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Adoramus Te, Christe et Benedicumus Tibi...


Why is Good Friday called Good Friday? The etymology and origins of the name...


Pope Francis hit some home runs in yesterday's eloquent Chrism Mass homily...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Today His Holiness of our Lord preached a sermon on the occasion of the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday. He spoke with eloquence about the priest and priesthood. He spoke especially about joy, departing from the “oil of gladness” which we speak of on this day. I am not happy with the English translation, nor in simply reading it.


9 things you need to know about Good Friday...
Jimmy Akin
Are the sacraments celebrated on Good Friday? For the most part, no. Good Friday is the only day of the year on which the celebration of Mass is forbidden. Paschales Solemnitatis notes that on this day, in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist.


10 things you need to know today: April 18, 2014...


Crucifixus est...
Tom Neal
The Cross is an endless wellspring of wisdom which, for the Christian, should remain the heart of prayer and the soul of action. St. Thomas Aquinas said, “The cross exemplifies every virtue.” For all the years I have endeavored to become a theologian...


It was curious to see how the demeanor of Colorado's pro-abortion senators changed in the face of Catholic opposition...


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been life-changing for our family...
Simcha Fisher
When I was growing up, the parish offered a few options for Catholic kids: you could join "Snoopy Group," which meant that you sat in a circle and talked about friendship; or you could join JCDA -- which, in our area, meant holding elections, baking, and frantically filling out the virtue chart on the way to the church basement.


10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday...


Jewish extremists continue to target Christians, Muslims in the Holy Land...
Kathy Schiffer
On April 1, a Catholic monastery dedicated to Mary, Queen of Palestine, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, was vandalized. Anti-Christian graffiti on the monastery walls said “Jesus is a monkey, Mary is a cow.” Tires were slashed on five vehicles. Two days later, on April 3 in the Israeli town of Jish...


One way or the other, you have to decide about Jesus...


The Catholic tradition on Nephilim, Incubi, and Succubi...


I'm not feeling politics right now. It's Holy Week and I want Jesus...
Rebecca Hamilton
I’m not feeling politics right now. We’ve got wars and rumors of wars over a large swath of the world. Pro life people are battling killer legislation in Colorado and corporate raiders are raiding the public treasury everywhere and in every way they can. There are runaway bishops to write about, as well as a stand up bishops who are trying to fight the fight.


Archdiocese of Dublin issues warning on fake visionary 'Maria Divine Mercy'
Diane Korzeniewski
Maria Divine Mercy had gotten some Catholics more than a little uptight and suspicious of Pope Francis, if not outright rejecting him. When a so-called mystic gets you to reject the Supreme Pontiff, or causes you to have very negative feelings about him, it's time to hit a confessional for a sense check. There is a blog called...


Why I'm a pro-life liberal...


Show your stupid weasel spirit who's the boss...


"It's a setup": The note that saved a marriage from adultery at 30,000 feet...


The Illiberal Catholic Catechism...

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From "the third hour" until "the sixth hour." From sext to none. From noon until three in the afternoon...


Jesus died to save you. But what exactly does that mean? How does salvation really work?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
You see the signs beside the highway blazoned “Jesus Saves”. You hear the religious slogans from Catholics and Protestants, “Jesus died to save you from your sins.” or “Jesus blood was shed to wash away your sins.” I’m sympathetic when I hear modern secularists say with frustration, “What on earth does that mean??!!


Here's why atheism, especially in its currently fashionable form, is an intellectual sham...


The Holy Week defeat of the Colorado abortion bill was a reminder of the eternal victory of life over death...


"Come down from the Cross and we will believe"
Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus is out to overcome Satan. In the world, we seek to overpower our foes. Does it work? No, usually the cycle of violence just continues and gets worse. We think, If I can just yell louder, outwit my opponent, or outgun him, I win the day. Yes, but there is more to life than a day.


Tiny Liechtenstein just got even tinier, but no one seems to mind...


Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Chrism...
Pope Francis
In the eternal “today” of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the day of our own priestly ordination. The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness...


How do we unite ourselves to the Passion of Christ?
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Today’s is a challenging assignment: To write on the beginning of Christ’s Passion this evening, the deicide by which (you all know the back story) mankind’s Original Sin in Eden and (conservatively speaking) the subsequent millennia of accumulated personal sins were atoned for. I’ve often thought that, when I reach heaven (Deo volente)...


Chiara Corbella died on June 13, 2012, and her story spread like wildfire...


We’re all dying. All of us. But Christ has conquered death, and Christianity is the ultimate defiance...
Christopher Stefanick
A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer. She has four children. The oldest is six. Some time ago I wrote about her conversion from Buddhism to Catholicism. She was engaged to my godson, an adult convert from atheism, who brought her into a beautiful parish.


"A Holy Week miracle": Life wins over death with stunning end of Colorado abortion bill...


Flannery O’Connor looked straight into the dark mystery of Good Friday...
George Weigel
This coming Aug. 3 will mark the golden anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s “Passover,” to adopt the biblical image John Paul II used to describe the Christian journey through death to eternal life. In the 50 years since lupus erythematosus claimed her at age 39, O’Connor’s literary genius has been widely celebrated. Then...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Even if you had been the only person in the world, Jesus would have died for you"


President Obama addresses annual Easter Prayer Breakfast, reflects on meeting with Pope Francis...


"Francis is calling us": Amid the oil change and tune-up, a warning light...
Rocco Palmo
Merry Chrismas to all... and to all, well, start your engines. As this Tuesday of Holy Week brings the largest batch of Chrism Masses on these shores, this is always an especially graced moment. Still, as one prelate faced delivering his most important message of the year ahead of the Pope's word to Rome...


The 7 big myths about marriage (refuted by faith, philosophy and science)...


'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as a martyr...


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