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Bible Passwords, Defending the Papal States, Ten Catholic Wines, The Victory of Humility, and more! (2873)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/10/2012 Comment

Bible Passwords. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Bible Passwords - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Defending the Papal States - The Mad Monarchist

Ten Catholic Wines - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Victory of Humility - Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hell, Mortal Sin and the Loss of Freedom - Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

What if a Bishop (or the Pope) is Morally Wrong? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Historic Photos from Rome for Good Friday - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Convert Credits Scripture, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Cardinal Burke - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Syria: ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in the Cradle of Christianity - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

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Lucifer Unchained!, The Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong, Is Easter a Pagan Holiday, and more! (3105)

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04/09/2012 Comment

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Vision of the Harrowing of Hell: Lucifer will be Unchained for a Time 50 or 60 Years before the Year 2000 A.D. Click on the link by Dylan Parry to read more.

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Vision of the Harrowing of Hell: Lucifer will be Unchained for a Time 50 or 60 Years before the Year 2000 - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How Does the Weakness of the Cross Make Us Strong? - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Does 'Easter' Refer to a Pagan Holiday? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

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

The Triduum in the Anglican Use & U.S. Anglican Ordinariate - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Cool New Projects from Logos - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Discrepancies in Resurrection Accounts? Can They be Resolved? - Msgr....READ MORE

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Dawn Eden Discusses Healing From Sexual Abuse in New Book (10359)

In 'My Peace I Give You,' the author of 'The Thrill of the Chaste' says she was able to connect her suffering to the suffering of Christ.

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Most Catholics are already familiar with the name Dawn Eden, the rock-journalist-turned-devout-Catholic who made a splash with her bestselling book The Thrill of the Chaste. Eden has gone on to be a highly sought-after speaker and writer, especially on the subjects of chastity and human sexuality. Eden holds a master’s degree in theology and currently lives in Washington, where she’s studying toward a doctorate.

Her new book, My Peace I Give You, delves into the subject of childhood sexual abuse. She recently spoke with Jennifer Fulwiler about woundedness, healing and — for the first time publicly — her personal experience with this subject.


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Adoration Begins at Easter (2286)

Find the risen Christ in the Blessed Sacrament: April 8 issue Easter feature.

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On the first Easter evening, the disciples Jesus met on the road to Emmaus urged him to stay with them — without recognizing him.

But the Eucharist helped them see.

When he blessed and broke the bread and gave it to them, St. Luke recounts, “With that, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished from their sight” (24:31).

Did those disciples see a seed of Eucharistic adoration being planted?

Today we don’t see Jesus in the flesh, as the Emmaus disciples first did, but we do see him in his Eucharistic presence at Mass, know he’s in the tabernacle, and look upon him in a monstrance for adoration. “The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of...READ MORE

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In Bid to Save Catholic Education, a Shift to Regional Schools (5250)

Parishes to yield to boards mostly made up of lay trustees.

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Faced with ballooning deficits and shrinking enrollment, dioceses across the country are regionalizing Catholic schools in an attempt to ensure the long-term viability of Catholic education, officials said.

“It will be a way of life for us,” said Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York, which is in the beginning phase of a three-year plan to shift control of elementary schools from parishes to regional boards mostly comprised of lay trustees.

In Philadelphia, archdiocesan officials plan to regionalize 22 schools in the next academic year, said Mary Rochford, schools superintendent.

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Pope Celebrates Easter: ‘Let the Light of Christ Shine Upon the World’ (4977)

How the Holy Father is celebrating the holiest of days.

04/08/2012 Comment

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From our March 25 issue, with links to the Holy Father's homilies this week. See Easter vigil homily in link below and Easter message.

Holy Week at the Vatican this year will be as intense as usual for the Holy Father, who is scheduled to celebrate six Masses and deliver five homilies and addresses that will usher in the Solemnity of Easter for the Catholic Church.

As in almost every Catholic diocese throughout the world, the Vatican’s Holy Week will begin with the blessing of the palms, procession and holy Mass on Palm Sunday, April 1.

Usually held outdoors in St. Peter’s Square under sunny spring skies, the Mass tends to draw large crowds of pilgrims holding palm fronds and olive...READ MORE

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Christ’s Triumph (4995)

The Transformative Power of Our Savior's Resurrection: April 8 issue Easter column

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Many modern scholars have questioned the fact of the physical resurrection of Christ.

There are Catholic theologians who maintain that if the body of Jesus were found in a tomb in Israel today that this would not shake their faith in the Resurrection.

For some, the only objective experience of the risen Lord is St. Paul’s on the road to Damascus.

This is not only alarming — but completely contrary to both the Scriptures and Tradition, though it comes from a modern European philosophy, that of Immanuel Kant.

Kant did not think one could come to truth through sense experiences, especially truths about things like God. So he “reformed thinking” by redefining truth as the...READ MORE

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What Easter Started (1835)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 8.

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– Wikipedia

Sunday, April 8, is Easter Sunday.


Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:1-4, or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

Our Take

We love to tell and retell the lessons of Christmas: God loves the poor, a baby changed all the world’s plans, and the angels told the shepherds to expect peace on earth.

But Easter is a greater feast than Christmas, even though its lessons aren’t as picturesque. We hear the consequences of Easter all year long, but it might be helpful to zero in on three of them, just as a quick refresher:

1. Easter started peace on earth.

The first enemy of peace on earth is death. Before Christ rose from the dead, death was a shadow...READ MORE

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