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Pope: Christ Is the Light Who Overcomes All Darkness (2560)

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 (2171)

User's Guide to Sunday, March 4.

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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 (2445)

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

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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 (3313)

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

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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! (3972)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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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Morally Tainted: Products Made Possible by the Killing of Innocent Human Life (13503)

Feb. 26 issue column: We live in a culture of death — a reality that means we truly do need labels that warn consumers: 'This product was made possible by the killing of innocent human life.'

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Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has introduced a bill to the Oklahoma Legislature that has caused quite a stir. S.B. 1418 says it would ban any product for human “consumption” that contains aborted human fetal tissue or where the research or development of any of the ingredients required the use of aborted fetal tissue.

Now, currently, there are no aborted fetuses in any food products. But some pundits interpret “consumption” in this bill to mean not just food products, but any product humans “consume,” like drugs, vaccines, treatments or even beauty products.

In the national response to S.B. 1418, the jokes about Soylent Green abound, and those from all political persuasions mocked Shortey...READ MORE

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Vatican Secret Archives Revealed (5875)

Historic letters to and from popes are on display in new museum exhibit in Rome.

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For the first time in history, the Vatican is making public more than 100 historical documents from its Secret Archives.

“They are revealed as a cultural context, as a fascinating appeal to the memory of our past, the past of the Church, of empires, kingdoms, duchies and republics,” said Cardinal Raffaele Farina, archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church.

The “Lux in Arcana” exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline Museum was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Vatican’s Secret Archives and includes notable items such as the 1521 decree from Pope Leo X excommunicating German monk Martin Luther.

The display also features a 1530 petition asking Pope Clement VIII to annul Henry...READ MORE

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Human Beings Are Not Things (3294)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Spitzer lays out a guide to a pro-life society.

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It is hard to believe that abortion would have been legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 1973 if Father Spitzer had been around to argue the pro-life position before the high court.
Roe v. Wade, the court case that legalized abortion, could well be known as the case that protected human life in the womb, and not the opposite, if the content of Spitzer’s well-written book had been cogently presented to the justices.
Back in 1973, though, Father Spitzer was a young man just beginning his long trek through Jesuit formation. That process culminated in his receiving a doctorate in philosophy. He has spent the years since teaching, writing, speaking and thinking about the principles that...READ MORE

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