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Looking East: Clean Monday and Clean Fridges

Looking East - It's Clean Fridge Day

Eastern Lent is as rewarding as it is rigorous and Holy Mother Church in her great wisdom allows us to slowly move into Lent, gently easing us into the Great Fast. It is a gradual process and helps the faithful gather strength.

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Advent Symbols and Celebrations – Part II

Advent customs and traditions II

Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, a preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, meaning "to come to"; it refers to the coming of Christ. As with Part I, here are three more expressions of piety to prepare the way of the Lord.

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Theology of All Souls Day

The Theology of All Souls Day

All Souls Day isn't as old as the Feast of All Saints but does date back more than 1000 years. The feast is celebrated to pray for the souls in Purgatory.

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Five Ways to Follow Jesus Like John the Baptist

How to follow Jesus like Saint John

John the Baptist could be considered Jesus' first evangelist. Mary went to visit Elizabeth because the angel Gabriel told her that Elizabeth was expecting. When Mary arrived at Elizabeth's home, Saint John leaped in her womb at Mary's greeting. "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy." RSV Lk 1:43-44 Let's consider five ways that we can follow Jesus like Saint John the Baptist did and improve our evanglism in the process.

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Five Catholic Cookbooks That Belong On your Shelf

Five Catholic Cookbooks That Belong On Your Shelf

Catholic cuisine and drinking have experienced a new media revival recently. Back in 2008, Jeff Young became interested in this relatively new podcasting thing and decided to try his hand with a podcast about cooking and Catholicism. The Catholic Foodie was born. A radio show, kids and a trip to the Holy Land later, Jeff Young is now the author ...

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St. Rita

St. Rita blog

At an early age, Rita of Cascia begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. However, her parents instead arranged a marriage for her when she was only twelve years old...

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Saint Isidore the Farmer

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St. Isidore was born in about 1070 to a poor, but devout family. At a very young age, Isidore hired himself out as a farmer to a wealthy Madrilenian landowner named Juan de Vargas.

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