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Easter Triduum at the Vatican (2008)

The Holy Father said Sunday that the resurrection of Christ is nothing less than ‘a testimony to unconditional and faithful love.’

04/21/2014 Comment
CNA/Lauren Cater

Pope Francis celebrates Easter morning Mass April 20 in St. Peter's Square.

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Easter is a time for each Christian to recall the origins of his or her journey with Jesus, to renew his or her service to others and to remember the marginalized and outcast, Pope Francis said during his addresses over the Easter Triduum.

In his message and blessing urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the world), the Holy Father stressed that the good news of Christ’s resurrection “is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love.”

It is about “leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast,” he said....READ MORE

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Yearning to Escape Ourselves and the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII and Much More! (2746)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/21/2014 Comments (1)

Follow the Yearning to Escape Ourselves & the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture to read more.

Identify This Building. . . by Richard Collins of Linen on the Hedgerow - BigPulpit.com

Does Faith Need Culture? Answers from Scripture & The Church – R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange

Yearning to Escape Ourselves & the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Separation of Church & State; A Saint’s Visit To Wisconsin – Philip Kosloski

12th Century Christian Geometric Art – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Basilicas, Cathedrals, Shrines: The Difference? – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Rwanda & Forgiveness, Twenty Years On – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

What Can Asia Expect of Upcoming Papal Visits? – Hector Welgampola, Catholic In Asia


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Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman; Jesus The Water of Life, The Little Things and More! (4242)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2014 Comment

Follow the Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman link by Fr. Robert Barron of Strange Notions to read more.

I Was a Pagan, Hedonistic, Man-Hating Feminist; Now I'm Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Jesus The Water of Life – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Bl. John Paul Is the Reason I’m a Priest – Fr. Brendan Rolling OSB, Aleteia

Three Reasons to Garden with Your Son – John Cuddeback, Aleteia

Mother Teresa’s Little Way – David Scott, Catholic Exchange

The Littlest Things. . . – Faith-Hope-and-Life

John Paul II, Patron of the Catholic Literary Revival – Peter Mongeau, Catholic Lane

Fr. Barron: What Is The Kingdom of God? – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Music Beautiful by Nature – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski,...READ MORE

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Pope: Easter Invites Return to Our First Encounter With Jesus (2409)

In his Easter vigil homily, the Holy Father encouraged the faithful to relive the first moment when they felt God’s love, through the resurrection of Christ.

04/19/2014 Comment
Lauren Cater/CNA

Pope Francis delivers his homily during the April 19 Easter vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his homily for the Easter vigil, Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus’ resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew.

“Returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him,” the Pope said during the April 19 evening vigil, held every year the night before Easter as a commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection.

“It means reviving the memory of that moment when his eyes met mine, the moment when he made me realize that he loved me.”

Beginning his reflections, Pope Francis recounted the events...READ MORE

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Conquer Spiritual Blindness, Pope Francis on Christianity Not Just about Being Polite and Much More! (2785)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/19/2014 Comment

Follow Conquer Spiritual Blindness link by Fr. Ed Broom of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Pope Francis: Christianity Is Not Just about Being Polite - BigPulpit.com

The Exsultet in English – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Conquer Spiritual Blindness – Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

Don’t Be a Tourist on the Spiritual Journey of Faith – Theresa Tomeo, Catholic Lane

On Catholic History – Dr. Richard J. Janet PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Series on Select Canonical Issues in Deaf Ministry Complete – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Blind Resentment: The Origins of Anti-Catholicism Today - R. J. Snell, Crisis Magazine

Fatal Errors with Sola Scriptura’s “God Breathed” Argument – David L. Gray, Catholic Lane

Is the Only Honorable Place for a Catholic Under...READ MORE

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Flannery O’Connor’s Conversations With God (3096)

Book review of A Prayer Journal

04/19/2014 Comments (2)

By Flannery O’Connor
Edited by W.A. Sessions
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
112 pages, $18 (Hardcover)
To pre-order: amazon.com

“Dear God, please let me be an artist; please let it lead to you.”

These poignant words were written by Flannery O’Connor in an ordinary little notebook in 1946, when she was a 21-year-old unpublished writer.

She died in 1964, and the notebook remained hidden in the archives until 2002.

We can be grateful it was finally unearthed, for this slim volume — 112 pages — harbors a wealth of insights into O’Connor’s prayer life. 

The journal is written in an honest, heartfelt manner, as if she were talking with a friend. “Dear God, I am so...READ MORE

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Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians (9491)

Sources report that high-level Church officials are ‘extremely interested’ in having the petition added to the end of all celebrations of Sunday Mass.

04/19/2014 Comments (28)
Aid to the Church in Need

Christian funeral procession in Syria

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VATICAN CITY — A concerted effort is under way in Rome and in dioceses around the world to have Pope Francis introduce a prayer for the poor, persecuted and oppressed at the end of every Sunday Mass.

The Register has learned that Church officials at the highest levels are “extremely interested” in having such a prayer inserted into all celebrations of Sunday Mass in accordance with the liturgical norms of the Missale Romanum 2002, the Missale Romanum 1962 and the liturgical customs and norms of the Eastern Churches.

The initiative is being taken not only because of the increasing persecution of Christians, but also in view of the many victims of abortion, human trafficking, poverty and...READ MORE

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At Colosseum, Pope Leads Thousands in Stations of the Cross Reflections (2610)

‘We find in the trial of the cross a force of hope, of the hope of the Resurrection and of the love of God,’ the Holy Father commented at the end of the meditations.

04/18/2014 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis leads pilgrims April 18 in the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

ROME — Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord’s passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Colosseum in Rome.

“I know Jesus guides us from the cross to the Resurrection,” Pope Francis said during his brief comments at the end of the meditations, adding that he “teaches us that evil does not have the final word, but love, mercy.”

“O Christ, help us to exclaim anew: ‘Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am resurrected with him. Yesterday I was dead with Christ; today I am alive with him. Yesterday I was buried with him; today I am resurrected with him,’” the Pope reflected.


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