• In the introduction to her book “Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor” (Paraclete Press, 2020), Angela Alaimo O’Donnell recounts how “at least one reader” asked “...

    <p>This meme accompanies the second article of Faith Alive! No 27. (CNS illustration; photo by Chaz Muth) </p>

    This meme accompanies the second article of Faith Alive! No 27. (CNS illustration; photo by Chaz Muth)

  • In the introduction to her 2014 prose work “Mortal Blessings,” poet and educator Angela Alaimo O’Donnell offers this frank observation: “Poetry seemed to be something I could manage on...

    <p>Angela Alaimo O&rsquo;Donnell is a writer, poet and professor at Fordham University in New York City. (CNS photo courtesy Angela Alaimo O&rsquo;Donnell)  </p>

    Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a writer, poet and professor at Fordham University in New York City. (CNS photo courtesy Angela Alaimo O’Donnell)

  • The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of the faith. I have to be honest: That made me uncomfortable.

    <p>Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)  </p>

    Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)

  • <p>Alice McDermott is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo courtesy Epic Photography Jamie Schoenberger)  </p>

    Alice McDermott is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo courtesy Epic Photography Jamie Schoenberger)

    Jul 01, 2021
  • <p>A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)  </p>

    A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)

    Jun 16, 2021
  • <p>Pope Francis leads a penitential liturgy with juvenile detainees in Las Garzas de Pacora Juvenile Detention Center in Pacora, Panama, Jan. 25, 2019. Jesus draws &ldquo;near to others&rdquo; and gives them &ldquo;another chance,&rdquo; the pope explained. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)  </p>

    Pope Francis leads a penitential liturgy with juvenile detainees in Las Garzas de Pacora Juvenile Detention Center in Pacora, Panama, Jan. 25, 2019. Jesus draws “near to others” and gives them “another chance,” the pope explained. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Jun 09, 2021
  • <p> A family prays at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Silver Spring, Md., during the Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage May 1, 2021.</p>

    A family prays at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Silver Spring, Md., during the Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage May 1, 2021. What could be more necessary to grow in holiness than the embrace of an attitude that says, "I will love this person and forgive them, because I know they forgive me"? (CNS photo by Andrew Biraj/Catholic Standard)

    Jun 09, 2021
  • <p>Men from the Diocese of Trenton, and their sons hike Mount Tammany in Knowlton Township, N.J., June 15, 2019. (CNS photo by Jeff Bruno)  </p>

    Men from the Diocese of Trenton, and their sons hike Mount Tammany in Knowlton Township, N.J., June 15, 2019. (CNS photo by Jeff Bruno)

    Jun 02, 2021
  • <p>Youth are seen during a retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center in Venice, Fla. (CNS photo by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center)  </p>

    Youth are seen during a retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center in Venice, Fla. (CNS photo by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center)

    Jun 02, 2021

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