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Pope Celebrates Christ the Light on Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (2047)

Benedict XVI celebrates Candlemas and World Day for Consecrated Life Feb. 2.

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Pope Benedict XVI marked the feast of the Presentation of the Lord with vespers and explained that the presentation of Jesus in the Temple reveals Christ as the light of the world.

“In the encounter between the old man Simeon and Mary, a young mother, the Old and New Testaments come together in a wondrous way in giving thanks for the gift of the light that shone in the darkness and has prevented it from prevailing: Christ the Lord.”

The Pope presided over solemn vespers at St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 2.

The feast recalls the occasion when Mary and Joseph, in observance of Jewish custom, presented their firstborn son to the priest in the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth.

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Maryland Parish Joins the Fight Against Same-Sex 'Marriage' as Battle Heats Up (3101)

Supporters of traditional marriage resist efforts to make 'marriage equality' a pro-family cause.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Early this week, a busload of parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda, Md., headed to the Annapolis Statehouse to register their opposition to a proposed same-sex “marriage” bill.

The 30 parishioners met with their representatives in the Maryland Senate, scheduled to consider a “marriage equality” bill for the second time in two years. Afterward, the Bethesda church group joined a throng of activists at a rally in support of traditional marriage.

During the hour-long bus ride from the parish to the statehouse, their pastor, Msgr. Edward Filardi, led the group in the Rosary. Parishioners also rehearsed the arguments they planned to air with their...READ MORE

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More Bishops Visit St. Peter's Tomb (3260)

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati: Bishops are 'instruments through which Christ is working.'

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Nobody is “worthy” of the call of Christ, and yet Jesus still calls everybody to him, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati said at the tomb of St. Peter on Feb. 1.

Archbishop Schnurr said he often hears young men who think they are called to the priesthood exclaim, “Archbishop, I’m not worthy of that!”

“But that’s the point, isn’t it?” he said. “None of us is worthy to be considered an instrument of God, shaping his Church, shaping his people, making them into the livings stones upon which the Church is built.”

Yet, “in humility, we accept that role,” especially since anything can be achieved by a person “filled with Christ and filled with confidence in...READ MORE

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Son of St. Louis Ascend to Heaven, Human Dignity and Shoes, Ireland Stand Up, and much more! (3162)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/02/2012 Comment

"Son of St. Louis Ascend to Heaven". Click on the link by John Whitehead to read more.

“Son of St. Louis Ascend to Heaven” - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Of Human Dignity and Shoes - Jason Jones, Crisis Magazine

“Ireland Stand Up” - Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

2 Interesting Arguments for God: Intelligibility & Desire - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Dark Nights - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Orthodox Christians take High-Visibility Role in the March for Life - The Editors, LifeSiteNews.com

Americanism, Austrian School, Libertarianism, and More - Venuleius, Ius Honorarium

That They May All Be One: From the Reformation to Christian Unity - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Crisis in American Marriage: Catholic Division - Russell Shaw, Catholic...READ MORE

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Catholic Business Leaders Denounce HHS Mandate (4888)

They consider their options in the face of this conscience attack.

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Catholic leaders of both religious and secular businesses across the country are denouncing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate for forcing a moral dilemma on them and negatively impacting their companies.

Jonathan Reyes, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, said that the “horrific” decision is a “violation of conscience” that will negatively impact his ability to operate his business.

On Jan. 20, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a “preventative services” mandate that will require virtually all employers to purchase health-insurance plans that cover sterilization and contraception.

A narrow religious exemption to the mandate...READ MORE

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Cardinal-Designate Dolan and Fellow Priests on Pilgrimage Boost Holy Land Christians (4347)

The trip could have been canceled when the archbishop learned he was to become a cardinal, but New Yorker didn’t want to miss the chance for retreat and reflection.

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Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, receives the gift of an icon from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal.

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JERUSALEM — When Pope Benedict XVI announced that New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was to be elevated to cardinal on Feb. 18, many people expected the popular archbishop of New York to cancel a Holy Land retreat he had planned to lead.

But Cardinal-designate Dolan, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wouldn’t hear of it. He didn’t want to disappoint either the 50 New York-area priests who were scheduled to accompany him or the Holy Land Christians who had long anticipated their visit.

Also, Cardinal-designate Dolan yearned for the retreat as a way to spiritually prepare for the challenges his new position will entail.

“What better place to pray and recharge your...READ MORE

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A Misunderstood Sacrament, The Soul is Meant to be a Kind of Heaven, Prayer and Action, and more! (3026)

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02/02/2012 Comment

Divine Doctoring, and the Church's Least Understood Sacrament. Click on the link by Mark Shea to learn more.

Divine Doctoring, and the Church’s Least Understood Sacrament - Mark Shea, OSV

The Soul is Meant to be a Kind of Heaven - Dr. Anthony Lilles, Beginning to Pray

Prayer and Action (Mark 1:29-39) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Faith at Work and Working the Faith - Kevin O’Brien, StAR

Vestments from the Era of Pope Clement VIII - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Carnational Musings: Beauty of the Senses - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

Home: the First Catholic School - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Let’s Go Over This Again, It’s Our Liturgical Worship - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Is Prayer to the Saints Pointless? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Pope: Christ's Prayer in Garden of Gethsemane Shows God's Constant Providence (2929)

Jesus shows the faithful how to pray in all circumstances, Benedict XVI said Feb. 1.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Christians should trust in the loving providence of God, even when going through dark periods in life, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Feb. 1 general audience.

“In prayer we must be able to bring before God our fatigue, the suffering of certain situations and of certain days, our daily struggle to follow him and to be Christians, and even the weight of evil we see within us and around us, because he gives us hope, makes us aware of his nearness, and gives us a little light on the path of life,” he said.

Pope Benedict offered his reflections to thousands of pilgrims who gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

His address continued an ongoing series on the...READ MORE

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