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#PrayforPeace: A Tweet-Cyclical

If you are not on Twitter, you may be unaware of how intense the Pope has been using that social network to preach the Gospel under the handle @Pontifex.  Over time the Pope is becoming savvier with Twitter (or at least he is allowing his Twitter interns to do so). I think I noticed the first Papal hashtag this past World youth day when he tagged his tweets with #Rio2013 and #JMJ. A hashtag (#) placed before a word or phrase on Twitter allows that particular “tweet” to be searched. When many people use the …

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Holy Ship of Theseus!

I do not remember much of my Metaphysics 101 class from my undergraduate days at the University of Dayton. I would describe the class as a giant mind trip in all honesty. One particular mind trip, though, has stuck with me through the years because I think it is a very good analogy for the process of conversion in our Christian life. The thought experiment is called the Theseus’s Paradox and it goes something like this: Theseus has a ship. Over time Theseus replaces parts of that ship as they wear out or break. The …

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A Seeker’s Guide to Lumen Fidei

Recently, Pope Francis released his first Encyclical titled Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith). Pope Francis described the Encyclical as a “work of 4 hands” as it was started by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and is a completion of a trilogy of encyclicals on the 3 theological virtues of faith, hope and love. On the Sunday following the release of Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the encyclical during his Angelus Prayer. Primarily, this encyclical is for the People of God. It is a document meant to “go to the essentials of the …

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Are You a Dynamic Catholic?

If you went to Mass at any parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this past Christmas, chances are you were handed the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Many parishes hosted book studies this year in which participants reflected on the various ways Catholicism helps us become the best-version-of-ourselves. If you are looking for a good summer read, I would recommend another book by Matthew Kelly called “The 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change The World” (Beacon Publishing, 2012). In this book, Matthew cites research that seems to …

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The Church Goes Green

Have you noticed that the Church has gone green? The Easter season has been over for a few weeks now. The flowers are put away, the sprinkling rite has been phased out, and the great sense of joyfulness has been tempered. We are now full swing into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time; isn’t that just another word for boring time? What’s left to celebrate after Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter? Everything in between of course. Ordinary Time celebrates the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. There is nothing ordinary about that! …

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Fowl Advice for Receiving Holy Communion

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a Byzantine Rite liturgy for the first time. One of the most unusual experiences in this Liturgy is how we received Holy Communion. In the Byzantine Rite, the Consecrated Bread is placed in the Chalice with the Consecrated Wine and is administered directly into the mouth by a small spoon.  I am accustomed to receiving Holy Communion in the hand and in drinking the Consecrated Wine from the Chalice. I am sure this is how many of us receive Holy Communion. Gold communion spoon, Ukraine, late 17th …

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Benjamin’s Sorrow

You will, without doubt, succeed, if you never lose sight of the great consoling truth that nothing happens in this world but by the command of God, or at least, with His divine permission; and that whatever He wills, or permits turns infallibly to the advantages of those who are submissive and resigned [to God]. – Jean-Pierre de Caussade.   I have recently been working my way through a spiritually intense book called Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Caussade makes a reference to Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and half-brother to …

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9 Things I Learned about Evangelization from Papal Memes

Pope Francis is a wonderful example of a “New Evangelist.” One way that the Pope is effectively communicating the Gospel in the modern world is through the image. Compelling images of Pope Francis being a simple disciple of Christ have spread across the internet like wildfire over the past few months. How many of us have not been moved – inspired – edified – and challenged by the images we have seen of Pope Francis riding the bus, embracing a handicapped child, washing the feet of a prisoner, or blessing an expectant mother? Another way …

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Abdication & Exhortation: A Lighting Strike to Spark the New Evangelization

As the cardinals gather in Rome to prepare for the conclave, two of our writers reflect on the abdication of now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.   We pray with the Church: “O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (From the Mass …

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“Are you for us?” A Lesson in Solidarity

The big news this past week was the tenuous cease fire reached in the Gaza, Israel conflict. I had been watching with great trepidation the situation in Gaza over the past few weeks. While Israel and Hamas exchanged a seemingly unending barrage of missiles at each other, the internet seems to be explode with  similar hostility. Whether it is Twitter, Google+, or Facebook, I encountered so much propaganda like this:   And this:   I think popular blogger Mark Shea puts into words better than I ever could my personal views of the unending violence …

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