Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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I’ve often wondered about the origin of the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” but never bothered to look it up. Since today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, I thought I would take the time to do some research and get to the origin of this phrase. The meaning of the phrase is “taking something from one person/source, and using it to pay another.” As a child, I had hoped there was a more specific Biblical origin Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?

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One year ago, we launched Catholic Majority to: bring an honest and nuanced voice to the table and provide an alternative narrative that represents Catholicism to the public and to the world. We believe that the majority of Catholics value diversity, and that the voice of the Catholic majority deserves to be heard. (About) It’s timely that we celebrate our one year anniversary of diversity on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, two apostles so radical and diversified in Continue reading Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?

Holy Thursday

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We begin the Triduum – three continuous days where we enter the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ – one continuous service that leads us from complete darkness into light starting on Thursday and culminating on Saturday. We start with Holy Thursday. Three things happen on Holy Thursday: Institution of the Priesthood; the Eucharist; and a Love stronger than death. 1) The word priest comes from Presbyter, etymologically from Greek meaning ‘elder’ or as one who leads. The priesthood was an Continue reading Holy Thursday

Open to Letter to Musicians Before Holy Week

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Dearest Singers, Just a few thoughts about what’s about to happen.. We’re about to enter Holy Week starting on Palm Sunday. It’s an intense week that begins at Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and journeys through the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and his burial and his Rising. That which makes us Catholic is born of this week’s event, and on Easter Monday, you feel a describable fatigue from bathing in continual Grace. If there is ever a week to commit yourself Continue reading Open to Letter to Musicians Before Holy Week

Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

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Today, December 27th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint John, the apostle. Of all the disciples (Peter being the exception), John seems to be held in the highest esteem, both by later Christians and by Christ himself. While Peter’s fame seems to derive from his prominent place in the Gospels as well as his leadership role among the apostles, John is known for both Christ’s affection for him, and for his sheer longevity. Although early Church Fathers considered the Continue reading Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

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Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, the Apostle. Saint Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter, and the first called of all the disciples. It was Saint Andrew who convinced his brother, Peter, to leave behind their fishing business and to follow Christ. Saint Andrew appears in the Bible by name on twelve separate occasions and can be found in all four gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. Saint Andrew in the Bible According to the Continue reading Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

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Last week the Church celebrated the feast of Saints Simon and Jude, two of the twelve apostles. Of the twelve apostles, we know little about any of them other than Peter, James, and John who are frequently mentioned by name. Simon and Jude are no exception, but they also have the distinct “burden” of sharing names with other, more recognizable disciples. We must not confuse them with these. The Saint Simon that we celebrated last week is known to us Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the glorious mysteries are the conclusion of the cycle of prayers. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I Continue reading Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fourth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview In the past decade or so, we have experienced a lot of unusual circumstances in the Church: the resignation of a pope and the election of a Jesuit pope from the Americas, to name a few. The luminous mysteries of the Continue reading Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary