernatural," after a local archbishop had declared them "worthy of belief" -- reflects the centuries-old caution with which the church regards reported appearances, real or imagined, by Mary, the mother of Jesus.

 
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Friday, July 1, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Is it time to revisit the just-war doctrine?
How do we defend ourselves and our nations from attacks? When is it OK to fight back, if ever? These have been questions asked since the earliest days of Christianity. More ...
Friday, June 24, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Exploring the role of the diaconate

What is a deacon? A page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a Q&A on the identity and role of the deacon in the Catholic Church.

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Friday, June 17, 2016



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