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April 10, 2014
Today’s fiery furnaces
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

In the first reading for this Wednesday, April 9, we hear about three faithful Jews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who disobeyed the king’s command to worship an idol, fully aware that a horrible death awaited them. For some of us, this famous story might be hard to relate to, but it is more relevant for our times than you might realize.

I am inspired by the profound courage of these men who trusted so deeply in God’s plan for them that they were willing to defy their king and...

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April 10, 2014
Holy Week: a living reality, not a Passion play
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Some time ago, I had a conversation with a lady who had attended the Oberammergau Passion Play in the south of Germany in 2004. The play, enacted every ten years since 1634, involves 2000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the town. The play, which runs for seven hours, acts out in a highly dramatic fashion the final events of Christ’s earthly life.

She wondered why the Church does not incorporate the kind of vivid portrayal she saw at Oberammergau...

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April 09, 2014
The calvary of Julienne
By Jean-Claude Gaston

"Six years ago, when I first started college, I met my husband-to-be," says Julienne, a young Congolese woman in her early thirties. A fervent Catholic, she has just emerged from four years of intense moral, physical and emotional suffering that marked her marriage to a Muslim man—a man whose initial respect and tolerance of her faith turned out to be lie.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Christians form the overwhelming majority, with Muslims accounting for less than...

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April 09, 2014
Sounding silence
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The March 25th issue of The Wall Street Journal printed an eye-catching article by Jen Murphy entitled, “CEO’S Secret to Decision-Making:  Total Silence.”  To reduce mounting stress and noise, internal and external, Khajak Keledjian, CEO of Intermix, went on a ten-day retreat of guided meditation in complete silence where television, reading, and even eye contact were forbidden. “I came out of that completely transformed,” he writes.  “It gave me clarity, and clarity leads to...

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April 08, 2014
Belgium’s deadly cough
By Roger Kiska

When Europe coughs, America catches a cold. The legal, political and cultural landscape in the U.S. is fertile for the importation of bad legislation like a new law in Belgium that legalizes child euthanasia.

History has shown that once adopted, doctor-prescribed death escapes regulation — and the circumstances in which it is allowed grow rapidly and exponentially. In 1984, the Netherlands was the first nation to lift criminal penalties for assisted suicide. The Dutch model allowed...

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When it concluded on February 25, the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Legionaries of Christ, meeting in Rome to complete the drafting of new Constitutions and elect new leadership, issued eleven documents that represent the Congregation’s future. The Legionaries, once again autonomous, have emerged from a period of “examination and renewal” that began five years ago in 2009 with their public acknowledgment of their Founder’s scandalous double life and continued with an...

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April 04, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s a theory held by some movie fans that says that when a conspiracy thriller or sci-fi movie has a plot line about the destruction of mass amounts of humanity, the filmmakers are actually trying to warn viewers of real-life doom through clues in the fictional plotline. If that’s the case, then the team behind the new movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is working overtime to scare us.

A sequel to the hit 2011 movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,”...

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April 04, 2014
On the other side of the veil
By Joe Tremblay

When Christ died on the Cross, Mary lost a Son and John lost a friend. For them, the Passion of our Lord was more than a religious drama. They had to endure the loss of a Loved One. And it would seem that the same conditions of life and death would apply to them as it had applied to countless people before them; the main condition being that human flesh would serve as a barrier between the living and the dead. Because of this barrier, those in the flesh despaired of having any...

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April 04, 2014
Factions in the Church
By Russell Shaw

Those first century Christians of Corinth must certainly have been a boisterous, troublesome lot. But maybe we should be glad that they were. After all, their acting up and acting out were the occasion for two remarkable New Testament documents—St. Paul’s first and second letters to the Corinthians—that get the heart of a current problem in the Church.

The problem is factionalism. We find it described right at the start of Paul’s first letter: “Each one of you says, ‘I belong to...

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April 03, 2014
A gathering that needs our support
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

This week's column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention.

Again this June, our nation's bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a "Fortnight for Freedom." The theme this year is "Freedom to Serve." It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and other vulnerable groups in our country, but that now face growing government interference. Details on the Fortnight will be made available throughout the...

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