The Readings for Holy Thursday – Christian Article

The Readings for the Holy Thursday Mass focus on the continuity between the ancient Jewish Passover and the institution of the Eucharist.  As the Passover was the meal that marked the transition from slavery to Egypt to the freedom of the Exodus, so the Eucharist is the meal that marks the transition from slavery to sin to the glorious freedom of the children of God. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall…

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Inflated Ego Syndrome and the Hazards of Celebrity – Christian Article

Caravaggio, Narcissus c. 1595 (Public domain) COMMENTARY: When a self-confident public persona follows a person into ordinary life, trouble usually erupts. Instead, give credit where it is due. Be grateful. A recent internet uproar over the behavior of a Catholic celebrity reminded me of an incident from my days as a graduate student in economics. During one class, my labor economics professor scraped his fingernails on the chalkboard. We all grimaced. He looked at the class and said dryly, “Occupational…

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Here are the Plenary Indulgences Available During Holy Week – Christian Article

The procession of the ‘Barette’ in Messina has taken place every Good Friday since the 15th century (‘Fediona’, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons) We all have the opportunity for receiving a plenary indulgence each day of Holy Week. Then Easter Octave. Here’s how to gain them for ourselves and loved ones in purgatory. The plenary indulgences that we can receive on every day of Holy Week actually are of two kinds. Certain ones are specific to Holy Week itself. Certain ones…

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Notre Dame, Our Mother at the Cross – Christian Article

On April 15, there was a fire in Notre Dame de Paris. We are, so many of us, reeling in shock. We don’t quite know how to place this traumatic event in context. Our hearts have fallen into our stomachs we are surprised to feel tears coming down our cheeks. Something dreadful has happened, something we never imagined. A reporter places a microphone in front of us as we stare in dismay toward this smoking horror. We dig for words,…

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Opinion | From the Ashes of Notre-Dame – Christian Article

The Catholicism of today builds nothing so gorgeous as Notre-Dame in part because it has no 21st-century version of that grand synthesis to offer. The reforms of the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council and everything after, have left the church partially and unsuccessfully transformed, torn between competing visions of how to be Catholic in modernity, competing promises of renewal and reform, competing factions convinced that they are the firefighters inside Notre-Dame, and their rivals are the fire. I belong to…

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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater – Building Catholic Culture – Christian Article

Giovanni Battista Draghi (1710-36), known simply as Pergolesi, died far too young. It may be fitting, therefore, that he is known for his musical setting of the Stabat Mater, the hymn we know mostly from the Stations of the Cross. Its emotional and spiritual power may derive, in part, from its completion just before Pergolesi died of tuberculosis. Pieta, Bougeureau (1876) The Stabat Mater (the mother stood) is a liturgical poem that originates from the 13th century. “At the Cross…

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Photos: The Devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral – Christian Article

Earlier today, smoke was observed billowing from the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral, in central Paris; it was undergoing renovation work. The smoke grew and was followed by flames, which consumed the roof and caused the central spire of the cathedral to collapse. The gothic cathedral is visited by millions of tourists and locals every year. Authorities report no injuries or deaths at the moment, and have tentatively linked the fire to the renovations, which were due to have been completed…

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The Great Holy Week Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral – Christian Article

Onlookers, some holding rosaries, kneel and pray on the pavement as flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) The fire, which began early Monday evening, sent flames and huge clouds of gray smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in horror. 1. A picture taken on March 27, 2019, shows scaffolding during the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)   2. Workers of the Socra art conservation…

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I Worshipped the Goddess of Reason — Until I Met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame – Christian Article

People stand on the banks of the River Seine as flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) I Worshipped the Goddess of Reason — Until I Met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame By the time the trip was over, I knew for certain that I needed to be baptized and start to live a Christian life I am watching Notre Dame Cathedral burn on television from my living room…

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‘Holy Stairs’ Reopen to Pilgrims – Christian Article

The faithful can trace the sacred steps of Christ this Holy Week, in their original state. (EWTN Rome photos) The 28 well-worn marble steps that are said to have been traversed by Jesus during his passion were uncovered in Rome April 11 following a restoration project. ROME — For the first time in almost three centuries, the stairs that Jesus is said to have climbed to receive his death sentence from Pontius Pilate are accessible to pilgrims in their original…

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Chinese Authorities Raze Catholic Church Building, According to Video – Christian Article

Catholic religious paintings and Bibles are displayed behind bars at an underground Catholic church in Jiexi county in south China’s Guangdong province March 27. A group that monitors Christianity in China says the government is ratcheting up a crackdown on congregations in Beijing and several Chinese provinces, destroying crosses, burning Bibles and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith. Churches have also been razed. (AP photo/Andy Wong) News casts further doubt on the communist government’s willingness to be conciliatory…

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Unplanned Peace on the Sidewalk at the Abortion Clinic – WE’RE LATE FOR CHURCH – Christian Article

There are those rare, fleeting moments in family life where all is strangely calm and even peaceful. Amidst the chaos of continual spats, boundless horseplay, jockeying for position, and a whole lot of random noise, quiet contentment is like a refreshing, cool rain after a stretch of oppressively, sticky-hot weather. I can probably count those occasions on both hands. Don’t mistake me. It is not the stillness that occurs after a trip to the library when we are all happily,…

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Creation, redemption, martyrdom: A Lenten reflection… – Christian Article

A Lenten quiz: Which came first, God’s creation of the world or God’s covenant with Israel? If we think in terms of mere chronology, the answer is obvious. If we think theologically, however, we get a different answer – and the drama of creation, covenant, and redemption comes into clearer focus. In Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (George Weigel) Read Full Article

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The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse – Christian Article

On February 21 to 24, at the invitation of Pope Francis, the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences gathered at the Vatican to discuss the current crisis of the faith and of the Church; a crisis experienced throughout the world after shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors. The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed priests as well as laity, and has caused more than a few to call into question the very Faith of…

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth – Christian Article

One of the more misunderstood of the cardinal sins is sloth. Most see it merely as laziness, but there is more to it than that. Let’s take a moment and consider some aspects of this cardinal sin. The Greek word we translate as sloth is ἀκηδία akedia (a = absence + kedos = care), meaning indifference or negligence. St. Thomas Aquinas speaks of sloth as sorrow for spiritual good. By it, we shun spiritual good as too toilsome (cf Summa…

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Sexual Abuse and the End of Papal Deference – Christian Article

Pope Francis received in a private audience members of the Episcopal Conference of Chile on Jan. 14. (Vatican Media/National Catholic Register) COMMENTARY: The Chilean bishops’ visit to Rome demonstrated the newfound willingness of bishops to push back publicly against objectionable actions. Father Raymond J. de Souza As depicted in the television series The Crown, a member of the House of Lords publicly criticizes the Queen’s old-fashioned and “priggish” ways as out of keeping with a “new” Britain. In a bit…

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