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Dear catholic.com visitors: This website from Catholic Answers, with all its many resources, is the world's largest source of explanations for Catholic beliefs and practices. A fully independent, lay-run, 501(c)(3) ministry that receives no funding from the institutional Church, we rely entirely on the generosity of everyday people like you to keep this website going with trustworthy , fresh, and relevant content. If everyone visiting this month gave just $1, catholic.com would be fully funded for an entire year. Do you find catholic.com helpful? Please make a gift today. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Lenten season.

Catherine Brown Tkacz

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Catherine Brown Tkacz earned her Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame. Author of two scholarly books and dozens of scholarly articles, she is also a published poet. She writes from Spokane, Washington. This article is dedicated to her goddaughters, Christine Marie Dits, Karen Mannino, and Morielle, Fiona, and Julia Pudewa.

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