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March 17, 2017  |  
I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality.
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March 17, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Early Spring MaintenanceDuring this blessed month of March, we participate in our traditional Lenten rituals. We keep our Lenten promises and contemplate good and evil. We ask ourselves, how can we be better neighbors, help others and help ourselves to grow closer to God? Is it a coincidence that, when Easter finally arrives, there is new growth, budding branches, green grass and new plant life emerging from the earth?
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March 17, 2017  |  By FATHER ROBERT CAMPAGNA, OFM
"Rebuild my Church.” That was the call and will of God as St. Francis first “heard” those three powerful words. He would hear that request more than once, as he prayed in a worse-for-wear battered old chapel with all but a holy Icon remaining on the wall. So Francis took to repairing the chapel, and did so with great care and prayer.
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March 17, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Every community, inevitably, has a value or set of values that it considers fundamental, some basic good which positions every other claim to goodness. For most of the modern liberal democracies, for example, freedom and equality play this determining role in the moral discourse. In Communist societies, economic justice, construed as the elimination of the class structure, would provide such a foundation. In the context of German National Socialism, the defense of the Fatherland and the will of the Führer anchored the moral system, however corrupt.
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March 3, 2017  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
A few days ago I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother Benedict suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in serious hearing impairment and limited physical growth.
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Making Sense of the Senseless

“Religion and the Global Resurgence of Violence: Connection of the Abrahamics" by Father Kizito Chike Osudibia
March 3, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
As people of Catholic faith, our hearts are torn by the near-daily litany of violence perpetrated by religious fanatics. That much of this religious terrorism is currently perpetrated by one “Abrahamic” religion is a combination of historical and religious factors; that this long saga sadly includes all three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) causes us to wonder why such violence occurs, and if there is any clear way to end it.
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March 3, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.
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February 17, 2017  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Over Christmas, two of my family members were talking about a mutual friend who, though chronically ill, routinely does heroic acts of kindness for others.
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