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Pope's Sunday Angelus: Let go of 'false lights' that lead down the wrong path


I went, I washed, and now I can see...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism and the faith it gave that rendered us able to see and to come gradually more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of the Christian walk...


A Chestertonian reflection on blasphemy and the Annunciation...
Mark Shea
Blasphemy is the silliest of the sins and only diminishes the blasphemer. It sure can’t diminish God, because he already diminished himself as much as conceivably possible. You want to stage an ‘abort Jesus” protest? Knock yourself out. The actual God has beaten you to your insults against Mary’s gynecology by actually spending nine months in her womb and dodging an abortion at the hands of Herod...


The Annunciation: When angels held their breath...
John Clark
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God, it was as though the angels in Heaven held their breath waiting for her reply. Prior to that moment, the angels in Heaven were well aware that the Incarnation was to occur. It is believed, however, that the angels did not know exactly how the Incarnation was to occur...


The problem of evil and trusting in God...


A woman wrapped in silence: A meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation...


These are the 3 biggest financial scams in America: What to know and how to fight back...


Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero...


Of doves and serpents, and pro-choice magic...
David Mills
One of the doves who come to our window feeder seems to be missing the skin on the back of his head. I’m pretty sure we see his skull when he looks away from the house. It’s a dangerous world out there when you’re prey. They’re pretty birds, our doves, but they don’t look intelligent. They don’t have that “Hello, lunch...


To all those observing Lent: Remember your mortality and sinfulness, and suffer lovingly...


Why ‘the Marian Option’ is not optional today...


Christians in northern Iraq ‘on verge of extinction’, says aid worker...


6 great websites for training young apologists...


A Lenten lesson on I-80 about blinkers and rash judgment...
Rick Becker
We were heading home to Indiana from Omaha after a funeral. We’d made a later start than we’d hoped, so I was banking on making it to the Quad Cities before nightfall so we could have a relatively relaxed drive the next day to South Bend. It had been pretty stormy in Nebraska as we started heading east on I-80 – pretty ominous...


Neil Gorsuch is a proponent of natural law — which says a lot...


How to make the most of your workday...


Pope Francis sends message of “prayerful solidarity” with London victims...


Pope Francis may shine a light on famine and genocide in South Sudan...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Pope Francis is reportedly considering a trip to South Sudan, after ecumenical pleas from religious leaders who hope that his visit might draw attention to the plight of the people there, suffering famine and genocide. Melinda Henneberger, editorial writer and columnist for the Kansas City Star, recently went to South Sudan, on a trip sponsored by the Sudan Relief Fund...

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Is the four-hymn Mass what the Church really wants?
Mark Langley
What is Musicam Sacram? Published on March 5th, 1967, Musicam Sacram is the official Instruction on Music in the Liturgy issued by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Musicam Sacram is the document that was most responsible for the sweeping changes in the liturgical music that ordinary Catholics have experienced over the last fifty years...


Meet Jan Tyranowski, the Polish mystic who mentored Pope St. John Paul II...


Wherein Fr. Z muses about Lady Day, 25 March...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Sometimes in the history of our salvation the stars line up to portend amazing events. These stellar alignments are sometimes literally stellar, as in the case of the Star of Bethlehem. I, for one, buy the arguments for the Star made here, which also concerns what lined up with your planet’s yellow star on that first Good Friday...


On Annunciation, Pope says God still seeks hearts like Mary...


Pope travels to Milan, prays Angelus at Duomo...


“We just pulled it”: ACA remains in place after reform effort fails...


A ‘wounded healer’ offers guidance for wounded Catholics...
Edward Peters
Two things will strike readers of Fr. Thomas Berg’s Hurting in the Church: first, that this book needed to be written at all, for who could have ever believed that so much hurt could have been inflicted so quickly on so many in the Church; second, that an effective response to such pain would not only help heal those hurting in the Church...


Fatima, marriage, and the Theology of the Body...


The Annunciation is a big deal...
R. Jared Staudt
Easter, Christmas, then the Annunciation? Although it’s not a holy day of obligation, the Annunciation is one of the central solemnities of the liturgical year. There are two main reasons why. First, the Incarnation is absolutely central to our faith and salvation. Even though we celebrate Christmas with great solemnity to mark Jesus’ birth into the world...


An eyewitness account of the devastation left behind by ISIS...


Is the buzz true? Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?


How did people tell time in Jesus' day?


Here's what happens if you get too close to a neutron star...


The beauty of women will save the world...
Carrie Gress
There is a well-known Dostoevsky trope that says, “beauty will save the world.” The famous Russian is usually taken to mean the beauty found in the material arts. Music, architecture, and sculpture are rightfully being plumbed for their world-saving abilities, particularly how they lead a soul back to God. But there is one stone that has yet to be unturned when considering the role beauty plays in saving the world: women...


St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the conversion that makes all the difference...
Bishop Robert Barron
I am always pleased when the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph roll around every year, the first on March 17th and the second on March 19th. Joseph is especially dear to the Italian people, who celebrate him with festive meals, and Patrick, of course, is specially reverenced by my own people, the Irish, who celebrate him with parades...


An urgent plea: Pray for the people of Peru...


What was the climate like at the time of Jesus?


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