Feb222013
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THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER AND PAPAL INFALLIBILITY

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The recent announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication from the papacy, effective February 28, 2013, makes the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter all the more relevant. February 22nd is the day the universal church celebrates the Petrine...

Feb212013
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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF FAITH ONLINE

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When Pope Benedict announced the Year of Faith, he described it as a time to “reinforce our faith in [Christ] and to proclaim him with joy to the people of our time.” There are plenty of ways to live this out throughout the year: you can...

Feb202013
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SPEAKING THROUGH PROPHETS

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People are fascinated with predictions of the future.  Around New Year, supermarket tabloids boost sales by running articles on “top psychic predictions for the coming year.” While the Catholic Church does not endorse psychics, she does...

Feb192013
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HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN

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685   To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.”[1] For this reason,...

Feb182013
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A PRESIDENTS DAY TO-DO

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On the third Monday of February, we observe Presidents Day.  This year, that falls on February 18th…today!  Many of us have the day off work or school.  How do you plan on observing this national holiday? Maybe you slept in or enjoyed a...

Feb172013
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FAITH AND CONVERSION

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Pope Benedict has described this Year of Faith as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world.” As we journey through Lent during this Year of Faith, it is good to recall the words of Jesus at...

Feb162013
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NOTHING TO FEAR

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The movie The Passion of the Christ begins with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John.  Satan comes to Jesus to tempt Him.  The temptation is very subtle; Satan is trying to sow doubt into the mind of Jesus by telling Him...

Feb152013
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ENTER INTO HIS PASSION

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Both as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the Church, we adore and praise our Lord because by his holy cross he has redeemed us and our world.  Pope Benedict expressed the way that Christ and the cross relate to us: “The experience of...

Feb142013
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DEAR FRIEND: A LETTER FROM YOUR VALENTINE

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Dear Friend, Red, pink, hearts, lace, candy, cards, music, dancing, flowers, romantic comedies, sentimental notes, love, love, love… I know you hate Valentine's Day.  I know how you feel bombarded by things that emphasize what you lack.  I...

Feb132013
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YOU ARE DUST

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” At first glance, these sound like angry, unpastoral, and harsh words.  I would also submit that they are words we secretly long to hear. When I was a teenager,...

Feb122013
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THE POPE IS RESIGNING?

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We've all asked that question these past 24 hours, maybe a little incredulously.  How does the pope resign?  Why is he resigning?  What happens now?  Who will be the next pope?  When? While there have been lots of news stories, articles,...

Feb112013
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JOY REVEALED

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I vividly remember my first complete thought as I sat down on the bed and cried in my hotel room that first night: “I don't belong here.  I want to go home.”  Our group had just arrived in Lourdes, France for the first leg of our World...

Feb102013
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CELEBRATING LENT AS A FAMILY

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Our Church wisely gifts the faithful with a Liturgical calendar comprised of many seasons of grace in which to journey closer to heaven. Lent is a distinctive journey of spiritual growth. Pope Benedict XVI has said, “It means accompanying Jesus...

Feb092013
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WE ARE BEING SAVED

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This weekend we are invited to observe St. Paul as he visits the Corinthians. Paul, in his customary zeal, does whatever he can to make the point that what he is saying about Jesus is the Gospel truth. He wants to emphasize the point that the...

Feb082013
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FORTUNATE ONE

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Imagine being so scared that you forget your own name. That was the reality for one Sudanese girl, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery at the age of seven.  When she could not give them her own name, they named her Bakhita, which means...

Feb072013
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A WHO’S WHO OF LENTEN SACRIFICES

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It's official.  We've got less than a week to decide what to give up for Lent.  For some of us (who may or may not have just finally decided what our New Year's Resolution will be) we approach this coming week with a bit of anxiety and...

Feb062013
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PAYING A DEBT OF JUSTICE: ALMSGIVING

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Today, we examine the third Lenten practice:  Almsgiving: CCC 2462 Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God. CCC 2445 Love for the poor is incompatible with immoderate love of...

Feb052013
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A FASTING BUFFET

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Have you ever considered that fasting is one of the sweetest, most delicious of the spiritual foods that nourish our souls?  Fasting allows us to unite ourselves intimately to Jesus on the Cross, and it helps us to really long – no, hunger! –...

Feb042013
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A SURGE OF THE HEART

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Editor's Note: The entire 4th section of the Catechism focuses on prayer. We encourage readers to read more than we have highlighted here.   2558 ”Great is the mystery of the faith!” The Church professes this mystery in the...

Feb032013
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PRAY 60

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It goes without saying that today is a big day for football fans as the Super Bowl is getting ready to kick off.  And what’s just as fun as the game itself are the commercials.  The Super Bowl may be the only television event where the...

Feb022013
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PRESENTATION AND CONSECRATION – BIG REASONS TO CELEB...

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Today is the Feast of the Presentation!  It's also the World Day for Consecrated Life!  Two big causes for celebration in the Church today. On this day in 1997 Blessed John Paul II initiated the first ever World Day of Consecrated Life.  In...

Feb012013
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THE LIGHT FOR REVELATION TO THE GENTILES

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Tomorrow is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and is also the World Day for Consecrated Life.  Tomorrow on the blog we’ll have a web-challenge, so make sure you come back to participate in thanking all the men and women religious who...

Jan312013
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IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE

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Chapter 13 of First Corinthians, St. Paul's famous chapter on love, is surely one of the most famous chapters in all of the Bible.  These words are read at most weddings.  These words are found in greeting cards and on coffee mugs.  These...

Jan302013
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THE CHRIST EXALTED

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659      “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”[1] Christ’s body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proved by the new and supernatural...

Jan292013
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THE GOAL IS HEAVEN

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If you aren't a Notre Dame fan, missed the National Championship game, or got up to get a snack during the commercial break, you may have missed this: This commercial is the latest of many from Catholics Come Home, an apostolate started by...