Stations of the Cross: Traditional vs Scriptural Way of the Cross

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The fourteen stations represent certain moments from Christ's Passion on the day of His crucifixion. It is a mini-virtual pilgrimage that every Christian can make with Christ as He carries His cross. Today, we know two different forms of the Stations of the Cross but what exactly is the difference between the Traditional and Scriptural Way of the Cross (or Via Crucis)? How the Traditional Stations of the Cross Developed For centuries, Christian pilgrims have walked the Via Crucis or Via Continue Reading

Richard III Reveals the Beauty of the Catholic Mass for the Dead

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This week, Richard III will be re-buried in Leicester Cathedral. I'm not here to weigh in on the Great Richard III Debate: evil Shakespearean villain or a cruelly-maligned medieval teddy bear? Part of me wants him to be innocent. He was last king of the House of York, the rightful claimants to the throne, (down with those dastardly Lancastrians!) and frankly, anyone who hated the Tudors is alright by me. Another part of me, however, knows that Richard III probably did order the murder of Continue Reading

The Arrogance of the “All Religions are the Same” Crowd

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Being a Catholic on a university campus, you begin to hear the same things over and over again. One I'm already sick of hearing is that all religions essentially teach the same thing: all religions are equal and all basically have the same message. Isn't that a lovely thought? Doesn't that make us sound so tolerant and welcoming? Actually, it's not. It's astoundingly arrogant. It's arrogant because it claims to understand all religions and then presumes to know these religions better Continue Reading

Beautiful Prayers from St Gregory of Narek, New Doctor of the Church

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We have a new Doctor of the Church!! St Gregory of Narek, the 10th Century Armenian saint, has been declared a Doctor of the Church. Radio Vaticana reported today, Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th Century saint. St Gregory Continue Reading

14 Powerful Quotes on Fasting

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Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself. St Augustine Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. Didache When a man begins to fast, he straightway yearns in his mind to enter into converse with God. St Isaac the Syrian Fasting is the Continue Reading

The New Ecumenism of Blood

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This week, Our Lord and His Church gained 21 new martyrs. These martyrs were Coptic Orthodox Christians, members of the ancient church of Egypt. There is nothing unusual in that. Not only is Christianity the most persecuted religion in the world, but the Church of Egypt has a long history of persecution. In the 3rd Century, Tertullian wrote, If the martyrs of the whole world were put on one arm of the balance and the martyrs of Egypt on the other, the balance would tilt in favor of the Continue Reading

How Divine Mercy Renews the Sacred Heart Devotion

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Sometimes, people try to pit the devotion to the Sacred Heart against the Divine Mercy devotion. It's almost like they think they're in competition or some such rot. The Divine Mercy devotion isn't a replacement of Sacred Heart, it's an enrichment -- or rather, it's a return. The devotion to Divine Mercy enriches the ancient devotion to the merciful Heart of Jesus by focusing on the very heart of that devotion. Contrary to what many think, the devotion of the Sacred Heart didn't spring up Continue Reading

links & the like {Candlemas 2015}

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Why Islam is More Violent than Christianity: An Atheist's Guide -- Robert Tracinski @ The Federalist 3 Reasons I Hate Lent -- Grace @ Even the Wilderness Can the Virgin Mary "Save" Us? -- Fr. Andrew Daminck @ Roads from Emmaus It's Time for the Pro-Life Movement to Scare the GOP Straight -- Emmanuel-Pascal Gobry @ The Week Pornography: It's Not Just a Guy Thing -- Jessica Claire @ Restless Press 41 Perfect Comebacks to Jokes About Your Big Family -- ChurchPOP Richard Dawkins Continue Reading

News Edition: 3 Exciting Bits of News!

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ONE I've re-done the website a bit! Nothing huge, I've just cleaned it up, changed some fonts, and gotten rid of a lot of stuff I don't need. It's cleaner, brighter and more integrated. If you're reading this elsewhere, come have a look! TWO I've also been nominated for six Southern Cross Digital Media Awards! These awards are hosted by Restless Press and are a great way of encouraging Catholic culture in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. But golly, SIX! The nominations are Continue Reading

10 Most Australian Catholic Moments in History

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Last year, I brought you the 17 Most Irish Catholic Things in the Universe. That's all well and good but what about my country? What about my beautiful Australia? Fear not, my budgie-smuggling friends, here are the 10 most Aussie Catholic moments in history. 1. When We Had Convict Priests The first Catholic priests to arrive in Australia were convicts. They were convicted of complicity in the 1798 Irish Rebellion and sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay. One, Fr. Dixon, was permitted Continue Reading