Blessed Virgin Mary

Why was Mary a virgin?
Mary isn't a virgin for biological reasons, but theological ones.

By Alice Camille

ARTICLE YOUR FAITH

My all-time favorite footnote involves a scholar’s wry gloss on the maps used by Jesus. Commenting on a passage in which Jesus had to cross into Gentile territory on his way to Jerusalem, the footnote reads: “This trip was evidently a theological necessity, not a geographical one. More direct routes were available.”

Your Last Day

Your Last Day
What if you were told this morning that today was to be your last day on earth? How would you spend its passing hours? Whom would you insist on seeing? Would your behavior differ radically from what it usually is?
Someone has wisely said: You should treat every day as if it’s your last one, because one of these days you’re going to be right.”

We need Lent now more than ever

We need Lent now more than ever
Syrian refugees Ahmed Al Kango and his wife, Sahar, help their children learn English Feb. 7 in their home in Elkhorn, Neb. Pictured from left, the children are Mohamad, Ghaith and Abdulrazzaq. (CNS/Joe Ruff, Catholic Voice)
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I can't remember a year when our country has needed Lent more.
Consider just a few of the season's themes:

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!
Some people are lazy while others are workaholics. The lazy person, seeing the pointlessness of running here and there for success, idles away his time and hurts both himself and those who depends on him.
The workaholic is often driven by envy, greed, and a constant desire to stay ahead of everyone else. Both extremes are foolish and irresponsible.

Jesus is Greater than Moses

Jesus is Greater than Moses
For Jews the highest human authority was the high priest. For us Christians, the highest human authorities were God’s messengers, the apostles. Jesus, God’s Messenger and High Priest, is the ultimate authority in the church.

Fordham University's Center on Religion and Culture.

Fordham's Department of African and African-American Studies.

NEW YORK The specter of Donald Trump's one-month presidency hung over a Feb. 21 seminar on racism and religious faith here sponsored by Fordham University's Center on Religion and Culture.
"Over the past few months our country has been engaged in a vociferous call and response," said Aimee Meredith Cox, of Fordham's Department of African and African-American Studies.

"I sense the fierce urgency of the now," said keynote speaker Willie James Jennings, a professor at Yale Divinity School.

The Test Of Our Religion

The Test Of Our Religion
Imagine that you are making application for heaven. What would you list as your qualifications?
I have always believed in God.
I’m thought of as a religious person.
I have tried to live a good life.
I have been baptized.
I go to church.
I haven’t done anything real bad.
I have friends who will vouch for me.

One Body with Many Parts

One Body with Many Parts
The apostle Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: (1) being proud of their abilities, or (2) thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should use our different gifts, together, to spread the Good News of salvation.

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