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Only a few times a century does Good Friday fall on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, and this year will be the last such occurrence in any of our lifetimes. While we aren’t likely to hear much of this liturgical coincidence because the Church has moved the feast of the Annunciation to the Monday after Easter, this important day makes manifest the full human life cycle of our God in a matter of a few earthly hour and is an invitation to fully unite ourselves with...

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March 08, 2016

What does Pope Francis' motto really mean?

By Charles Mercier

A few times too often over the past three years I have heard people say, “Pope Francis’ motto means something like…” To observe the third anniversary of his election on March 13, in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we can get it straight, though, unfortunately, understanding the motto accurately can dispense neither with knowledge of Latin nor the rebarbative word “hendiadys.” “Miserando atque eligendo” was chosen by Francis as motto for his papal coat of arms, already his episcopal motto. The...

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February 25, 2016

Pope Francis was clear about what needs to change in Mexico

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

As in millions of homes across the United States, the TV in our family room had been on and tuned into Univision since the Pope arrived in Mexico. We crowded on the sofa to watch his last mass in Ciudad Juarez—a city drenched in the misery caused by drug trafficking, corruption and exploitation.  His passionate solidarity with the poor and suffering has never been so palpable.  On this trip he has spurned the elegant, European-style avenues of Mexico’s great cities and headed to the...

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Benedictus Antiphon: The Lord God said to the serpent:  I will lay down a feud between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed.  She shall crush your head, alleluia. There are some things you hear or read, that come at you with such a force of emotion there could only be One that was sending the message to you. It brings everything you have learned and have based your faith on together, and you can almost hear the pieces clicking into place.  The moment when the light shines...

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On January 28th, the Catholic Church commemorates the great Western theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. As I grow older, the sheer magnitude of the gifts the Lord gave to this man become clearer and clearer in their significance for the Church. I also marvel at his return on the Lord's investment, through his cooperation with grace. Finally, I grow in my appreciation of his humanity. In fact, it gives me great hope in my own weakness.  During graduate theology studies, I tried to attend Holy...

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January 21, 2016

The need to compromise

By Tina McCormick, PhD

The topic of abortion has divided this country for more than half a century. And while the imminent March for Life in D.C. this coming Friday bears witness to a civic activism that is peaceful, both sides of the debate on abortion have tended to add to national divisiveness. A consensus based on compromise seems unlikely in the near future. On both sides of the debate, the most vocal activists are entrenched in their positions. We are called upon either to prove our “pro-life” bona fides...

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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church we end the Christmas season this Sunday with the Feast of the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan. Some of the most beautiful readings found in the Office of Readings come on the days between the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. That compilation is a part of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is also called the Breviary. It is the formal baseline prayer of all Clergy, Bishops, Priests and deacons, as well as those in the...

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December 27, 2015

Why the Christmas spirit has power beyond Christianity

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Yes, indeed, it is the season of giving. But, most of all, it is the season of giving in to the stress and anxiety of buying just the right thing — or at least something — that will please the receiver, from the slightly estranged relative we’ll meet under the Christmas tree to the tyrannical child whose wishes haunt us through the crowded stores. We enjoy an overload of cheap Chinese merchandise, and sales of all kinds lure us into endless lines, parking lot rivalries, traffic gridlock, and...

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December 21, 2015

The curse of Santa

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Christmas, the most beloved and widely celebrated holiday, is upon us. Yet while many long to experience Christmas joy, there are signs of a veritable Christmas war in schools, at cash registers, and on the phone with strangers. Public institutions and certain principled organizations are adamant about keeping faith out of public places, and many endure daily moments of awkwardness at cash registers or with strangers on the phone over the choice of holiday versus Christmas greetings....

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December 14, 2015

Gordon College prevailed, but will the country?

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Gordon College, the small Christian liberal arts college just 30 minutes north of Boston, became the focus of much negative media attention just over a year ago. Its president, D. Michael Lindsay, had signed an open letter to President Obama, supporting a religious exemption to his Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. President Lindsay has emphasized the need to grant faith-based institutions the freedom to “hire for...

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