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‘Man Oh Man!’ Getting Excited for Our Faith

‘Man Oh Man!’ Getting Excited for Our Faith

By Susan Ciancio Don’t you just love people who exude excitement? They make you smile. They make you happy! They even make you excited. Why? Because excitement is contagious. Those of us listening to the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz know this feeling...

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A Triduum Reflection

A Triduum Reflection

By Susan CiancioFr. Mike Schmitz recently said that “there’s no greater life that can possibly be lived than the life as a Catholic Christian.” And in the life of a Catholic Christian, there’s no more sorrowful nor more joyous a week than Holy Week. As we approach the...

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Why CLSP? And Why Now?

Why CLSP? And Why Now?

By Susan Ciancio The Culture of Life Studies Program is a Catholic pro-life educational program for students preschool aged through high school. Our lessons cover a wide range of topics—from one-day lessons on saints, to handprint lessons with activities for younger...

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You Can Witness This Miracle Every Day

You Can Witness This Miracle Every Day

By Susan Ciancio “Mommy, I see it!” my then-six-year-old son whispered to me in Mass. “What do you see?” I asked. “The miracle.” I knew exactly what he was talking about because, just a few weeks earlier, I had explained to all my children that a miracle takes place...

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Six Unique Ways to Grow Closer to God This Lent

Six Unique Ways to Grow Closer to God This Lent

By Susan Ciancio Lent is here! We now have an amazing opportunity to spend the next six weeks building our faith, growing closer to God, and shining the light of Christ to others. Some years it feels like we run out of ideas for Lent. We spend days beforehand...

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Lenten Reflection Booklet Helps Build a Culture of Life

Lenten Reflection Booklet Helps Build a Culture of Life

By Susan Ciancio Lent is almost upon us. As we think about the sacrifice Christ made when He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, we can’t help but feel both sorrow and joy—sorrow for the agony He endured and joy for His triumph over death and evil. We want...

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Living by the Example of St. Angela Merici

Living by the Example of St. Angela Merici

By Susan Ciancio Angela Merici once told the sisters she led: “Be bound to one another by the bond of charity, treating each other with respect, helping one another, bearing with one another in Christ Jesus; if you really try to live like this, there is no doubt that...

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St. Marianne Cope: Serving Others with Compassion

St. Marianne Cope: Serving Others with Compassion

By Susan Ciancio This weekend, we will celebrate the feast day of St. Marianne Cope. St. Marianne was born in 1838 in Germany, but moved to New York when she was a toddler. She felt called to serve Christ and the Church, but had to help support her family when her...

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The Harmful Effect of Silence

The Harmful Effect of Silence

By Susan Ciancio Today is the feast day of St. Hilary of Poitiers. Hilary was born a pagan in the early 4th century. But through his studies and his reading of the Bible, he realized that Catholicism made sense, and he felt called to convert. A few years after he...

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