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February 14, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Milkweed for the MonarchWhile most gardeners are singing the winter blues in the month of February, the second month of the year is perfect for planning what to grow this spring. A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color and maybe save a species.
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February 14, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. In the wake of the ratification, the legislators and their supporters whooped, hollered, and cheered, a display depressingly similar to the jubilation that broke out in Ireland when a referendum legalizing abortion passed last year. 
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February 1, 2019  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voice mail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month, in the middle of SEEK 2019, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Praying for Priests

A Mission for the New Evangelization
February 1, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
The purity of the church is undergoing a time of testing. While some are confused, others are angry. Still others are greatly discouraged, and not a few consider leaving because their faith has been badly wounded. While these may indeed be times that try men’s souls, as Thomas Paine said early in our American history, it is also the time for lay men and women to seize Heaven with their prayers for repentance and renewal.
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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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