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The Smartphone: The best and the brightest's plague on our childrenKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The best minds of this generation are not going into the Peace Corps, politics, religious life and certainly not into teaching. They have taken their education, their talents and their energy off to California's ...

Repentance in the early ChurchMarcellino D'Ambrosio

The call to a change of heart and a change of life was a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, of his forerunner, John the Baptist, and of his apostles. And the Lenten season, which has been part of the ...

The New CreationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today's Epistle. ...

How to get ready for LentFather Steve Grunow

"In these days, therefore, let us add something beyond ordinary expectations of our service. Let each one, over and above the measure prescribed, offer God something of his own freewill in the joy of ...

Repentance: A response to the Father's love and forgivenessFather Graham R. Golden, Opraem

As we enter Lent we are welcomed by the phrases "repent and believe in the Gospel" or "you are dust and to dust you shall return." These words are spoken as a cross of ashes is placed on our foreheads. As ...

Scattering ashesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. When I die, I would like to be cremated and have my ashes scattered in a place of peace and beauty that I have already chosen. However, when I have asked a couple of priests, they say that I can be ...

"America" Magazine's Survey of Women in the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Last month, America magazine published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like, in this ...

Spiritual and religiousJaymie Stuart Wolfe

A lot of people these days identify themselves as "spiritual-but-not-religious." It's almost as if those two things were mutually exclusive. In other words, our culture assumes you can choose between ...

What does Boston have that other dioceses want?Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

At just about the same time that Cardinal Seán called for the implementation of Disciples in Mission, Bishops in other dioceses around the country were looking at some of the same realities that we in ...

Ash Wednesday: A point of re-entry?Mike Nelson

Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that's part of the draw for some people, who fill their parish churches for Ash Wednesday liturgies ...