Thursday, March 29, 2012

Confession...the best surprise of my new Catholic faith and other blog posts

The idea of Confession was repellent to me as a Protestant. But the actual experience of Confession has been, by far, the best surprise of my new Catholic faith...
Brianna Heldt

Sacraments are real. We receive real graces through them because, well, this is how Jesus established His Church and how God designed things to work. Even if we can't understand. We need to seek forgiveness from and reconciliation with our Lord, and one another, and Jesus decided to give His Church an important role in that.



With the Eyes of Faith...
Donald Cardinal Wuerl
In the highly acclaimed series Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron, drawing on the patrimony of Christian art and architecture, suggests to his viewers that this magnificent depiction of Our Lord’s crucifixion by Matthias Grünewald is a picture of joy. He is right. With the eyes of faith we see the joy of the Son uniting his will to the will of the Father... 


The Top 10 Bible Passages About Penance...
Taylor Marshall

If you're like me, the commitments of Lent are becoming a bit more difficult. To keep your eyes on the prize, here are the Top Ten Bible verses on Penance. In Greek, we often find in Scripture the Greek term "metanoia" which is a deep "transformation of mind" of conformity to God. In Latin, we find "agite paenitentiam" or "do penance." 


Did you see Cardinal Dolan on The O'Reilly Factor last night? If you missed it, here it is again...
Rocco Palmo

As his ongoing Neo-Porporato Tour -- and, even more, the Stateside bishops' ongoing battle for religious freedom amid the looming Federal contraceptive mandate -- wends on, earlier tonight the USCCB president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, took to the country's highest-rated program on cable news: Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor... 


The 5 Most Colorful Cities In The World...


Why Women Can Be Protestant Ministers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Ordain women if you like. We don’t mind. But don’t be offended when we point out that (in case there is any doubt in your mind) it is not a valid Catholic ordination. Why does this upset non Catholics? They knew it wasn’t a Catholic ordination to start with. What it actually is...  


Rejoice! The bees are back in the Exsultet...
Shawn Tribe
Recently one of our priests sent in some photos with a brief note about a Paschal candle that he, himself, undertook to design for his parish. He commented to me that "in honor of the return of the bees to the Exsultet" he incorporated them into the design. What he is referring to, of course...


Prayer is a pilgrimage through difficult wilderness...
Anthony Lilles

Is contemplation an uninteresting wilderness? Many religious who have dedicated their whole lives to prayer can speak like this, including authors like Thomas Merton. These kinds of expressions suggest those purgative experiences in prayer where our conversation with God takes on a kind of monotonous tone. 


What Else Do Pro-Lifers Do?
Simcha Fisher

It’s a good thing I have a lot of other friends on Facebook. Because most of my friends are pro-life in the traditional (read: useful) way, and let me tell you, they are busy. It’s not that they brag—it’s just that their status updates portray a gorgeous and incredibly varied picture of the pro-life movement... 


The human brokenness found within 'October Baby'


The Church made some changes to the Triduum liturgies this year. Here are a few you might notice... 

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