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“Keep Watch”

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) Having the left the upper room, [Jesus] withdrew to pray, alone before the Father [in the Garden of Gethsemane]. At that moment … Continue reading

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Contemplating Christ Crucified

(from: The Joy of Knowing Christ: Meditations on the Gospel by Pope Benedict XVI) A verse of John’s gospel … refers to a messianic prophecy of Zechariah: “They shall look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:37). The beloved … Continue reading

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What it Means to Follow Christ

(from: Lent with Pope Benedict XVI: Meditations for Every Day) The expression “following of Christ” is a description of the whole of Christian existence. In what does it consist? What does “to follow Christ” actually mean? At the outset, with … Continue reading

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The Cross Shows the Father’s Love

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) At the heart of the prayer of blessing [in Eph. 1:3ff), the apostle illustrates the way in which the Father’s plan of … Continue reading

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Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

When Pope Pius XII granted that the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus be observed on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, he fulfilled the desire of Our Lord that His sorrowful Holy Face be contemplated in reparation … Continue reading

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A dignified life; a dignified death

Posted at Catholic Insight I lost someone very special recently, someone who demonstrated for me what a dignified death looks like. In the eyes of the world, he had been dealt a lousy hand, sentenced to life in a wheelchair … Continue reading

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The battle for Ontario doctors’ freedom of conscience rights

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the ban on euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Canada is unconstitutional. This ruling paves the way for the legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide throughout the entire … Continue reading

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Septuagesima Sundays and the preparation for Lent

Posted at Catholic Insight Before 1969, Septuagesima Sunday was observed in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. According to fisheaters.com, the three Sundays that comprise Septuagesima Sunday are named for their distance to Easter and are as follows: Septuagesima … Continue reading

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Candlemas: The Encounter between Chaos and Light

(from Seek That Which Is Above by Pope Benedict XVI) In everyday modern life we are hardly aware that on February 2nd we celebrate an ancient feast, common to the Church of both East and West, one which used to … Continue reading

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Persevering through the “dark night of the soul”

Posted at Catholic Insight I know someone who is going through a spiritually dark time. When I think of this person, the word that comes to mind is “trial.” It seems to me that God is trying this person through … Continue reading

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