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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ on […]

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Corentine

His name was unusual and it fit him very well, since he was a very unique man, who when I first saw him made me a little uneasy. He had gentleness to him, Also an odd way of acting that put me off at first, in fact I can’t say I ever really warmed up […]

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By this Cross the world is saved!

It is through the Cross that Christ is exalted. Today’s feast of the Church speaks to us of this mystery. At the same time, it speaks of Christ who by means of the Cross lifts up humanity, lifts up all humanity and indeed all creation. “For God sent his Son into the world not to […]

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Summer Driving Lessons

It’s that time of year when folks are driving a lot and so perhaps it’s appropriate to think in terms of driving cars. Are there spiritual lessons? Life is like a trip, like a road. That’s one lesson. At times it can be a winding one, it can be straight and tedious, it can be […]

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The Biblical Roots of the Sign of the Cross

Few actions so clearly distinguish a person as a Catholic in our culture as the Sign of the Cross. Contrary to what some Protestants would have you think, the Sign of the Cross dates back to the earliest times. In third century, Tertullian wrote, “At every forward step and movement, at every going in and […]

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Triumph of the Cross

“The Son of Man must be lifted up”, says Jesus to Nicodemus. And he says this with a view to his crucifixion: The Son of Man must be lifted up on the Cross. Whoever believes in him, whoever sees in this Cross and in the Crucified One the Redeemer of the world, whoever looks with […]

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Medjugorje: Photos Show Cross Emerged from Clouds

It was not the contrails from two airplanes when a Cross was seen in the sky above Medjugorje during the outdoor Mass in the evening of August 15. A sequence of 34 photos taken within half an hour shows how the Cross formed in the clouds, in line with early reports from eyewitnesses. Along the […]

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Olympic Cross aims to foster faith during games

London, England, Jul 26, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” […]

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Take up his cross daily and follow me

“If anyone will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke IX. 2 3). We must keep this warning before our minds in our frequent trials and sufferings. Heaven will be worth it all, and far in excess of it all, if we can only wait […]

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Beneath the Sands

The human heart is deep, lost in a desert where its deepest longings are lost beneath the sands.  Days spent in silent pain, surrounded by others on the same path; yet not a word is said.  Love the key that is sought and often not found….or something less that only makes the wounds deeper and […]

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