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Faith-Inspired Presents for Everyone on Your List: A March 11 issue feature

03/05/2012 Comment
Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

Springtime and the approaching Easter season bring wonderful opportunities to remember babies’ baptismal days, children making their first Communion, young teens receiving the sacrament of confirmation, and RCIA candidates entering the Church.

Here are some gifts that remember the occasion and foster faith growth.

To see the complete gift guide, click here.

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Follow the Footsteps of Christ Along the Gospel Trail (5795)

Trails follow major life events of Jesus in the Holy Land.

03/05/2012 Comments (1)

Sea of Galilee

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A new project launched by Jews and Christians in the Holy Land offers pilgrims the chance to walk the land of the Bible, in the footsteps of Jesus, and experience the places where he lived and ministered.

“This is a unique opportunity” to connect with “the beginning of Christianity,” project manager Amir Moran told CNA in Nazareth recently.

The “Gospel Trail,” which has been open to the public since November of last year, follows historical paths that Jesus took when he left his childhood home of Nazareth and began his ministry around Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee.

“When you walk on these trails with these sites and these landscapes you feel just like” the disciples, Moran said,...READ MORE

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The Knowledge of Christ (5105)

Jesus Christ, Our Savior, part 3 of a Register series

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Our Lady of Kazan icon, Moscow

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There has been a lamentable devaluing of the mystery of Jesus that has been going on for 40 years in the Church.

People have looked on Jesus as just a good man who is identified with God in some way. This has led to the positive teaching that Jesus simply learned like any other man. He had to discover he was the Messiah through investigation. Or perhaps he needed to be taught by others that he was the Messiah.

The question of the knowledge of Jesus is a reflection of what one thinks about the Incarnation, and it has been a puzzling one throughout the centuries. Only in the latter part of the 20th century did Catholics begin to think that Jesus had faith and ignorance like any other man....READ MORE

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Pope: Christ Is the Light Who Overcomes All Darkness (2514)

Benedict XVI quoted St. Augustine of Hippo March 4: 'That which for the eyes of the body is the sun that we see, he (Christ) is for the eyes of the heart.'

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The transfiguration of Christ reminds us that Jesus is the light who can overcome any darkness in our lives, Pope Benedict said March 4. 

“Dear brothers and sisters, we all have need of interior light to overcome the tests of life. This light comes from God, and it is Christ who gives it to us, he in whom dwells all the fullness of divinity,” the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address.

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope dwelt on today’s Gospel, which recounts the transfiguration of Jesus.

“And after six days, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,” the Gospel of...READ MORE

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Sanctifying Sacrifice (2141)

User's Guide to Sunday, March 4.

03/04/2012 Comment

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Sunday, March 4, is the Second Sunday of Lent (Year B, Cycle II).


Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-19; Romans 8:31-34, Mark 9:2-10

Our Take

In today’s readings, we hear two stories about sacrificing sons on mountaintops. They teach two things: God is demanding, but God will do the best thing for us in the end.

The first son is Isaac. His father, Abraham, is told to sacrifice his boy on Mount Moriah. In the longer version of the story, it is clear that Isaac knew something was up. At one point he asks (nervously, we might imagine) what exactly his father plans to sacrifice on the mountain. But he doesn’t argue. He goes along with his father’s plan, even carrying the...READ MORE

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Teaching the Catholic Faith on Lake's Shore (2381)

Feb. 26 travel feature highlights Michigan seminary with John Paul II connection.

03/04/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the Orchard Lake Schools

– Courtesy of the Orchard Lake Schools

Looking for some peace and quiet just a stone’s throw from Detroit? Orchard Lake Schools, nestled on the shores of Orchard Lake in suburban Oakland County, Mich., are about 30 miles northwest of Detroit and five miles south of Pontiac.

Back in the 1970s, a certain Polish cardinal named Karol Wojtyla visited there, commenting that if the Orchard Lake Schools did not exist, they would have to be created. The future Pope John Paul II was very much aware of how significant Orchard Lake has been to Polish-American Catholics in the United States.

Back in 1885, the first major wave of Polish immigration was flooding into New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the industrial Midwest. Between 1870...READ MORE

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Vatican to Catholics: Help the Holy Land (3226)

Traditional Good Friday collection, which helps restore holy places, is approaching.

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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The Vatican has called on Catholics around the world to give generously to the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land.

“The annual Lenten journey towards the Pasch of the Lord offers a propitious occasion to sensitize the Catholic Church around the world with regard to the Holy Land by promoting relevant initiatives of prayer and fraternal charity,” said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, in a letter sent to the bishops around the world on March 1.

The annual collection goes not only towards the Church in Israel and Palestine, but also to Christians in the surrounding states of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt. Recent...READ MORE

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Encountering God Through Beauty, Shakespeare Good and Great, The Sound of Faith, and much more! (3907)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/03/2012 Comment

Encountering God Through Beauty. Click on the link by Emily Stimpson to read and learn more.

Encountering God Through Beauty - Emily Stimpson, Catholic Vote

Shakespeare Good and Great - Michael Platt, Crisis Magazine

The Sound of Faith - Robert Reilly, The Catholic Thing

Why Priest Veil’s Hands During Benediction of Blessed Sacrament - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Institution of the Eucharist by Guisto - Dr. Caroline Farey, New Liturgical Movement

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (video) - Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

Priest Warns Obama: Better Knock Us Out, You’ve Awakened a Sleeping Giant - John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews.com

When YouTube Bans the Trailer, You Know the Book’s Gonna be Good - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Choosing a College and Life Happens...READ MORE

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