• In "Hurrahing in Harvest" the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins revels in the marvelous elements of nature that herald the arrival of autumn.

    A cob of corn is seen in a field during the harvest in Minooka, Ill., in this illustration photo.

    A cob of corn is seen in a field during the harvest in Minooka, Ill., in this illustration photo. (CNS photo by Jim Young, Reuters)

  • In our backyard is a solitary Liquid Amber tree (liquidambar) that from spring through summer produces a gorgeous bounty of green leaves, providing welcome shade and beauty.

    St. Michael Church in Jacksonport, Wis., and Lake Michigan are pictured in an aerial photo.

    St. Michael Church in Jacksonport, Wis., and Lake Michigan are pictured in an aerial photo. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero, The Compass)

  •  The United Nations was born in 1945 out of the rubble and human devastation of World War II.

    The U.N. flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York City Sept. 24, 2019.

    The U.N. flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York City Sept. 24, 2019. (CNS photo by Yana Paskova/Reuters)

  • Father John Benson, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, carries palms in the church sacristy Feb. 18, 2020.

    Father John Benson, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, carries palms in the church sacristy Feb. 18, 2020, that had been collected from parishioners who saved them from the previous Palm Sunday. The church burns collected palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. (CNS photo by Chaz Muth)

    Apr 02, 2020
  • A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross.

    A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross." (CNS photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

    Apr 02, 2020
  • A priest listens to a man give an impromptu confession.

    A priest listens to a man give an impromptu confession. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Mar 24, 2020
  • St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983.

    St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983. Pope John Paul II forgave Agca and later said he did so "because that's what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches us to forgive.' (CNS photo by Arturo Mari/L'Osservatore Romano)

    Mar 24, 2020
  • Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich.

    Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich. Almsgiving does not have to take the form of financial alms. There are many ways to be generous toward others that do not require excess in your bank account. (CNS photo by Jim West)

    Mar 17, 2020
  • A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home.

    A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home. As Catholics, we undertake the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving seeking spiritual conversion as we journey to the cross with Christ. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Mar 03, 2020

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