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04/29/2016 Comment

Click on Why Are Two (2) Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”? Fr. Robert Hugh Benson’s 1907 Dystopian Novel Turns Out To Be Prophetic? by Colin O’Brien of Aleteia link to read.

Why Are Two (2) Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”? Fr. Robert Hugh Benson’s 1907 Dystopian Novel Turns Out To Be Prophetic? - Colin O’Brien, Aleteia

Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts – H.L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Timothy Egan and the Reverent Subject of Sex – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

The Word “Catholic” in the Early Church [Podcast] – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

The Mother’s Day Gift List You’ve Been Looking For – Laura Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Mother Teresa’s Sainthood: Wisdom Beyond the Secular – Mary Poplin, The Catholic Thing

The Point of Fasting Even When It’s Not Lent – Sherry Antonetti, Aleteia

E.W.T.N.: Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray...READ MORE

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Giving Up This One Simple Thing Got My Whole Life in Order

04/28/2016 Comments (11)

Sándor Bihari, “Sunday Afternoon” (1893)

There’s a lot of fad diets that Christians turn to in order to help them get into the spiritual shape they desire. The fad diet spirituality of yesterday, like Prayer of Jabez and others, are like a battery: they can provide an initial spark and some energy over time, but eventually they die out like the others.

Of course as Catholics we have a pretty good roadmap for our spiritual direction and sustenance: the Sacraments.

Baptism aids us by removing original sin and entering into the resurrection of Christ. In Confirmation, we receive the ‘blow’, which enables the Holy Spirit to work in, and with, and through us. The Eucharist is the “source and summit of our faith”. Our consumption of...READ MORE

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I Want You to Stop and Think For a Moment About How Much God Loves You

04/28/2016 Comments (5)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), Detail From “Christ and Child”

I’ve spent the past seven months in the hermetically-sealed world of cancer treatment. That world disconnected me from the other world of normal life with the abrupt finality of amputation.

One minute, I thought I was fine. The next, I was fighting for my life. The re-entry into what I just labeled “normal” life was as abrupt as the leave-taking. I arrived, not well, not even close to well, but wounded and battered from treatments that had just ended. The sights, sounds, behaviors that confronted me in this “normal” world seemed alien and more than a bit trivial.

I suppose it was a bit like a soldier returning from an overseas war. They get on the plane with sand in their teeth and the...READ MORE

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We Are Losing Our Minds Because the Left is Holding Them Hostage

04/28/2016 Comments (33)

The story of the Mozilla Foundation's Brendan Eich is a lesson in the power of the thought police. (Photo Credit: Darcy Padilla, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Our thoughts may be our own, but the radical left wants them.  Pushing agendas, whether about marriage, bathrooms, or climate, is only their first step. The second step is not allowing disagreement.  Without even touching the First Amendment, our right to free speech is being bullied away.

For instance, an opinion that was once mainstream not so long ago, is now grounds for firing.  In 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into Law—defining marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman—it passed both houses of Congress by large, veto-proof majorities.  Twenty years later, TV shows get canceled, Chick-fil-A gets boycotted, bakeries and wedding service...READ MORE

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St. Gianna’s Guide to Happiness

Five joyful quotes from a beloved saint.

04/28/2016 Comment

As I have written about before, St. Gianna is one of my favorite saints.

For her feast day today, I offer five of my favorite quotes of hers (although a more comprehensive list of quotes can be found here:)

 

“As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.”

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.”

“We must be living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”

“Whatever God wants.”

“Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.”

 

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Countdown to WYD: Downton Abbey, Polish Style

04/28/2016 Comment

One of Poland's most dramatic post-World War II archaeological restorations is the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, between Warsaw and Gdansk. (Photo Credit: Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sadly, Downton Abbey came to an end this year after six seasons of intrigue, sorrow, and delight. If you watched the series, this scene will be familiar:

A buzz and a hum were everywhere. The musicians were gathering to blast a welcome to the returning hunters. In the great hall, preparations were made for the evening feast, wines were emerging from the cellars, there was a clinking of glass and silver, and everywhere the sounds of rushing feet and shouting commands.

Although this may appear to be the busy working of the downstairs staff preparing for another Crawley meal, this scene’s provenance is quite different. Welcome to the grandeur of the Polish aristocracy.

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Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth, Did ‘The Office’ Really Say That and More

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04/28/2016 Comment

Click on Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth by Anthony S. Layne of Catholic Stand link to read.

Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Did ‘The Office’ Really Say That About In Vitro Fertilization? - Shane Kapler, Epic Pew

Mormons, Muslims, and Lazy Christians; Our Poor Witness – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Three Cheers! A New Lectionary in the Pipeline Using the R.S.V. (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible; in the U.K.)! - Fr. Timothy Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Book Review of Freedom: Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Curate’s Egg: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia – Fr....READ MORE

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From Pope to Page to People

04/27/2016 Comment

Many popes have contributed to Church writing in response to the moral crises of their times. But their words are often lost in translation. The message never reaches the majority of us because it isn’t circulated to average people. Or the message is inaccessible because its language is theological and removed from daily life. 

The Joy of Love has the potential to be different. This is truly a papal “exhortation”—an encouragement to do something. Through several years of information gathering, Pope Francis has taken the pulse of twenty-first century family life and responded with an inspired letter to all of the faithful. He wants us to re-examine the gospel vision of family relationships...READ MORE

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