Catholicism 101

Tue

25

Apr

2017

Expectations vs. Reality: Divine Mercy Sunday

by Adriana Watkins

 

The Catholic Church is good at celebrating. After the seemingly-endless forty days of Lent, there comes a parade of feasts; we pack more holidays into twenty-four hours than greeting-card companies can invent arbitrarily. There’s a lot going on this time of year. Here’s an example: all at once, it can be the Friday of the Octave of Easter and St. Anselm’s feast day and the eighth day of the Divine Mercy novena…take a breath when you can!

 

But it’s that last event I’d like to focus on—the Divine Mercy novena. Sunday, April 23, marks the conclusion of this annual prayer. Beginning on Easter, participants recite a Divine Mercy chaplet once a day, offering each devotion to a different group of people. The first day, for example, is dedicated “to all mankind,” while subsequent days are focused on more specific groups like priests, unbelievers, and the souls in Purgatory. These devotions (along with the chaplet prayer itself) were given by Christ to St. Faustina Kowalska in a series of visions. You can read about them in her personal diaries.

 

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Tue

25

Apr

2017

Praying Through the Paschal Triduum

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

What exactly is the tradition we Catholics call the Easter Triduum? The Paschal Triduum is at the core of Christianity, as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Triduum allows the faithful to enter deep within the traditions and mysteries of the Church.

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Tue

25

Apr

2017

Euthanasia Debate - Rebuttals

This Catholicism 101 special feature is part two of a debate between the editorial staff of The Torch.

To view the first part of this debate, please click here.

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Extra, Extra: The Best News in the World

 

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

Everywhere we look, there’s news. Televised broadcasts, online articles, nicely printed papers like this one—countless voices crying out, “You need to know this.” Sometimes a piece of news divides our lives in two: before and after. That is the story of the Annunciation. Commemorated on March 25, this feast commemorates the angel Gabriel’s announcement of the Incarnation to Mary, resulting in the most bizarre headline of all time—God becomes Man.

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

A Catechumen’s Journey to Becoming Catholic

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of journeying alongside someone who is going through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. Gwyneth Howard, a senior in high school in Cleveland, Ohio, made the decision about a year ago to enter the process of becoming Roman Catholic. Through Saint Raphael Parish in Bay Village, Ohio, Gwyn has spent the past year completing the RCIA program offered there.

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Euthanasia Debate

This Catholicism 101 special feature is part one of a debate between the editorial staff of The Torch.

To see the rebuttals from each side, please click here.

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Saint Blaise and the Role of the Corporeal

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

Here’s an experiment: stop a pedestrian walking down Commonwealth Avenue and inform them that, on a recent Friday, several million people worldwide lined up to have candles pressed on their necks. You may receive some comical responses. As strange as the statement sounds, however, it describes the feast of St. Blaise, celebrated on February 3rd and accompanied by a “blessing of the throats.” Though many of us are happy enough to accept the blessing as an obscure tradition, what do we know about its origins? How much do we know about St. Blaise himself? Asking ourselves these questions can help us explain the cherished custom to that bewildered pedestrian.

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

SEEK Conference Gathers Thousands of Young Catholics

 

by Laura McLaughlin

 

SEEK is a biannual conference that draws thousands of college students from all over the country to explore their faith and hear from others about what it means to be Catholic. SEEK is a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) initiative that is part of their evangelization mission. FOCUS began as a response to Saint Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization in Denver at the 1993 World Youth Day event. Since then, FOCUS has placed recent college graduates at over 100 college campuses to foster Catholic communities, help Catholic student grow in their faith, and introduce non Catholics to the Church.

 

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