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Finding Joy in Sorrow & Pain, How To Speak Protestant, God's Gift of Girlfriends, and more! (7791)

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How I Found Joy in Sorrow & Pain. Click on the link by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff and read more.

How I Found Joy in Sorrow & Pain - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

How To Speak Protestant, #2,594 - Patrick Vandapool

God’s Gift of Girlfriends - Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

Until Death Do Us Part: A Conversion & Love Story - Patti Maguire Armstrong

Book Review: Style, Sex, & Substance - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Lent is Almost Over, Have you made it to Confession? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

You Had Better Be Careful About What You Ask For In Prayer - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

SNAP, The Catholic League, Cardinal Dolan & Fair Treatment - Fr. Z’s Blog

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Pope Encourages Youth to Be Joyful Missionaries (9906)

In World Youth Day 2012 address, Benedict XVI reminds young people: 'It is up to you, young followers of Christ, to show the world that faith brings happiness and a joy which is true, full and enduring.'

04/01/2012 Comments (2)

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Pope Benedict XVI challenges young Catholics to be “missionaries of joy” in his message for this Sunday’s World Youth Day on April 1.

“Be enthusiastic witnesses of the New Evangelization! Go to those who are suffering and those who are searching, and give them the joy that Jesus wants to bestow,” says the Pope in his address, the text of which was issued to the media on March 27.

“Bring it to your families, your schools and universities, and your workplaces and your friends; wherever you live. You will see how it is contagious.”

The Pope’s letter marks the Church’s 27th World Youth Day, which will be celebrated in 2012 at the diocesan level. The theme for this year is taken from St....READ MORE

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Palm Sunday Is Preview of Easter Victory (4048)

Column notes that 'Jesus was not only the glory of Yahweh returning to his Temple; he was also the new David, indeed Yahweh himself, reclaiming his city and preparing to deal with the enemies of Israel.'

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The texts that Christians typically read on Palm Sunday have become so familiar to them that they probably don’t sense their properly revolutionary power. 

But no first-century Jew would have missed the excitement and danger implicit in the coded language of the accounts describing Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his death. 

In Mark’s Gospel we hear that Jesus and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives.” A bit of trivial geographical detail, we might be tempted to conclude. But we have to remember that pious Jews of Jesus’ time were immersed in the infinitely complex world of the Hebrew Scriptures and stubbornly read...READ MORE

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Lenten Reads for Catholic Singles (4456)

Dating website compiles ‘playbook’ that complements Holy Week journey.

04/01/2012 Comments (9)

Recently, NCRegister.com blogger Simcha Fisher asked Catholic singles:“What Do Single People Need From the Church?” It certainly struck a chord, because she had more than 230 responses in the comment box. Some people argued that the Church always forgets about the single people: They have vocation retreats for youth; they have ministries to strengthen families. But what about the singles who don’t feel called to the religious life and haven’t met their spouses yet? Where is the place for them?

“Most Church leaders don’t realize that four in 10 adults in the U.S. are single,” said Christina Ries, editorial director of CatholicMatch.com, the Catholic online dating site.

So, how can the...READ MORE

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Passion Week in an Election Year (2163)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 1.

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Sunday, April 1, is Passion (Palm) Sunday (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II). The Sunday Gospel covers each Holy Week event.

April 5 is Holy Thursday, April 6 is Good Friday, and Holy Saturday is the night of the Easter vigil.

April Fool’s Day

It is appropriate that Passion Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day this year. In the Catholic tradition, many saints have remarked on the “folly” of Christianity. In doing so, they follow St. Paul, who says:

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and the learning of the learned I will set aside’” (1 Corinthians 1:18).


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Holy Week's Solemnities (6272)

A look at Pope Benedict XVI's events and Masses leading up to Easter. From our March 25 issue.

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2011 Reuters photo/ Stefano Rellandini

LENT’S CULMINATION BEGINS. Pope Benedict XVI holds palms as he arrives at the Passion Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

– 2011 Reuters photo/ Stefano Rellandini

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 branches.

Pope Benedict XVI, wearing crimson-and-gold-colored robes, is likely to remind the faithful of the meaning of the celebration...READ MORE

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Walk With Christ in the Holy Land (2489)

A pilgrim's Holy Week-inspired trip impacts her faith. March 25 issue feature.

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Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, opens one up to experiencing God using all the senses. We kiss the wood of the cross, consume the Lord in the Eucharist, smell incense by the altar, and see beauty in statues and paintings. In this vein, the experience of visiting the Holy Land is one of sensory overload. St. Jerome referred to the area of Jerusalem as the “fifth Gospel,” meaning that in order to understand the Bible one must comprehend how the land shaped the stories.

A recent journey to Israel not only opened my mind, but also deepened my faith.

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus sounds so cliché, but just a few hours after taking off from Vienna, my husband, 4-month-old...READ MORE

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'God Created the Heavens and the Earth' (3172)

March 25 issue feature on how the Catholic Church bridges faith and science.

03/31/2012 Comments (12)

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Being a Catholic and a professional in any field can be a challenge. It can be especially challenging in science-related fields, in which the focus is on logical thinking, information bytes and equations. Because of this, there’s a growing movement to separate God from his own creation, sending faith and reason down opposite, and sometimes conflicting, paths.

But Catholics in science know that the two are not incompatible.

“Science was not founded in opposition to religion, as many people think,” said Stephen Barr, professor of theoretical particle physics at the University of Delaware and author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. “Most of its great founders saw science as...READ MORE

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