Cardinal Sarah: St. Mary Magdalene Helps Us Recover Primacy of God

07/21/2016 Comments (1)

In an article in L’Osservatore Romano to coincide with the new liturgical feast of St. Mary Magdalene on Friday, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the great woman saint reminds us of the need to “recover the primacy of God and the primacy of adoration in the life of the Church and in liturgical celebration.”

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments recalls in a reflection on the preface of the new liturgical feast that Mary Magdalene “was the first to adore” the newly risen Lord, and that He “honored her with the task of being Apostle to the Apostles, so that the good news of new life might reach the ends of the earth.”

For this reason, he...READ MORE

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Why Gender Ideology Is Demonic, 5 Polish Saints Who Changed the World, and Many More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/21/2016 Comment

Click on Why Gender Ideology Is Demonic by Fr. Paul Scalia of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

Why Gender Ideology Is Demonic – Fr. Paul Scalia, The Catholic Thing

Five Polish Saints Who Changed the World – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia

An Open Letter to Our Bishops – Luciano Corbo, New Evangelizers

The Jim Gaffigan Show brings Catholicism to the Masses - Matthew Becklo, Aleteia

What Christian Education Is Not – Kenneth Crowther, Crisis Magazine

The Basics on Indulgences – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Yoga Not Worth The Risk – Steven R. McEvoy, Maccabee Society

Come Over for Sex Devoid of Commitment – Kelly Thomas, Regina Magazine

Why Medievalists Should Stop Talking about Game of Thrones – Philippa Byrne, Mercatornet

The Spiritual Life by Analogy – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand


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Catholic Power vs. New Age Weakness

07/21/2016 Comments (5)

Domenico Fetti, “The Sacrifice of Elijah Before the Priests of Baal” (c. 1621)

In June, the Miami Herald published the article: “12 items an energy healer says should be in your bedroom.”  I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out the superiority of Catholicism over New Age, but I will be surprised if they publish it.  Secular newspapers are afraid to measure Catholic power against that of the New Age, so I interviewed four Catholics to learn where they find the power of healing and divine inspiration.

Here is a definition for energy healing: “The use of therapeutic modalities to benefit a person on subtle and emotional levels, as well as in their general and physical well-being.” Compare that with a Catholic priest.  Through Holy Orders, he acts in persona Christi...READ MORE

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What Happens in Krakow, Doesn’t Stay in Krakow

World Youth Day and the Nature of Quest

07/21/2016 Comments (2)

Acts of the Apostles 2:16-17: “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams...'” (Image credit: Gebhard Fugel, 1863–1939, “Pentecost”)

Most of us have heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The idea being, of course, that when you visit sin city, the effects stay there and you can return to your life without tarnish or rumor following you home. Sadly, sin is never private, never isolated, and only left behind by the grace of confession and penance. 

The opposite, however, is also true, though in a different way. Goodness, as St. Thomas Aquinas taught, tends to diffuse itself, it radiates out from itself to others. Krakow—as the city of saints, heroes, soldiers, kings and queens, virgins and martyrs—has the ability to leave an indelible mark on every pilgrim. In short, what happens in Krakow won’t stay...READ MORE

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RNC Day 3: A Pence of Unity

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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence acknowledges the crowd after delivering a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The third days of major political conventions are typically dedicated to advancing the party’s agenda with a speech by the vice presidential pick to reassure voters that the line of succession is safe should something unfortunate happen to the nominee.  Vice Presidential candidates traditionally have been chosen to shore up political alliances, help secure voter groups and improve the election prospects in crucial states. In 1960, Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy chose Texas political giant Lyndon Johnson to help with Southern voters and provide muscle on Capitol Hill. In 2008, Senator Barack Obama chose Senator Joe Biden from Delaware because the long-serving politician gave assurance...READ MORE

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The Land O’ Lakes Statement Has Caused Devastation For 49 Years

07/20/2016 Comments (21)

Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C., taken around 1910.

In hindsight, what they did was appalling.

But when several Catholic university leaders gathered in the summer of 1967 at a remote retreat in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, did they fully anticipate the consequences of their vision for “modern” Catholic education? Hopefully not.

It was 49 years ago, on July 20-23, when Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., gathered his peers to draft and sign the “Land O’ Lakes Statement,” a declaration of the independence of Catholic universities from “authority of whatever kind, lay or clerical, external to the academic community itself.”

Over the course of just a few years following the statement, most Catholic colleges and universities in America...READ MORE

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Bait and Switch: Of Points, Parenting, and a Beggar-Saint Son

St. John of the Cross said it best: “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love”.

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Saint Alexius, from the Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens in Pomport, Dordogne, France. (Photo credit: Père Igor, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Calvin: I cleaned my room, Mom. And I even did it without you telling me to.
Mom: Well, that was very thoughtful.
Calvin: Of course, this isn’t going to be a habit or anything!
 —Bill Watterson

We joke a lot about “points” in my family—that you get points for good deeds and lose points for screw-ups. The Church’s detractors already accuse us Catholics of precisely this kind of moral calculus, so intentionally incorporating it in a jovial way helps diffuse the critique and underscore the truth for my kids.

An ideal scenario in this satirical economy is getting free points—that is, offering to perform a service or favor that subsequently becomes no longer required. For example: Offering to...READ MORE

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Totus Tuus Camp: Gotta Catch 'Em All!

07/20/2016 Comments (6)

Hey, parents: Kids need to learn about the Faith from other people besides you. Isn't that awful? It doesn't matter how well you teach, preach, and model Catholicism. You are the parents, and this is the house that you live in together, and because these things are so, you will eventually hit a wall when transmitting the Faith to your kids. You need other Catholics to teach them the things they need to know. 

It's a fact, but one that stymies parents who don't have the option to send kids to Catholic school, who haven't found a consistent Catholic community to pal around with, and who don't come into regular, casual contact with priests and nuns. 

Because of this situation, I leaped at...READ MORE

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