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Pope’s Wednesday audience: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

2014-04-23 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the first of the … Continue reading

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Canonizations: The case for Pacelli

An excellent piece from ‘Rorate Caeli’, broaching a question many faithful Catholics are asking themselves. While there are few who would deny the caliber of the two recent Blessed Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonised … Continue reading

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Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The Archdiocese of Washington

By: Msgr. Charles Pope There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington … Continue reading

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Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat

Christus vincit, regnat, imperat: ab omni malo plemem suam defendat. (Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands; may He defend His people from all evil.) Pope Sixtus V had these words engraved on the obelisk which stands in the centre of … Continue reading

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The Suffering Servant

Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was … Continue reading

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The Divine Mercy Novena begins today

By Judy Keane from Catholic Exchange: It is available in abundance to everyone if only we would embrace it.  It is an endless and unfathomable gift that flows most profusely on the Sunday after Easter.  It is the devotion of … Continue reading

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The Agony in the Garden

  This homily was given by Pope Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St John Lateran at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, 5 April 2012. May God bless our beloved Pope Emeritus who celebrated his 87th … Continue reading

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Happy is he who is faithful to God in adversity

 Meditation for Wednesday of Holy Week from St Alphonsus Liguori: Some people think they are beloved of God when all their affairs go prosperously with them and they have no troubles. But St. James says: Blessed is the man that suffereth … Continue reading

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The Mercy of God to a Penitent

St. Maximus the Confessor: “God’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases him more than our coming back to him with true repen­tance. The heralds of truth and the ministers of divine grace have told us this from the … Continue reading

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I will go before you

A beautiful meditation on this Monday of Holy Week on the Liturgical readings from the monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland  There You Shall See Me The bright eighth mode intervals of last evening’s Magnificat Antiphon still echo … Continue reading

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The Daily Cross

By Dan Burke on ‘Catholic Spiritual Direction’ “He that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me” (Mt 10:38). By these words, the divine Master expressly declares that one of the indispensable conditions for being … Continue reading

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Lenten reflections from CATHOLICISM, Week 5

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How prophetic were Fulton Sheen’s words 80 years ago

Christians must go to the cross for the truth By FRANCIS PHILLIPS on the ‘Catholic Herald’ Having recently blogged about the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, I note an American blogger, Little Catholic Bubble, is reading his “Seven Last Words and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Archbishop: Dissenting? Don’t receive Communion

H/T to Father Ray Blake and thanks to Archbishop Cordileone for highlighting an important teaching:  

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Lenten reflections from CATHOLICISM, Week 4 Part 2

 

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