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St. Joseph: A Model of Faithfulness

St. Joseph: A Model of Faithfulness

By Susan Ciancio St. Joseph was not just the foster father of Christ; he was the faithful husband who took care of Mary when she was expecting Baby Jesus. He supported Mary throughout her pregnancy and through Jesus’ birth. He protected Mary and Jesus when King Herod...

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The Antidote to Abortion Violence

The Antidote to Abortion Violence

By Susan Ciancio As we witness the actions of many in our country today, we cannot help but feel disgusted and angry. One look at news headlines will show the violence, immorality, and rage that mark a society that has lost sight of God and His goodness and that...

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Foster Care Helps Build a Culture of Life

Foster Care Helps Build a Culture of Life

By Susan Ciancio As Catholics, we know that the month of May is typically devoted to our Blessed Mother. And one of the very special feast days in May comes on the 13th, when we celebrate Our Lady of Fatima. That feast day commemorates Mary’s appearance to three...

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Reflecting on the Triduum

Reflecting on the Triduum

By Susan CiancioFr. Mike Schmitz once 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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The Threat of Euthanasia

The Threat of Euthanasia

By Susan Ciancio Last month, Pope Francis spoke about euthanasia during his general audience, saying that the sick and dying need compassionate care, not euthanasia. He stated: “The right to care and treatment for all must always be prioritized, so that the weakest,...

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5 Ways to Grow Closer to God This Lent

5 Ways to Grow Closer to God This Lent

By Susan Ciancio Today is Ash Wednesday—the beginning of our Lenten journey. More than once over the past few days you have probably heard: What are you giving up for Lent? Maybe you have even asked yourself that. At my house, popular things to give up include sweets...

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Reflecting on the Triduum

The Key to a Transformative Lent

By Susan Ciancio The word metanoia means to have a “transformative change of heart.” When it comes to our faith, a transformative change of heart will lead to a deeper relationship with Christ. No matter how close we feel that we are to Him, there is always something...

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Lenten Reflection Book Highlights the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lenten Reflection Book Highlights the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

By Susan Ciancio Building a culture of life is something people of any age can do, and when children are brought up in a household where they are taught to care for others, give of themselves, pray regularly, learn about our faith, make sacrifices, and more, they will...

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Moral Courage in the Face of Adversity

Moral Courage in the Face of Adversity

By Susan Ciancio “I will die but I will not let you go in,” volunteer security guard Akash Bashir allegedly told a terrorist armed with an explosive device in 2015. That man was attempting to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan with more than one thousand people...

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