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Video: Crux Fidelis – Veneration of the Cross

Truth & Charity contributors Matt and Andrew Sciba sing in the St. John Berchmans Cathedral schola on Good Friday, 2012

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Are You Religious?

Apr 15 Are You Religious?

Last week I was watching The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Bill O’Reilly was on as a guest. The two talked jovially about being altar boys and Fallon said he’d even considered becoming a priest at one point. Bill O’Reilly was there shilling for his new book about Jesus, so the conversation was about both men’s respective experiences with Catholicism. Towards the end of the interview,...

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Prayers desperately needed

Apr 10 Prayers desperately needed

In case you haven’t heard, there is a standoff in Nevada between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and a rancher by the name of Cliven Bundy.  Mr. Bundy is a rancher, as was his father, and his grandfather, on this particular massive piece of land since the late 1800s.  In 1993, the BLM removed Mr. Bundy’s grazing rights to save a so-called “desert tortoise,” and...

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When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Apr 10 When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Since we moved to Minnesota, my family and I have been meeting a lot of converts, many of them my husband’s colleague at the Catholic university where he is a professor. It seems that more of them than not are converts. The other day a distinguished colleague asked my husband, “You are a cradle Catholic, aren’t you?” After my husband assured him that he was, his friend said decidedly,...

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The Dignity of Dying

Apr 09 The Dignity of Dying

Within the last month we’ve marked the anniversaries of two important deaths that, while linked inextricably because of when they occurred, could not have been more different. On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo succumbed to death, followed shortly by Blessed John Paul II on  April 2.  While she died of severe dehydration, being denied even the most basic care of food and water by her...

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Should We Be Judged By Our Suffering?

Apr 08 Should We Be Judged By Our Suffering?

Last Thursday, I had to have back surgery. I had to be at the hospital at 6 am and just as we all hopped in the car at 6, I turned the ignition and the car wouldn’t start. We had a dead battery. Great. So, since the hospital is only six or so blocks away, I walked (in 7 degree weather) to the hospital.  Once the surgery was over, we scrambled to find someone to watch Peter, so John could...

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What if Lazarus Said “No”?

Apr 07 What if Lazarus Said “No”?

In the world between Adam and Jesus, man’s relationship to sin was one of slavery.  The relationship was based not only in fear, but, as St. Paul tells usFor the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, ultimately in death.  As I mentioned before, the Father offers us a spirit of adoption as Christ calls us out of our spirit of...

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