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True Freedom and Real Love (1230)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 16.

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Sunday, Sept. 16 (Year B, Cycle II), is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Feast Days

Sept. 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Sept. 15 is Our Lady of Sorrows.



Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35


Our Take

Today’s readings come down to the identity of Christ and the identity of the Christian.

"Who do people say that I am?" Jesus asks his apostles in the Gospel. The apostles say, "John the Baptist."

"But who do you say that I am?" he asks.

With the words "You are the Christ," Peter says that Jesus is more than just a human prophet: He is the Son of the Living God.

He is not just the greatest possible...READ MORE

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Mercy Pope’s American Homecoming (3287)

Sept. 9 issue feature: John Paul II First-Class Relic Enshrined at National Shrine

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The procession before John Paul II's relic was enshrined.

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What more appropriate place for a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II than at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy?

On Sunday, Aug. 12, the relic, a white linen cloth that holds the blood of the great "Mercy Pope," was permanently enshrined at the national shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., during the 3 o’clock hour of Divine Mercy.

With more than 300 priests and people filling the chapel and after singing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Father Kazimierz Chwalek, the provincial superior of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, incensed the relic and told pilgrims to pray for Blessed John Paul II’s intercession.

"By coming to our shrine, he came to his spiritual home," Father...READ MORE

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With New Urgency, Cardinal Dolan Condemns ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’ (3360)

As Pope Benedict XVI began his visit to Lebanon, the U.S. bishops and Vatican representatives made the case for religious freedom and warn of ‘Christophobia.’

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WASHINGTON — During a week that witnessed an explosion of violence in the Middle East, fueled by a video defaming the prophet Muhammad, the U.S. bishops ramped up their campaign against threats to religious freedom from across the globe.

Speaking at a Sept. 12 Washington conference, “International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good,” held at The Catholic University of America, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York acknowledged the importance of respecting all faiths, but “unequivocally” rejected the violence that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“We come to this event with a sense of urgency,” stated Cardinal Dolan, kicking off a...READ MORE

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Catholic Distance University Brings Theology Studies to Students Worldwide (5050)

Catholic Identity College Guide '12 feature

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What do a computer executive commuting to Belgium from Prague, a worker on a Mississippi River steamboat, a deacon in Washington state, a homemaker in Virginia, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an average citizen in Australia have in common?

They’re all graduates or current students at Catholic Distance University. Not one of them had to travel to the university’s headquarters in Hamilton, Va., 50 miles west of Washington — but they take or have taken the same classes taught by major professors, interact with each other, and grow dramatically in their knowledge of the faith.

Catholic Distance University is unique among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1983 as the first...READ MORE

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Middle East Expert Says Muslims Should Denounce Embassy Attacks (3826)

In a Sept. 12 interview with the Register, Islamic scholar Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir stressed that to provoke Muslims’ religious passion purposely through gross disrespect of their religious belief is immoral, but that Muslims also must learn to understand the meaning of freedom of speech.

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If Muslims believe that Islam is a religion of peace, they need to demand that the people responsible for the attacks on U.S. embassies in Yemen, Egypt and Libya be brought to justice.

So says Islamic scholar Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir. In a Sept. 12 interview with the Register, he stressed that to he stressed that to be aggressive towards Muslims and purposely distort the image of Mohammed is immoral, but that Muslims also must learn to understand the meaning of freedom of speech.

The violence by Islamic militants — perpetrated on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States — led to the killing...READ MORE

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At Aquinas College, 8 Houses Will Soon Be Home (4075)

Catholic Identity College Guide '12: Dominican-Run College Plans Oxford System

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For centuries, Oxford University in England has provided its students with the option of living, eating and worshipping in residential colleges next to renowned scholars.

In that tradition, Aquinas College of Nashville, Tenn., plans to tie its expansion in enrollment and academic programming with its first residences and a "house" system, where students will join together with staff and faculty in spiritual and social communities.

"We want our students to experience the joy of just being together," explained Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, Aquinas’ president.

Aquinas College is run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, an order that still wears their traditional habit and remains...READ MORE

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Question of Suffering, Hipsters Eventually Turn Catholic, Obama Takes Catholic Vote Lead, and More! (4723)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross. Click on the link to read the article by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop

All Hipsters Eventually Become Catholic – The Blog of Edmund Mitchell

Obama Has Retaken the Lead for the Catholic Vote by Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog – Big ulpit

The Four Senses of Scripture: A Byzantine Perspective - Prayer of Saint Ephrem

The First and Vital Cell – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Take A Bow: Why, When, and How We Bow at Mass – Fr. Evan Harkins, Pray the Mass.org

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism – Richard Aleman, Catholic Lane

Traditional Artistic Training Method; Applied Today – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

On the Top Five Fr....READ MORE

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Good Reads for the College-Bound (3256)

College Guide Book Picks from the Register's Catholic Identity College Guide '12

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Many young people will embark this fall on a familiar rite of passage: starting college.

Going off to college comes complete with all the challenges that leaving home, studying hard and making new friends entail.

It is also a time when young Catholics need to consider how they will live out their faith on campus.

How will they keep close to the sacraments? Where will they find a parish community: the chapel on their Catholic campus or the Newman Center at the state university? How can they stand firm in a place where values might run counter to their own?

The following books offer tangible help for the big and little issues that college students face — addressing everything from...READ MORE

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