George Weigel: The Universal Call to Holiness is Universal

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From Rome, George Weigel has been sifting through the interventions of the Synod Fathers, and is disturbed by a particular thread of the discussion.

Without precisely saying so, some Synod Fathers believe that “pastoral accompaniment” includes the “tacit blessing” of cohabitation and other  arrangements that fall short of the Church's vision of marriage and family life. This approach, writes Weigel, in an Oct. 15 post on First Things, calls into question the “universal call to holiness” and threatens to create a vast class of “Second Class Catholics.“

How else can we interpret “the claim by some members of Synod 2015 that the Church’s teaching on chastity, marriage, and the family is...READ MORE

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Cardinal Urosa's Synod Intervention: Father Embraced Prodigal Son Only When He Returned Home

Intervention upholds teaching on access to the Eucharist, draws on the teachings of scripture and past popes.

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Here below is the full text of the intervention at the Synod on the Family of Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, given on Oct. 15.

The session was devoted to the third, and most contentious, part of the Instrumentum Laboris.

In his intervention, Cardinal Urosa firmly upholds the Church's teaching on access to the Eucharist, drawing on the Gospels, the catechism, the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and the final document of the 5th Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops written by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.     

"Mercy invites the sinner and it becomes forgiveness when one repents and changes one’s life," Cardinal Urosa...READ MORE

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In Honor of Susan and Unborn Baby Gerard

Mother of Murdered Pregnant Woman Devotes Her Life to Helping Expectant Moms

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Courtesy of Susan's Closet

– Courtesy of Susan's Closet

A Long Island woman has turned a tremendous family tragedy into a mission of giving to others.

“Susan’s Closet” was born of grief and pain. Josephine Detz’s daughter, Susan, was pregnant 10 years ago with her second child. The baby’s father insisted Susan have an abortion. She refused and was shot and killed by the child’s father.

Now, Josephine, of Franklin Square, N.Y., has devoted herself to collecting and distributing maternity and baby items to expectant moms in need, in memory of her daughter and grandson.   

“Susan loved children; she loved her daughter (who was 9 at the time of the murders), and she just loved being a mom. She wouldn’t consider abortion. When she was taken from...READ MORE

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There Are Worse Things Than Smoking

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By Tomasz Sienicki [CC-BY-SA-3.0]

“It takes a special person to quit an addictive behavior.” —M. Melinda Pitts

It sounds heretical, but it’s true: There are worse things than smoking. 

I’m a registered nurse and nursing instructor, so I suppose you’d expect me to toe the party line about this matter. I mean, there’s no denying that tobacco is an addictive killer, that its use can lead to lung disease, various cancers, and other related health problems – not to mention the secondary effect it has on innocent bystanders who are compelled to participate in the smoker’s habit.

But I insist: you could do worse.

Take tanning for instance – intentional tanning that is. There’s an entire industry built up around the illusion...READ MORE

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Sixth Spiritual Work of Mercy: Comfort the Afflicted

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905), "Compassion"

The sixth spiritual work of mercy highlights an act of charity that we too often neglect. In American society we tend to avoid, “comforting the afflicted,” and either try to solve the “problem” or dismiss a person’s suffering entirely. We are even told that suffering is a sign of weakness and so many of us will never bring up our affliction in front of others.

Simply put, we are afraid of suffering. It makes us feel uncomfortable.

As an example, I certainly fail in this regard when it comes to comforting my own wife. Like so many other men I try to “fix” my wife’s problems. She begins to tell me how hard it was at home with the kids and how stressed she is and I immediately begin to think...READ MORE

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How the Rosary Changed My Life

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Lorenzo Lotto (1480–1556), "Madonna of the Rosary"

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, “The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual…”

Archbishop Sheen was absolutely right, because my devotion to the Rosary began as therapy. At age 27, I look back at the many hours I spent praying the Rosary because of my brokenness. However, this is how God reeled me into something that would change my life forever.

While I was growing up, my family prayed the Rosary together daily. It may have been a couple of mysteries a night, but we hardly ever failed to pray it. My mother faithfully...READ MORE

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Take Another Look at “The Cardinal”, a Forgotten Catholic Bestseller

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William Ewart Lockhart, "Cardinal of Rheims" (1876)

James Joyce’s inscrutable Finnegans Wake is now so much a part of the collective canon of literature in English—or any language, as it is a compendium of really all languages, as well as an invention of Joyce’s own—that it is worth remembering that when it first appeared in 1939, it was not as warmly-welcomed (or notoriously greeted) as Joyce’s previous masterpiece, Ulysses, in 1922 which had the promotional benefit of being banned for “obscenity”, which always helps sell books.

Part of that mild reception for Finnegans Wake was bad timing: World War II was about to break out, the Spanish Civil was proving that something worse than The Great War was definitely on the way, and Joyce’s own...READ MORE

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You Can Take the Mommy Out of the Home, But You Can’t Take the Home Out of the Mommy

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Circle of William Anderson (1757–1837), "A Flagship Departing From Anchorage"

You can take the Mommy out of the home, but you can’t take the home out of the Mommy.

That’s what I tell my kids – what I’ve been telling them for years, now – every time I travel. It’s not just empty words of hopeful consolation; they’re true, and I really mean them.

I’m blessed to have gone on some amazing trips because of my work as a journalist. I’ve been to Israel, Rome, Jordan, and soon I’ll be traveling to the Philippines with Catholic Relief Services as part of the Egan Journalism Fellowship.

In between those, I’ve covered World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 for the Register and done a long string of speaking engagements all over the United States.

I love the people,...READ MORE

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