How to Avoid Becoming a Guilty Bystander in This Age of Martyrs

04/21/2016 Comments (17)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “Peter's Denial”

Images of poor Christians being tortured and killed on the nightly news makes me feel sick. And sad. I say a prayer. And then I continue making dinner.  I will pray again later during family prayers. That’s been pretty much it because what else can someone cooking dinner in North Dakota do?

We all hate what is happening to our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters.  And it's getting worse. The number of church attacks and Christians killed rose dramatically last year. Yet, hearing about it makes us feel powerless and even somewhat callous because we simply carry on with our next activity as if none of this was happening.

Pope Francis has called the genocide against Christians a “third...READ MORE

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How God's Mercy Can Heal Your Wounds

04/21/2016 Comment

Dawn Eden

Catholic author Dawn Eden is a former rock journalist and editor for the New York Post, and a convert from Judaism. Since her conversion, she has written and spoken on the topics of chastity and the healing of sexual wounds. Just this month she successfully defended her dissertation for a doctorate in dogmatic theology from Mundelein. In her latest book, Remembering God’s Mercy, she writes about how God can set us free from any emotional wound of our past. Recently, Dawn Eden spoke with me about this wonderful new book that is a particular joy to have around during the Year of Mercy.

SCOTT ERIC ALT. What led you to write this book?

DAWN EDEN. I wrote Remembering God’s Mercy in response...READ MORE

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Countdown to WYD: Exploring the Mysterious Wieliczka Salt Mines of Krakow

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St. Kinga's Chapel, deep in the Wieliczka salt mine. (Image Credit: “Cezary p”, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Most people who associate salt with a city in Europe think of Salzburg. Salt and Krakow aren’t a usual mix, and yet, for hundreds of years, salt was king for the region. At one point, salt provided a third of Krakow’s income. For a city at the crux of trade routes, it was good to have such a valuable commodity.

Krakow’s salt came from the Wieliczka Salt Mines, located about 10 miles south east of the city center. Mining began there in the 13th century. Although the site stopped producing salt in 2007, today there is a whole lot more to experience at the salt mines than touring old mining shafts.

Hosting a million tourists annually, the Wieliczka Salt Mines were added to the UNESCO World...READ MORE

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The Black Hole of the Modern Campus Mind

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My very good buddy and compatriot Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, recently took to the Quad at the University of Washington to get the studious students’ insights on an important issue very much in the news today. Watch what Joseph learned from the students in response to some very simple questions:




But you see, what Backholm brought to campus that day was an exercise in critical thinking—and the result was embarrassing not only for the students featured, but for the faculty and administration as well. What are these students paying for: easy indoctrination of the status quo, or the encouragement and skills to think...READ MORE

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Remembering Fr. Thomas Byles, One of the Heroes on the RMS Titanic

As a Martyr of Charity, His Cause Should Pick Up Steam This Year of Mercy

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Father Thomas Byles

– courtesy Titanic

Forget the made-up, special-effects dramas about the Titanic. The real special effects were like the heroic actions of Father Thomas Byles, one of the passengers who perished in that sinking.

On April 14, the 104th anniversary of the Titanic hitting an iceberg, Father Byles was rightly memorialized in Brooklyn N.Y., where he was headed to celebrate the wedding Mass for his brother William and his bride Isabel Katherine.

A plaque dedicated to Father Byles and his holy heroism on that 1912 night of April 14-15 was unveiled and blessed at St. Paul and St. Agnes Church, his brother’s parish. The event included Benediction and presentations on the life of Father Byles.

Benjamin and Cady Crosby with Fr. Joseph Nugent, the pastor of St. Paul’s Church (Photo Credit:

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Cardinal Pell a 'Bit Surprised' By Suspension of Auditors

04/21/2016 Comments (10)

Cardinal George Pell


Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, has said he was “a bit surprised” by the decision of the Secretariat of State to suspend an independent audit of the Vatican's finances.

In a short statement released this morning, he said he anticipates the audit will “resume shortly” after “discussions and clarification" of some issues, and added that the work of the “internal auditor which covers all areas has not been interrupted.”

Yesterday the Register reported that the Secretariat of State had sent a letter this week to all Vatican entities saying the first external audit aimed at raising the Vatican’s finances to international anti-money laundering...READ MORE

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How to Thrive in Illness, Watch the Epic Spread of Christianity from 30 AD to 2016 AD, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/21/2016 Comment

Click on How to Thrive in Illness by Rachel Motte of Catholic Stand to read.

How to Thrive in Illness – Rachel Motte, Catholic Stand

Watch the Epic Spread of Christianity from 30 A.D. to 2016 A.D. – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Treatment of Believing Christians in This Country Deserves the Term Persecution - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Divorce and Remarriage: Why Has Francis Chosen To Leave One Door Open? – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Amoris Laetitia Helps a Single Mom – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

The Universal Destination Of Goods: The Good, The Greedy and The Robbers – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Purity of Heart – Amy Atkinson, Ignitum Today

Book Review of Illiberal Reformers: Race Eugenics and American Econo. ....READ MORE

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A New Song to Remember Mother Angelica on Her 93rd Birthday

04/20/2016 Comment

A new song called The Story of My Soul, beautifully melodic, came out recently in honor of Mother Angelica. It joins the ways she is being honored by those whose lives she has touch and changed.

The Story of My Soul by Catholic singer/songwriter Russ Rentler captures the amazing “catches” Mother made among the countless number of channel surfers who happened on her show in a divinely-inspired moment.

Couldn't sleep last night,
Troubles — they were on my mind
Turned on the TV
Channel surfin' for a dream.

The singer finds “an angel dressed in brownwho, he says, “turned my whole world upside down.”

And how did she do that? In the Chorus he lets us in on the major way:

And everything she...READ MORE

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