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Saints

My Treasured Letters and the Letters of the Saints

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

With the advent of the Internet and email, the art of letter writing has suffered in the 21st century.

9 Key Facts From the Life of Sathya Sai Baba

Shammi Paranjape | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Shammi Paranjape

1) He was born in a poor family, in a nondescript hamlet of South India, Puttaparthi, on 23rd November 1926. On the following day, 24th November 1926,...

Saints, Beheadings And Chaucer: The History of Valentine's Day

Meggen and Peter Taylor | Posted 02.12.2016 | Weird News
Meggen and Peter Taylor

In wrapping up my exploration of the history behind Valentine's Day the day itself has a past that is not quite like the way we celebrate in modern times and thank goodness. Heck, my male friend whose comments about what his significant other should be doing to and for him were not so far off the mark in terms of the history.

Is It Holy To Sit Upon A Pole?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Asceticism is the practice of denying various comforts to oneself and even inflicting upon oneself various occasions of discomfort. Most religions endorse ascetic discipline in the belief that physical and mental hardship is a sure path to spiritual maturity.

How Experience and Confession Make Teachers and Students Masters

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

I'm really enjoying the gift of Oprah's "Super Soul Sessions" since it helps me to see that I'm still a work in progress and to determine the areas wh...

The Sinner

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
Ioana Budeanu

In our deepest, darkest hours, we all come to light. Every single time. But in our sunny days, we all can see the night of our love. When love dies, everything else pales. And we all cry and pray and say strong words.

Mexico's Top Two Santa Muerte Leaders Finally Meet

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The two Enriquetas finally met two weeks ago in Tepito, the notorious Mexico City barrio. For those who haven't been following the development of the ...

Native Americans Decry Sainthood For California's Iconic Missionary

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

On Wednesday, Junípero Serra, the architect of the California mission system that converted 81,000 Native Americans to Christianity in the late 18th ...

13 Powerful Women Mystics Who Helped Shape Christianity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

The women mystics of Christianity lived courageous and often radical lives. They pushed their bodies to the extremes of survival, challenged societal ...

The Vatican Fast-Tracked Controversial Spanish Priest's Claims To Sainthood

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four...

Pope Francis Doesn't Seem Bothered By Controversy Over Spanish Priest's Upcoming Canonization

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite growing resistance from some Native Americans and U.S. Catholics, the Vatican on Saturday (May 2) will host an event to cel...

Lessons From Our Lives: We Share the Same Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It is said that some of the simplest cultures on Earth are also the happiest. Does this mean that by not being so involved in formal study and strivin...

The History (And Present) of Valentine's Day

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

Most people think Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark Cards. It wasn't. Valentine's Day is actually a well-documented, historical phenomenon -- its tangled roots winding their way through centuries worth of Christian liturgy, pagan tradition, myth, and an occasional beheading.

Junipero Serra: Saint Or Sinner?

The Associated Press | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced ...

Our Most Wasted Resource: Our Capacity for Good

Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

If we are to reverse the trend of violence and environmental destruction on our planet, we need many, many more such people. It's time for a Manhattan Project focused on our most wasted resource: our capacity for good.

Pope Francis Canonized Six New Saints This Weekend

The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony i...

Miraculous

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.

WATCH: This Flop Helped Save The 49ers From Hail Mary TD

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Sports

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Perrish Cox reminded football fans on Sunday that flopping happens in the NFL. On the final play of regulation ...

Halloween Interlude

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 12.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Crisped whispers from the leaves above remind me that it's a SoCal fall. Gone before you know it. Some of the leaves hold on to genetic memories and defiantly turn red, but most of them have given up, yellowed and rustled a goodbye to their mates as they float down.

Why Pope Paul VI, Who Officially Banned Birth Control For Catholics, Is One Step Closer To Sainthood

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As he wraps up a Vatican meeting marked by sharp debates over sex and morality, Pope Francis on Sunday (Oct. 19) will honor one of his most cont...

New Jersey Nun Is The First Would-Be Saint Beatified In The United States

The Associated Press | Julio Cortez | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials sai...

Venezuelans Seek Sainthood For Beloved Folk Hero

New York Times | William Neuman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

ISNOTÚ, Venezuela — Venezuela needs a miracle. Preferably two. But this is not about finding a way to reconcile the country’s bitterly divided po...

Pope Paul VI's Beatification Set For October?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion

Pope Paul VI will likely be beatified later this year, Italian Catholic weekly Credere reports. The late pope's beatification is expected to take p...

Saints and Sexuality

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

When we have a pope who finally recognizes that human sexual desire is not a bad thing, that sexual relations between loving couples is a good thing, whether they're seeking to produce a child or not, and that there's nothing inherently evil about masturbation, then maybe we'll have a pope who's worthy of admiration, if not veneration.

A Former Swiss Guard Reflects On Canonizations And Saints

Andreas Widmer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

As a young man serving in the Swiss Guard, I remember dreading the long events connected to beatifications and canonizations. A canonization Mass would easily run two and a half hours, which meant that we were on duty in St. Peter's Square for over 5 hours.