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What We Can Learn from the Man in an Iron Lung

What We Can Learn from the Man in an Iron Lung

By Susan Ciancio The human will is a spectacular thing. I was reminded of this recently as I watched a YouTube video about one of the last remaining people living in an iron lung. After watching this video, I felt compelled to learn more of this man’s fascinating...

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Celebrate the Nativity of Mary Today

Celebrate the Nativity of Mary Today

By Susan CiancioToday we celebrate the Nativity of Mary—the day that Mary was born without original sin. What an immense blessing! Mary’s fiat—her “yes” to becoming the mother of Christ—ensured that the gates of heaven would be open for us so that we have the...

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The Love of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Love of St. Teresa of Calcutta

By Susan Ciancio This weekend, we will celebrate the feast day of a woman who spent her life caring for the poorest of the poor. Born Gonxha Agnes, she joined the Sisters of Loreto at the age of 18, where she took the name Sister Mary Teresa. Upon taking her final...

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Building a Culture of Life with Saints Monica and Augustine

Building a Culture of Life with Saints Monica and Augustine

By Susan Ciancio Behind nearly every great son is a great mother. This week, we have the chance to celebrate both mother and son. Friday is the Feast of St. Monica, and Saturday is feast of her son, St. Augustine. St. Monica prayed for many years for her wayward son,...

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Why CLSP? And Why Now?

Why CLSP? And Why Now?

By Susan Ciancio American Life League's 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...

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Pro-Life Lessons for the New School Year

Pro-Life Lessons for the New School Year

By Susan Ciancio Can you feel the excitement in the air? It’s nearly the beginning of another school year—another year to learn with your students, another year to see the wonder in their eyes, and another year to take control of their learning environment and make...

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Our Blessed Mother’s Assumption into Heaven

Our Blessed Mother’s Assumption into Heaven

By Susan Ciancio In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote Munificentissimus Deus—an apostolic constitution that defined the dogma of the Assumption of Mary. The Holy Father stated: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own...

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Build a Culture of Life Using St. Teresa’s Example

Build a Culture of Life Using St. Teresa’s Example

By Susan Ciancio In Matthew 25:34-36, Christ teaches: “The king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you...

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Why We Must Protect Christ in the Eucharist

Why We Must Protect Christ in the Eucharist

By Susan Ciancio Do you remember the joy you felt on the day of your First Communion? This long-anticipated day was so incredibly special that family members came from near and far, you excitedly dressed up in a fancy suit or stunning white dress, and you happily...

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Free Will Is a Gift

Free Will Is a Gift

By Susan Ciancio Bad things happen—even to good people. It’s a tragic and often heartbreaking part of life. When they happen, people tend to doubt God—or even His existence—and ask questions such as: Why would God allow this to happen? Where is He? Doesn’t He love me?...

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