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Pope Francis Orders Archives of Pius XII’s Entire Pontificate to Be Opened

Access to the documents, which include those on the venerable pontiff’s actions during World War II, has been long awaited. ☩ Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register

Keeping Kiwis in the dark about the trans agenda

The last thing government really wants is a public debate ☩ Carolyn Moynihan of Mercatornet

Six Things to Do Before Lent

Lent is less than a month away, & this year, we’re preparing our hearts to enter into the greatest story ever told. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, going from Genesis to Jesus in Sacred Scripture. We know how the story ends, but are we prepared for the long road to get there? This Lent, we’re taking a few steps to get ready to enter the desert. Here’s how we’re getting ready for the demanding, powerful, joyful story presented in Genesis to Jesus. . . ☩ St. Paul Center

Choosing Lenten Devotionals: Wisdom From Blessed Columba Marmion

This penitential season brings with it the call to do more, to deepen our relationship with God. Let’s take a look at how to choose a devotional practice to achieve this goal. ☩ Leila Marie Lawler of Catholic Spiritual Direction

Trans Men Erase Women

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who is openly lesbian, has been ousted from the board of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit that promotes LGBT inclusion in sports. Navratilova published an op-ed in the U.K. Sunday Times on February 17 in which she said it was “unfair” to allow trans women—biological males who had changed their gender identity to female—to compete athletically against biological women. ☩ Charlotte Allen of First Things

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Theology’s Oldest Journal

. . .I found myself rummaging for a quotation from the inaugural, 1819 issue of the Theologische Quartalschrift, the house journal for the Catholic faculty of theology in Tübingen. ☩ Grant Kaplan of Church Life Journal

How to Build a Go-To (Sunday Mass) Wardrobe

Growing up, I was always scrambling to blow dry my hair while tossing oodles of clothes across my room. . . ☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

The Tower Where Joan of Arc Was Held Still Stands

This foreboding 13th-century tower is the sole surviving relic of the medieval castle of Rouen, built by King Phillip II of France after his victory over the English. The castle played an important part in the Hundred Years’ War and the religious wars between French Catholics and Huguenot Protestants, but its most infamous role was as the place where Joan of Arc was imprisoned and interrogated before being burned at the stake in 1431. ☩ Atlas Obscura

Internet Censorship By Controlling Elites Will Not End Well

Like any complex functional system, human society involves distinctions, hierarchies, & lasting connections. The Internet, & electronic media generally, disrupt all that. They make everything equally present to everything else, & put all things on the same footing. Relationships become fluid, & sounds & images can be chopped up & reassembled, so that anything can be presented as anything else. The resulting liberation of experience from concrete connections & realities turns the world into a riot of self-indulgent fantasy. If you want to believe that the earth is flat, or run by shape-shifting alien reptilians, you can find a community on the Internet that supports you. ☩ James Kalb, J.D., of Crisis Magazine

“Church-Speak”

Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode “Church-speak” for recent converts. ☩ Strange Things Church People Say - Msgr. Charles Pope of Community in Mission

Tempt Not a Desperate Man

One thing that I am sure of, and which I can answer truthfully, is that whatever the contingencies that may arise here, wherever I am there will be no communism -- General Francisco Franco ☩ Donald R. McClarey, J.D., The American Catholic

4 Ways to Gain a Plenary Indulgence Daily During Lent

. . .gaining the indulgence might require some sacrifice, especially of time. That would bring in some fasting from non-essentials like social media. ☩ Joseph Pronechen of National Catholic Register

Rays of Truth

And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.” (Mk 4:11) ☩ Noel Ethan Tan of Ignitum Today

Begin Lent with this spiritual warfare prayer

☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia

100 Edifying Lenten Penances

☩ Rick Yoder of The Amish Catholic

Incense Review: Evergreen

☩ Shawn R. Tribe of Liturgical Arts Journal

To Have and to Hold

☩ Carol Monaco of Catholic Stand