Father Benedict Groeschel Dies at 81

10/04/2014 Comments (49)


The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have announced that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., has died at the age of 81.

The co-founder of the order passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM, the vigil of the feast of St. Francis.

The Cardinal Newman Society reported on their facebook page earlier this week that Father Groeschel had taken a fall and reinjured the same arm that was hurt in his accident ten years ago. One of his brother friars, Father Glenn Sudano, said that Father Groeschel was in much pain.

The Friars were founded in 1987 by Father Groeschel and seven other Capuchin friars: Father Stan Fortuna, Father Robert Stanion, Father Glenn Sudano, Father Bob Lombardo, and Father Andrew...READ MORE

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Who was St. Francis of Assisi? 12 things to know and share

10/04/2014 Comments (8)

Who was St. Francis of Assisi? (12 things to know and share)

St. Francis is one of the most famous saints in Church history.

He’s so significant that the current pope—Pope Francis—chose to take his name.

October 4th is his memorial day.

But who was he, and what did he do?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) When did St. Francis live?

He was born in 1181 or 1182 (we’re not sure), and he died in 1226. He thus lived to be only 44 or 45 years old.

He was born—and he died—in Assisi, Italy, which is somewhat near Rome.

You can read about Assisi here.


2) How did he get the name “Francis”?

Although many people take new names upon entering religious life, this is not how St. Francis originally got his name.

He was born Giovanni...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Sister Miriam Demjanovich and St. Thérèse

10/03/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, a beatification on U.S. soil and for the first time! Jeanette De Melo talks to Register columnist Fr. Roger Landry about the beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich. Also, a little warrior like a little flower? You bet! Dan Burke talks to Fr. Dwight Longenecker about St. Thérèse, known as “the Little Flower.”

Beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich

You may remember Fr. Roger Landry as one of the on-site commentators for EWTN’s special coverage of the 2013 papal conclave and election of Pope Francis.  Fr. Landry is a concelebrant at the first Mass of beatification—ever—on U.S. soil… the beatification of Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, in Newark, New...READ MORE

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Christian College Could Lose Accreditation. Guess Why

10/03/2014 Comments (127)

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges recently announced that they were giving Gordon College, a Christian institution, one year to "review" its policies regarding homosexuality or face losing its accreditation.

These bureaucratic bullies say that the college may be in violation of accreditation standards because of its view that homosexual behavior is a sin and prohibited on campus. The NEASC is demanding that the college review its policy and submit a report to "ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory."

So now the college has formed a committee to "review" its policy. In a statement that both the NEASC and Gordon College released together,...READ MORE

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Give…Even if You’ve Been Taken

10/03/2014 Comments (18)
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– Alex Proimos/Wikipedia

Some time ago, my husband and son were traveling to visit relatives. At a rest area, they were approached by a woman in need of some quick cash.  Her car had broken down, her cell phone was dead, she had a sick child in need of immediate care and she had no one to call for help, as she was traveling thousands of miles from home...or something to that effect. My husband offered to do everything from having the vehicle towed to putting the family up in a hotel.  In the end, he gave them cash.  No sooner had the money exchanged hands than the family skipped right over to their (perfectly functioning) car and drove away. 

Shortly after that event I learned that someone I know actually carries...READ MORE

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Fear of the Incarnation and Its Discontents

10/02/2014 Comments (28)

Evangelicals, like all orthodox Christians, vigorously affirm the Doctrine of the Incarnation—the faith of all Christians that God the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and became Man.  Evangelicals, like Catholics, believe this doctrine with every fiber of their being.  But there's more to it than this.  In Evangelical culture "incarnation" has tended to get prefaced with the definite article—"The Incarnation."  It's been primarily thought and spoken of as a single, albeit glorious, historical event that took place in the past, and its application in everyday Evangelical life usually has the...READ MORE

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How Welcoming Is Your Parish?

10/02/2014 Comments (76)

Is your church welcoming to outsiders? Or to insiders? The other day, Dom Bettinelli hosted an interesting conversation on Facebook, wondering what lay Catholics would suggest to make their parishes more accessible and inviting.

His original question was about how to make parishes more welcoming for people who aren't familiar with the Faith, but I'm expanding it a bit here, and thinking about things that most people could use, whether they're regular parishioners or someone who just stumbled in to get out of the rain.

The one rule is: it has to be fairly cheap, and cannot cause major upheaval or headaches for the pastor. No "replace everything with marble" or "assign a 24-hour on-call...READ MORE

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8 things to know and share about the Guardian Angels

10/01/2014 Comments (5)

You have a hidden companion who shadows you wherever you go. But don't worry. He's only there to help! Here are 8 things to know and share . . .

October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy.

Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .


1) What is a guardian angel?

A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned to guard a particular person, especially with respect to helping that person avoid spiritual dangers and achieve salvation.

The angel may also help the person avoid physical dangers, particularly if this will help the person achieve salvation.


2) Where do we read about guardian angels in Scripture?

We see angels helping people on various occasions in Scripture, but there are certain instances in which we see angels...READ MORE

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