• Most Catholics are intimately aware of the three pillars of Lenten practice — prayer, fasting and almsgiving. And in these unprecedented times that have become the new normal, that call...

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  • “Love ought to show itself more in deeds rather than words.” — St. Ignatius of Loyola

    <p>A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Almsgiving does not expect repayment; it is an act of mercy and of justice. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)  </p>

    A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Almsgiving does not expect repayment; it is an act of mercy and of justice. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

  • I know that I am not the only one for whom this year has been full of unpredictable moments. More than anything, this year has reminded me how completely out of control I am. I’ve found...

    <p>A woman wearing a protective mask prays during Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inarguable that this Lent meets us in a place of profound personal and communal suffering and loss, of unending uncertainty and anxiety, of unanswered prayers. (CNS photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)  </p>

    A woman wearing a protective mask prays during Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inarguable that this Lent meets us in a place of profound personal and communal suffering and loss, of unending uncertainty and anxiety, of unanswered prayers. (CNS photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

  • Chaplain Bill Simpson talks with a patient in the emergency room at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Shawnee, Okla, April 23, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Chaplain Bill Simpson talks with a patient in the emergency room at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Shawnee, Okla, April 23, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the heroes in our midst. And hospital chaplains rank high on that list. (CNS photo by Nick Oxford/Reuters)

    Apr 15, 2021
  •  Father Corneille Boyeye, chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, N.Y., and a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, anoints the hands of Cecilia Prado, center, and other nurses in the hospital's telemetry unit May 7, 2018.

    Father Corneille Boyeye, chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, N.Y., and a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, anoints the hands of Cecilia Prado, center, and other nurses in the hospital's telemetry unit May 7, 2018. Among the many heroes that have emerged during the pandemic, Catholic hospital chaplains are especially inspirational. (CNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz)

    Apr 15, 2021
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  • The organ pipes at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington are seen April 25, 2019.

    The organ pipes at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington are seen April 25, 2019. At Easter, the organ and other instruments return to their full glory and extend the joy of our voices. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Mar 31, 2021
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  • <p>Traci Cornett is seen with her husband, Alan, and their three daughters. For some people, the pandemic influenced their decision to seek out the Catholic Church as their faith home. (CNS photo by Traci Cornett via Don Clemmer)  </p>

    Traci Cornett is seen with her husband, Alan, and their three daughters. For some people, the pandemic influenced their decision to seek out the Catholic Church as their faith home. (CNS photo by Traci Cornett via Don Clemmer)

    Mar 25, 2021

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