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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.

John Cuddeback

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Dr. John A. Cuddeback  received his B.A. from Christendom College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1997. He is Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Christendom College. He writes and lectures on various topics, including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship.

His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness was published in 2010. Cuddeback is a member of the Third Order Dominicans, and an avid gardener and hunter. He is a home schooling father and lives with his wife, Sofia, and five children in the Shenandoah Valley.

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