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We’re just over half way through Lent. It’s a time when we may be wavering in our resolutions, or perhaps regretting that we haven’t done anything to enter more fully into the passion of our Lord. This weekend on Salt + Light, we offer viewers an opportunity of encouragement, or depending where you are at, ...read more
In a dark period between a hail of shrapnel in 1994 and a papal decree in 2002, not one priest remained in Afghanistan. This statistic may not surprise you, given that the country was ruled by the fanatical Taliban for the majority of those years. But considering Jesus’ great commission to “make disciples of all ...read more
In Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI describes marital love as free, total, faithful, and fruitful. I could spend hours typing about each of those four characteristics, but instead on tonight’s episode of Catholic Focus, I would like to take the opportunity to concentrate on the ‘fruitful’ aspect; specifically natural family planning, fertility awareness and contraception. ...read more
Did you miss the first few episodes of the Salt + Light series Mothering, Full of Grace? For the next three Wednesdays we will be airing a previously broadcast episode at 8pm and midnight ET. (note that we do not have the usual Sunday repeat as Salt + Light is airing special Lenten and Easter ...read more
This title may prompt you to say: “Fasting for Lent is hard enough but fasting for Easter is just too much!” Indeed, a better title might be “Fasting because of Easter.” Whatever? Here’s the reason we fast — some people in the Gospel once asked Jesus why they and the Pharisees fast often, but Jesus’ ...read more
From the very beginning of John’s Gospel, the question of origins pervades the story. Where is Jesus from? Who sent him? What rabbinical school did this son of Nazareth attend? Where did he get all of this? Where did he learn to break God’s law? Such questions permeate the provocative Gospel story of the healing ...read more
“I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15) This… this is true, quality friendship. This is our Lord, telling us he calls us friends and sharing with us all the love and grace and knowledge that comes from our Heavenly Father. ...read more
This past Sunday I pressed the reset button and recommenced Lent. Thankfully, 40 days allows time for a few false starts. My problem wasn’t that I chose overly challenging forms of fasting and abstinence—they were modest and achievable. Rather, when something doesn’t go your way in life, as was the case for me last week, ...read more
Mount Gerizim towers over Jacob’s well, which is located in central Israel in the biblical town of Shechem, now called Nablus. It is Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) that makes this well famous in Christian tradition. Several things are wrong with this whole scene at Jacob’s well. First of all, the well ...read more
The history of the Catholic Church is filled with extraordinary personalities who were raised to the altar for their heroic virtues. One of the most fascinating personalities in recent church history is, without a doubt, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his death and it is a good time to ...read more