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Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

Kneeling at My First Mass

June 21, AD 2017 9 Comments
Kneeling at My First Mass

By guest writer Tasman Westbury. In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. – Philippians 2:10 I was raised in the Uniting Church, but never truly grasped any of its teachings, and spent several years as an atheist before a series of […]

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The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

May 5, AD 2017 6 Comments
The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

The following review was originally written on the blog Sacrifice of Love. It is republished here with permission from the author. With depth and simplicity, Jean Heimann’s new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World (Tan Books 2017), instructs and inspires as it delves into the story of Our Lady of Fatima. However, instead of […]

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Charity

May 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Charity

O my Jesus, Thou who art very Love, enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. O Lord our God, we offer Thee our hearts, united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood; we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may be the daily […]

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God as Poet

April 26, AD 2017 1 Comment
God as Poet

By guest writer LeighAnna Schesser. Recently, a friend wrote to me saying, “I’m skimming Jesus of Nazareth and Pope Benedict XVI mentions all the mountains in Jesus’ life (temptation, teaching, prayer, transfiguration,) and it just struck me as, well, really poetic. Do you have any thoughts regarding God as a Poet or something similar?” Perhaps […]

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Better Off, Not Better

December 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Better Off, Not Better

A long time ago in my college dorm room, I was showing a friend the blog Creative Minority Report. It takes its name from Pope Benedict’s exhortation, “Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind […]

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Advent: The Coming of the Lord

December 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Advent: The Coming of the Lord

Happy New Liturgical Year! With the First Sunday of Advent came a new year in the Catholic Church. Advent is an important time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Just as we prepare for the glorious joy of Easter with Lenten fasting and penance, so do we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with the […]

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The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

February 22, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, an occasion that has been marked since approximately the fourth century. While a physical “Chair of Peter” remains in the Vatican, today’s feast commemorates more than a revered relic. As Pope Benedict XVI said during his papal audience on February 19, 2012: […]

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An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

January 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

Some of us Catholics count our “Catholic credentials” by our knowledge of obscure catholic words; some of us by how many bishops we can name; but most of us use our knowledge of the saints as the absolute litmus test. For me, memories of All Saints Day parties surface each November, and the endless quest […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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The Necessary Virtue of Hope

July 16, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Necessary Virtue of Hope

During any phase of transition, the importance of the theological virtues of faith and love are always emphasized. One is counseled to have faith that God will bring the best result out of the situation, while being reminded to either love those also struggling or to be very loving to the one who is facing […]

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Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

April 8, AD 2015 1 Comment
Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

Gay “marriage” will threaten, snarl, huff and puff, but we should not fear. For, upon this rock Christ built His Church. It will not fall simply because evil huffs and puffs a little louder.

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A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

February 12, AD 2015 1 Comment
A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

If you are a warm-blooded, sentient, and rational American who desires to love and be loved, then you have probably experienced at some point in your life a profusion of emotions in the days leading up to and on Valentine’s Day. How could you not? From the time of our youth and continuing all the way through adulthood, there is […]

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Correct Inculturation

January 13, AD 2015 2 Comments
Correct Inculturation

In Pope Benedict XVI’s book “The Spirit of the Liturgy,” he spends a good deal of time on the postures of prayer and the correct implementation of them in reference to the Liturgy. While many people out there (and I’m sure many of you reading this) might hear that and think that it sounds about as […]

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The Coming Islamic Revolution

January 13, AD 2015 10 Comments
The Coming Islamic Revolution

World leaders and over three million people converged in France this weekend to mourn for those slain during the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. This terrible tragedy comes on the heels of other recent attacks, such as those in Pakistan by Taliban-linked terrorists against schoolchildren in Peshawar, Boko Haram’s continuing […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

December 14, AD 2014 1 Comment
Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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