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FAITH ALIVE: Three pillars, three saints
A Sister of the Blessed Sacrament prays before the tomb of the congregation's foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, in May 2016 at the motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa. Her feast day of March 3 stands like a beacon at the beginning of Lent. CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com
A Sister of the Blessed Sacrament prays before the tomb of the congregation's foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, in May 2016 at the motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa. Her feast day of March 3 stands like a beacon at the beginning of Lent. CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com
The three pillars of Lent -- prayer, fasting, almsgiving -- enrich our spiritual life during this penitential season. But they can also be challenging. More ...
Friday, March 3, 2017

FAITH ALIVE: Why fasting is a paradox
Fasting is a paradox for Christians. It encompasses seemingly contradictory intentions. More ...
Friday, March 24, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Almsgiving as an act of mercy
We all recognize Lent as a time of sacrifice, a time to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of Jesus Christ's passion, death and resurrection. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Ways to pray during Lent
During Lent, Catholics are challenged to embrace the season's three "pillars" -- prayer, fasting and almsgiving. A pillar supports something, and in this case, the three pillars, taken together, support a strong Lent, worthy of our call to renewal, repentance and growth. More ...
Friday, February 3, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Ash Wednesday: Rituals and symbols
Our society is not one that readily embraces the idea of sacrifice. There is little recognition of the profound benefits of self-denial and of giving completely of oneself to others -- and to God. More ...
Friday, January 27, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Natural family planning: Why and what
When it comes to sex and birth control, you may have heard that the Catholic Church says a resounding "NO!" This myth couldn't be further from the truth. Catholic teaching on love, sex and "responsible parenthood" is a resounding "YES!" -- to God's plan for men and women. More ...
Friday, January 20, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Prayer, faith and good health: They absolutely go together

Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy -- physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years.

 
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Friday, January 13, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: What is 'holy leisure'?
The Fathers of the Church often spoke of the concept of "otium sanctum," or "holy leisure."  More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: A parish of hospitality and more
Shortly after receiving the assignment to establish a new parish 12 years ago, I gathered groups of new parishioners for backyard meetings. People spoke freely about what they wanted in their parish: youth ministry, programs for young families, outreach to the needy and more. More ...
Friday, December 30, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Confessions of a grandparent
"A plant without roots does not grow." Pope Francis was thinking of grandparents when he made that statement recently in Tbilisi, capital of the country of Georgia. More ...
Friday, December 23, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: Mentally ill persons: Is the Catholic Church a source of support?
"I remember sitting in the hospital," said Kay Hughes, "huddled in a little group of about six, when one of us received a visit from her pastor. More ...
Friday, December 16, 2016



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