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Election of new pope is a lightning bolt from heaven

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March 25, 2013

The worldwide outpouring of joy-filled tears over the election of Pope Francis should be a sign to all that the pope is much more than the CEO of the world's largest organization. He is our spiritual father, the Holy Father. We did not know this man, yet from the first moment he received the warmest embrace of the Catholic faithful. We yearn for his fatherhood.

Pray honestly in a crisis and God's angel will find you

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 25, 2013

How do we lift our darkest, most depressed, most lonely moments up to God? How can we pray when we are most deeply alone, helpless and our whole world seems to be collapsing?

Let our lives bear witness to Risen Jesus

John Connelly

March 25, 2013
Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013

There is a saying that I really appreciate, "Let your life speak." It originally came from the Quakers but it applies to all of us.

Speak up, tell loved ones what you want for end of life care

Gordon Self

March 25, 2013

One of my former English literature professors used to say that you can tell a society's hangups by its swear words. If this is true, I leave it to the readers' imagination to consider where our own societal discomforts may lie.

Welcome a pope who seeks to rebuild God's Church

Fr. Robert Barron

March 25, 2013

I had an excellent vantage point for the presentation of Pope Francis to the world, for I was doing commentary for NBC News from a perch above St. Peter's Square. I will confess that my initial impression was negative, not because he was a relative surprise or because he wasn't from the United States, but because, for more than a minute, he stood ramrod straight, hands at his side and not smiling.

Christians should lobby for rights . . . but not our own

Mark Pickup

March 25, 2013

A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not even written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Self-interest reigns supreme.

12 Articles of the Creed: WEEK SIX

March 25, 2013

Do I believe Christ ASCENDED into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the FATHER?

Find the character of a leader by watching his chosen advisors

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March 18, 2013

By the time you read this, the College of Cardinals will most likely have elected a new pope. However, before the conclave began, the cardinals appear to have gone to great lengths in discussing the issues facing the Church and drawing a profile of the man best able to meet those challenges.

A catholic God opens his arms to all who seek his help

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 18, 2013

There's a disturbing trend within our churches. Simply put, we are seeing the embrace of our churches become less and less inclusive. More and more, our churches are demanding a purity and exclusivity not demanded by Jesus in the Gospels.

We are called to live the Way of the Cross

Kathleen Giffin

March 18, 2013
Passion Sunday
March 24, 2013

My backyard is again filled with snow, the birds are eager at the feeder, and the icicles hang long and pointed off the eaves. It's hard to believe Easter is so near, that the Passion of our Lord is so soon to be remembered.

 
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