Pray For Those Who Blame Christians For the Orlando Massacre

06/20/2016 Comments (15)

Participants exchange the Sign of Peace during a June 16 prayer service for victims of the Orlando massacre. (Alexey Gotovskiy/Catholic News Agency)

We live in a confused country in which We the People are holding solid while our leaders flake off in all directions. After the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the American people responded as they always do: with decency, generosity and kindness.

Lines of good people willing to give their blood for the victims formed at blood banks. Churches opened for prayer, and donations for the victims began coming in. At the same time that the American people were doing all the right things, a small number of those who hold positions of leadership went off the rails and made statements that were both irrational and viciously bigoted.

We the People were subjected to what can only be...READ MORE

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The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others and More Great Links!

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06/20/2016 Comment

Click on The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others by Anita Boniface of Catholic Herald link to read.

The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others – Anita Boniface, Catholic Herald

Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, Vocation of the Family – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Servant of God Dorothy Day: Patron for Post-Abortive Mothers – Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

Catholic Social Doctrine Could Save the Day – Mark and Louise Zwick, The Distributist Review

The Priest Who Forgave His Islamist Torturers – Robert Ewans, Catholic Herald

Iraqi Refugee Children Make First Communion in Erbil Camp – Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

Support Josephine Rose, Diagnosed with Leukemia – Robert Barbry II, epicPew

For Iraq’s Christians, What...READ MORE

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Sacred Tradition is the Mother of the Bible

06/20/2016 Comments (4)

Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825), “Saint Matthew the Evangelist”

It's still a jolt for some people to realize this, but the Bible did not fall down out of the sky, leather-bound and gold-monogrammed with the words of Christ in red, in AD 95.  Rather the canon of Christian Scripture slowly developed over a period of about 1500 years.  That does not mean, of course, that Scripture was being written for 1500 years after the life of Christ.  Rather, it means that it took the Church some fifteen centuries to formally and definitively state which books out of the great mass of early Christian and pseudo-Christian books constituted the Bible.

The process of defining the canon of Scripture is an example of what the Church calls "development of doctrine".  This...READ MORE

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“We Are Greatly Blessed” For the Gift of Fatherhood

06/19/2016 Comment

Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656), “Childhood of Christ”

Each November, for more than a decade, my father coordinated the annual “Scouting for Food” program in the small town where I grew up. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would drop off empty grocery bags at each house in town, and then a week later, collect bags filled with food for the poor.

My father arranged the assignments, and then compiled, organized, and distributed the food to food banks. He’d also quietly drop off large boxes of food on the porches of struggling families in our town. We weren’t rich ourselves, but he’d often purchase turkeys or hams to go along with those boxes.

Because blocks would be missed, or we’d not have enough Scouts, my father and I annually dropped off and...READ MORE

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Happy News from England, A Better Marriage Prep and Preparation for a Better Marriage and More!

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06/19/2016 Comment

Click on Happy News from Bradford, England by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

Happy News from Bradford, England - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

A Better Marriage Preparation (and Preparation for a Better Marriage) – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Pope Approves New Vatican Department for the Laity, Family, and Life – Ann Schneible, Catholic News Agency

U.S. Bishops Release New Video in Defense of Marriage and Religious Liberty – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

“Love and Friendship” and the Holy Folly of the 12 Commandments – Christopher S. Morrissey, The Catholic World Report

In Malawi, Church Eyes Islamic Radicalization With Concern – Eva-Maria Kolmann, Catholic Lane

The Old Charge Resurfaces: Catholics are Un-American – David Carlin, The Catholic...READ MORE

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Mother Angelica and the Power of Old Age, Modesty in America and the Great Bathroom War and More!

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06/18/2016 Comment

Click on Mother Angelica and the Power of Old Age by Vicki Burbach of Pelican’s Breast link to read more.

Modesty in America and the Great Bathroom War – Russell Shaw, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Mother Angelica and the Power of Old Age – Vicki Burbach, Pelican’s Breast

Gender Ideology: The Scourge of Our Inner Life – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Department of Education Kills a Catholic College - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Bishop William Kenney: ‘Brexit’ Could Lead to Loss of Funds for Aid Agencies – Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

Catholicism and Citizenship – Christopher White, The Catholic World Report

The Past Is a Place; Know You Are Part of Western Civ, Not New Hampshire – Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

Thinking With The Church – Thomas...READ MORE

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The Bible Has Now Been Translated Into Emoji

06/18/2016 Comments (6)

Francesco Bassano the Younger (1549-1592), “Saint Jerome”

The most translated book in the world, the Bible, has now been translated into emoji.

The book Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millennials was released this week on iBooks for $2.99 and is billed as “a fun way to share the Gospel.” With more than 3,000 pages of smiling yellow faces, twinkling stars and cartoon serpents, all 66 books of the King James Version of the Bible have been translated into the emoticons and today's slang that young adults are familiar with. The word “and” is replaced with "&" and the word light appears as a light bulb, and so on.

Will the new emoji Bible draw young people, who have been identifying as Christians less and less? Anything that helps draw people to Scripture...READ MORE

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The St. Benedict Medal: When the Church is No Longer Messing Around

06/18/2016 Comments (9)

(Image Credit: T.E. Ryen, via Wikimedia Commons)

Most people, Catholics included, don't realize how indebted the Church, Europe and the world are to St. Benedict of Nursia. The very presence of his monks in their monasteries became a stabilizing, civilizing factor no matter where they planted themselves. It was from these centers of great learning and prayer that monks and nuns went about their zealous work of evangelizing. It should be pointed out that many of Europe's greatest cities started out as little more than ramshackle Benedictine monasteries. "Munich" is the German word for "monk." "Monaco" on the French Riviera, is the Italian word for "monk."

As Christ is the vine, the Benedictines are the branches. Like kudzu, you simply...READ MORE

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