O Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Pray For Us

Unique New Image of Mary Combines Divine Revelation, the Old and New Testaments, and Devotion to Mary and Jesus

06/23/2016 Comment
courtesy Bernadette Conklin

– courtesy Bernadette Conklin

When Bernadette Conklin came to practice the faith more fully through the Divine Mercy devotion and then to consecrate herself to Jesus through Mary in 2009, she didn’t realize what it would lead to.

“The very next week after Easter when I attended the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration,” she said, “the words ‘There needs to be a greater devotion to Jesus within the womb of Mary’ were resonating in my soul for days.”

In short order Conklin would be inspired to begin her Preborn Jesus Ministry (PrebornJesus.com) in the Pittsburgh area, to bring to fruition a new icon called Vessel of the Preborn Jesus, and then to follow it with a statue combining the ministry and a specific role of our...READ MORE

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The Cold War Hero Who Averted World War III

06/23/2016 Comments (2)

Soviet communism was a very bloody business. While the number of Jews killed by the Nazis – six million – is generally viewed as the height of atrocities, the Soviet Gulags, forced labor camps where people were worked to death, were in fact much, much worse in terms of numbers. The rough numbers of those who died in the Gulags is estimated to be around twenty million, although as Anne Applebaum in her book “Gulag: A History” explained, this number does not touch those who died because relatives were sent to camps. Millions of the very young and the very old died from starvation or disease because there was no one left to care for them.

Life under communism was ruthless, both in and outside...READ MORE

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What's With These Weird "Good Thoughts" Everyone's Sending?

06/23/2016 Comments (16)

Leonid Pasternak (1862–1945), “The Passion of Creation”

I heard someone say "I'll keep a good thought for you" on the side of the softball field the other day. (Well, pretty much any interaction I have with adults is on the side of a field or a court nowadays.)

But some lady was explaining that her mother was sick and her husband has been drinking again. My heart broke for her. (I'll never get over the way women talk to each other and really connect whereas guys could have all sorts of calamities and debacles occurring and sit there and talk about football and politics.) But anyway, this other woman said, "I'll keep a good thought for you."

What the heck is that? Seriously. What even is that? We've all heard things like people talking...READ MORE

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Papal Video Messages: An Increasingly Common Means of Communication

Pope Francis releases two video messages this week: on his imminent visit to Armenia and on abolishing the death penalty.

06/23/2016 Comments (2)

Video messages by popes — that is the Pope delivering a message of importance directly to camera — were unheard of until Benedict XVI’s pontificate but now have become a staple means of communication for the Holy Father, especially ahead of papal trips

Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a video message to Armenia on the eve of his visit there this weekend. He said he was visiting as a “messenger of peace”, to strengthen communion, to advance reconciliation, and “to allow ourselves together to be animated by hope.”

He also urged the Armenian people not to “allow the painful memories to take possession of our hearts; even in the face of the repeated assaults of evil, let us not give ourselves...READ MORE

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Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan, Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/23/2016 Comment

Click on Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan by John Horvat, II, of Crisis Magazine link to read and learn more.

Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan - John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Spanish Cardinal Reported Over ‘Hate Crime’ – Catholic Herald

How to Face the Loneliness of Summertime – Brooke Gregory, epicPew

There Aren’t “Two Popes” In Any Way, Shape, Or Form - George Weigel, First Things

Credo Scientific Dogma Part II: Powerism – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

A Catholic Obituary – Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Gender Ideology: Subversion of the Social Order – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Nancy Pelosi: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Is Perfectly “Consistent” with Catholic Faith – Fr. John...READ MORE

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Draft women? Let's Abolish the Draft

06/22/2016 Comments (34)

(Photo credit: U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Micaiah Anthony/Released)

Yesterday, the Senate voted to extend the draft to women who turn 18 during or after 2018. Obama has promised to veto such a bill, but there is probably enough support in congress to override a veto. 

This development was inevitable. Once women were allowed to serve in combat positions, there's no logical reason to say that they shouldn't be subject to the draft.

I opposed allowing women to serve in combat positions. I hold the monstrously retrograde opinion that women are different from men. Women can fight, and many women are stronger and more agile than many men; but, as C. S. Lewis says in The Last Battle, "Wars are ugly when women fight."  Wars are uglier still, and so is the home...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Benedict XVI's Life of Prayer is 'Theology on One's Knees'

Holy Father pens preface to new book of Benedict XVI's collected writings on the priesthood to mark Pope Emeritus' 65th anniversary since his priestly ordination.

06/22/2016 Comments (1)
L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI outside of the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

– L'Osservatore Romano

Benedict XVI’s life of prayer since his resignation is the greatest testimony to doing "theology on one’s knees", Pope Francis has written in the preface to a new book on the Pope Emeritus.

In the preface of the book that comprises texts written by Benedict XVI on the priesthood to mark the 65th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s ordination June 28th, the Pope begins by writing that “every time I have read the works of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, it becomes increasingly clear that he has done and is doing ‘theology on his knees’.

“On his knees because, even before being a great theologian and teacher of the faith, we see a man who truly believes, who truly prays, you see he is a man who...READ MORE

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Ecumenism and Peace to Be Focus of Pope Francis’ Visit to Armenia

Vatican spokesman warns against media "obsession" over whether the Holy Father will refer to the term “genocide” in relation to 20th century massacre of Armenians.

06/22/2016 Comment
Wikipedia

Khor Virap with Mount Ararat in background. Pope Francis will be visiting the monastery on the last day of his three-day visit to Armenia which begins this Friday.

– Wikipedia

Pope Francis visits the world’s first Christian nation on Friday when he lands in the Armenian capital Yerevan for a three day apostolic voyage aimed at showing his closeness to the Armenian people and sharing their wish for peace after a history of conflict and suffering.

At a press briefing Tuesday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also said ecumenism will be a key focus of the papal trip which returns a visit to the Vatican last year by Catholicos, Karekin II, Patriarch of All Armenia.

According to Vatican sources, the Pope is expected to emphasize the importance of baptism and that Christian unity is already realized through the act of “walking together”. He is also expected...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic voyage, armenia, caucasus, genocide, papal trips, pope francis, turkey

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