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Christ’s Triumph (5027)

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 (1856)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 8.

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Sunday, April 8, is Easter Sunday.

Readings

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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The Empty Tomb (8324)

Publisher's Note from our April 8 issue.

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The wait is over.

The journey that began in the solemnity of Ash Wednesday culminates today in the jubilation of Easter.

This issue of the Register reflects that tone in our page-one stories and editorials on Pope Benedict’s momentous apostolic voyage to Mexico and Cuba. The people who came into contact with the Holy Father were changed forever, and — as our reports and photos attest — the Pope was genuinely touched by the faith of the people there as well. The governments of those countries have had contentious relationships with the Church over the years, from forces of secular modernism in Mexico to atheistic communism in Cuba.

Yet the Holy Father — by simply radiating the love...READ MORE

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East Meets West in D.C. (2585)

April 8 issue arts feature

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As a student at North Carolina State University in the 1990s, Cameron Smith was pondering the definition of art. Concluding that art was an interaction with the Holy Spirit, he has built his life around this definition. Even deviations into side careers out of financial need couldn’t silence the calling. Although there are times now, as a husband and father of five, that he is tempted to walk away from the difficult task of creating a living based on art, he continues.

He has considered himself a Catholic artist ever since he read Pope John Paul II’s 1999 “Letter to Artists.”

Smith’s sketches of Pope John Paul II and his paintings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart...READ MORE

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There Is No Way to Justify Evil (5096)

April 8 issue column on the increasing divide between those seeking to remain faithful to the Gospel and to Christ and those Christians, both Catholic and non-Catholic, for whom citizenship in the world is evidently more important than citizenship in the Kingdom.

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Recently, I had the experience of a wonderful theological discussion with a Protestant repairman who came to our house.

In the course of it, we realized how much we agreed on the truths dividing our culture and their foundation in divine Revelation.

This occasion followed shortly after a visit to Birmingham, Ala., by the papal preacher, Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who was enthusiastically received by students at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, which is Baptist.

Both incidents have highlighted for me the increasing divide between those seeking to remain faithful to the Gospel and to Christ and those Christians, both Catholic and non-Catholic, for whom...READ MORE

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A Challenging Book, but Worth the Time (8323)

Saturday Book Pick: Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New: The Mysteries of the World in Christ.

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Stratford Caldecott’s latest book, All Things Made New: The Mysteries of the World in Christ, is a serious book about the most serious of things, the mysteries of faith, which all of us should encounter frequently and grasp ever more deeply throughout our journey to Paradise. There we will enjoy an eternity of contemplation according to our state of grace.

This book is not for beginners. It helps immensely if the reader is already well formed in the basics of the faith. You do not have to be a theologian, but it won’t hurt to have the Catechism of the Catholic Church at your side while slowly reading the text. 

As the author puts it, “This book continues and complements the...READ MORE

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Cubans Get Good Friday Holiday for the First Time in More Than 50 Years (3331)

Pope Benedict’s pilgrimage brought the change, but will it be permanent?

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Pope Benedict XVI and Cuban President Raul Castro speak during a farewell ceremony as the Pope leaves Cuba after a three day visit on March 28.

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In Cuba, today is the first Good Friday being celebrated as a national holiday in over 50 years, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI.

As a result of the Pope’s request to the Cuban regime when he met President Raul Castro last week in Havana, the government has declared a day off for the solemnity that marks Christ’s crucifixion, explaining in a statement that the decision honors the Pope’s “transcendental visit.”

Cuba’s Council of Ministers, its highest governing body, will decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday in the future.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, considers this news “a very positive sign.”

“The Holy See hopes that this will promote...READ MORE

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The Seating Plan at the Last Supper, Traditional Names for Holy Week Days, and much, much more! (3517)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Seating Plan at the Last Supper. Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read and learn more.

The Seating Plan at the Last Supper - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Traditional Names for Holy Week Days - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Exact Date of Christ's Crucifixion - The Catholic Knight

Reason #734 To Be Catholic: Stations of The Cross - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Vatican Statement Shows Business and Faith Compatible - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Dismas, Crucified to the Right: Paradise Lost & Found - Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

Cardinal Ranjith: Communion on the Tongue Only, while Kneeling Mandatory - Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

My Children Fight Over Who Gets to Put Offering in Basket - Mindy Goorchenko, The...READ MORE

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