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Why we go back to church

(03/29/13 12:00am)

This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the foundational moment of the Christian faith. It is the culmination of Holy Week, the final leg of the 40-day Lenten road. During the six weeks of Lent, Christians seek to draw closer to Christ through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Ironically, this time of sacrifice is one in which Church attendance swells significantly. Rob Clements, Director of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center at ASU, said that attendance at Mass during Lent is greater than “any other time in the year.” Because church attendance increases during certain seasons in the liturgical calendar, some churchgoers who only attend on Christmas and Easter are labeled "CEO," or “Christmas and Easter Only.” This reveals a deeper truth about human nature, beyond the humor in the phrase itself.







Morality abandoned for progress, innovation

(11/16/12 1:22am)

Four years ago, President Barack Obama ran on the platform of hope and change, a progressive mantra that defines his liberal ideology. As Paul Gigot wrote last week in the Wall Street Journal, “In his more candid moments, Mr. Obama has said he wants to be the progressive version of Reagan, that his goal is ‘fundamentally transforming’ America.”