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Let’s Do Better

So recently I’ve been contemplative about certain aspects about the Bible, especially the Creation story with Adam and Eve. A lot of us have read that story or heard about it so many times, it’s like we can recite it. But can we really? Let me ask you a question: Have you read the book […]

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The Case for Purgatory

Non-Catholic Christians are often skeptical about certain teachings of the Catholic Church.  One teaching commonly under scrutiny is Purgatory.  Non-Catholic Christians argue that since Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice of death on the cross and conquered our eternal death, making it possible for us to join God in eternal life, therefore Purgatory is unnecessary.  Jesus […]

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Are You Really Catholic?

Engaging in conversation about faith and morals with non-Catholics can be difficult or intimidating at times; but I sometimes find it to be easier than speaking about these matters with other Catholics.  One of the most frustrating things for me as a Catholic is when I am discussing faith with people who identify as practicing Catholics yet […]

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Benchwarmers

We see them. We see them every Sunday sitting on the pew during Communion. In fact, most of us have been in their position before. They sit there quietly, while everyone around them get up to partake in receiving the Eucharist. We all pretend we don’t notice them while we excuse ourselves climbing over them […]

The Resurrection is depicted in "Christ Risen from the Tomb," a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone. The artwork is from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is April 8 in the Latin-rite church this year. (CNS photo/courtesy of the National Gallery of Art) (March 27, 2012)

Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Salve festa dies is a Latin hymn written by the Roman Christian poet St. Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-c. 610).  In its English form Hail Thee, Festival Day—sung to the tune by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams—it is often performed on Easter Sunday.  It is a splendid hymn, using the return of Spring as a metaphor for the new life which Christ […]