Coming Soon in Virtual Reality: “The Story of Christ”

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Perhaps you have heard about Virtual Reality, the latest technology that allows viewers to be immersed in a 3D, computer-generated game or movie. You put on the odd goggles, say the Oculus Rift, and suddenly you are thrown into the middle of a virtual reality Paris, where you can look all around you, and see everything (more or less) that you would see if you were actually in Paris. Or into the middle of a flaming castle with demon warriors charging at you from all directions. Or into the midst of a feast thrown for a bevy of elves by friendly, pink, curiously-dexterous unicorns.

Or, as of this coming December, into the ancient Holy Land, so that you look around at the birth of Jesus, at...READ MORE

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How to Avoid Losing Your Kids to Their Electronic Devices, Undermining the Bible, and More Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on How to Avoid Losing Your Kids to Their Electronic Devices by John Burger of Aleteia link to read more.

How to Avoid Losing Your Kids to Their Electronic Devices – John Burger, Aleteia

Why Does This Woman, Dawn Eden Goldstein, Want to Teach Priests? – Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency

What Is that Pelican Doing in My Parish Church? An Ancient Pre-Christian Legend Inspired an Iconographic Motif Associated with the Eucharist - Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Undermining the Bible for Centuries – Jeff Morrow, Crisis Magazine That Time Richard Simmons Almost Became a Priest – Alex R. Hey, epicPew

Sexuality without Procreation in The Children of Men – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand

Lessons from Descartes on the Value of Latin Liturgy and How Hard Mass Ought To Be – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

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Using Catholic Social Thought to Make Sense of Brexit

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(Image credit: VectorOpenStock, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last week the world has been rocked by the unexpected—and, to many, inexplicable—vote of the British to leave the European Union. It’s a highly controversial move and one that many Americans do not have ready-made categories for understanding. Can Catholic social thought help us to sort through the debate?

I believe it can. In particular, two principles of Catholic social thought seem especially relevant: subsidiarity and solidarity.

Solidarity refers to the need to preserve and promote the common good. The principle of subsidiarity holds that a larger organization should not take on tasks or functions that can be handled by smaller, or subordinate, organizations.

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Fr. Vincent Capodanno’s Story of Heroism Being Filmed for TV

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The Archdiocese for the Military Services

Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno

– The Archdiocese for the Military Services

Great news! A new film is underway about the Grunt Padre —Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, a Medal of Honor recipient, posthumously, for his heroism on Sept. 4, 1967.

That day, on a small, bloody knoll during a fierce battle with Marines greatly outnumbered by the North Vietnamese, it took more than 25 enemy bullets to stop Navy chaplain Father Capodanno, already severely wounded, as he moved about the field bringing comfort to all, ministering to the dying, and rescuing the wounded of “Mike” Company’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd platoons.

But this film — a partnership between the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild and EWTN — will not be only about those last hours in Father Capodanno’s life.

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Should Good Catholics Read Far-Right Catholic Blogs?

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Bl. Raymond Llull and the World's First Computer

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From the 14th-century “Life of Raymond Lull”, Thomas le Myésier (Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Cod. St. Peter perg. 92, fol. 1v. Manuscript, reproduced in "An illustrated history of the Knights Templar", James Wasserman. Via Wikimedia Commons)

Very few people in history can equal Bl. Raymond Llull's (AD 1235-1315) intelligence, learning, wisdom and ingenuity. Due to his prodigious learning, he's referred to as Doctor Illuminatus, (Latin: the "Illuminated Doctor.") But despite all of the many gifts and charisms he possessed, all he wanted was to love God, study, and convert nonbelievers to Christ.

He was born on Mallorca into a rich family and enjoyed the carefree life of a courtier to King James of Aragon until AD 1265, when Llull received a vision of Christ crucified. He repented of his former life and gave up his black magic and occultist studies, sorrowful for his formerly sinful ways, and became a Secular Franciscan. He thus...READ MORE

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The American Coffeehouse Straight Out of Krakow

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(Photos by Steve Dalgetty)

This week I invited my friends Ever and Soren Johnson to guest blog for Countdown to WYD. Ever and Soren have a unique story that started in Krakow, but that didn’t end there. Ever Johnson is the Executive Director of The John Paul II Fellowship and the Manager of Trinity House Café. Soren Johnson is the Bishop’s Delegate for Evangelization and Media for the Diocese of Arlington.

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By Ever and Soren Johnson

On July 4 of the Jubilee Year of 2000, we met at the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, Poland. Sixteen years and five children later, we feel as if we’re still in the beginning stages of opening the gift we received during that Holy Year.

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Purposeful Silence: Of Pink Floyd, an Abbot, and a Pop Psychiatrist

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“God can sometimes seem to be absent” (CCC 272).

I was driving around town listening to the radio, and next up was Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”—the group’s big hit decrying rigid conformity in schooling and elsewhere. Like any self-respecting baby boomer, I know the lyrics by heart—“we don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control”—and they make me grin every time. Now that I’ve become a dutiful dad, requiring his kids to both go to school and learn things, there’s a delicious irony in recalling that rebellious anthem of my youth. I cranked the volume and belted out the chorus.

This time was different. As the vocals faded, David Gilmour’s exquisite guitar...READ MORE

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