Month: September 2013

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Good Friday: A Superabundant Atonement (Part I)

Guest author Matthew Nagle How does Christ’s death on the Cross save us from our sins?Several months ago, I wrote a piece arguing for the Catholic “satisfaction” understanding of the Atonement (in which Christ lovingly pays for our debt) and argued against the Calvinist “penal substitution” model (in which the Father pours out His wrath […]

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“By Mercy-ing and by Choosing Him”: Pope Francis and the Feast of St. Matthew

Pope Francis has made no secret of his affinity for the calling of St. Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13). His papal motto is from a homily on the call of Matthew, and it was on the Feast of St. Matthew, sixty years ago today, that Francis had a religious experience that led him to the priesthood: [O]n the […]

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The Key to Understanding Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach

“Love It, Learn It, Live It.” That’s the slogan my archbishop, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chose for the Faith Initiative for the Year for Faith. I was initially surprised by the ordering, since it seemed to me that it would be more logical to put “Learn it” first. Apparently, I wasn’t alone: one of the priests […]

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Just How Effective is Natural Family Planning, Anyway?

One of the major arguments surrounding natural family planning is on its effectiveness. Critics of NFP claim isn’t all that effective at family planning. In part, this misconception is due to two things: Charles Auguste Romain Lobbedez, Family Time (1876) that, despite its name, it There are a wide variety of practices thrown together under […]

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Saturday, Sept. 7: Global Day Of Fasting And Prayer For Peace In Syria

Pope Francis has declared tomorrow a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. I would encourage everyone of good will to join in, regardless of religious affiliation. The situation in Syria is very grim, and prayer and fasting are powerful spiritual tools. Here is how Pope Francis […]

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More Numerous Than the Hairs of My Head? A Reflection on Sin and Its Consequences

I. King David Julia Margaret Cameron, Study of King David (1866). The photograph depicts Sir Henry Taylor as David In Psalm 40:11-12, King David confesses that his sins are greater than the number of hairs on his head, as he cries out to God for help: Do not thou, O Lord, withhold thy mercy from […]

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