Love in Action: Shoes that Grow

05/07/2015 Comments (13)

Every parent knows how hard it is to keep a kid in shoes. They grow so fast, it seems like you're buying a new pair every few months. 

But what if you can't buy a new pair? What if your child must go barefoot, or cut the toes out of shoes that are too small? And what if your child walks miles every day to get to school, and what if he is constantly picking up diseases and parasites through the inevitable cuts and scrapes on his feet?

Charity worker-turned-social entrepreneur Kenton Lee found it intolerable that so many third world children were going shoeless, so he invented a pair of sturdy, adjustable shoes that grow with their owners' feet -- up to five sizes. Durable enough to last...READ MORE

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Saving the Family Means Opening the Doors to God

05/07/2015 Comment
National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

Gov. Gregg Abbott of Texas.

– National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

WASHINGTON — “If you had gone through all I had gone through, you would never again question the Lord.”

Sitting there in his wheelchair, before a gathering of more than a thousand attendees at Thursday’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas shared his own witness as to why Catholics must keep the doors open to God through prayer, trusting him in all hardships public and private.

The theme of this year’s breakfast focused on the family. Abbott acknowledged that Catholics face many storms: from the redefinition of marriage in the courts, to religious liberty battles, to the ongoing fight over legal abortion. But the governor drew on his own personal story to...READ MORE

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German Bishops Change Personnel Policies to Allow Gay or Remarried Employees

05/07/2015 Comments (22)

In America right now, a number of teachers in Catholic schools have been fired for getting civilly married to someone of the same sex or for other issues related to publicly flouting Church teaching.

Many Catholic schools and bishops have stood strongly on these issues even in the face of a critical and harassing media. This decision by the German bishops will likely have some impact on their willingness to do so.

Catholic Culture reports:

The Catholic bishops of Germany have changed their personnel policies, to allow Church employees to keep their jobs even if they are divorced and remarried, or engaged in homosexual partnerships. The bishops had discussed a change in their personnel...READ MORE

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Teresa of Avila Reminds Us: "Our Trials Last But a Moment"

05/07/2015 Comment

"Life is short, our trials last for but a moment..."

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's selection is from Day 3 in the book.

XIX

Toledo, March 1569
To Doña Maria de  Mendoza
Letter...READ MORE

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A book every serious Christian movie buff should have

05/06/2015 Comments (5)

Every serious Christian movie buff should own a copy of Peter Dans’ Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners. First published in 2009, Christians in the Movies was originally available only in an expensive hardcover edition priced as a library reference work; since then it’s been reprinted in an affordable paperback edition.

Christians in the Movies is not Dans’ first survey of cinema. An associate professor of medicine as well as a dedicated cinephile, Dans was first moved to write about the big-screen depiction of his profession in his 2000 book Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Ahh! — an entertaining and insightful study of social attitudes regarding...READ MORE

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But It's Not My Job!

05/05/2015 Comments (26)

Some lessons are just too tidy to ignore. If, that is, you can call a pile of poop a tidy lesson. Here's what happened:

I was feeling accomplished. I had just finished a writing project and sent it off before the deadline, and then written a topical blog post and most of a devotional one. I had done a short workout and taken a quick shower without losing my cool at the howling baby who hates it when I take a shower. I had fed the toddler lunch, changed and fed the baby about forty-six times, sent out party invitations, mailed out applications, planned dinner, found a sun hat for the baby, dug up an old beach umbrella so our pasty New England wouldn't get burned, and headed outside to...READ MORE

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How to Approach Spiritual Warfare, According to Teresa of Avila

05/05/2015 Comments (5)

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's letter is from Day 2 of the book.

XVII

Valladolid, February 19, 1569
To Alonzo Ramirez
Cause of the delay in the journey to Toledo.
Encouragement...READ MORE

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Communion of Saints, Communion of Sinners

05/03/2015 Comments (120)

Sometime back a troubled Catholic asked me why the Church engaged in official persecution of the Jews. He noted there were official decrees of persecution from Church Councils (for instance, Lateran IV) and asked why, when Pope St. John Paul II apologized for such actions, he only referred to "Christians" who mistreated the Jews, when it was, he said, "the Church which officially engaged in a program of hate and persecution of the Jews." Naturally, this left him in considerable anguish of mind concerning the Church's claim to infallibility.

Perhaps the first thing to realize is that my correspondent misunderstood the Pope's distinction between the Church and her members. By "the Church" my...READ MORE

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