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God, jihad, crusades

“The Roman church had an unswerving belief in itself as the vessel of divine grace in the world and the source of all divine authority, ordained by God and founded by His Son Jesus Christ on the ministry of His disciple St Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. 552 more words


How do Catholics have a "personal" relationship with Jesus?

Just a few days ago, an acquaintance asked me and some other friends, “How do you develop and foster your personal relationship with Jesus? 945 more words


10 Ways Pilgrimages Cultivate the Parish Imagination

I have experienced the blessing of being faithfully present in my neighborhood together with others for over a decade.  It seems that community can easily be lost without this.  793 more words

Parish Imagination

Station Churches of Rome

by George and Stephen Weigel with Rome Elizabeth Lev – published by Basic Books, 2014

The distinguished team of papal biographer George Weigel, his photographer-son Stephen (who handles the illustrations), and well-known art and architecture historian, professor, author, and tour guide resident in Rome Elizabeth Lev have collaborated to produce The Station Churches of Rome (published by Basic Books, 400 pages with dozens of color illustrations). 232 more words

04 Fr. John McCloskey

Is anxiety and anguish the mother of religion?

Firstly Ebbinghaus (Hermann Ebbinghaus – a German psychologist 1850-1909) states: ‘anxiety and anguish are the mother of religion.’ Then he continues: ‘the churches fill and pilgrimages increase during times of war and devastating epidemics.’ I would like to know if the churches fill during epidemics and times of war with those people who, from the outset are inclined to materialism. 94 more words


In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Brigid.

Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (c. 451-525) is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with Saints Patrick and Colmcille. Her feast day is 1 February or Candlemas (Imbolc), the traditional first day of spring in Ireland. 390 more words

Irish History

Traveling to … Israel

Holy Land tours to Israel have grown in popularity over the years. A Holy Land tour is a magical, personally enriching experience. Visiting the top Holy Land attractions – the Western Wall and Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Nazareth, Galilee, and the Mount of Olives – will have a profound impact and resonate within you for a long time. 383 more words

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