How Watching EWTN Led to Beatification of Cardinal Newman

04/01/2016 Comments (1)

Deacon Jack Sullivan

Watching Mother Angelica’s television channel has led to many miracles in people's lives, but perhaps none quite so clear as the one that happened to Deacon Jack Sullivan.

Having just completed two years formation to be ordained deacon in the archdiocese of Boston, in August 2001 Deacon Sullivan suddenly developed a very serious spinal condition. So crippling was the illness that a surgeon at Boston Hospital said he needed immediate surgery and that paralysis could be imminent.

“At that moment, things were very bleak”, Deacon Sullivan said, especially as he wanted to resume his studies that September. “I came home, I turned on the television and watched a program that was hosted by Father...READ MORE

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Mercy Uber Alles, Saint Irenaeus Says Heresy; Meet New Cowboy, Samurai and Surfer Saints and More!

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04/01/2016 Comment

Click on President Obama: Worried More About Climate Change Than I.S.I.S., May Pursue Climate Deniers by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z's Blog.

President Obama: Worried More About Climate Change Than I.S.I.S., May Pursue Climate Deniers – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Mercy Uber Alles? Saint Irenaeus Says “Heresy” - Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Meet the New Cowboy, Samurai, and Surfer Saints – Stephen Bullivant, Catholic Herald

19 Amazing Quotes from the Last Month of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Life – Theresa Williams, Epic Pew

Remaining Friends in Disagreement – Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange

Courageous Leadership Is Needed to Reverse Secular Trends – Filip Mazurczak, Crisis Magazine

In Memoriam: Robert Struble, Jr. – Terri Kimmel, Catholic Lane

The Downward Spiral: Six (6) Quick Catholic Lessons on the Book of...READ MORE

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04/01/2016 Comments (1)

MOST glorious Lord of Lyfe! that on this day
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And having harrowd hell didst bring away
Captivity thence captive us to win:
This joyous day deare Lord with joy begin;
And grant that we for whom thou diddest dye
Being with Thy deare blood clene washt from sin
May live for ever in felicity!

And that Thy love we weighing worthily
May likewise love Thee for the same againe;
And for Thy sake that all lyke deare didst buy
With love may one another entertayne!
So let us love deare Love lyke as we ought
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

- Edmund Spenser

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Mr. Trump, Please Stop Talking About Abortion

03/31/2016 Comments (99)

One of the things people say they love about Donald Trump is that he doesn't give pat answers. He's shoots from the hip. Well, he just shot from the hip into his own foot. And the pro-life movement was injured in the melee as well.

Trump just got bullied by Chris Matthews into saying women should be punished for seeking abortion.

My first question is how does Trump go on Chris Matthews show and not know this is going to be asked. I've honestly watched Chris Matthews something like six times in the past five years. I think on three of them he's raised this question to pro-lifers in an attempt to discredit their position. You know the drill. We've all heard it. If abortion is murder then...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Be Released April 8

03/31/2016 Comments (9)

Pope Francis much anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the Synod on the Family will be published on April 8, the Vatican announced today.

In a statement, the Vatican said the document, which will be entitled “Amoris Laetitia” — the Joy of Love, will be presented at a Holy See press conference attended by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna.

Also present will be married couple Professor Francesco Miano, lecturer in moral philosophy at the University of Rome at Tor Vergata, and Professor Giuseppina De Simone in Miano, lecturer in philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in...READ MORE

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Papal Infallibility: Whatever He Says; Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan: Islamic Fanaticism and More. . .

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03/31/2016 Comment

Click on Papal Infallibility: Whatever He Says by Dan Byron of Catholic Stand link to read.

Papal Infallibility: Whatever He Says – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand

Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan: Symbols of Islamic Fanaticism – Sajid Mahmood Sajid, Crisis Magazine

Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston Film): Favorite Scene – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Opposing Euthanasia Doesn’t Mean Pushing Intervention at All Costs – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Lessons in Mercy from the Prodigal Son’s Older Brother – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

Why Attractions and Emotions Become “Identities” – Deacon Jim Russell, Crisis Magazine

A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

The Case for Popery – Daniel Schwindt, The...READ MORE

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Leftover Easter Eggs? Here's a Recipe That Your Family Will Love!

03/30/2016 Comments (4)

The Easter egg:  Symbol of Christ's Resurrection, symbol of new life. The colorful ovoids bring smiles to children's faces when they're discovered in the back yard or under the sofa on Easter morning. Nestled in plastic grass, surrounded by chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks, they're the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table.

But when the Easter celebration is over, what are you going to do with all of those hard-boiled eggs? I mean, how much egg salad can one family eat?

I have a suggestion! Why not dress six or seven of them up in a pie?

I only entered a cooking contest once, and my entry was this beautiful Creamed Eggs in Salmon Crust. And I won! My recipe was featured in...READ MORE

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For the Catholic Suffering from Scruples

03/30/2016 Comments (11)

The other day, I wrote about how this Friday is within the Octave of Easter, which makes it a solemnity, or at least a day to be treated as a solemnity. This means that we can eat meat -- and, unlike any other Friday, we don't have to substitute another penance or sacrifice. It's a feast day, and we don't fast when the Bridegroom is with us.

For most people, this news means one thing: "Yay, meat!" But for others, it's a trapdoor into a pit of scrupulosity. The rules are not 100% crystal clear, and even if we do get clarity, we may still not be at peace: what if we're not necessarily required to abstain from meat, but not abstaining feels like we're letting ourselves off easy? Might that be...READ MORE

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