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Estonian Museum Display Desecrates Our Lady’s Image

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William Ellison, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

– William Ellison, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

At the least, it’s uncalled-for.

In essence, it’s an act of aggression toward the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The recently-opened National Museum of Estonia in Tartu includes an exhibition on the Protestant Reformation to commemorate, I assume, the movement’s 500th Anniversary in 2017.

I don’t have a problem with that. The Protestant Reformation was a political and economic movement that is part of world history. That a museum would form an exhibition giving the historical facts and figures is, to me, understandable.

What I do have a problem with is a display includes in the exhibit that desecrates an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The interactive display projects a virtual image of Our...READ MORE

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We Need To Do More for Refugees, Don’t Forget to Feed the Hungry This Month, and More Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/16/2016 Comment

Click on We Need To Do More for Refugees, Catholic Advocates Say by Matt Hadro of the Catholic News Agency link to read more.

We Need To Do More for Refugees, Catholic Advocates Say – Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

Don’t Forget to Feed the Hungry This Month – Anita Boniface, Catholic Herald

10 Baseball Players You Didn’t Know Were Catholic – Theresa Williams, epicPew

Mexico: The World’s Most Dangerous Place to be a Priest – Tim MacGabhann, Catholic Herald

Quæritur: Parish Prayer Effort to Beg Protection from Islamic Terror; Wherein Fr. Z Rants – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

What Are Your Gifts? – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

African Activist: Stop Using Western Aid to Force Secularist Values on Our Cultures – Stephen Herreid, The Stream

Want Authenticity? Turn Off Your Cell Phone, Pope Francis Says –...READ MORE

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In Memory of the Babies We Have Lost

St. Zélie Martin, the mother of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, lost three children as infants and one at the age of five. “Life is short, and full of misery,” she wrote later. “We'll see them again in Heaven.”

10/15/2016 Comments (17)

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), “Christ Blessing the Children”

I have four living children. I also am a mother to two others. The only evidence I have of the existence of one of my children is a hunch based on careful charting, an early period, and a blood test with traces of HCG, which is a hormone produced by a placenta. His or her existence on Earth, when my eldest was 10 months old, was brief, but not forgotten by us. Our child always was and still is in the hands of God.

Today, October 15, is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. And interestingly enough, in a country where it is legal to murder one’s unborn children, we have a day to honor the loss of innocent life when it happens through miscarriage, through stillbirth, or through...READ MORE

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"If This is How You Treat Your Friends…"

St. Teresa's descriptions of contemplative prayer and its effect upon the soul are unparalleled. She writes with joyous abandon and humorous, self-deprecating humility, and her writings are accessible to all.

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François Gérard, “Teresa of Ávila” (detail), 1827

“It is Love alone that gives worth to all things.” —St. Teresa of Ávila

“My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done.
O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come.
It is time to meet one another.” —St. Teresa of Ávila, upon her deathbed

It's hard to pick a favorite saint. And the truth is, I need as much help as I can get, so I'm not interested in excluding anyone. Any friend of God is a friend of mine, but St. Teresa of Ávila (1515-82) will always have a special place in my heart.

As the hagiographic accounts relate, as St. Teresa (1515–1582) also called St. Teresa of Jesus, made her way to her convent during a fierce rainstorm, she slipped down...READ MORE

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The World Needs a Merciful Response to Refugees, Pope Francis Says and Many More Great Links!

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10/15/2016 Comment

Click on The World Needs a Merciful Response to Refugees, Pope Francis Says by Elise Harris of the Catholic News Agency link to read more.

The World Needs a Merciful Response to Refugees, Pope Francis Says – Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

Ignore the Misleading Headlines: Remarried Can’t ‘Now Receive Communion’ – Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald

How to Explain Sign of the Cross to Protestants - Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Hope for a Sane World Dashed Again on the Rocks of Madness – John Paul Meenan, Crisis Magazine

Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross – Ramon Antonio A. Aldana, Catholic Stand

Administrator Urges Vatican to Remove Guam’s Archbishop – Associated Press via Catholic Herald

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Mexican Bishop Persecuted by Homosexualists – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

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SSPX's Bishop Fellay Meets Pope Francis, Cardinal Müller

Reconciliation between the SSPX and Rome still appears some way off, but those looking to the Society to come to the Church's aid is increasing, according to Bishop Fellay.

10/14/2016 Comments (26)

Palazzo Sant'Ufficio, the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


Pope Francis briefly greeted the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the Holy Father's Santa Marta residence on Thursday.

The cursory meeting, on the 99th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” apparition at Fatima, took place during a visit Bishop Fellay was making to the Vatican to meet Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The SSPX head also met with Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., Secretary of the CDF, and Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, according to an SSPX statement.

The Society said the meeting with Cardinal Müller was “planned long ago, and...READ MORE

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First Latin American Elected Head of the Jesuits

Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ has a specialized knowledge of politics and social justice.

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Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ has been chosen as the new head of the Jesuits.

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Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal has been chosen as the new head of the Society of Jesus, becoming the first Latin American superior general in the history of the order.

The 68 year old Jesuit was elected at the order's 36th General Congregation and will succeed Spanish Father Adolfo Nicolas, 80, who stepped down last week after serving eight years as superior general.

Born in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, Father Sosa has a doctorate in political sciences and from 1996 until 2004 was the provincial general of the Jesuits in his native country.

In 2008, Father Nicolas chose him to be counselor general, and since 2014, he has worked in the Jesuit curia in Rome in charge of the...READ MORE

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‘Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For’ Advances the Fight Against Human Trafficking

This Christian, anti-human trafficking movie, rated PG13, is a suspenseful love story that offers a compelling glimpse of how girls can become trapped in the callous sex trade.

10/14/2016 Comments (1)

In oil fields of North Dakota, many of the drilling rigs have gone silent since the sharp drop in oil prices. Still, the industry continues to lumber along here so that tens of thousands still have jobs and many hundreds are still being sold—women and girls that is and sometimes men and boys. The sex trade business is alive and not well in oil country.

I thought of this tragedy while previewing the movie Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For which opens in theaters this Friday. I’ll tell you about the movie first and then I’ll tell you about Windie Lazenko, who came to North Dakota 3 years years ago to fight human trafficking. Having worked in the adult sex industry for almost 20 years, she...READ MORE

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