Buh-Bye Target, The Crusades: A Response to Islamic Jihad, and More!

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05/11/2016 Comment

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Buh-Bye, Target! Why I’m Going Along With the Boycott - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Eight Things You Should Know about the Armenian Genocide (Graphic Images) – Ruth Baker, Catholic Link

The Crusades: A Response to Islamic Jihad – Brian M. English, Crisis Magazine

For Christians in Aleppo, Syria, Life Remains a Struggle – ACN-USA News, Catholic Lane

St. Joseph the Worker and Communism - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Christians Are Demanding This Alternative to Health Insurance – Matt Hadro, epicPew

Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

King Abdullah II of Jordan Funds Holy Sepulchre Restoration Work – Giorgio Bernardelli,...READ MORE

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Father Daniel Berrigan and Non-Violence

05/10/2016 Comments (11)

(Photo Credit: Thomas Good, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Last week Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. passed away at the age of 94. Though many younger Catholics might not remember him, Fr. Berrigan was one of the most provocative and controversial religious figures of his time. Standing in the tradition of principled non-violence proposed by Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and others, Berrigan led the charge against America's involvement in the Vietnam conflict and its ongoing participation in the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. He was most famous, of course, for his leadership of the "Catonsville Nine," a group of protestors who, in the spring of 1968, broke into a building and burned draft records with homemade napalm. To say that he...READ MORE

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Heroic Wartime Irish Priest Honored at the Vatican

Commemorative plaque unveiled to honor Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty whose heroism was portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie ‘The Scarlet and the Black’.

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Campo Santo Teutonico

Plaque honors Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty as a "tireless defender of the weak and oppressed."

– Campo Santo Teutonico

An Irish priest who saved thousands of Allied soldiers and Jews in World War Two and whose heroism was turned into a Hollywood movie has finally been honored at the Vatican.

A plaque to honor Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, who was instrumental in helping to rescue and protect an estimated 6,000 vulnerable people in Rome during the war, was unveiled on Sunday at a ceremony in the Campo Santo Teutonico within the Vatican walls. Sunday also happened to be the 71st anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The event, which included a special Mass at the Campo Santo Teutonico — the burial place and college for mainly German-speaking members of the various religious institutions in Rome — was “extremely...READ MORE

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Reckless and Ruthless Bullying of North Carolina May Destroy The Country

05/10/2016 Comments (17)

North Carolina and the Obama administration are now at odds in a twisted and bizarre legal battle. The state is being accused of transphobic behavior akin to the old Jim Crow laws while the Obama administration is making an unprecedented power grab and attempting to bully their leftist secularist agenda into reality.

It started last week when the Obama administration sent a letter to the state's governor Pat McCrory demanding that he “not comply with or enforce H.B. 2,” also known as the bathroom law. The federal government is ordering a state not to enforce a state law. Or else. With the federal government there's always an "or else." In this case, Attorney General seems to be saying that...READ MORE

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Being Vegetarian for the Lord

05/10/2016 Comments (17)

John 21:9-10: “When the disciples climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you just caught.’” (Painting by James Tissot, 1836-1902)

“The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.” ―G.K. Chesterton

I've always thought the reason people are vegetarians is simply because they haven't met the right pork loin yet.

My grandmother made a pork loin so delicious, it would drive a vegan animal rights activist to strangle a pig with his bare hands in the oft chance that my grandmother would cook it for him.

Though there are many times in Scriptures in which the Faithful are allowed to eat anything they wish (Gen 9:3, Acts 10:7-16), rules about eating certain kinds of meat later came into play. For example, after the Flood subsided, Noah was given permission to eat any meat as long as it was...READ MORE

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Why Aren’t Other Dioceses Looking to Lincoln, Seedbed for Vocations and More!

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05/10/2016 Comment

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Why Aren’t Other Dioceses Looking to Lincoln? – Liturgy Guy

The Military and the Catholic Faith: Tradition – Brandon Schild, Catholic Stand

Guess That Catholic Face! – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

Faith Is Not Dead In Hollywood - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Seedbed for Vocations - Sister M. Jean Louise Schafer O.S.F., Our Franciscan Fiat

How to be Happy – Thomas Clements, Ignitum Today

The New Religion of the Silicon Valley Elite – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Coming Home: An Invitation to Life, Mercy and Living in Plenty – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Rekindling a Romance with Reading – Vicki Burbach, Pelican’s Breast

She Shall Crush Thy Head: Six Examples of Women “Crushing”...READ MORE

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In My Wildest Imagination, It Never Looked Like This

05/09/2016 Comments (5)

Two years ago, I spent many nights curled up in bed sobbing quietly so that no one would overhear my grief. Our daughter was sick and slowly losing the use of her legs. As the paralysis crept along muscle by muscle, there was nothing for her father and I to do but watch helplessly as doctors offered no solutions, and her ability to walk disappeared.

We prayed for healing that never came. We searched in vain for experts who could halt the progression of this mysterious affliction. We held our daughter whose legs no longer held her up and reassured her that her life was going to be okay, that she would be okay. I would lay in bed, staring at the ceiling, and try to imagine what her life, and...READ MORE

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8 Ways to Become a Better Student and a Lifelong Learner

05/09/2016 Comment

Alfredo Valenzuela Puelma (1856-1909), “The Geography Lesson”

I absolutely love education. Not just educating others, though—I absolutely love being educated! In 8 years, between 2007 and 2015, I earned 4 degrees. This still amazes me because I barely got out of high school, and completely flunked the SAT and ACT. It was not until I moved away from home and joined the military that I began to learn discipline and take my education into my own hands. Two things in particular taught me to love being a student: (1) I realized that my educational destiny was my own decision, and (2) I was able to study a subject I wanted to study.

Once I realized I was capable of being a good student, really for the first time in my life, I was able to take on a very...READ MORE

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