• 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>A priest hears confession inside the cathedral in Valencia, Spain, May 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Christian, fasting during Lent is ultimately about fasting from sin. (CNS photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)  </p>

    A priest hears confession inside the cathedral in Valencia, Spain, May 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Christian, fasting during Lent is ultimately about fasting from sin. (CNS photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

    Mar 01, 2021
  • A woman prays during Mass at St. Pius X Church in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 24, 2019.

    A woman prays during Mass at St. Pius X Church in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 24, 2019. This Lent, how will you find time for prayer? (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Feb 24, 2021
  • People pray during an Aug. 28, 2020, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

    People pray during an Aug. 28, 2020, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Prayer changes what we desire. Prayer transforms us into those who can live with God forever. (CNS photo by Andrew Biraj/Catholic Standard)

    Feb 24, 2021
  • Veronica wipes the face of Jesus in this representation of the sixth Station of Cross at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France.

    Veronica wipes the face of Jesus in this representation of the sixth Station of Cross at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France. This Lent, consider praying the Stations of the Cross as your walk around your neighborhood. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Feb 19, 2021
  • Chaplain Bill Simpson of Shawnee, Okla., prays with a patient undergoing testing for coronavirus at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital April 23, 2020.

    Chaplain Bill Simpson of Shawnee, Okla., prays with a patient undergoing testing for coronavirus at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital April 23, 2020. In ministry, pastoral conversion requires us to take initiative and get involved. (CNS photo by Nick Oxford/Reuters)

    Feb 18, 2021
  • Worshippers wearing protective masks receive ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila, Philippines, Feb. 26, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Worshippers wearing protective masks receive ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila, Philippines, Feb. 26, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo by Eloisa Lopez, Reuters)

    Feb 17, 2021

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