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Seven Facts and Seven Fictions About the Resurrection by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

Admonish the Sinner, the First Spiritual Work of Mercy – Monsignor Charles Pope

Goodness to Greatness – Peter Lyons, Catholic Stand

Married Couple Who Raised 10 Children Recognized as Venerable by Pope Francis – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald Magazine

Reading Dante in 100 Days – Karl Keating, Catholic Answers

Quæritur: Is Saying ‘God Bless You!’ a Blessing? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pope Francis Gains More than 20 Million Twitter Followers - Catholic Herald Magazine

Quæritur: I Made a Hasty Promise to God, Now What? - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Artist as Eyewitness – Michael Rennier, Deep Down Things

Jesus Christ: Pro Wrestler? – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Quæritur: Inviting Children to Stand Around the Altar? Fail! – Fr. Z’s Blog

Robert Frost’s ‘Birches’ – Mitchell Kalpakgian PhD, The Civilized Reader

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Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22.

Pope Francis: Ask the Lord for the Gift of Peace

‘The more we feel our hearts are agitated, the more we sense we are nervous, impatient, angry inside, the more we need to ask the Lord for the Spirit of peace,’ he said. He also spoke of the dignity of life: ‘Life is a gift from God!’

Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)