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Friday, December 4, 2020

What kind of relationship with God?

Singing through Advent, Part Two: The Magnificat

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 04, 2020 08:00 am
Some preliminary considerations The context for Our Lady’s canticle of praise, overall, is the Gospel according to St. Luke and, more specifically, within his Infancy Narrative. Only Matthew and Luke offer a “pre-history” to the [...]
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Analysis: Is there a road back for Cardinal Becciu?

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 04, 2020 01:40 am
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 3, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Two months since his fall from grace, Cardinal Angelo Becciu remains in the news, and out of any future papal conclave. And despite the disgraced [...]
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The little known and often-surprising history of Catholic Confederates

By Piers Shepherd on Dec 03, 2020 08:02 pm
There exists a stereotypical image of the American South as a militantly Protestant and strongly anti-Catholic environment. Gracjan Kraszewski’s fascinating book Catholic Confederates: Faith and Duty in the Civil War South should do much to [...]
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What I saw at the Abbey of the Genesee: The crisis in the Church and the universal call to holiness

By Larry Chapp on Dec 03, 2020 03:31 pm
I was reading an article the other day about an ongoing miracle in Italy that dates back to 1336.  In December of that year a young, pregnant woman named Egidia Mathis was walking home at night [...]
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Decline of the Catholic school system in the U.S. continues, with no end in sight

By Russell Shaw on Dec 03, 2020 01:59 pm
A little over two centuries ago—in 1810, to be precise—a brave, devout woman named Elizabeth Ann Seton launched two tiny schools, an academy and a free school. The site was a former farmhouse in rural [...]
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Wokeness and Catholicism

By James Kalb on Dec 02, 2020 10:45 pm
Many people have noted that “woke” ideology, which views inequality as an intolerable evil caused by pervasive racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like, has a religious quality: it defines good and evil, explains life and [...]
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Forgiven and Free: Advent and Confession

By Fr. Charles Fox on Dec 02, 2020 08:48 pm
The Season of Advent challenges us to “prepare the way of the Lord” and to “make straight his paths.” The Sacrament of Penance is especially important as a way to bring order into our hearts [...]
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Once beloved Colorado priest among newly identified clerical abusers

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 02, 2020 05:39 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 2, 2020 / 09:40 am (CNA).- Investigation into the history of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Colorado has found nine diocesan priests with “substantiated” sexual abuse allegations involving 70 more underage [...]
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Books for Christmas – 2020

By George Weigel on Dec 02, 2020 03:01 am
How bad a year has it been? Let me not count the ways. Good books can hearten us in 2021 and beyond, though. Herewith, then, some suggestions for Christmastide book-giving: Prison Journal, Volume 1, by [...]
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The logic and danger of Pope Francis’s approach to selecting cardinals

By Filip Mazurczak on Dec 01, 2020 04:34 pm
On Saturday, Pope Francis created thirteen cardinals in a consistory, nine of whom will be eligible to vote in a future conclave. Of these, two are officials of the Roman curia while just two others [...]
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Doing some real Advent spiritual work

By Bishop Robert Barron on Dec 01, 2020 04:21 pm
We will never be adequately prepared for the coming of the Savior unless and until we feel in our bones that there is something we need to be saved from. If we don’t require salvation, [...]
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Pell surprised by ‘Technicolor criminality’ of Vatican financial scandals

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 01, 2020 01:37 am
CNA Staff, Nov 30, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell has spoken of his surprise at the apparent extent of “criminality” involved in recent Vatican financial scandals. Speaking in an interview with Associated [...]
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A classic work on the commonsense of noncontradiction and finality

By Casey Chalk on Nov 30, 2020 07:38 pm
I recently started looking into nihilism… but then I realised it was pointless. For some, that joke is enough to expose the absurdity and illogic of a philosophy that holds that there is no meaning [...]
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French Catholic bishops win appeal against 30-person Mass limit

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 30, 2020 02:32 pm
Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is a “disproportionate” government measure and must [...]
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The Materialist in the Mask

By Dale Ahlquist on Nov 30, 2020 02:05 am
In 1908, two of G.K. Chesterton’s most famous books were published, almost back-to-back. The first was the novel The Man Who Was Thursday, about a group of anarchists who are actively trying to undermine everything [...]
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The story of the rise, triumph, and nightmare of the modern self

By Deborah Savage, PhD on Nov 29, 2020 09:08 pm
Anyone wondering if man is capable of reason need look no further than the self-evident fact that he desires to understand. Indeed, he is frustrated when understanding eludes him. In those moments, he experiences what [...]
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Archbishop Cordileone: New COVID church closures violate right to worship

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 29, 2020 02:06 am
CNA Staff, Nov 28, 2020 / 09:07 pm (CNA).- As surging COVID-19 cases lead to new restrictions in the San Francisco area, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said the treatment of churches is discriminatory and violates the [...]
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In Advent, we are called to prepare for the coming of Christ in three ways

By Fr. Matthew MacDonald on Nov 29, 2020 01:24 am
Everyone shall remember 2020 as a year of chaos and upheaval, both in the Church and the world. Recent current events have moved many people, especially Catholics, to look for answers that make sense of [...]
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What kind of relationship with God?

By Dr. Randall B. Smith on Nov 28, 2020 08:17 pm
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part essay. Read Part One here. One sometimes hears preachers exhort their congregations to enter into a “relationship” with God. I have no desire to diminish [...]
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Advent at Home: How Catholics are preparing for a season of joy—even in 2020 

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 28, 2020 07:50 pm
Denver Newsroom, Nov 28, 2020 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Wry jokes and memes about the decided awfulness of the year 2020 – with the pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and economic distress, as well as civil unrest [...]
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Communion on the floor and the trinity of disorientation

By Robert R. Reilly on Nov 27, 2020 09:14 pm
In the fourth century, St. Cyril of Jerusalem asked of those receiving Communion: Tell me, if anyone gave you grains of gold, would you not hold them with all care taking heed lest you should [...]
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Advent: Expectation, Exhortation, Eucharist, Eternal Life

By Carl E. Olson on Nov 27, 2020 05:00 pm
On the Readings for Sunday, December 3, 2017, the First Sunday of Advent [...]
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New biography of St. Thomas Becket dispels myths with serious scholarship

By James Baresel on Nov 27, 2020 04:54 pm
Perhaps the second best-known martyrdom in the history of the Anglophone world is St. Thomas Becket, killed in Canterbury Cathedral during Vespers at the hands of four knights motivated by King Henry II of England’s [...]
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