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06/17/2016 Comment

Click on How Priests on Horseback Built the Mongolian Church from Scratch by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith of the Catholic Herald link to read more!

How Priests on Horseback Built the Mongolian Church from Scratch – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

A Traditional Catholic Wife? – Randall Smith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

How Catholics can Reclaim Britain – T.A. Pascoe, Catholic Herald

God’s Power and Mercy – Stephanie H. To, Catholic Stand

Public Displays of Piety: Corpus Christi Among the Bohemians – Jordan Zajac, First Things

Another Four American Catholic Priests Who Truly Memorialize Honor and Heroism – Theresa Williams, epicPew

Black Robes on the Quad and the Post-Vatican II World – James Casper, The Dispatch

June, Piety, and You – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Jesus and the Dead Gorilla in the Looking Glass –...READ MORE

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Reel Faith! 60 sec reviews! Love & Friendship! More!

06/17/2016 Comment

Now that my four-year academic semi-hiatus is over, I hope to be blogging more regularly, as well as writing more movie reviews.

Since I don’t think I’ve blogged about this yet, the Gabriel Award–winning TV show “Reel Faith,” which I co-host with David DiCerto of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center For Thought and Culture, is currently in its seventh season.

On tonight’s episode David and I discuss Finding Dory and Warcraft (and our Warcraft discussion got more spirited than I expected). Tune in tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern and check it out. (When and where to watch “Reel Faith”)

One thing I’ve neglected for awhile is posting 60-second reviews; I haven’t even posted them to Decent Films...READ MORE

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Vibrant Faith Emerges From Soviet Drabness, Thanks to JPII

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The Krakow suburb of Nova Huta (via Wikimedia Commons)

For several years I organized the Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow that every July brings together 10 students from America, 10 from Poland and 10 from other countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union. I first went as a participant in 1999 and over meals during the three weeks of the seminar I asked several students what their life had been like under communism. Their answers astonished me, having grown up in the comfortable west. Their answers lead me to ask others during my many visits to Poland. Most spoke of a very grey life, both literally and figuratively. The pollution choked the air and buildings were covered with soot. Infrastructure projects were few and far...READ MORE

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“True Fasting Is Constant Hunger”

06/17/2016 Comments (7)

Briton Rivière (1840-1920), “The Temptation in the Wilderness”

Ramadan is here once again: The month of fasting that our Muslim brothers and sisters take as seriously as can be.

“We Catholics, fast, too, though!” I can hear some people respond. And, this is certainly true: twice a year, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we are allowed only one full meal and two smaller ones, both meatless.

But to paraphrase a prophet: “Is this a fast?” Strictly speaking, according to the letter of the law, it is. But compared to how the Muslims fast, it seems a rather paltry attempt.

Part of the genius of Pope St. John Paul II was that he recognized in some other religions when they got something right, and when it was worth lauding, if not imitating. And if nothing...READ MORE

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A Bold, Fearless Life Like Mary's

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Ernest Hébert (1817-1908), “Virgin of the Deliverance”

I was raised in a nominally Catholic household, but it wasn’t until my return to the Church in the early 2000s that I was first introduced to the idea of a Marian ideal. It was in one of the first homeschooling mom get-togethers I ever attended that I heard the speaker extoling the virtues of living a “life like Mary,” and all of the other women nodding along in complete agreement.

Living like Mary seemed to be centered around the idea of self-control and moderation. Mary spoke softly and never lost her temper. Mary was careful to dress modestly and so we should do the same. She’d have never worn pants. (It was never mentioned that men didn’t wear pants in First Century Palestine either,...READ MORE

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Riding Across America for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

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Steve Seguin / One Billion Stories

Skip Rodgers and his family in Washington at the start of his Ride for Hope and Mercy.

– Steve Seguin / One Billion Stories

On Monday, June 13, Skip Rodgers dipped the back tire of his steel-frame touring bike into the Pacific Ocean in Anacortes, Wash., 93 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., settled onto the seat, and began a trek of over 3,400 miles across the northern tier of the United States. His goal is to dip his tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Bar Harbor, Me., around August 9.

Why did 59-year-old Skip Rodgers take on this challenge which he calls the Ride for Hope and Mercy?

He just had to do something about the plight of the persecuted and displaced Christians fleeing violence in the Middle East, he explained.

The seed of the idea took root after Rodgers went to St. Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy...READ MORE

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The Belief in Purgatory is Much Older Than You Realize

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Kaddisch at a grave in Jerusalem. (Photo Credit: Christian Rosenbaum, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Last time, in this space, we left off with a common notion concerning Purgatory, namely:

Wasn't Purgatory unheard of in Scripture and only invented in the Dark Ages?

No. Just the term "Purgatory" arose after the time of the apostles, just as the terms "Trinity", "Christianity", "Second Coming", and "Bible" did. But the idea of Purgatory was already present in the period before Jesus was born. So, for instance, we find a Jewish hero named Judas Maccabeus, about a century and a half before Jesus, praying for the dead and specifically asking they be forgiven their sins after they have died (2 Maccabees 12: 43-45). This practice, known as the "kaddish", continues in Judaism to this day and...READ MORE

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I Think Therefore I Am…a Woman

06/16/2016 Comments (7)

After Frans Hals (1582/1583–1666), “Portrait of René Descartes”

By now you have heard of the infamous directive, the “Dear Colleague Letter on  Transgender Students,” issued jointly from Obama’s Department of Justice and Department of Education. The point of the pointed letter to public schools is to ensure that the Administration’s most radical wishes for acceptance of the LGBT agenda are understood to be commands.

Many have already commented on the unconstitutionality and immorality of the directive. As to the first, our government was originally designed with three branches—the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial—each with its own functions and limits. Congress makes the laws, the President’s Executive branch enforces them, and the Judicial branch...READ MORE

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