Easter: Suicide Bombings and a Scare in New York

03/28/2016 Comments (3)

My family and I had a blessed Easter. We didn't turn on the television, the radio, or the internet the entire day and spent a wonderful day together. This morning I was so saddened to see the news from this weekend.

Everyone was aware last week that an ISIS related group had taken Fr. Tom as a hostage and was threatening to crucify him on Good Friday. We all prayed it wouldn't occur. But sadly, it seems it has. The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral that Fr. Tom had been crucified, according to the Daily Mail. Thus far there's been no video confirmation but this certainly seems like a terrible tragedy may very well...READ MORE

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UK’s Mirror Incompetently Botches Easter Pope Story

03/27/2016 Comments (6)

Why did the UK's Mirror incompetently botch a story about the pope on Easter Sunday?

On Easter Sunday Matt Drudge was carrying the following headline:

POPE: Defeat ISIS with ‘weapons of love’ . . .

The link was to this story by the UK’s Mirror, which itself carried the headline:

Pope Francis says defeat Islamic State 'with weapons of love' during Easter message

The headline is utterly false—as well as an example of incompetent journalism.

The headline makes it look like the pope was advocating some kind of nonviolent approach to ISIS, and that’s simply not what he was doing.

Here are the facts . . .

 

1) What message was the story referring to?

Although the story did not say so, it was the pope’s Easter Urbi et Orbi message.

Every Christmas and Easter, pope...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' 2016 'Urbi et Orbi' Easter Message

03/27/2016 Comments (7)
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Here below is Pope Francis' 'Urbi et Orbi' [to the City and to the World] Easter Message.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord!

His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the abyss.

Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts...READ MORE

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The Whole Story of the Universe is Found in Three Words: “He is Risen!”

03/26/2016 Comment

Carl Heinrich Bloch, “The Resurrection” (1881)

“He is not here. He is risen from the dead, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay!” (Matthew 28:6)

Bilbo finds a ring.

A group of children fall through a wardrobe into another dimension.

Snow White finds the love of her life. William Wallace loses his.

The old man in the sea hooks a monster fish.

Maximus is named Emperor by Marcus Aurelius.

Joseph loves Shannon.

Every story has one truth at its foundation. Without it, there’s no story.

There are over 450,000 words stretching from Tolkien’s Silmarillion to the end of the Return of the King. If you stood them on top of each other they’d probably tower over the Empire State Building. But if you remove the words: “bilbo...READ MORE

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Pope at Easter Vigil: Resurrect Hope of Christ in Hearts of Others

The Risen Lord is our greatest joy — He is always at our side and will never let us down, Pope says.

03/26/2016 Comments (1)
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– Alexey Gotovsky/CNA-EWTN

Resurrect the hope of Christ in the hearts of many in today's world who are burdened by sadness and struggle to find meaning in their lives, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful during his Easter Vigil homily this evening in St. Peter’s basilica.

The Holy Father marked the most holy liturgical celebration in the Church’s calendar by calling on those present to be “joyful servants of hope”, proclaiming the “Risen One by our lives and by our love.” Not doing so and merely proclaiming ourselves, he said, makes the Church simply “an international organization full of followers and good rules, yet incapable of offering the hope for which the world longs.”

The Risen Lord "is our greatest joy,"...READ MORE

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The Old Chocolate Cross?

03/26/2016 Comments (6)

It comes to my attention that a couple of weeks ago Melanie Bettinelli, a homeschooling mother of five who blogs at The Wine-Dark Sea, wrote a winsome essay in defense of chocolate crosses, which she was not quite surprised to learn some Christians consider offensive, even blasphemous.

“The cross should be venerated, not eaten, nor tossed casually in an Easter basket beside the jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps,” according to a diocesan spokesman requoted by Bettinelli from an article opposed to chocolate crosses. “It’s insulting.” Bettinelli then offers the following thoughtful reflections:

I wonder if he’d also find cross-shaped Easter breads insulting, or lamb-shaped cakes? There’s a...READ MORE

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8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

03/26/2016 Comments (1)

The great day has finally arrived! Here are 8 things you need to know about Easter . . .

The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.

What happened on this day?

Was Jesus' resurrection a real, historical event?

How does the Church celebrate this day?

Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Here are 8 things you need to know.

 

1. What happened on Easter?

Among other things:

  • The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body.
  • They saw angels, who told them he wasn't there.
  • They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn't believe them.
  • Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to see the tomb and found it empty.
  • Mary Magdalen, in particular, had an encounter with the risen Christ.
  • So did the...READ MORE

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Welcome Home, Fellow Converts, and May Truth Sustain You Always!

03/26/2016 Comments (3)

I extend a very happy “Wel­come Home” to all those who will be received into full com­mu­nion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Sat­ur­day evening. As an RCIA team member, I have lis­tened to the emo­tions of new Catholics, after the Vigil, as they recalled mak­ing their first Eucharist. In them there is one feel­ing, unmis­tak­able and com­mon to them all: joy, often to the point of tears that would not be refused. I have not met, in my years working with RCIA and after, the Catholic con­vert who does not expe­ri­ence that same joy. Nor have I met the con­vert who, even after many years, does not get a glim­mer of that same joy in their eyes when recall­ing their own...READ MORE

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