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FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 1: The Mass is not a spectator event
CNS illustration/CrisAnne Fernandez
CNS illustration/CrisAnne Fernandez
The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them. More ...
Friday, January 11, 2019

FAITH ALIVE: No. 1, Part 1: Our universal Church
The small plane flew to the Atlantic coast of Panama, stopping on a landing strip at water's edge. I was on that plane with my sister and brother-in-law, visiting the Kuna people of the San Blas Archipelago. More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: What do we know about the Magi?
The arrival of the Magi may be the most famous part of Matthew's infancy narrative. More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!
Perhaps it's the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with "Celebrate the season!" Or, maybe it's the emphasis on reunions – bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing. More ...
Friday, December 28, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message
We know what kind of person the infant Jesus born on the first Christmas would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives. More ...
Monday, December 24, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Advent Week 4: Christ's coming in history, mystery and majesty
As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ's coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty. More ...
Friday, December 21, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Advent week three: 'I shall say it again: Rejoice!'
What I love about the Advent season is that it captures the mixed reality of our lives. Our moments of joy and sorrow are often closely woven together. More ...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Advent week two - Reading the Advent season through nature
Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled – God's promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, "God with us." More ...
Friday, December 7, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: First Week of Advent - A New Beginning
When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.   More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: 'Queen of people's hearts': Our Lady of Guadalupe
"Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico, Empress of the Americas." This grand title, found on traditional banners celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe, highlights her widespread impact throughout this continent. More ...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Nov. 25 - The Kingdom can never be of this world
It might seem strange that on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our Gospel passage comes from the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate on the morning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. More ...
Monday, November 19, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: The Body of Christ at work
The promulgation of the Decree on Ecumenism, "Unitatis Redintegratio," at the Second Vatican Council made it acceptable for Catholics to engage with Christians from different denominational backgrounds in order to share a common witness to the world. More ...
Friday, November 16, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: The search for Christian unity: Roots, progress, possibilities
Our search for Christian unity commenced over a century ago. More ...
Friday, November 9, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: No Catholic MLKs?
There is an enduring myth that African-American Catholics were largely absent from the freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, which resulted in the legal demise of Jim Crow segregation. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1 -- Choosing Catholicism and celebrating Black Catholic History Month
From the 1920s through the 1960s more than 300,000 African-Americans across the country chose to enter into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. More ...
Friday, October 26, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Too distracted to pray the Rosary?
The Rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic Church. More ...
Friday, October 19, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Five reasons the Rosary is the perfect prayer for families
It was one of those days you never forget. Sitting on the beach one summer evening last year, my husband and I decided to pray the Rosary. More ...
Friday, October 12, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Catholic music ministers offer tips to encourage singing and elevate worship
Music during Mass is one of those topics that evokes strong feelings, often because we believe our favorite songs make for the most joyful noise. For every fan of contemporary music in the Catholic liturgy there is another who prefers traditional hymns, chanting -- or perhaps, no music at all. More ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Good music for any Catholic church
As a musician preparing to enter the Order of Preachers, a wise old priest encouraged me, saying that he thought preaching and music were the two things that needed the most improvement in the church. More ...
Friday, September 28, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Working together to support life
Angie Wingert has been part of the leadership team of the St. Wenceslaus Parish pro-life group in Omaha, Nebraska, for the past 15 years, doing all the "traditional" pro-life activities, from hosting baby showers for pregnancy centers to raising money for students to attend the national March for Life in Washington. More ...
Friday, September 21, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin's consistent ethic of life

I once heard someone argue that Jesus' family from Nazareth must have been prosperous and wealthy.

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Friday, September 14, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: A canonization's focus on legacy and holiness
The gunman who fired the shot in El Salvador March 24, 1980, that killed San Salvador's revered Archbishop Oscar Romero while he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel surely did not aim to help create a martyr whose life and legacy one day would be honored throughout the world. More ...
Friday, September 7, 2018
FAITH ALIVE, Part 2: Synodality: Walking together
The concept of "synodality," originally applied to bishops meeting together to discuss church teaching, has become increasingly important and extended since the Second Vatican Council. More ...
Friday, August 31, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Synod of bishops: Traveling on a journey together
The topic of "synodality" has generated rich conversation in recent years, especially since the election of Pope Francis. This term can seem foreign or technical, but in reality it refers to a practice that is both ancient and fundamental to the Church's life. More ...
Saturday, August 25, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: The Sacrament of Matrimony
Christian marriage takes the human dimensions of attraction, emotion, friendship and sacrificial service spoken by the couple in their daily life together and makes them a language that communicates the nuptial love of Christ for the Church. More ...
Saturday, August 4, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Sacrament of Holy orders
The rite of ordination bestows on the new bishop, priest or deacon a special gift of the Holy Spirit, which enables him to exercise a sacred power for the service, upbuilding and communion of the church. More ...
Sunday, July 29, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Alternative methods of education
Classical education, a growing trend in Catholic education, begins with the premise that there is objective truth and that faith, reason and a rigorous education lead there. More ...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Science and faith
Science and religion are not seen by the church as opposing forces, but distinct and valuable approaches to understanding the universe and our place in it. More ...
Friday, July 6, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Patriotism
We love and honor our country because it has given us life, sustenance, traditions and fundamental orientation analogous to our earthly parents and families. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
FAITH ALIVE -- 'Humanae Vitae' at 50 years
Fifty years after its promulgation, the encyclical "Humanae Vitae" has been labeled "prophetic." More ...
Friday, June 22, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Increasing Mass attendance
How do we, as Catholics, make our parishes, liturgies, programs and processes more appealing to Catholics and non-Catholics alike? More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018



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