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These are articles that are concerned with some particular aspect of Catholic theology.

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Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: The Admirable Exchange Resolves Babel in the Mass

When Jesus took up human language and gave it to capacity to express the truth of the Divine, He didn’t just take up His native earthly language. He didn’t just take up Hebrew or Aramaic. He didn’t just take up Greek and Farsi. He didn’t just take up languages not commonly spoken at the time, such as Latin and English. No, He took up all human languages spoken throughout all of existence, so that there would always be a way for humans to call on the name of Yeshua in any language and be heard.

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3 Reasons Why Women Will Never Be Ordained as Catholic Priests

At some point or another we all wrestle with God. It’s just part of our Israelite nature to do so, and for a season it is necessary to wrestle with God just so that we can figure out that He always wins in the end. Yet, mature faith in the Triune God is about realizing that Cooperating with God is our far better portion in this life. And to have the spirit of cooperation is matter of prayer, humility, and trust.

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Photo taken at 2014 Franciscan Youth Conference by St. Margaret Youth Ministry of Algonquin, Illinois.

Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Presenting a Visible God

Catholicism is actually the first and last religion that truly believes in the reality of a Present and Visible God, and where that belief is actually brought to life is at the Sacrifice of the Mass. And it absolutely doesn’t matter what type of liturgy you participate in – whether Eastern or Western, Latin or Novus Ordo – the Real Presence of God is not only on display and becomes real food at Mass, but the entire liturgy itself is geared and directed towards bringing the most out of that Divine Encounter.

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Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Holy Things & Sacred Space

There is nothing more beautiful than the Catholic Mass. I’m a fan of beauty – a fan of symmetry, color, and proportion, but I have yet to find anything of the flesh or of the world that comes a billion miles close to matching the beauty of the Mass. If you have been a rote Catholic or a confused non-Catholic, just pay attention to how the Mass is a Divine encounter with holy spaces, things, and people from the beginning to the end at the Latin Rite Mass.

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Iconic Monstrance, Our Lady of The Sign - Ark of Mercy at St. Stanislaus of Kostka Church, Chicago, on June 13.  (Catholic New World/ Karen Callaway)
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Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve

The Ark of the Old Covenant contained the Decalogue (which is the Law/Word), a Pot of Manna (which was the bread from Heaven that sustained the life of the Hebrews during the Exodus), and Aaron’s Rod (which budded and convicted those who were grumbling against Moses). The Ark of the New Covenant, who is the Virgin Mary, contained Jesus (the Word of God and the Bread of Life – the new Manna from Heaven), and the Holy Spirit (which is Truth that convicts us).

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What the Bible Actually Says about Judging Others

Despite common misconceptions – true love actually does cares enough to care. True loves does judge. True love is not apathetic. True love is not timid. True love does not allow sin to triumph over its object of love without a fight. True love doesn’t walk past a person dying without trying to aid them. True love desires you to be in Heaven – not in Hell – and will sacrifice anything to get you there. Therefore, if you have people in your life who are not judging you, but are just letting you commit all types of immorality without telling you are wrong, and not encouraging you to do better, then what you have in your life are people who do not truly love you, or who do not know how to love you as they ought.

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