Misreading Pope Francis, Famous Athletes Who Were/Are Outspoken About Their Catholic Faith and More!

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08/23/2016 Comment

Click on Misreading Pope Francis by Gene Van Son of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Misreading Pope Francis – Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand

Famous Athletes Who Were/Are Outspoken About Their Catholic Faith – Matt Vander Vennet, epicPew

Priest/Former Dorm Rector at the University of Notre Dame: Dorm Must Foster Moral Development – Adam Wilson, The Catholic Newman Society

Navigating the Tiber: One of the Most Important Catholic Books You can Buy – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

Diligence, a Divine Intimacy Meditation – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving? – Dom Cingoranelli, Catholic Stand

Wandering Around, Replacing the Crucifix: Priests Need to Respect Rubrics – Fr. Mat. Pittam, Catholic Herald

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St. Thibaut Loved God and Loved Mary, “His Good Mother”

08/23/2016 Comment

I'm what you'd call a Catholic geek. I love reading saints' hagiographies. I just can't get enough of them.

Each one I read is better, more heroic, humbler, more loving, kinder, etc. than the last. And as there are at least 17,000 saints, 200,000 beati and 45 million martyrs, I suspect God will call me right in the middle of reading the account of one of His illuminous followers.

The other day, I came across one which startled me. It had everything―jousting knights, angelic manifestations, inexplicable miracles, profound piety, wise Medieval monks, kings and queens, religious conversions and the renunciation of wealth and title.

They don’t make saints like they used to.

St. Thibaut of...READ MORE

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The Role of Discipline in Christian Life

08/22/2016 Comments (2)

(Photo credit: “Fagata”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Sunday, Catholics worldwide heard about the importance of discipline. We were reminded that “all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” We were admonished that God “scourges every son he acknowledges,” as a father disciplines his son out of love.

Likewise, Christ told an unnamed questioner, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”

On the one hand, these readings make sense. Work hard, be disciplined – about prayer, chastity, attendance of Mass, charity, etc. – and God may grant you the grace of getting through...READ MORE

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The Ninevites Believed Jonah and Repented; Can America Do Likewise?

08/22/2016 Comments (16)

Gustave Doré (1832-1883), “Jonah Preaching to the Ninevites”

An abortion clinic is opening two blocks from the parish where I go to encounter the Risen Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

Parents will drive the children who attend our parish school past the abortion clinic on their way to class. I will drive past the abortion clinic on my way to Mass, as will most of my fellow parishioners. Our parish priests will sleep in a rectory that is a stone’s throw from a place where children die horribly and in great numbers.

This, like just about everything else in the larger world, is all fresh news to me. Everything that was happening in the outside my circle of illness slipped past me in the long period when I was underwater with cancer and its treatment. I...READ MORE

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It's True: St. Anthony Totally Rocks

08/22/2016 Comments (4)

Arnold Böcklin, “St. Anthony Preaching to the Fishes” (1892)

I had a conversation with my daughter Laura the other day that made me pause and think. She was expressing concern over misplacing her iPod, which is essential to her because it has the music she needs to teach ballet classes. She called to see if it had fallen out of her purse in my car. She said that she had been saying prayers to St. Anthony all morning. Suddenly, in the middle of the conversation, she remembered placing it in her duffel bag. I could almost see her jump for joy. She shouted, “Oh thank God, I found it! St. Anthony totally rocks, Mom!”

This statement spoke volumes to me. I had a flashback to when I was diagnosed with cancer and she led the cause to say Rosaries for my...READ MORE

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This Law Effectively Targets Religion, What Is Your Cross Made Of, and Many More Great Links!

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08/22/2016 Comment

Click on ‘This Law Effectively Targets Religion’ by Archbishop William E. Lori of OSV Newsweekly link to read more.

‘This Law Effectively Targets Religion’ – Archbishop William E. Lori, OSV Newsweekly

U.S. Government Signs Bill Bill Forcing Christian Doctors and Pregnancy Centers to Push Abortion – Jay Hobbs, LifeNews.com

5 Myths and 5 Truths Regarding Church’s Teachings on Sacrament of Marriage – Justin McClain, epicPew

Abortion and Deportation: Not Morally Equivalent – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

6 Courageous Modern-Day Martyrs You Need to Know – Chloe Mooradian, epicPew

Reorienting Family Life—Living the New Evangelization – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Blessing of the Cheese, We Kid You Not: There Is One in the Rituale Romanum – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

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The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief; This Catholic Emoji app Is Just Awesome and More Links!

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08/22/2016 Comment

Click on The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief by James Hooper of Catholic Stand link to read more.

The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief – James Hooper, Catholic Stand

This Catholic Emoji app Is Just Awesome! – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

Mother Teresa’s Formative Years in the Periphery - Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing

#PrayForTheWorld – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

3 Ways That St. André Bessette Can Help Prepare Us for the New School Year – Justin McClain, epicPew

Catholic Relief Services: Not Very Catholic – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Three Reasons Why Writing Is Good for You – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

The Lost Defender: King Henry VIII – Ann Casey, Catholic Stand

A Flawed Search for Japan’s Hidden Christianity – Eric Cunningham Ph.D., The Catholic World...READ MORE

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A Crown for a Crown: Celebrating the Queenship of Mary

08/22/2016 Comments (15)

Girolamo Romani (1484–1566), “Pala di San Domenico”

Since the sixth century, the Church has honored Mary using the title, “Queen,” and on August 22 of each year, we celebrate the feast of the Queenship of Mary.

Historically, the mother of the King was known as the Queen Mother. Simply put then, Mary is Queen because her Son, Jesus Christ, is King.

Theologically speaking, Pope Pius XII summed it up in his Radio message to Fatima in 1939:

He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power,...READ MORE

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