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  • Beyond the Controversy, Immigrant Children are in Need
    Post by Thérèse Bermpohl, 8/6/2014

    “Bring up immigration in a room full of people and it’s like tossing a match onto a stack of dry hay. Emotions flare and opinions collide. As I write this, I know that there are many sides to each story, huge obstacles to bring about solutions and many political and economic realities at stake. But I cannot see past the immediate need of innocent children whose very lives are threatened as they fall victim to the harrowing experience of being brought into our country. ... ”

  • What Saints Peter and Paul teach us
    Post by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 7/18/2014

    “Given by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at Saint Jude Syro-Malabar Church in Centreville. ... ”

  • Catholic Confessions: My Prayer in Dryness
    Post by Natalie Plumb, 7/10/2014

    “I hesitate to call anything “normal.” But some things simply are. We are all different, but we are all sinners. We are all unique Children of God, but we all fall. The same is true with prayer. ... ”

  • A Fortnight for Freedom
    Post by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 6/27/2014

    “**EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally ran in the Arlington Catholic Herald (view it here). It serves as a reminder to us to continue praying for religious liberty, especially since the Diocese of Arlington will be celebrating the Fortnight for Freedom tomorrow, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Herndon. For more information, please see the Facebook event at ** ... ”

  • An Archbishop Refuses to be Bullied
    Post by Sr. Clare Hunter, 6/17/2014

    “It is a strange and scary thing when civil authorities write to a bishop and tell him how to live his faith and mission. Do not let the issue of homosexuality or the politically charged same-sex marriage agenda blind you to what is really going on here. The letter written to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by California government leaders and various gay activists and religious groups, as well as a letter from U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, telling him not to attend the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2014, was about a group telling a man how he should act as a Catholic Archbishop. ... ”

  • The Holy Trinity and the Sacrament of Marriage
    Post by Deacon Marques Silva, 6/13/2014

    “For those of us who remember the Baltimore Catechism, you likely have those fond memories of Sr. Mary Margaret asking: ... ”

  • Our Lady of Promptness
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 5/2/2014

    “The month of May is a good time to give thought and prayer to the many titles of our Lady. And in his Chrism Mass homily, Pope Francis gave us a new one to consider: Our Lady of Promptness. A quick internet search for this title brings up only references to the same homily. So it would seem that the title is his own creation. But as is so often the case with Pope Francis, this novelty has deep roots in our faith. ... ”

  • The Resurrection is key to living our faith
    Post by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 4/25/2014

    “If I asked you to choose the single event that has most influenced and touched human history, what would you choose? The invention of the alphabet? The discovery of the New World by Columbus? Maybe you would name a medical advancement that saved millions of lives, or an invention that allowed us to accomplish things previously never imagined. Yes, human history has included many world-changing discoveries, inventions and advancements, but, in point of fact, none of them would be considered the single event that has had the greatest influence on our history — at least, not for the followers of Jesus Christ. ... ”

  • The ?Unnamed? Days of Holy Week
    Post by Sr. Clare Hunter, 4/15/2014

    “Have you ever wondered why the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week don’t get a special name? I have. We have quite the entrance on Passion (Palm) Sunday by publicly processing, singing and carrying palms. We read the very long Gospel and wince as we shout out “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” After the celebration of an intense liturgy, it feels like we are just getting started, and then we have to stop for three days, only to rev up again for the big line up of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and finally Easter Sunday. ... ”

  • Lenten Foods: Japanese Tempura
    Post by Deacon Marques Silva, 3/17/2014

    “"Some have suggested that the word tempura comes from the Latin Quatuor Tempora ("four times"), a name for the Ember Days, penitential days marking the changing of the seasons. The tradition of abstaining from meat on those days each quarter was brought to Japan by Spanish and Portuguese missionaries. When this European Christian tradition met a Japanese culinary tradition, a deep-fried seafood and vegetable dish was born: tempura!"[1] ... ”

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