The Cross by John Donne

04/03/2015 Comments (2)

SINCE Christ embraced the cross itself, dare I  
His image, th' image of His cross, deny ?  
Would I have profit by the sacrifice,  
And dare the chosen altar to despise ?  
It bore all other sins, but is it fit  
That it should bear the sin of scorning it ?  
Who from the picture would avert his eye,  
How would he fly his pains, who there did die ?  
From me no pulpit, nor misgrounded law,  
Nor scandal taken, shall this cross withdraw,  
It shall not, for it cannot ; for the loss  
Of this cross were to me another cross.  
Better were worse, for no affliction,  
No cross is so extreme, as to have none.  
Who can blot out the cross, with th' instrument  
Of God dew'd on me in the...READ MORE

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9 things you need to know about Good Friday

04/02/2015 Comments (6)

Good Friday was the day we were redeemed from our sins by Jesus' death on the cross. Here are 9 things you should know about the day and how we commemorate it.

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year.

It is the day our Savior died for us.

It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man.

Here are 9 things you need to know.


1. Why is this day called "Good Friday"

It's not for the reason you might think.

Despite the fact that "good" is a common English word, tempting us to say the name is based on the fact that something very good (our redemption) happened on this day, that's not where the name comes from.

Precisely where it does come from is disputed. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains:

The origin of the term Good is not clear. Some say it is from "God's Friday" (...READ MORE

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"If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot"

04/02/2015 Comments (105)

On Holy Thursday, nearly 150 people (mostly Christians) were killed and another 70 injured on the campus of a university in Kenya, Garissa University College, by a group of Islamic terrorists with links to the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab, a group linked to Al Qaeda.

The masked terrorists separated Christian students from Muslims, and then mercilessly killed them. One student later said he heard the terrorists storm the dormitory, force open doors, and ask if the people inside were Muslims or Christians.

"If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot," reportedly said the student. "With each blast of the gun, I thought I was going to die."

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s...READ MORE

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Exceptional Devotion: Divine Mercy Novena

04/02/2015 Comments (18)
Courtesy of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Original image of Jesus the Divine Mercy in Vilnius

– Courtesy of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy is the unmistakable and unbreakable connection that begins during the Triduum and continues uninterrupted through Easter, straight to Divine Mercy Sunday.

In fact, Our Lord gave us an exceptionally powerful connection to what he did on Calvary and Easter Sunday, and the mercy he wants to pour out to us on Divine Mercy Sunday — the Chaplet of Divine Mercy said as a novena.

A novena, of course, is nine days of prayer.

St. Faustina tells us the Lord directed her to say this chaplet for nine days before the feast of Mercy, and it is to begin on Good Friday (Diary, 796).

Jesus told her: “By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.”

If we haven’t done so yet, now...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily

04/02/2015 Comment
Here below is the Holy Father's homily for the Chrism Mass which took place in St. Peter's basilica this morning, followed by a video link to the Mass of the Lord's Supper that he celebrated this evening. The 'In Coena Domini Mass' took place in the chapel of Rome's Rebibbia Prison, during which the Holy Father washed the feet of 12 prison inmates.

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

2 April 2015

“My hand shall ever abide with him, my arms also shall strengthen him” (Ps 89:21).

This is what the Lord means when he says: “I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him” (v. 20). It is also what our Father thinks whenever he “encounters”...READ MORE

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Grace Is Free, But Not All Fees Are Simony

04/02/2015 Comments (31)

Here's welcome news: the diocese of Pittsburgh has joined the list of those who will not charge for annulments. According to the Star-Tribune (h/t Deacon's Bench

 The fees [for annulments] in the six-county diocese ranged from $50 to $650 depending on the complexity of the case, said the Rev. Thomas Kunz.

In some dioceses, the fee are even higher.  Pittsburgh's Bishop Zubik said,

"My hope is that this decision will enable many people to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church."

Catholics are rightly pleased at this development. The expense of obtaining a decree of nullity makes it difficult for some people to come into full communion with the Church. When...READ MORE

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Lawyer: "fix" for Indiana bill will drive religious people out of business

04/02/2015 Comments (145)

This morning, Indiana business leaders approved changes in Indiana's religious freedom legislation, which had sparked a wave of unprecedented protests, and prompted gay rights activists, the NCAA, tech business leaders and celebrities to call for a boycott of the state.

"The bill states the week-old law doesn’t give anyone the right to refuse services, employment or housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity, while also not allowing the law to provide a legal defense in a civil action over the refusal of service. It exempts churches and religious organizations," reported The Wall Street Journal.

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, expressed...READ MORE

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Canada Celebrates John Paul II Day

04/01/2015 Comments (20)

Here in Canada, this April 2, we will be celebrating John Paul II Day. I don’t just mean the Catholic Church in Canada will be honoring him — I mean that the Canadian government has signed into law a bill declaring, “Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the second day of April is to be known as ‘Pope John Paul II Day.’”

The Ontario Legislature has also passed a similar bill. Both my provincial and my federal government have decided that we’re all going to celebrate the life and achievements of the recently canonized pope, who died 10 years ago on April 2.

The bill received overwhelming support in both legislatures — basically, the New Democrats were the only people who really voted...READ MORE

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