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Despite Protests, Cardinal Dolan Hosts Political Rivals at Charity Dinner
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Despite Protests, Cardinal Dolan Hosts Political Rivals at Charity Dinner

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“It is time to cancel” the annual bi-partisan charity event known as “the Al Smith Dinner and all the other ‘Catholic’ traditions that have been hijacked by the world,” recently asserted Msgr. Charles Pope in a column that was quickly removed from the official website of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.. “In the old days […]

Paul in Arabia:  The History of the Temple
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Paul in Arabia: The History of the Temple

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The story of Paul’s journey into Arabia begins and ends in the Temple at Jerusalem (Acts 7:1—8:1; 22:17-21). Paul made his scriptural debut as the young prosecutor who guarded the cloaks of the members of the lynch mob who stoned Stephen (Acts 7:58; 8:1). Scripture offers scant details about the next few years of Paul: […]

Thinking Liturgically:  The Asperges
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Thinking Liturgically: The Asperges

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One of the reasons I love the Extraordinary Form is that within the rite, there are a lot of lovely little ceremonies that either didn’t survive the liturgical reform, or they survived in name only.  The Asperges Me is one such ceremony.  While it is technically still available, it is one option among many, and […]

St. Paul in Arabia:  The Apostles Preaches in Damascus
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St. Paul in Arabia: The Apostles Preaches in Damascus

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In ancient times the city of Damascus employed a system of subterranean canals that irrigated the plains and supplied Damascenes with drinking water.  Some of these aqueducts were more than a mile in length.  It was through these canals that Saint Paul escaped the city to enter Arabia (Gal 1:17), and through them he returned […]

St. Paul in Arabia:  Between the Dark and Light
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St. Paul in Arabia: Between the Dark and Light

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A great light enveloped Saul of Tarsus, the zealous Pharisee and persecutor of the Church.  Blinded by the light, he fell to the ground and heard a voice call him twice by name.  “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”“Who are you Lord?”  Saul asked.  The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”  […]

Paul and Moses at the Shore of the Red Sea
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Paul and Moses at the Shore of the Red Sea

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There is certain work of Christian literature written c. AD 190 that tells the story of how Saint Paul baptized a lion.  By the power of God Paul tamed the animal, baptized him by immersion, and claimed the creature for Christ.            “I, Paul, en route to Jericho, accompanied by two pious women, was confronted by […]

Paul and Elijah:  The Pharisee and the Prophet on Sinai
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Paul and Elijah: The Pharisee and the Prophet on Sinai

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Saint Paul the Apostle was born in the ancient city of Tarsus in the Roman province of Cilicia (present-day Turkey) in the year of Our Lord 8, 12-14 years after the birth of Jesus Christ. [1]  The city was situated thirty miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea and nestled beneath the shadows of the Tarsus […]

A Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence
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A Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence

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The first written catechism of the Catholic Church, known as the Didache, and dated somewhere in the first century A.D., begins with a sentence of great clarity. It should be memorized: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways.” Discussions of the recent mass murders, […]

Spiritual Food for Our Troops!
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Spiritual Food for Our Troops!

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Maybe it comes from watching too many M*A*S*H reruns where Father Mulcahy seemed to be right there whenever a soldier needed him, but I always assumed that our service men and women had easy access to a chaplain whenever they need one. I also assumed they could easily attend regular religious services. But with U.S […]

40 Ways to Get the Most out of Lent
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40 Ways to Get the Most out of Lent

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This, of course, is not an exhaustive list of Lenten ideas.  But it’s a start!  Many of the resources mention here are available on our website at www.crossroadsinitiative.com or can be found by visiting our links page. 1 Take 30 minutes to pray, ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance, look over this list, and make a […]

Forgotten Truths to Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct
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Forgotten Truths to Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct

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In 1954, Father M. Raymond, O.S.C.O., a Cistercian priest, observed that the world was as pagan then as when Christ was born, that Catholics were suffering from amnesia, that they had forgotten the purpose of their lives and much of what it meant to be Catholic. More than fifty-seven years later, some argue that many […]