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SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Amy Welborn

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February 27, 2020
In recent years, fasting has made something of a comeback. Nine years ago, the Bishops of England and Wales asked Catholics to once again return to Friday abstinence from meat. Programs like the rigorous Exodus 90 emphasize fasting as a spiritual discipline. Perhaps the pendulum of history is swinging back, as it tends to do.
June 27, 2019
The crowds surged through the streets of Seville, and my second-youngest son and I moved with them. They moved steadily, stopping not only for tapas and cervezas (beer) as one does here, but also to pause, look, discuss and take photographs. For on this Corpus Christi eve, shops, groups and churches had set up beautifully
August 03, 2017
Bones, tongues, ears, arms, hands, heads. Wood, thorns and cloth. These relics, the stuff of holiness, are treasured by the Catholic and Orthodox, venerated, embedded in altars and celebrated in vast cathedrals. Whatever the truth about the Turin Shroud itself, relics are part of our faith. The secularists may scoff and the reformers may rage
October 27, 2016
“I do not owe you obedience and I will not obey you … I am in a good, pious, blessed, honourable, free, spiritual estate, wherein both my body and soul are well cared for … I want to stay here … I have given myself to God with full knowledge and awareness in eternal chastity
October 26, 2016
The Reformation may have caused women's religious roles to be set back centuries
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