Brock Chaplaincy and its Catholic Student Association represented at Rise Up!

Rise Up showed no signs of slowing down in its 20th year. The annual conference for Catholic youth, hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), drew its largest attendance ever — more than 1,300 — for its Dec. 28-Jan.1 run at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. With missionaries around the world, the Canadian organization enters the new decade with plans to spark […]

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Faith Matters: Resolve to overcome darkness by preserving and enhancing God’s creation in 2020

It was the 19th-century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky who stated in “The Idiot” that “beauty will save the world.” The author recognized the power of beauty to inspire, to transform and to heal. He also acknowledged the profound need that we have for beauty in our world, because without it, we are lost. In the prologue of the Gospel of […]

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Abbreviated Breviary? Pondering the Psalms and Verses Omitted in the Current Breviary

One of the great gifts of reading the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Breviary) faithfully over the years is that the Scriptures become deeply impressed upon the mind, heart, memory, and imagination. This is especially true of the psalms that are repeated every four weeks, all year long, every year.

But there are significant omissions in the modern Breviary. This is true not merely because of the loss of the texts themselves, but that of the reflections on them. The verses eliminated are labeled by many as imprecatory because they call for a curse or wish calamity to descend upon others.

Here are a couple of examples of these psalms:

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Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah pen book on priesthood, celibacy, crisis

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2020 / 04:44 pm (CNA).- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, have co-authored a book on the crisis in the Church and on priestly ministry.

“From the Depths of Our Hearts” will be published in English by Ignatius Press. It can now be preordered, and it is due to ship Feb. 20.

The work “is not just about priestly celibacy, important as that is in itself,” Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder and editor of Ignatius Press, said. “It is about, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI describes it in his first paragraph: ‘the lasting crisis that the priesthood has been going through for many years.’ But it is about more than that; it is about the nature of the Church and of Christian discipleship.”

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