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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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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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CON: Euthanasia

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

The rhetoric used when discussing euthanasia often focuses on the person suffering and whether the method used is quick and painless or “humane.” However, this misses the point of the opposition. Euthanasia in particular and suicide in general is wrong simply because it is an offense against one’s own person. Murder—the killing of an innocent person—is never justifiable, and this applies to others and one’s self equally. Thus, just as it is wrong to murder other people, it is wrong to take one’s own life, regardless of circumstances.

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PRO: End of Life Options Act

by Annalise Deal

 

In order to talk about the spiritual ramifications of physician aid in dying, I think the first important step is to define the terms. My knowledge of this comes entirely from the recent bill passed in the state of California, called the End of Life Options Act (ELOA), of which a description is attached below. I became interested in the ethics of ELOA because my mother works for a non-profit hospice organization called Mission Hospice and Homecare, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area, and thus the passage of this bill has affected her company greatly. Several patients have already chosen to use ELOA since it became legal last June.

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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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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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Preparing for Ash Wednesday and Lent

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is yet another joyful Catholic phrase reminding us of our own mortality. But Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent goes deeper than this. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent, a forty-day preparation for Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday, when Catholics gather to bear witness to the Resurrection of Christ.

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St. Valentine

 

by Brian Grab

 

St. Valentine's Day can be a polarizing holiday. Some love it, some find it silly or unnecessary, but few on either side know what exactly it commemorates. In this regard, it bears a slight resemblance to St. Patrick's Day, a Boston favorite. Just as there's something holy and a bit mysterious behind the green-tinted beer, there's something similarly holy behind the hearts and flowers of St. Valentine's Day. Like any good Christian feast, this one is about love, love of God for humanity and love of humanity to God. Like any good saint’s day, it involves some heroic holiness.

 

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