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4 Rules for Discernment Every Catholic Should Know! – ChurchPop

The Devil Hates Lent – Here’s How to Beat Him – Laura Ricketts, epicPew

Three Short (& Hilarious) Catholic Jokes – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Pope Strikes at Nazi Rule – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

For Vegas, The Pope’s Payout: Helena’s Thomas Hits The Strip – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Lent: A Time for Transformation – Wendy McMahon, Catholic Stand

Should You Receive Communion on the Tongue? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker+++

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Secret Formula for Raising Millions - Brice Sokolowski, CatholicFundraiser.net

When Will the Shooting Stop? – John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

A Tale of Two Countries, a Choice Between Two Cultures – K.V. Turley, The Catholic World Report

Is Tardiness a Vice? – Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Theology of Water – Bob Kurland Ph.D., Magis Center

Ashes to Ashes: A Lenten Reflection – Paul Oakes, Catholic Stand

Who was Janus, the Roman god of Beginnings & Endings? – Caillan Davenport, Mercatornet

Cardinal Cupich’s Revolutionary Conscience – Fr. Gerald E. Murray J.C.D., The Catholic Thing

The Vile Case That Shows How Far Vatican Has to Go in Child Protection – Ed Condon J.C.D., Catholic Herald

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.

Representing the Holy Spirit that descended “like a dove” and hovered over Jesus when he was baptized.

Bishop Burbidge: The Pandemic is Our ‘Pentecost Moment’

This “21st century Pentecost moment” brought on by the pandemic, Bishop Michael Burbidge said, has underscored the need for good communication in the Church across all forms of media, in order to invite people into the fullness of the Gospel.