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Considering the Pope's Proposal on the Lord's Prayer

by Ethan Starr

 

“And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Catholics, along with most other Christian denominations, still utter these words, the very phrases Jesus instructed his Apostles to emulate, in what Christians have since referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. This past December, Pope Francis expressed support for an adjustment to the translation of the Lord’s Prayer, specifically advocating for the insertion of “Do not let us fall into temptation.” The Pope went on to reason that God does not lead people into temptation, stating “A father doesn’t do that.” 

 

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2018

Faith In Action: A Different Calling

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

God has a specific calling for each of us. Whether it is priesthood, marriage, the single life, or anything in between, God, at the moment when we were created, had a plan in mind for us. For most people, this call is marriage. For me, God’s call has led me to seek out a new path.

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2018

Religion and Skepticism on Campus: An Interview with Bishop Barron

by Adriana Watkins

 

On April 24, Bishop Robert Barron, theologian and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, spoke with The Torch staff on the subject of religion and skepticism. The Bishop began by describing skepticism as a perspective that often “traps” its adherents “in Plato’s Cave,” unable to broaden their views. He then went on to describe possible benefits of the outlook, especially in the context of the university, and to offer advice to students as they continue their search for the truth.

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2018

Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

by David O'Neill

 

Growing up, there was a line of the Apostles' Creed that always puzzled me, and it became even more puzzling to me after the retranslation of the Mass in 2011. As a child I remember praying “…died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day…” In my limited knowledge of the faith, I thought I understood what “descended to the dead” meant; it must have just been a restating of the earlier “died and was buried”, Christ was dead from the point of His crucifixion to His resurrection. However, I didn’t know what Christ did for this period of His death, and as a child this question never surfaced itself. However, in Advent of 2011, we implemented a new translation of the liturgical texts that better reflect the Latin. This includes the Apostles Creed. No longer did we profess that “He descended to the dead”; the new translation reads “…died, and was buried. he descended into hell; on the third day…”.

 

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2018

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

by Natasha Zinos

 

On Holy Thursday, as the altar is stripped and the Blessed Sacrament is moved out of the main church, “Pange lingua gloriosi, Corporis mysterium” echoes in the church. This hymn was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas, but it shares its first line and its triumphal tone with the earlier Hymn of Fortunatus. Aquinas’ hymn however, composed for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, is sung during the Liturgy of Holy Thursday, where we celebrate the institution of the Blessed Sacrament at the Last Supper.

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2018

Ireland's Exile

by Jack Long

 

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his feast is a yearly excuse to drink to excess. These excessive celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day at least coincide with the commemoration of the life of a heroically good man. Thanks to the missionary work of St. Patrick, Ireland has become Catholic to its core. Yet few are aware that they owe their belief to a foreigner oppressed by the Irish.

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2018

We are an Easter People

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

We all know the story. A man named Jesus of Nazareth, after His earthly pilgrimage was to come to an end, he was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, suffered immensely, and crucified on Calvary on Good Friday. But we also know that is not the end of the story. He rose on the third day: Easter Sunday. The climax of our Christian faith lies in the living reality of Easter Sunday: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this reality that makes us a Christian people.

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2018

Pro-Life: The Death Penalty

By: Ethan Starr

 

Over 2,800 Americans find themselves on death’s doorstep. They have not been overcome by powerful maladies, diminished by degenerative disease, or transferred to a hospice home to experience their last days. In only the first two months of 2018, U.S.’s self-inflicted plague has already counted three casualties from the cells of death row.

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