Why Don’t We Know Who We Are Anymore?

God made you to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

09/18/2016 Comments (8)

Hans Thoma, “The Prodigal Son” (1885)

We don’t know who we are anymore.

Broad statement, I know. But, I think that for an awful lot of people – too many, actually – it’s true.

We don’t know who we are anymore.

When I look at all that’s going on in our country and in the world, I see confusion. People are confused about morals, politics, religion, civil rights and responsibilities, marriage and family structure, and even their own genders, for Pete’s sake.

We don’t know who we are relation to our country. Take, for example, NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

We don’t know who we are in relation to our communities. We saw that – continue seeing that – in the unrest in cities throughout the US.

We don’t...READ MORE

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Mallersdorf Abbey Producing Beer Since 12th Century and Meet Master Brewer Sister Doris and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/18/2016 Comment

Click on Mallersdorf Abbey Producing Beer Since 12th Century; Master Brewer Sister Doris by Daniel Esparza of Aleteia link to read more.

Mallersdorf Abbey Producing Beer Since 12th Century; Master Brewer Sister Doris – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Catholic Sociobiology: Was There an Adam and Eve? – David Pence M.D., Anthropology of Accord

Learning, Dialogue, and the Responsibility of the Listener – Francis J. Beckwith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

Father Marvin R. O’Connell, Requiescat in Pace – Bradley J. Birzer, The Dispatch

The Time I Dreamed of Blessed Mother Teresa – Rich Lamm, epicPew

Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

The Atlantic Covers Ben-Hur Flop and the Epic Quest to Sell Christian Films – Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

David Craig’s Verse Is a Poetry of What...READ MORE

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We Are All Marked Men (and Women)

As Christians, we all bear the indelible mark of Christ on our souls as a result of Baptism.

09/17/2016 Comments (2)

“St. Francis Receives the Stigmata”, Unknown Master of Cologne (c. 1500-1505)

There I stood between two enormous boulders, in La Verna, outside of Assisi, Italy in the same spot St. Francis had stood 800 years prior. Dante Alighieri, a Secular Franciscan, called this place “that rugged rock 'twixt Tiber and Arno,” in his Divine Comedy.

I looked out to the sky above me. I saw only the sun, clouds and the occasional bird winging his way to someplace important.

It was there, right above both of our respective heads, in 1224, where the saint encountered the seraph that blessed him with the marks of Christ's Passion — the Stigmata.

The concept of stigmata originates from the line at the end of St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians where he says, “I bear on my body the...READ MORE

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Thriving U.S. Diocese’s Secrets to Success, Priest Falsely Accused Vindicated and More Links!

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09/17/2016 Comment

Click on A Thriving Midwestern Diocese’s Secrets to Success by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

A Thriving Midwestern Diocese’s Secrets to Success - Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

St. Louis Priest Falsely Accused by Anti-Sex Abuse Group – Catholic News Agency

Preaching Key to Attracting Church-Shoppers, Survey Finds – Lauren Marke, Crux

As Welfare Reform Turns 20, Catholics Discuss Its Legacy – Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

Britain’s Ordinariate Is in Peril, Here Is How to Save It – Damian Thompson, Catholic Herald

The Art of Being a Good Listener – Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

A Visit by Pope Francis! – Nace Volcic, Operando May

Open Season on Religious Persons? – Gerald Russello, The Catholic Thing

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum: If You Want Peace, Ready War – Fr....READ MORE

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Cosmo Learns About the Church's Consecrated Virgins

Whether Cosmo is publishing the story simply to test the market, or because the magazine's editors can see the value in these personal accounts of virtue and chastity, there will be some among their readers who are deeply touched, and who will come to see that “real love” is built not on short-term pleasure but on faith and trust and commitment.

09/16/2016 Comments (8)

You know about Cosmo magazine, right? It's a racy women's magazine you see in the checkout line that delves into the world of celebrities, relationships, beauty, style, and sex—lots and lots of sex. This month, though, readers are being treated to a story that seems, at first glance, more likely to be found in a devotional magazine: the story of Carmen Briceno, daughter of  a diplomat and (get this!) a consecrated virgin. Carmen is married to God.

In a respectful article that spans ten pages (at least in the on-line version), Briceno describes her early dating life, and the emptiness that she gradually came to recognize as a yearning for God. Carmen first experienced the longing for Christ...READ MORE

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Trump Towers

Trump reaches out to Pro-Lifers in a tight election.

09/16/2016 Comments (49)

As has been noted in earlier blog posts, presidential campaigns can be marked off by the weeks that are won or lost by a candidate, and political fortunes can rise and fall on some of the most unexpected events.

Such so far has been the case with the unprecedented 2016 presidential race. Republican nominee Donald Trump faced several difficult weeks after the Republican convention, with his troubles largely beginning with the media’s attention on Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. Army Captain in Afghanistan.  The Khan dust-up was just the start of several weeks of batteringly negative coverage. As he has done throughout the entire presidential campaign cycle, however, Trump managed to...READ MORE

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World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91

The outspoken Pauline priest had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over the past 30 years.

09/16/2016 Comments (62)
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Father Gabriele Amorth.

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The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, has died at the age of 91. 

A priest of the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago suffering from pulmonary complications, according to Italian media reports.

His death was announced by the San Paolo group which has published many of his books.

Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Gabriele Amorth entered the Pauline congregation in Alba in 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed Giacomo Alberione.  Ordained in 1951, he was appointed exorcist of the diocese of Rome in 1985 by Cardinal Ugo Poletti.

Often sought out by media around the world for his views on exorcism and understanding the struggle...READ MORE

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Looking Out for the Little Guy

Empires come and go, but the Catholic Church remains because she puts her stock in the “little guys” of the world — those who are faithful even if they are not successful, and are successful because they are faithful.

09/16/2016 Comments (3)

James Tissot (1836–1902), “Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus”

Not long ago I finished re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Why is this such a great masterpiece? Not only because Tolkien spent his whole life writing and re-writing until it was perfect, but because of its deeply Catholic themes.

The main theme throughout the whole book is the triumph of the little one. It strikes me that Lord of the Rings is so successful and will endure as a great work of literature because, at heart, it shows the gospel triumph of the little one.

This is so intensely Catholic because, despite all the grandeur and glory that is Rome, the Catholic Church still essentially celebrates the triumph of the common man, the glory of the ordinary and the victory of...READ MORE

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