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Brad Noel
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CCM's Big Fat Lenten Post 2015
As all of you know, Lent begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. Let's tackle some of the common questions folks have about Lent and Ash Wednesday: What is Lent? Lent is a time when all throughout the Church prepare to celebrate Easter through penance, prayer, fa...

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"Eat, drink, and be merry... for tomorrow we fast"
Mardi Gras (literally "Fat Tuesday" in French) has grown in popularity over the past few decades. While many almost exclusively associate this day of parades and often-raucous celebrations with the city of New Orleans, Mardi Gras actually first appeared in ...

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St. Blaise and the Blessing of the Throats
Today, many Catholics carry on a very old (and very cool) tradition: the blessing of the throats. Today is the Feast Day of St. Blaise and for centuries, on this day, Catholics have had a custom of blessing throats, asking for God to preserve our throats fr...

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VERITAS Retreat review and Statewide Retreat preview
Sunset at VERITAS Retreat (taken by Anna Grace Salem) The VERITAS Retreat was great last Saturday! We had a great group and an awesome location. A very special thanks to the Hintons for having us at their Lafayette County farm for the day! As the name impli...

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The Holy Origins of Halloween
In case you didn’t realize it, today is Halloween. Which means it's time once again for our annual Halloween post here on the SFC Blog! Here in the Deep South, the evangelical form of Christianity has a strong cultural sway. Because of this, there are mixed...

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Restoring Hope: The inspiration behind St. Jude's
Amos Kairouz was a man struggling to build a successful career.  One of nine children of Maronite Catholic immigrants from Lebanon, Kairouz grew up in Ohio. By 1940, Kairouz and his wife, Rose Marie, were expecting their first child. He was finding only mod...

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Letters from a Martyr: St. Ignatius of Antioch
He was on his way to meet a grisly end and the hands (er, the paws) of hungry lions.  There was no mystery about how or when death would come. It would come in an arena filled with blood-lusting hordes gathered to witness the macabre spectacle of Roman exec...

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Cooperating with Grace: "Take your earnings and go!"
Jesus Christ is extraordinarily generous. Not only does he give us life, hope and redemption, he offers us, too, the gift of everlasting life. He even allows as, as "co-workers in the vineyard," to cooperate in the economy of salvation. Work gives us dignit...

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Good Cheer preview: "Betrayal and Redemption" (Lk 15:11-32)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (i.e. Confession) is sometimes a stumbling block to our non-Catholic friends. A detailed explanation of the sacrament is not always necessary when we explain that, at its root, Reconciliation is steeped in some important spir...

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Women's Small Group book study returns tonight!
Attention ladies: Going crazy with Rush week?? Come take a breather from the chaos with the Women's Small Group book study tonight!  Cecilia, Amy, and Taylor will walk everyone through the first chapter, "How I Fell Out of my Minivan and Found Myself," and ...
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