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Twenty years ago this past January, I was received into the Catholic Church. Friends, for whom I am ever grateful, had introduced me to the truth of the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist, and I had developed a deep desire to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The Church’s teachings on Mary, however, inspired no such fervor. With some hesitation, I had intellectually assented to the Marian dogmas. I had also begun RCIA during the

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Now that my three girls are teenagers, they look enough alike that they often get confused for each other, and sometimes for me! Despite the family resemblance, though, the older they get the more I realize that God has given each of them unique gifts. There are the obvious things—a head for math or a beautiful singing voice, for example—but there are other, more subtle differences as well. One has a passion for justice that we

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I teach sixth grade at a local private school and absolutely love it. My students are a sheer delight, and I find that my hope in humanity and the future of the world is fully realized every time I walk through my classroom door. I preach unceasingly against gossip and talking badly about others, hoping to nip those tendencies in the bud as my students begin their harrowing journey through middle school. These kids aren’t perfect,

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This time of reflective waiting during the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost is one that has often sparked my creative imagination as I reflect on how the disciples must have felt after they saw the Lord going up into heaven. Clinging to his promise to send the Holy Spirit after the bewildering Ascension of the Lord, these men did not really understand what was happening but continued to show up and pray together, waiting for

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Today is one of my favorite feast days: Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven. This day we commemorate the lordship of Jesus, his return to his Father, his ultimate victory over death, and the promise that we can join him in heaven. It’s such an important tenet of our faith that we proclaim it every time we say the Creed, in every Mass. But what always strikes me most about this day

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