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FAITH ALIVE: A brief history of Our Lady of Fatima
This year the Catholic Church celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the events at the Cova da Iria area of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed by three shepherd children who reported that they saw visions of Mary beginning on May 13, 1917, and then again on the 13th day of five subsequent months. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017

FAITH ALIVE: The liberation Easter brings
Easter begins in the darkness and at night, when the great vigil Mass for this central Christian feast is celebrated. Yet Easter is all about daylight -- a "new day" in time. More ...
Saturday, April 15, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Palm Sunday: How Jesus' entry into Jerusalem fulfills Old Testament prophecy
It is a common adage by now that the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament, and the New revealed in the Old. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of centuries of prophecy, and when the Gospel was spread around the world, this point got great emphasis. More ...
Friday, March 31, 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: Three pillars, three saints
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: 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

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