Three Books for Family Living and Thriving

10/01/2014 Comment

Family life is hard, no way around it. All that joy, crammed into a tiny space, and before long there are bound to be explosions.

This group of newish releases may be just what you need to rejuvenate yourself and remind yourself of all the reasons to smile, with some new ideas, tools, and inspiration to feed you.

Sometimes, the wedding bells aren’t even done ringing before you start to wonder just what you’ve gotten yourself into. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s Just Married (Ave Maria Press, 2013) is a frank look at how you can stay on the roller coaster that the first five years of marriage often presents.

Almost every newly married couple we encounter has two things in common. First, they are...READ MORE

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The Strange Case of Bishop Livieres' Removal

09/30/2014 Comments (29)
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There has been increasing disquiet and accusations of injustice over the forced removal of a Paraguayan bishop, ostensibly because of his “difficult” relations with other bishops and priests.

The Vatican has said Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano was removed last month not so much because he appointed a priest accused of sexual abuse as his vicar general or allegations of embezzlement – as many had thought – but because of internal disagreements.

“The important problem was the relations within the episcopacy and in the local church, which were very difficult,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Sept. 26. Concerns about the former vicar general, Father Carlos Urrutigoity,...READ MORE

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Catholics, Cotton Candy, and Comeuppance

09/30/2014 Comments (19)

When I was about eight years old, I decided that, just once, I was going to read a story that turned out the way I wanted it to turn out.  So I wrote it myself. It was about a little girl who went to a fair, and she got to go on all the rides as many times as she wanted, and all the vendors thought she looked like such a neat kid that they gave her tons of food for free, and then she played a bunch of games and she won prizes every single time. Then she went home when she was ready to go home.

Even I knew that this was the worst story ever. Even though the little girl was tired at the end, nothing had happened. The story was devoid of conflict, which is the tension necessary to make the...READ MORE

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I Am A Neil DeGrasse Tyson Denier

09/29/2014 Comments (66)

Really? A famous scientist's ridiculously absurd approach to science (Smug and wrong) turns out to be the same as his approach to life (Smug and wrong.)

Go figure?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the very same scientist who completely lied about history in a recent episode of his show Cosmos, has been getting a lot of flack lately for lying. His lies about the Church went largely unremarked, but his lies about quotes have gained more traction.

In his regular presentation which he gets paid big bucks to give, he has a section in which he presents "quotes" to show just how dumb are today's politicians. Now you wouldn't think it would be too difficult to demonstrate this obvious truth, but being an...READ MORE

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Celebrating the Archangels: 7 things to know and share

09/28/2014 Comments (16)

On Sept. 29th, we celebrate St.s Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael--Archangels. Here are 7 things to know and share . . .

September 29th is the feast of St.s Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael—archangels.

These are the only three angels whose names are mentioned in Scripture, and this is their day.

Here are 7 things to know and share . . .

 

1) What is an archangel?

The word “archangel” (Greek, archangelos) means “high-ranking angel”—the same way that “archbishop” means a high-ranking bishop.

Only St. Michael is described as an archangel in Scripture (Jude 9), but it is common to honor St.s Gabriel and Raphael as archangels also.

 

2) Why are they called “saints” if they’re angels rather than humans?

The word “saint” (Greek, hagios) means “holy one.”

It does not mean “holy human being.” As a result, it...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo and the World Meeting of Families

09/26/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Opus Dei priest Father C. John McCloskey talks about this weekend's beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo, the prelate who succeeded the founder of Opus Dei. And also, listen to Register writer Matthew Archbold reporting on the preparation for the World Meeting of Families next September in Philadelphia.

Beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo

Father C. John McCloskey is an Opus Dei priest. Today’s interview is near and dear to him, as he has spent much of his pastoral work counseling university students and has worked as the representative of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. This weekend, in Madrid, is the beatification of the...READ MORE

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Dialogue with Demas

09/25/2014 Comments (80)

The teachings of the Faith are not optional, though many Catholics erroneously believe that one can dissent from particular teachings of the Church that one happens to find unsatisfactory or unpleasant and still remain a "faithful Catholic." One such confused person is my friend "Demas." Demas has the remarkable knack of speaking aloud some of the most common mis-perceptions that modern Catholics have about their own Church. Recently, I had a conversation with him which was a veritable inventory of many of the confusions afoot in the modern American Church. So it seemed to me that a summary of our conversation might be useful to others who are confronting the same confusions and...READ MORE

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What Happens In Church Stays in Church

09/25/2014 Comments (153)

A parish in Montana is terribly divided over the decision the pastor made to refuse Communion to two men who were recently civilly married.

This is one of the predominant issues of our time and I think we'll be hearing more stories like it in the near future. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reportedly said after speaking with parishioners about the issue that "there obviously is polarization."

He said he wishes to bring healing to the parish but added, "At the same time, as a Catholic bishop, I uphold our Catholic teachings."

This is a sad situation but I'm more interested in what one of the men involved said to the media. Exhibiting incrdulity, he said, "We...READ MORE

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