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The Prodigal Son & the Golden Calf

Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son and Israel's worship of the Golden Calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai are some of the best known of all Bible stories. The connection? Maybe they both reveal much about the nature of sin, grace ....

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Theology of the Body, Spirit vs. Flesh?

The theology of the Body of John Paul II has challenged a fundamental assumption about the Catholic faith - that it considers the body and bodily pleasures as unspiritual or even evil. This article helps to illumine what St. Paul means in Galatians 5:17 when...

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New creation, New Dignity – Leo the Great

Leo the Great here emphasizes that the Incarnation, the mystery of God becoming man, changes everything.  Human dignity is now vastly elevated, requiring us to live in a new way, with a new relationship to the visible things of this beautiful but passing world....

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Mother Teresa on Abortion

Mother Teresa is best known for her dedication to serving the poorest of the poor as a witness to the Gospel of Mercy. Yet that did not prevent her from speaking out about abortion, an issue that some believe is a political or religious...

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Mother Teresa on Population and Development

Mother Teresa was invited to address the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development on September 9, 1994.  What follows is the text of her remarks which centered on the violence of abortion and an appeal to accept the humanity and the precious gift of...