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    We have beheld the shepherds coming in from their fields glorifying God and bringing all who heard them to glorify him too. Yet here is something still more marvelous and edifying: “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her…


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    Mother of the Bride

    by B. F. Smith

    My daughter first entered our parish church in my arms, to receive the sacrament of baptism. This August, again in a long white gown, she walked on the arm of her Dad to the sacrament of matrimony. There had been…

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    Finding St. Joseph

    by Sandra Miesel

    Imagine a world where no Christian is named for St. Joseph, where no church or religious organization bears his name. Picture St. Joseph absent from the Mass, the Breviary, the Church calendar, and the Litany of Saints. No shrines, no…

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    Sunday Comics: Zombie Jesus

    by Eric Pavlat

    The title, Zombie Jesus, is misleading, even if deliberately provocative: Jesus is never portrayed as a zombie in this comic. Is it Biblical?  Maybe.  Well, loosely.  Okay, hanging by a thread, fine.  Matthew 27: 51b-54 does describe some of the…

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    On Dark Places

    by Arturo Vasquez

    Recently, I encountered an online discussion among Catholic converts and Protestants that strayed into the topic of the St. Joseph house-selling kit. It was meant to be a sort of “gotcha!” moment for Catholics defending the cult of the saints….

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    The Secret Disciples

    by Howard Kainz

    It is primarily in John’s Gospel that we get information about Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Nicodemus is described as a “ruler of the Jews,” a thoughtful Pharisee who came to Jesus by night and was struggling to understand how…

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    The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Has a (Good) Plan for Reforming CCHD

    by Deal W. Hudson

    Over at the Catholic Key Blog, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has published its plan for reforming the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Already a year old, their CCHD plan is very convincing. I began reading it with a…

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    All You Union-Busters, Go To Confession!

    by Deal W. Hudson

    Here’s a recent story dug up by the Catholic New Service — and when I say “dug up,” I mean to say you really have to go out of your way to find stuff like this. The headine reads, “Union…

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    St. Joseph and Wendell Berry would have liked each other.

    by Zoe Romanowsky

    Today is the feast of St. Joseph, which Margaret mentioned this morning. St. Joseph is one of my go-to saints and he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. It’s probably how he would like it, but the husband of Mary,…

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    A Saint from the Land of Down Under

    by Deal W. Hudson

    Australia has her first saint!  Sister Mary Mackillop, co-founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, will be canonized on October 17. I will be making my first trip to Australia — Sydney and Melbourne — in…

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