The Basic Problem of Rock Music, Confession: A Pain that Ends in Joy; and Many More Great Links!

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Click on The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music by Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D., of Views from the Choir Loft link to read more.

The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music - Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., Views from the Choir Loft

You’ll Never Guess what These Popes are Eating, but You’ll Want Some, Too! – Chloe Mooradian, epicPew

This 400 Year-Old Saint’s Story Won Big at a Rome Film Festival - Maggie Maslak, Catholic News Agency

Confession: A Pain that Ends in Joy – Karl Keating, Catholic Answers

Community and Economic Development: Transforming Our Cities Through Love – Liz Crandell, Acton Institute

A New Institute for the Study of Scholastic Theology and Philosophy – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

How Well Do You Know the Patron Saints? – Alex R. Hey, epicPew

American Catholicism: Mediocre By Design – Mattias A....READ MORE

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The center of our Faith is Eucharist. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. That means that the center of our Faith is thanksgiving. It is in the form of a thanksgiving meal that our Lord chose to make Himself present to us. And He did so, shockingly, “on the night He was betrayed”. In other words, he defiantly gives thanks and praise to His Father in precisely the place where we humans immediately turn to make the most obvious case for atheism—the place where the enraged atheist cries out and says, “If there is a loving God, why do the innocent suffer horrors and die in torments with nobody to help them?” Jesus was that innocent one. A few hours after His defiant act of thanks, He would sweat...READ MORE

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World Youth Day 2016’s Mercy Message

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Filip Mazurczak photos

The Divine Mercy saint and founder of World Youth Day, St. John Paul II, were seen all around Krakow.

– Filip Mazurczak photos

Many interpreted the choice of Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016 as a tribute to Pope St. John Paul II, whose pastoral experience in Krakow inspired him to create a recurring event that shows the Church’s youth and dynamism.

It was clear that John Paul II would be one of the “co-stars” of the Krakow edition of the event. In the Polish city, it was clear that the festival was also a tribute to St. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and mystic who brought the Church the Divine Mercy devotion.

In the days leading up to World Youth Day, “Days in the Dioceses” were held. In all Polish dioceses, an excess of 130,000 young people saw Polish Catholicism at the local level. In the pre-WYD...READ MORE

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Keeping Vigil With the Holy Father

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These past few days in Kraków, Pope Francis has been challenging all of us, but especially the young people gathered here for World Youth Day, to be willing to renounce comfort. He continued this theme last night in his remarks during the Vigil, and the renouncement of comfort is something we can all relate to right now.
The crowds of people seem to be larger than had been anticipated, and the security personnel have had trouble controlling the flow of traffic. The walk to Campus Misericordiae, the large fields where the final Vigil and Mass are taking place, took us five hours: roads packed so heavily that at one point we were at a standstill for ninety minutes. Whether or not pushing...READ MORE

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Spokesman: WYD One of the 'Most Important' Events in Polish History

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Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for the Polish bishops' conference.

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The 31st World Youth Day in Krakow has been one of the “most important” events in Poland’s history, and for its future, the spokesman for the Polish bishops’ conference has said.

In an interview with Register shortly before yesterday evening’s Prayer Vigil, Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik said the fact that it coincided with the 1050th of Poland’s baptism and the Jubilee of Mercy made it a very special occasion.

He also spoke about how the bishops have viewed the event, and responded to some criticisms that World Youth Days can lack sufficient reverence.

The Pope will close World Youth Day later today at the end of his five day visit to Poland. The event has attracted hundreds of thousands...READ MORE

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Pope Francis at Final WYD Mass: Aim High, Be Courageous, Take Risks to Encounter Jesus

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Holy Communion during the final Mass for World Youth Day in the Campus Misericordiae field near Krakow, July 31, 2016. The archway on the Holy Door of Mercy reads in various languages: "Jesus, I Trust in You". Pope Francis and five young people representing different continents processed through the door of ‪mercy‬ during Saturday night's prayer vigil.

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In order to meet Jesus, aim high, overcome a paralysis of shame, and be courageous in ignoring the critics of the Gospel, Pope Francis has told young pilgrims said at the final Mass of World Youth Day in Krakow. 

In a reflection peppered with some social media references, the Holy Father reflected on the Gospel reading of Zacchaeus the tax collector whose life changed after his encounter with Jesus. But before that could happen, he had to overcome a number of obstacles.

The first of these was his smallness of stature: we, too, can risk not getting close to Jesus because we don’t feel big enough, Francis said. But this is a “great temptation” that not only has to do with “self-esteem, but...READ MORE

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Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data; and Many More Great Links!

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Click on Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., of Catholic Lane link to read more.

Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data – Rebecca Oas Ph.D., Catholic Lane

Filipinos are in Love with the Mary and the Baclaran Shrine Is Proof – Antonio Anup Gonsalves, epicPew

Where You Store Your Treasure of Time – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

“One Who Serves Cannot Hoard His Free Time”, Says Pope Francis to Clergy – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Are We in the Womb of Mary, or the Womb of Deception? – Lilla Marie Lottinger, Catholic Stand

Author Says a New Religion Persecutes Christians – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘Bathroom Bill’ Philosopher Extraordinaire – Brother André Marie,

When Should We Ignore Tradition?...READ MORE

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Have You Ever Heard of the Ancient Agnus Dei Devotion?

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Agnus Dei discs from the collection of Gary Minella, Queens, New York. The wording on the disc on the left reads: “ECCE AGN DEI ... PECC . MUNDI” and “PIUS XI PM ... ANNO P XIV MCMXXXV”. (Photo credit: Angelo Stagnaro)

There are many blessings and advantages to being Catholic, and sacramentals are a special part of that magnificent patrimony.

I carry them with me so that I might dispense them to those in need. After all, God helps us in all our troubles, so that we're able to help others, using the same help that we ourselves have received from Him. (2 Co 1:4)

Handing someone a Miraculous Medal or a saint card or perhaps a rosary can have a profound impact upon people including upon people you don't know.

I recall being on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in northern Spain a few years ago and my friends and I ducked into a restaurant for dinner.

The waitress took our order and returned shortly...READ MORE

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