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Why We Rejoice on Ascension Thursday

Have you ever wished Jesus was still here walking the face of the Earth? Have you found “celebrating” the Ascension of the Lord this fortieth day after Easter a bit uneasy? 444 more words

The art of saying good-bye ...

Today marks 40 days after Easter. On this day, we celebrate Jesus’ good-bye to those whom he loved. They watch him ascend to his Father. And after this glorious ascension, his closest friends wait in what I call the “in-between” moment of life. 252 more words

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Who do I believe?

Back in high school when I began studying the debates between the Protestant Reformers and the Catholic bishops, I naturally started out on my “team’s” side in the debate. 730 more words

Don’t Treat Confirmation Like Graduation

For too many Catholic teenagers, the sacrament of confirmation is seen as a kind of “graduation from formation.” Having attended CCD since the first grade, they are finally, officially “done.” 538 more words

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The Diagnosis and the Cure: Benedict XVI and the Dictatorship of Relativism

In a modern culture that is adrift, it is good to be reminded of the True, the Good & the Beautiful. Each week it is my humble privilege to offer one selection from an indispensable Canon of essays, speeches & books which will light a candle in the darkness.

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Pope Francis' Older Sons

Back in 2013, senior Vatican journalist John Allen wrote an article about Pope Francis’ emerging “older son” problem, by which he meant a growing dissatisfaction among faithful Catholics who felt that the Pope routinely chastises them for their shortcomings while pouring out endless mercy and refusals to pass judgment on the prodigal sons of the Church. 495 more words

How Benedict XVI Opened the Door to My Priesthood Despite a "Disability"

Rosario Vitale is a good-natured young man. He is joyful. He always has a smile, encouragement and words of hope for everyone. He always says, “My life is a grace.” 897 more words

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