• 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)

  • A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

    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)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • Illustration of a man sitting at a table.

    "Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor," Pope Francis has said. (CNS illustration by Emily Thompson)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • A young man looks up a Scripture passage during Bible study.

    A young man looks up a Scripture passage during Bible study. Praying the psalms can be a fruitful Lenten practice. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • A girl looking at her phone

    We are human and our phones have become a collective addiction! This Lent, step back to reflect on what is happening in our lives outside of the digital universe. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City Feb. 13, 2013.

    Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City Feb. 13, 2013. (CNS photo by Joe Penney/Reuters)

    Feb 20, 2020
  • A young woman prays during Ash Wednesday Mass at Jesus the Divine Word Church in Huntingtown, Md., March 6, 2019.

    A young woman prays during Ash Wednesday Mass at Jesus the Divine Word Church in Huntingtown, Md., March 6, 2019. As Lent begins, we hear the call to repentance. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

    Feb 20, 2020

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