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How to give Almighty God perfect thanks...

One of the great human inadequacies is our inability to give proper and adequate thanks to God. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we don’t even realize the vast majority of what He does for us; it is hidden from our eyes. A further problem is that in our fallen condition we seem to be wired to magnify our problems and minimize or discount the enormous blessings of each moment...

A culture of gratitude: Readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time...

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming upon us in a little over a month, and this season of the year always makes me think, How do you give thanks if you don’t believe there’s anyone there to thank? Thanksgiving is not a holiday that ever could have arisen in an atheist culture. The themes of the Readings for this Sunday focus on the gratitude for God’s salvation...

Homily for Canonization of Sts. John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes and Margherita Bays...

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily delivered today at the canonization of Saints John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911), Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), Dulce Lopes Pontes (1914-1992), Margherita Bays (1815-1879): “Your faith has saved you” (Lk 17:19). This is the climax of today’s Gospel...

Why do we have eyelashes? New study says it’s to keep our eyes moist.....

Why do we have eyelashes? The answer might seem simple: Those thick hairs on the end of our eyelids simply exist to block intruding particles from landing on our eyeballs. And, in fact, that’s what many scientists have hypothesized. It explains why camels evolved to have long lashes for wandering the dusty desert — and why our house pets...

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) falls on an Advent Sunday. Here’s what that means for you and me.....

With this solemnity falling on the 2nd Sunday of Advent this year, that may cause some confusion. A reader dropped me a line recently: Can a parish celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Dec 7-8th instead of the 2nd Sunday in Advent Liturgy?? My pastor wants to do this. I did not know for sure if it is proper?? Short answer: no...

Prince of Wales on eve of Cardinal Newman’s canonization: “In the age in which he attains sainthood, his example is needed more than ever...”...

The Prince of Wales said Saturday that the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman is a cause for celebration among all Britons, those who are Catholic and those who “cherish the values by which he was inspired.” “His faith was truly catholic in that it embraced all aspects of life. It is in that same spirit that we, whether we are Catholics or not...

Beware: This new phone scam uses a real text from your bank to trick you...

If you're hesitant to pick up your phone when you see an unknown number (or a familiar number), that's understandable. Fraudulent phone calls have reached an all-time high in recent years and scammed Americans out of billions of dollars. But no matter how savvy you think you are, it helps to be aware of the newest tricks criminals are using before you fall victim to them...

Meet the four saintly women who will be canonized with John Henry Newman this Sunday...

Pope Francis will canonize four women alongside John Henry Newman this Sunday. These women, a stigmatist, a mystic, a Roman orphan and Nobel Peace prize nominee, also proclaimed Christ through their lives and their miracles in a unique way. Mother Mariam Thresia (1876-1926) was an Indian mystic and founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family...

Kim Kardashian gets baptized in Armenia along with kids Saint, Chicago, and Psalm...

Kim Kardashian feels “blessed” to have been baptized in her ancestors’ native land. “Thank you Armenia for such a memorable trip,” Kim, 38 tweeted on Thursday. “So blessed to have been baptized along with my babies at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia’s main cathedral which is sometimes referred to as the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church...

The Democrats are going to regret Beto O’Rourke’s stance on punishing churches and charities...

The issue of gay rights and recognition and acceptance of the LGBTQ community has moved at warp speed—in political terms, anyway—this past decade. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage,” said candidate Barack Obama in 2008. At Thursday night’s nationally televised forum on LGBTQ rights...