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Understanding Active Participation in the Liturgy: Part 2

In part 1 on this series on active participation in the liturgy, I discussed the topic in a general way, covering some aspects of the concept's historical development. Active participation is one of the critical conditions necessary to make the ...
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Sacred Music: A Treasure of Inestimable Value

Jesus Christ left us a priceless treasure in the liturgy. However, its nature and true significance often eludes us. There are some deep historical reasons for a limited understanding of the gift of liturgy, even among Catholics. That lack in kn...
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A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Why the Saints

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4axp-44z9Yc In this episode of FRESHImage Presents, Tony Crescio explores the role the saints play in our daily lives. The saints are a part of the Christian faith often taken for granted by some and...
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St. Anthony of Padua: Finding Human Dignity-Pt. 2

As we saw at the end of the first part of this reflection, over the course of the first part of his life, Anthony (born Fernando), had gone from being a wealthy and well-known elite to the obscurity of monastic life in the hills of Tuscany. In p...
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St. Anthony of Padua: Finding Human Dignity-Pt. 1

Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor, June 13 Tony, Tony, look around, something’s lost and must be found! Growing up in a Catholic home, this was something I heard my mother pray, as we scrambled about the house to track down items we ha...
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The Second Vatican Council: A FRESH Look

Standing before you I tremble somewhat with emotion but am humbly resolute in my purpose to proclaim a twofold celebration: a diocesan synod for the city of Rome, and a general Council for the universal Church (Giuseppe Alberigo, A Brief History...
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St. John Henry Newman: Conscience as the Voice of Love

We often hear the word "conscience" bandied about in public discourse, but do we really know what the term means? The Church has consistently taught of the inviolability of the conscience. Most recently, echoing the Second Vatican Council, the C...
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