Jimmy Akin

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8 Things to Know and Share About the Annunciation

We are celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What's going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to...

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6 Liturgical No-No's During Lent

Like other liturgical seasons, Lent has its own special rules, and there are certain things that should not be done in Lent. Here are 6 of them...   1. Instrumental music with no singing In some parishes, instrumental music is used at certain...

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9 Things to Know and Share About Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things to know and share...   1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is...

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8 Questions (and Answers) About the Pope’s New Document

On Feb. 12, Pope Francis released a document responding to the October 2019 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. The document has been expected for several months and has been the subject of intense speculation on several controversial topics. These...

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What’s happening at the Presentation of the Lord?

Feb. 2 is the Feast of the the Presentation of the Lord. We read about the presentation of the Lord in Luke 2, but the text can be a little mysterious. What is actually happening there? Some claim that Luke himself didn't know...   What Luke...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Epiphany

On Jan. 6 (or in the United States, the first Sunday after Jan. 1) the Church celebrates the feast of “Epiphany.” This feast commemorates the mysterious visit of the magi to the Baby Jesus. Who were the magi? What led them to visit Jesus? And...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: 6 Things to Know and Share

Dec. 12 is the commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the United States, the day is a feast. Linked to this day is Dec. 9, which is the optional memorial of Juan Diego, to whom she appeared. Here are 6 things to know and share...   1)...

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The Immaculate Conception: 8 Things to Know and Share...

Dec. 8 is ordinarily celebrated as the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year in the U.S., it’s being celebrated Monday, Dec. 9. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and in most years it is a holy day of...

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The Last Church Father: 7 Things to Know and Share

On Dec. 4 we celebrate St. John of Damascus. He was a priest, a religious, and he is a doctor of the Church. He’s also the last Church Father. Here are 7 things to know and share...   1) Why is he the last of the Church Fathers? We need to...

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St. Luke: 10 Things to Know and Share

Oct. 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share...   1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14,...