Neglected for Decades, Here's St. Faustina's Original Divine Mercy Image

What do Hot Pockets, Harry Connick Jr. and Divine Mercy Have in Common?

04/24/2016 Comments (19)

While many pilgrims to World Youth Day will make their way to St. Faustina’s convent in Krakow, there is another image that predates the well-known one hanging on the convent church wall.

I caught up with film director Daniel diSilva to talk about his movie “The Original Image of Divine Mercy” that features the original image, the mystery around it and its theological significance. 

The film features a broad range of theological experts on Divine Mercy including Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Kraków, Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Fr. Dwight Longenecker and papal biographer George Weigel. Comedian Jim Gaffigan and singer, songwriter Harry Connick Jr....READ MORE

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Of Restrooms and Reason, Pope Francis: Sex Education Must Accept Body as It Was Created and More!

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04/23/2016 Comment

Click on Of Restrooms and Reason via Two Catholic Men and a Blog link to read.

Of Restrooms and Reason – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Memory of the Church– Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: Sex Education Must Accept ‘Body as It Was Created’ – Kimberly Scharfenberger, Catholic Education Daily

Psychics Point Away from Jesus; An Example Is the Long Island Medium – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Inspiration

No Doctrine Change From Pope Francis, But A Call For Better Pastoral Care – The Catholic World Report

Benedict on the Loss of Missionary Zeal – Jude P. Dougherty, The Catholic Thing

Pope Francis Stresses Faithful Education in Light of Family Crisis, Says Theologian – Justin Petrisek,...READ MORE

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Why Companies Are Siding Against Religious Liberty, The Dark Passages of the Bible, and More!

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04/23/2016 Comments (1)

Click on An Answer for William Ligon of The Wall Street Journal, Why Companies are Siding Against Religious Liberty by Dave Griffey of Daffey Thoughts link to read.

An Answer for William Ligon of The Wall Street Journal, Why Companies are Siding Against Religious Liberty – Dave Griffey, Daffey Thoughts

The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 3) – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

The “Dark Passages” of the Bible – Brother André Marie, Ad Rem

Amoris Laetitia: Another Nail in the “Overpopulation” Coffin – Samuel Gregg Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

Pope Francis and School Choice – Andrew J. Vandiver, Catholic Lane

On the Origin of (Good or Bad) Actions – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Three Books and a Revelation: What Ayn Rand Got Wrong – Vicki Burbach, Pelican’s Breast

Azusa Now: Revival and Reconciliation – Jennifer Wing...READ MORE

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Where Did You Go, Michelangelo? The Problem With Ugly Churches

04/23/2016 Comments (32)

The interior of Notre Dame in Ottawa. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

How is it that the oldest churches in Christendom—the four major basilicas of Rome (St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major), Notre Dame in Paris, Chartres—all seem timeless, undated almost? That is, if you visited the Cathedral at Rheims or San Marco in Venice or the Duomo in Milan or even some of the finest Minor Basilicas in America (Our Lady of Victory in South Buffalo, Sacred Heart at University of Notre Dame), you’d be hard-pressed to say, “Hey! I know this Church was built in [date]!” without consulting a guide book.

By contrast, it’s not hard to figure out when a post-Vatican II church was built. There seemed to be a time, in those heady days...READ MORE

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5 Ways to Avoid Unhelpful Pope Francis “Mind Reading”

04/23/2016 Comments (19)

It has been interesting to see the varied reactions to Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, the new document by Pope Francis on the family. I have learned a lot from the positive, the negative, and the mixed reviews. But I also think that some of the responses to the document, positive and negative, have been a disservice to the Church. After digging around online just a day after the document was released I had to stop because I was feeling depressed and full of despair, not because of the document itself but because of the negativity of some writers, the effusive praise of others (who see only their own agenda in anything the pope says or does), the lies in many of the headlines, and the...READ MORE

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Vatican Details Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine Ahead of Sunday Collection

04/22/2016 Comments (1)

A collection will be held in all European Catholic churches this coming Sunday to support the people of Ukraine. The initiative comes after Pope Francis called on European Catholics during the Regina Caeli on April 3 to perform a gesture of charity to alleviate the material suffering of Ukrainians.

On the eve of the collection, the Vatican shared today some of the extreme hardships and suffering taking place in a country that continues to be stricken by a conflict that many people think has ended.

The conflict began in the spring of 2014 when Russia made several incursions into Ukrainian territory, beginning with Crimea. After demonstrations by pro-Russian groups in the Donbass area of...READ MORE

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Political Correctness is a Totalitarian Ideology

04/22/2016 Comments (16)

Three Red Guards from the Chinese Cultural Revolution from a 1971 textbook (via Wikimedia Commons)

Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man, though a king, is a slave. For he serves, not one man alone, but, what is worse, as many masters as he has vices. — St. Augustine of Hippo, City of God

As if we don't have enough things to worry about in our spiritual lives, along comes a Catholic writer that just tries to add to our misery by stirring the pot.

The study of sin is called hamartiology. (Technically, hamartiology is the study of evil in general but I'm limited to the amount I can write in a single article so I'll just stick with sin for now.)

Reflecting our Jewish theological heritage, for something to be a sin, you have to have done it consciously understanding...READ MORE

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Why We Should All Prayerfully Read ‘Amoris Laetitia’

04/22/2016 Comments (9)

Press conference on Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” at the Holy See Press Office in Vatican City on April 8, 2016. (Photo Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

My husband and I spent our free time the weekend after the release of Amoris Laetitia reading the document, and we would both say that it was really good for our marriage. We liked what we read in the document about marriage and family life as it was full of theological truths and many times practical ways to live out marriage. We have also had many conversations with friends about the document, read many commentaries of it, discussed what really is going on with Chapter 8 (which I am not going to add to the buzz there). One of the concerns a friend had (besides all the issues surrounding Chapter 8) was that the pope really did not state anything new about marriage. What was the whole point...READ MORE

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