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Why do Catholics light so many candles?
Candle lighting, a fixture in Catholic liturgy and devotions, began as both a practical activity and one with symbolic significance.
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It all begins with a call
Jesus, walking by the sea, calls to the fisherman casting their nets, “Come, follow me and I will make you fish for people.” In PREPARE THE WORD'S featured homily on vocations, Father Donald Senior, C.P. writes about the notion of call.
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—ON RACISM: "Until white people call out white people, there will always be safe places for racial ugliness to brew and fester." —Father Bryan Massingale, S.J. (2020 June, NCR). —ON PANDEMIC: "Even when I cannot get out to join the community in prayer, God remains present, as Saint Augustine wrote, 'in my deepest interiority.' However lonely I feel, I am not alone, for at the core of my very being is Another." —Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. (2020 May, Commonweal)

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Our subscribers are committed to excellence, to constantly improving their craft. They are busy people who want homily prep to be efficient. Using our resources isn't a sign of weakness, it's the smart move.

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Our work goes well beyond helping one person accomplish one job. Our resources enrich whole parish communities, bringing the word to life in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences.

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With PREPARE THE WORD, you can trust that we will be there each week to provide you with a top-flight suite of tools to facilitate the process of homily preparation.

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Homily stories

One day during a prolonged funk, when I was sure the world as we know it was coming to an end, my neighbor stopped by to ask me for help.

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Homily stories

When Bernard Hebda was in eighth grade, he thought he had an idea of what God was calling him to do, but he wasn’t sure: God either wanted him to become a priest or a bus driver.

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Homily stories

Flat on my back for three weeks, fighting an infection that ravaged my body and attacked both legs, leading to surgery and talk of possible amputation of one or both, I awoke intact but with a grueling regimen of physical therapy three times a day.

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