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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, as they sit in a bus following a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat Feb. 27. They were returning to the Vatican with members of the Roman Curia from Ariccia, which is near Rome. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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Pope's prayer intentions for March 2015
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for March 2015. The Pope's universal intention is: “That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person." His intention for evangelization is: “That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always."

USCCB urges President Obama, Congress to do more to assist persecuted Christians
“This urgent megacrisis requires scaling up development assistance to host countries and communities that are struggling to provide employment opportunities, education and health services to both their local populations and displaced persons,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Bishop Oscar Cantú added. “In addition, it is important to deliver both humanitarian and development assistance through trusted NGOs, including faith-based organizations like CRS, who are focused on displaced populations.”

Pope reflects on Christ’s transfiguration
The goal of the Lenten journey of conversion, the Pope said, is participation in the glory of Christ. In his transfiguration, which strengthened the apostles before his passion, “Jesus reveals Himself as the perfect icon of the Father and the fulfillment of revelation.” The words from heaven addressed to the apostles, the Pope continued, are addressed to us as well: “listen to him.” Following Jesus involves entering the logic of the Paschal Mystery, making our lives a gift to others, “docile obedience to the will of God,” detachment from material things, and interior freedom.

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to drop new album for Easter
“Many people do not realize that the Easter season lasts well beyond Easter Sunday – for a full 50 days in fact! Hopefully our recording will help bring many to a fuller awareness of the the Easter season in its entirety,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the community, told CNA. It's the Benedictines' fourth album with the label, which had made the cloistered community chart-toppers. The group has been Billboard's Best-Selling Classical Traditional Artist for three years in a row, and their albums for Lent and Angels and Saints were Billboard's Top Traditional Classical Albums in 2013 and 2014.

Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters
To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying, slow and inhuman and incalculable behind a rigid, inexpressive mask. (A few years ago, I showed “Arena” to my kids, and there was much hooting and merriment at the first appearance of the Gorn, who looks much cheesier on our widescreen TV than I remember him on my grandparents’ console television. “Taste my foam rubber fist!” my oldest son chortled. Kids these days.)


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

Love Calls Us to Empathy
There is a stereotype, probably justified, of the angst-ridden teenager who cries, “No one understands me.” No matter are age, we all feel this adolescent attitude from time to time.  But if we let that feeling fester, it can turn from self-pity into the sin of self-absorption. Like all sin, it not only separates us from God, but from each other. It clouds our judgement, turns our hearts, and gives us an attitude of selfishness. When we are hurt, our sinful nature tells us to lash out, to nurse our anger, and to refuse comfort. It is that original sin of pride which causes us to say “they wouldn’t understand” and “no one else has been hurt like I have.”

St Bernadette teaches us how to embrace suffering
I am devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes and have experienced the healing power of Lourdes water. I still find it demoralising to learn about the unhappy life of St Bernadette Soubirous.  I can only study her life in small doses. She grew up in grinding poverty, as her father lost the family business and her mother was forced to do laundry for wealthier families. Bernadette was sent away to live with another family at 13 to be an errand girl and look after sheep.

What Might Pope Francis’s Upcoming Encyclical Look Like?
Incidentally, we musn’t form a USA-centric view of the Pope’s words. Here, for instance, the markets are very much tied to government, the executives of one are the executives of the other. Market leaders assist (if I may be allowed the euphemism) the government in fashioning laws and regulations to their mutual benefit. The Pope is interested in the kind of inequality that causes some of the world to go hungry.

The Catholic Gentleman: Last Rites
In the face of death, the Catholic Gentleman would be prudent to make use of the most potent weapons available to him from the Church’s arsenal: Confession, Holy Anointing, and reception of Viaticum (Holy Communion for the journey) – known collectively as the Last Rites. The Catholic who receives these Sacraments with devotion is well-prepared to meet his Lord. Over the centuries the administering of the anointing of the sick became so associated with the Last Rites at the time of death, that it came to be known commonly as Extreme Unction (Last Anointing).



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