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Beer and pretzels: the ‘official beverage and food’ of Lent

While beer and pretzels might be most closely associated with oom-pah music, polka dancing and Oktoberfests, they have a much older and more spiritual pedigree as the “official beverage and food of Lent,” according to Father William Saunders.
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What it means to be marked on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday may be the one day of the year where observant Catholics are most visible to the rest of the public.
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A comeback for confession? Baltimore priests working to revive reconciliation

Some priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore are pushing back against empty confessionals in novel ways. It’s time for confession to make a comeback, they say.
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Maryland March for Life puts focus on debate over assisted suicide bills  

Hundreds of people rallied through the streets of Annapolis Feb. 24 for the annual Maryland March for Life, urging more state-level restrictions on abortion and opposing a bill that would make doctor-assisted suicide legal in the state.
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‘V Encuentro’ looks at training Hispanic Catholic leaders

More than 100 Hispanic Catholic leaders – responsible for implementing the conclusions from the V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry – accepted the challenge of working on the training of new missionary disciples who will be making up the Hispanic leadership over the next three decades.
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Marianists to withdraw from St. Joseph, Sykesville

Citing a declining and aging population of priests and brothers within its congregation, the Marianists announced Feb. 22-23 they will withdraw from St. Joseph in Sykesville June 30.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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A badly exaggerated “can-do” attitude is symptomatic of the sin of pride that played such a devastating role at the dawn of human history.
Marching in Washington, D.C., or Annapolis are important ways to make your voice heard on life issues, but if you want to make a “powerful, impassioned and inspirational” difference, support your local pro-life pregnancy center. 

Open Window

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Last weekend we took a day trip to Frederick, and John suggested that we stop at St. Peter’s in Libertytown, Md., for Saturday evening Mass.

Faces of Faith

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“You know that actions speak louder than words. And people can be a testimony to their faith just by what they do and not by what they say,” Hoban said.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about annulments and dropping the consecrated host.

Word on Fire

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Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes."
I would have been happy to watch four hours of a film that was as honest and insightful about Joseph Ratzinger as it was about Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

The Domestic Church

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I have come to see that there are times when the best parenting move is the one that is best for the parent.

Guest Commentary

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The plight of the Amazon is a wicked problem demanding enormous resources and focus from a variety of countries, yet without certainty of the results nor the avoidance of unintended consequences.

The Narthex

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If there’s one thread that runs throughout the selected homilies, it’s courage.

Dust and Dewfall

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Let us “start strong” and “show God” to the world and those around us, and give a demonstration of the unseen by being Christlike in our lives and in our love.

Baltimore Boomer

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An unusually mild January nonetheless left me chilled, by too many deaths.

The Catholic Difference

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At the end, that is the deepest impression her letters leave: here is a woman of extraordinary courage whose configuration of her life to the Cross was a source of both personal strength and literary genius.

Behind the Headlines

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We don’t stop celebrating his birth just because the stores take down decorations and end the sales. We find the light in the manger and we trek to the Lord with all who seek him.

Our Back Pages

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This year will mark Monsignor Burke's 40th Christmas at St. Francis of Assisi in Baltimore. He’ll celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

Snippets of FAith

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The differences in attitude while muddling through emotional heartache or illness are what can make or break us.

Wit & Wisdom

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Salvation history is not just about what God did in the past, but what God wants to do through each one of us in the present.

Unconditional

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Perhaps we can go beyond turning down treats and consider centering our Lenten promises on honoring God properly maintaining the earthly vessel he has provided for us to do his work.

Diamonds in the Rough

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God is not a genie; but he is intimately fond of us. He would do anything for you – not because he is our slave, but because he is nothing but love.

World News

Pakistani woman who fled to Canada seeks political asylum in France

The Catholic mother, who spent nearly a decade on death row in Pakistan after she was falsely accused of blasphemy against Islam, wants to live closer to French writer Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who was influential in her fight for freedom and helped her to write her autobiography, "Enfin Libre" (Finally Free).
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Leap year’s extra day has a Catholic origin

Did you know the present system of calculating the leap years was designed around fixing the date of Easter?
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Intellectually disabled L’Arche members react to news of Vanier abuse

For the adults with disabilities who are the core members of L'Arche, news that Jean Vanier sexually abused six women over a 35-year period hit particularly hard.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

This week’s guests are Deacon Greg Kandra, author of “The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2020,” and Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran, authors of “Messages of Trust for Lent 2020.” Listen above.

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Videos

Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent, pope tells faithful

Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one's life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.
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Being meek does not mean being a pushover, pope says at audience

Those who are meek are patient, gentle and merciful, drawing people together and salvaging relationships, Pope Francis said.
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Raphael’s tapestries briefly return to Sistine Chapel

An artistic masterpiece conceived by the Renaissance master Raphael was on display for one week in the Sistine Chapel to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.
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