St. John Paul II is a Witness That Great Light Can Emerge From Deep Darkness

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Portrait by Zbigniewa Kotyłły in the Seminary Church of Lublin (Image Credit: “Zkoty1953”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today would have been Pope Saint John Paul II’s 96th birthday. It is interesting to think of how time has passed since his death and to remember that for many of the youth attending World Youth Day, Pope John Paul II is a dim memory. When many were born, his most vital days had passed, and the memories they have of him—if they have any—are of an old man trapped in a body that was slowly freezing up. There are no memories of the young, vibrant and strong skiing pope, the courageous pope who told us over and over again “Do Not Be Afraid”, or even the humorous pope whistling with the youth decades ago at Madison Square Garden.

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VIDEO: SSPX's Bishop Fellay Speaks Exclusively to the Register

05/18/2016 Comments (25)

The interview transcript has now been added to the end of this post. 

Here below is video of a May 13th interview with the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. My write up on the interview can be found here

Part 1/3: The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X gives a rundown of the reconciliation process and explains that the SSPX is at a "very interesting" but "more confusing" stage in its relations with the Holy See. He says the Pope and the CDF have a different approach to the Society, but the same conclusion: to give the SSPX recognition. He also responds to whether Archbishop Lefebvre's insistence that reconciliation would only be...READ MORE

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What Should I Know About Pope Francis and Women Deaconesses and More!

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05/18/2016 Comment

Click on What Should I Know About Pope Francis and ‘Women Deacons’? by Deacon Jim Russell of Catholic Answers link to read.

What Should I Know About Pope Francis and ‘Women Deacons’? – Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Answers

Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty – Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand

Review: Happiness! D.V.D. Series by Ignatius Press – Jessica McAfee, epicPew

The Trouble with Time – Marissa Standage, Ignitum Today

How To Give Your Children A Great Catholic Education - Theresa Thomas, Dynamic Women of Faith

Angela’s Orderliness – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

How Many Sacrilegious Communions Will Now Occur? – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Choosing Classical Education Over Common Core - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Campus Speakers: Why They Matter – CNS Staff, Catholic Education...READ MORE

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Why This Sister Started Wearing a Traditional Habit Again

05/18/2016 Comments (16)

Jan van Helmont (1650-1714), “Portrait of the Black Canon Augustinian Nuns in Antwerp”

Why She Returned to her Habit

The Sixties were rough on religious sisters. Actually they were rough on everyone: the Vietnam War, the assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King; Vatican II misunderstood, and the Pill—all topped fittingly by the counterculture three-day blowout of Woodstock. We entered the decade through one door and came out of quite another. And so it was for many Catholic sisters.

In 1960, a woman who took vows as a religious sister accepted a new name, a vow of obedience and a habit that covered all but her face and hands. A large rosary hung from her belt and in places like Michigan, Catholic school kids would whisper to one another on hot, sticky,...READ MORE

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Into Great Silence with Saint Bruno the Carthusian

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Louis Cretey, “The Vision of Saint Bruno” (late 17th century)

In the pantheon of Catholic religious orders—Carmelites, Claretians, Camoldolese, Cistercians, Capuchin and Conventual Franciscans, Clunaics, Canons Regular, Clerics Regular—the Carthusians stand out as one of the oldest most austere.

The Carthusians are, in fact, so far removed from “the world” that they don’t allow visitors, retreatants, or oblates. They work and pray, and pray and work on a two-level model: the choir monks pray as hermits nearly non-stop—all the liturgical hours as well as the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, daily Mass and the Rosary—while the lay monks keep the monastery (or “charterhouse”) humming by making it possible for their choir brothers to pray all...READ MORE

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4 Ways to Form a Sacramental Imagination in Children

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Carlos Reis (1863-1940), “The Baptism”

One of the overriding themes of my education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville was that the Medieval Christian had a much richer understanding of our physicality in relation to the spiritual. Because their experience of life was so bodily, they easily saw God’s presence in every aspect of life and they related to Him in a bodily way through the cult of relics, harsh penances, extreme fasting, and extreme feasting. We, in modernity, are often out of touch with our physicality; we are in opposition to it and we don’t want it to define us. And while the sins of humanity have not really changed, as Scripture tells us that “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9),...READ MORE

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Blessed Stanislaus to be Canonized on June 5

05/18/2016 Comment

Pope Francis has announced the canonization date for the Founder of the Marian Fathers. Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyñski (1631-1701) will be declared a saint on June 5, in St. Peter's Square.

"The Congregation has waited centuries for this moment," said Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, the Marians' vicar general, based in Rome. "In the course of our history, there are those who doubted the sanctity of our Founder. Now, the moment has finally arrived, and our Lord has left no doubt as to the sanctity of the life of the Founder through the tremendous miracle attributed to his intercession and the approvals given to this miracle throughout the process.

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Francis and the Deaconesses, Olson’s Resurrection, The Wounded Healer and More!

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05/17/2016 Comments (2)

Click on Francis and the Deaconesses by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to read.

Francis and the Deaconesses - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Amoris Laetitia Footnote Contradicts Church’s Tradition, Says Leading German Philosopher – Catholic Herald

Olson’s Resurrection – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Hope, Despite Loss After Loss After Loss – Vicki Burbach, Pelican’s Breast

Prescriptive and Descriptive Laws of Physics – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., Science in the Light of Faith

Syrian Christians are Strong in Faith, Amid Violent Civil War – epicPew

The Wounded Healer – Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Cheap Grace Won’t Suffice in Any Age, Including Ours – Russell Shaw, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

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