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January 18, 2019  |  By LINDA OPPELT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Over 300 people came to Holy Apostles on a Sunday evening to benefit from Father Jacques Philippe’s knowledge and wisdom on the topic of personal prayer. 
 
January 18, 2019  |  By JULIE BAILEY
MONUMENT. “Come, Shine Your Light” was the theme for the 2019 Celebrate Life Rally and March in Denver on Jan. 12. The Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Colorado Springs chartered a bus and took 30 enthusiastic pro-life warriors from all over the diocese, and even one from Pueblo, to participate and shine our lights in celebration of the gift of life.
 
January 18, 2019  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. A person thinking of committing suicide is often deeply depressed and unable to seek help by themselves. The actions of a concerned friend can save their life, said Angel McGrady to the Tapping into Theology gathering Jan. 8 at the Pikes Peak Brewing Company in Monument. McGrady also spoke on how to administer the “QPR” method of assistance to a person in danger of suicide.
 
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January 18, 2019  |  

Click here to see a few of the photos taken in December at diocesan or parish Advent/Christmas events.


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January 18, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Most teens, as well as adults, like to be comfortable. We enjoy being around people who are like us and share similar interests.

Last October, during a 10-day mission trip to Brazil, one St. Mary’s High School senior discovered that sometimes life is best when you move outside of your comfort zone. The mission trip with a group from Our Lady of the Pines was the first international missions trip for Samuel Baldwin, and it changed his outlook on life and service.


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January 18, 2019  |  By LINDA OPPELT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Over 300 people came to Holy Apostles on a Sunday evening to benefit from Father Jacques Philippe’s knowledge and wisdom on the topic of personal prayer. 
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January 18, 2019  |  By JULIE BAILEY
MONUMENT. “Come, Shine Your Light” was the theme for the 2019 Celebrate Life Rally and March in Denver on Jan. 12. The Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Colorado Springs chartered a bus and took 30 enthusiastic pro-life warriors from all over the diocese, and even one from Pueblo, to participate and shine our lights in celebration of the gift of life.
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OPINION / COMMENTARY
January 18, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
I've always appreciated the notion of self-care in an Oprah Winfrey, hot-baths-and-expensive-chocolates kind of way. We work so hard, the thinking goes, that we deserve a break here and there. So splurge on that full-price gift-to-yourself. Book the massage. Binge on the new season.
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January 18, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their “pre-tertianship” period of formation. This means that these men had already passed through their lengthy education in philosophy and theology and had been involved for some time in a ministry of the Jesuit order. The group I addressed included high school teachers, university professors, journal editors, and doctoral students — and almost all of them were ordained priests. After a simple lunch of soup and sandwiches, we plunged into conversation. We were at it for well over an hour, but I enjoyed the exercise so much, it seemed like about 15 minutes. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel.
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January 18, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Propagating House PlantsIt’s January, and gardeners are browsing seed catalogs, patching up garden gloves, winter watering and sadly, nothing in the dirt. Cheer up! Now might be the right time to take a good look at indoor plants. There will inevitably be a few that would benefit greatly from a bit of nurturing and propagation.
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December 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Oregon grape hollyIn today’s high-tech, online world, it is sometimes hard for people to remember the real meaning of Christmas. Is there an app for that? There are many stories and traditions that have been passed down through centuries. Some stand the test of time, while others slowly fade away. In early times, Christians associated holly’s sharp pointed leaves with Christ’s crown of thorns and the bright red holly berries to his blood. How many of us, today, can imagine seeing holly for the first time and being so inspired to compare its resemblance to the thorned crown and the blood of Jesus?
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December 21, 2018  |  By ANDY BARTON
Amid the celebrations of Christmastime, it is easy to forget that the arrival of Jesus came with a significant amount of discomfort for the people around him — starting with Mary, who gave birth in a manger (as my wife reminds me, giving birth is no day at the spa under the best circumstances). Our modern imagery of the nativity likely does not capture how hard it would have been for a young girl to deliver her first child, miles from her home, surrounded by livestock. So too for the three wise men who left the comfort of their homes to journey across the desert with gifts for the newborn king. For Mary and for the Magi, leaving their comfort zones was a matter of faith, done unquestionably in response to the gift that God had given.
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ARTS & CULTURE
January 18, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Mary Poppins ReturnsNEW YORK. It has taken more than half a century, but at long last “Mary Poppins Returns” (PG, Disney). The result is a delightful sequel to the 1964 classic that will divert all but the youngest and most skittish members of the family.
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December 7, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldNEW YORK. For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is sharper and more engaging, though defects remain.The sequel is suitable for a wide audience since the mayhem is free of gore and the basic values congruent with scriptural ones. At least for those paying careful attention, however, a single line of dialogue may raise parental concerns.
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