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Celebrate and participate in the Holy Mass according to Saints

Words of wisdom from those living in the eternal light

 By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.

 “Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.” (Revelation 8: 3-4)

A central aspect in the lives of the saints is their encounter with Christ and his love in the celebration of the Holy Mass. The book of Revelation in the Bible speaks of the celebration of the Mass when it mentions the prayers of the holy ones, or the saints, on the altar before the throne of God. And, in the writings of the saints, we find many references to the Mass and how important it is to live every Eucharistic Liturgy.

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Thousands celebrate Rite of Election

By J. E. Helm

 On Sunday, Feb. 22, nearly 900 Catechumens and Candidates joined their godparents, sponsors and families to celebrate the Rite of Election at Our Lady’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City, with Archbishop Paul Coakley presiding. To accommodate the largest group in more than 30 years, the Rite was repeated at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 Catechumens receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Candidates, who have already been baptized in a Christian faith other than Catholic, will be received into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil.

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Review of Halina: From Poland to Oklahoma City

Author to sign books in Oklahoma City on March 14

By J.E. Helm

 Nearly 60 years after her wartime saga ended, Halina Bratkowna Johnson has written “Halina: Growing Up in Occupied Poland during World War II.” Her autobiographical tale is expectedly a description of the struggles and sorrows of war, but also is a testimony to her faith in God and an enduring and unyielding human spirit.

 While many narratives have a value as an historic record, “Halina” goes beyond this in that it is very well written.

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Pope: Don't let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

  By Carol Glatz
 Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Real fasting isn't just restricting food choices, it also must include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one's life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said.

Faith without concrete acts of charity is not only hypocritical, "it is dead; what good is it?" he said, criticizing those who hide behind a veil of piety while unjustly treating others, such as denying workers fair wages, a pension and health care.

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Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

By Marta Jimenez and Elise Harris

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) -- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family.

“Thanks to God in October two spouses will be canonized: the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux,” Angelo Amato Cardinal Amato said during a Feb. 27 encounter organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

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Little known spiritual treasures invite devotion

Shrines, relics open to the public in archdiocese

 By Ted King

 A pilgrimage to a shrine is an opportunity to make a special devotion during this Lenten season. Shrines in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City include those in Bison, Prague, Duncan and Oklahoma City.

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