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12 Articles of the Creed: Week FIVE

March 18, 2013

Do I Believe Christ descended into Hell – and on the third day – He rose again?

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Seeing Christ in others can undermine society's relativism

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March 11, 2013

Blessed John Paul II was able to challenge the false god of communism and win a victory. Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his pontificate to overcoming a much more resilient idol – what he called the dictatorship of relativism.

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Only God's love can quell our inner anxiety, bitter worries

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 11, 2013

Anxiety, like all tensions, eats at us at various levels. More superficially, we worry about many things. Deep down though we are anxious in a way that colours most everything we do. So much of what motivates and drives us is an unconscious attempt to free ourselves from anxiety.

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Lenten Confession clears the ethical slate

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 11, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2013

In antiquity, adultery was considered one of the most severe transgressions a woman could commit. Not only was it seen as a fundamental breach of trust, but it also put into doubt the paternity of children raised in the family. A child born out of wedlock, passed off as a legitimate heir could eventually lead to transfer of family property into a stranger's hands.

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Pope Benedict was a co-operator of the truth

March 11, 2013
(Following is the text of Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Feb. 28 Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Pope Benedict XVI.)

"Cooperatores veritatis." "Co-operators of the truth." When in 1977 Father Joseph Ratzinger was named archbishop of Munich and Freising, he chose this phrase as his episcopal motto. It is taken from the Third Letter of St. John, which was proclaimed in part today as our Second Reading.

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P(r)ay your taxes and count your blessings

Joe Gunn

March 11, 2013

It's tax filing time – are you cringing? My teens, still in school, don't make enough to pay tax, so their forms are simple to fill out. Yet they approach the task as a bothersome burden.

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Why do Catholics believe the pope is Peter's successor?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 11, 2013

In teaching the RCIA, I have been asked many questions by people with Protestant backgrounds especially about Peter's role and why Catholics believe that the pope is Peter's successor.

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Proclaim the Gospel everywhere, every way

Mark Pickup

March 11, 2013

The Second Reading for the March 10 Mass is 2 Corinthians 5.17-21. St. Paul says that whoever is in Christ is a new creation and that everything old has passed away. Paul says the way of salvation comes from God to reconcile a sinful humanity to himself.

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12 Articles of the Creed: Week FOUR

March 11, 2013

Do I believe Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried?

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Church can overcome barriers to evangelization

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March 4, 2013

The Church is a people gifted to live in communion with God. As cardinals gather to elect a new pope, that is worth emphasizing because much media attention will be on the most superficial aspects of the Church – the sins of its members, its organizational structure and who has the power. We need to emphasize that it is through the Church and its sacraments that we share in God's eternal life.

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