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The late pontiff's sixty to ninety minutes of private prayer before Mass were the best part of his day

The following is Chapter 9, "The Blessed Sacrament", from Jason Evert's new book, Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves.

Between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m.—and sometimes as early as 4:00—Pope John Paul II would arise each morning, keeping vir...

Interpreting Scripture for its moral import alone, while common and understandable, can cause us to miss the deeper meaning of Christ's actions

In many Catholic parishes on Holy Thursday, a footwashing ritual is incorporated into Mass. Although optional, most parishes choose to do it, for it is a most powerful symbol in the present day, just as it is a powerful symbol at its Scriptural roots in the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, when Jesus himself washes his disciples’ feet.

But a symbol of what? T...

Ordained in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, these men offer a unique pastoral perspective to their flocks.

Many diocesan seminaries will not accept older applicants to the priesthood, and often with good reason. An older man can have greater difficulty in meeting the demands of the priesthood or giving up the freedom or material success of his single life, or find it a challenge to place himself under the authority of a bishop.  When people age, they often become more s...

“Why do people have to love people, anyway?”

Few movies can be at once savage and sweet; fewer still while straddling more than one genre. Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) manages all of the above. Dubbed a comedy at its debut, this study in after-office-hours hanky-panky bears an undertow of melancholy—and with the deceptively light touch of co-writer-director Billy Wilder.

Audiences weaned on Jim...

Jody Bottum's new book examines why the old language of traditional religion is out, and a new language of spirituality is in.

In 1965, more than 50 percent of Americans were active members of mainline Protestant churches. Today that number is down to under 10 percent. Meanwhile, Catholicism in America continues to enjoy moderate success, primarily due to the wave of new immigrants, but weekly Mass attendance is in significant decline. Yet ask the average passerby on the streets about their religious beliefs ...

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