An Online Conference Just for Catholic Moms

02/18/2015 Comments (1)

- Catholic Conference 4 Moms

In the years I’ve been working online and connecting with other moms online, I’ve come to realize something critical: we women—and specifically moms—need each other. Motherhood can be very isolating, even as it demands everything from you.

It’s all too easy to focus everything on your children and your work and to forget about your self. Motherhood is a giving endeavor, and we all need a reminder to take a step back to put the proverbial oxygen mask on ourselves.

Tami Kiser is planning an online conference tailored for moms, the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, March 6-9, designed to provide quality presentations and content for moms to consume in the midst of their busy, everyday lives. 

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9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday

02/17/2015 Comments (4)

Here are 9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday is upon us again!

Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . .

 

1. What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent).

The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads.

According to the Roman Missal:

In the course of today's Mass, ashes are blessed and distributed.

These are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous year [on Palm/Passion Sunday].

 

 

2. What does the putting on of ashes symbolize?

According to the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy:

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Oh, the Lents You Can Lent!

02/17/2015 Comments (7)

How should we observe Lent? Catholics are often eager to share what works for us, and eager to warn others away from what turned out to be disastrous for us. But, as Jimmy Akin points out

The traditional custom of giving up something for Lent is voluntary. Consequently, if you give something up, you set the parameters. 

Not only do we set the parameters for what we give up (sugar in coffee? A second cup of coffee?  All the coffee?), but we decide what kind of thing we want to give up (or take on) -- and why. Here are a few broad categories of ways to observe the penitential season. One or the other may be more spiritually fruitful for you, but none of them is really wrong.

 

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Islamic Terrorists Vow to "Conquer Rome." The World Wonders What They Mean

02/17/2015 Comments (64)

ISIS executioners killed 21 Coptic Christians in a horrific video released this week. The lead executioner speaking in English, pointed his knife and vowed “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission."

And the world wonders what he means by this cryptic statement.

Heck, the world can't seem to figure out who the terrorists are or what their motive is, despite them telling anyone who will listen their goals.

So we look to our political leaders, our best and brightest to offer some clarifying answers on this perplexing mystery. The White House, commenting on the massacre, lamented the loss of "Egyptian citizens." In its statement, it failed to mention the faith of the victims which seemed...READ MORE

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Pope Offers Morning Mass for Martyred Coptic Christians

02/17/2015 Comments (6)

At the beginning of Mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called for prayers for the Coptic Orthodox Christians kidnapped and brutally killed by Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.

As he prepared to begin the Mass in the residence chapel, the Pope invited the congregation to join him in prayer for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly”.

He then prayed: “Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me; guide me, for the sake of your name”.

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9 things you need to know about Lent

02/16/2015 Comments (5)

Lent is about to start. Do you know what you need to know?

This week the liturgical season of Lent begins.

Here are nine things you need to know about it . . .

 

1. What is Lent?

According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar [.pdf]:

27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.

 

2. Where does the word "Lent" come from?

The Catholic Encyclopedia notes:

The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the forty days' fast preceding Easter, originally...READ MORE

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The Intolerable Compliment

02/15/2015 Comments (6)

It is a strange fact of the Christian life that one of the surest marks of God's favor is trouble. In the scene just preceding Luke's account of the temptation of Christ we have seen one of the most overt revelations of Jesus' true identity. The heavens are torn open, the Spirit descends on Jesus "in bodily form like a dove" and the very voice of the Father declares "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." There's just not a lot of ambiguity here.

And yet, in Luke's account, we find the very first token of the Father's pleasure with the Son is this: he was immediately led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days to be tempted by the devil. For many people this is as...READ MORE

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A Song of Salvation

Threads link shrine-recorded CD to a saint and possible future saint.

02/15/2015 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Msgr. Joseph Hirsch's CD is now available by popular demand after showings on EWTN.

– Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Less than two weeks ago, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., received 1,000 audio CDs it had made of a song from a music video called The Salvation Poem.
 
“We put it on YouTube, and the video’s producers gave it to EWTN,” Jack Socha told me. Socha, who works in the communications department at the shrine and does a radio show for the La Crosse Diocese, said EWTN has been airing the music video on occasion for more than a year.
 
Once viewers saw the short video of Msgr. Joseph Hirsch, a priest with the La Crosse Diocese, singing The Salvation Poem, they began phoning in about it from all over the country. As they continued to call, the shrine decided to put the song...READ MORE

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