Cardinal Pell: Mother Angelica 'Truly Cast Fire Upon the Earth'

04/02/2016 Comments (4)
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Mother Angelica “truly cast fire upon the earth” and her enormous achievements offer encouragement to those who have had difficult upbringings and come from broken homes, Cardinal George Pell said at a memorial Mass for EWTN’s foundress.

Addressing a packed St. Anne’s church in the Vatican Friday evening — at exactly the same time as Mother Angelica’s funeral in Hanceville, Al. — Cardinal Pell recalled the life of the Poor Clare nun, praising her for her “courage and faith”.

Abandoned by her father when she was five, Mother Angelica was brought up in poverty by her mother who suffered from depression, Cardinal Pell recalled. She also did poorly at school. “Her life story brings a message...READ MORE

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Monday is the Feast of the Annunciation, So Here's a Waffle Recipe

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Circle of Georg Flegel (1566-1638), “Stillleben mit Zinntellern, Steinkrug und Waffeln”

It doesn't take a great deal to convince me to indulge in anything sweet. In fact, I learned a long time ago that for the sake of the welfare of all around me, it's best that I don't give up chocolate, cake or sugar for Lent. Life is too short and I've simply have lost too many friends from becoming cranky while abstaining from sweets.

It's simply not a good time for anyone.

The Church's liturgical calendar is replete with excuses for eating sweets. It's traditional to eat Almond Biscotti on the Feast of St. Francis' Transitus (10/3), Hot-Cross Buns on St. Clair's Feast Day (8/11), Sfinge on St. Joseph's feast Day (3/19), Honey Cakes on St. Abigail's Feast Day (2/11), Chocolates on St....READ MORE

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Divine Mercy: Heaven’s Big Mulligan; 3 Institutions Effectively Bring Us Together and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Divine Mercy: Heaven’s Ultimate “Mulligan” by Gabriel Garnica of Catholic Stand link to read.

Divine Mercy: Heaven’s Ultimate “Mulligan” – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Three (3) Institutions Effectively Bring Us Together in True Friendship: Mili. . . – Anthony Esolen Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

Patience – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

20 Brilliant, Sharp, and Witty Quotes from Mother Angelica – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Debunking the Debunkers: How the Best Scholarly Evidence Confirms the Gospels – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Current Events Have You Down? History Knows That It Could be Much Worse – J.J. Ziegler, O.S.V. Newsweekly

Why Woodstock Became a Nightmare – Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald

Modernists Don’t Believe What They Believe – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s...READ MORE

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The Death of the Catholic Book Store, 7 Anniversaries Every Catholic Should Celebrate, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/02/2016 Comment

Click on The Death of the Catholic Book Store? by Richard Aleman of The Distributist Review link to read.

The Death of the Catholic Book Store? – Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Seven (7) Anniversaries Every Catholic Should Celebrate – Stephen Mirarchi, Epic Pew

New Study Shows Depo-Provera Increases Risk of H.I.V. Infection – Jonathan Abbamonte, Catholic Lane

I Remember, I Remember! – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

The Collapse of Gender Sanity – Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

More Reasons Why the Pill Can’t Be Used Against the Zika Virus – Mark S. Latkovic, Crisis Magazine

Why God Sends Us Imperfect Popes – Karee Santos, Catholic Lane

A House Upon the Sand, When We Refuse to Promote the Common Good – Vicki Burbach, Pelican's Breast

1.8 Million Tiles! New Mosaic at Knock Depicts...READ MORE

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Impressions From Mother Angelica's Beautiful Funeral Mass

04/01/2016 Comments (1)

The final resting place of Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation (Jeffrey Bruno/EWTN News)

The angels lining the clerestory windows in the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament were certainly smiling as they formed an honor guard for the funeral Mass for Mother Angelica. Maybe they were thinking heavenly thoughts about what proper place for her funeral in this incredibly beautiful temple she was inspired to build for our Lord, her Eucharistic Jesus and her Divino Niño.

So might have been the thoughts of many of the mourners who filled the shrine’s pews and the extra chairs along the nave’s sides. And those faithful the shrine could not hold who had to attend from out on the piazza out of necessity.

The bishops and archbishops — including Birmingham’s Bishop Robert J. Baker and...READ MORE

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Follow Mother Angelica’s Example to Reach Your Own Potential

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Imagine the Catholic landscape had Rita Rizzo never been born in Canton, Ohio in 1923.  No one expected worldwide fame for such an ordinary girl from a poor and troubled family.  And no one would have blamed Rita if she backed away from challenges in which she had no expertise.  Yet, the ordinary girl who became Mother Mary Angelica, a Poor Clare Nun of Perpetual Adoration, grew into the greatest media mogul of all times, touching millions upon millions of lives. 

It’s impossible to measure the extent of Mother Angelica’s reach as founder of the world’s largest religious media outlet, the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).  She became one of the most spiritually influential persons...READ MORE

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We Need to Live Out Cutting-Edge Catholicism

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When I was living in England I was traveling across London one day with a work colleague named Gerry who was a lapsed Catholic. We spotted a couple of Hare Krishnas scuttling along in their orange robes, shaved heads and begging bowls. My colleague said, “Look at them. We Catholics need more people like them.”
I replied, “We’ve got plenty like that.”
Two stops later on the tube train the doors opened and two Missionaries of Charity stepped on board. I gave Gerry a nudge in the ribs and whispered, “Look. There’s two of ours!”
“You’re right!”
Later that day as we were traveling home the underground train stopped and one of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal stepped in. He...READ MORE

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Catholic Co-Writers of “God's Not Dead 2” Expect Great Things

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“We think it will do very well. Of course, this is always up to the Lord. Any statement we make right now could be incredibly foolish by Monday morning.”
—Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman

Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman are the co-writers of Pure Flix's newest film, “God's Not Dead 2,” which opens in theaters on April 1. They talked with the Register on March 31, a day before the official opening, and they backed up their optimistic prediction with facts: The film is testing well with market research groups, with over 90% of viewers saying that they like it even more than their earlier project, the 2014 release, “God's Not Dead.” And while “God's Not Dead” opened two years ago on 780...READ MORE

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