Openness to Life Means Openness to Incredible Joy

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Earlier this past week, I thought I was surely going into labor. At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, that would not have been so out of the realm of possibility.

Only problem was, I had a hair appointment scheduled. Right around when the contractions and other assorted labor-related symptoms began, I was supposed to be leaving my house for a cut and color at a salon nearly a half-hour away. And I’ve had this planned out for awhile now—my hair is growing out from when I got it chopped off back in October, I’d had it touched up in January, but it had since become a mullet with dark roots and I REALLY NEEDED TO GET IT FIXED BEFORE THE BABY WAS BORN.

So with a bemused and concerned husband and...READ MORE

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What St. Thomas Aquinas Teaches About the Incarnation

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Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455), “The Annunciation”

What would you say is the most fundamental moment in salvation history?

I would contend that they fall into three possibilities: the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Over the next three weeks I’m going to draw out a few of the excellent questions St. Thomas Aquinas answers and explains regarding these three events.

Each of these, actually, is just ridiculous to think about. Have you ever really considered the facts behind the Incarnation?

God, becoming man? Wait… what? I was raised with Jesus in my everyday life growing up. I learned the songs, the stories, I read the Bible. But then when I became an adult and someone told me exactly what it was: “God became man”. I...READ MORE

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California Catholic Cemetery Plants Grapevines for Altar Wine

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Bishop Michael Barber is the spiritual leader of the 550,000 Catholics in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. He is also, it seems, a vigneron. Not like “Archbishop Vigneron,” who is leader of the Detroit archdiocese; rather, Bishop Barber can claim the title because of a most unusual vineyard owned and operated by the diocese. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California, which is the property of the Oakland diocese, has begun production of fine wines.

Ten years ago, the cemetery—located in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco—planted its first grapevines. The motivation was not the production of pinot noir and chardonnay, but was the serendipitous result of a cost-cutting measure: While...READ MORE

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Why the Resurrection is So Important to Marriage Prep

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The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is what our lives as Christian believers is all about. If Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead then Catholicism and its sacraments are all a fraud proving to non-believers that faith is only for weak people. Christ’s resurrection from the dead helps us to see that God recreates a new heaven and a new earth through raising us up from sin and death and transforming our world. So when was the last time that you brought up Christ’s rising from the dead in your pre-Cana conversations? 

A recent Sunday Gospel retold the story of the Widow of Nain who lost her son to death. “Do not weep,” Christ’s says to the Widow. To her son who had died he proclaims,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to WFP: Hunger Is not Natural, Needs to Be Debureaucratized

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“Information overload” is gradually leading us to become immune to other people’s tragedies such as extreme poverty, seeing them as something “natural”, the Pope warned today in an address to the World Food Program in Rome.

He said the world cannot be satisfied simply with being aware of problems or engaging in endless discussion, but realize that poverty has a “face.” Without this realization, human lives become “statistics” and we “run the risk of bureaucratizing the suffering of others,” he said.

“Bureaucracies shuffle papers, compassion deals with people,” the Pope told the UN agency which provides food assistance to an estimated 80 million people in 75 countries each year.

The Holy...READ MORE

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Did Jesus Really Have Brothers and Sisters, Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Did Jesus Really Have Brothers and Sisters? by Kathy Schiffer of Seasons of Grace link to read.

Did Jesus Really Have Brothers and Sisters? – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Worthily Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Outdoors – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

What are These Malawian Priests Doing About Albino Killings? – epicPew

Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War – Kasia I., Ignitum Today

A Pattern for Catholic Education that Places the Liturgy at Its Heart – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Euphemisms For Killing – Wesley J. Smith J.D., First Things

Memento Mori, Thoughts on Growing Old – Bob Kurland Ph.D., Reflections of a Catholic Scientist...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl on Orlando Terror Attack: Christ has promised that evil will not have the last word

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"As people of Christian faith, we know that evil and suffering will not have the last word," stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, as Americans reacted with horror and sadness to the violence unleashed at an Orlando club early Sunday morning that left at least 50 people dead and many more injured.

"The love of Jesus Christ will prevail. Thus, our hope and trust is in the Lord. Though it appears all too often that our civilization is walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil. The Lord is in our midst and he walks with us (Psalm 23:4)."

Cardinal Wuerl directed the faithful and other people of good will to pray for the dead, the injured and their families....READ MORE

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Purgatory and Scripture: Part Three

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If you are just joining us, we are continuing a discussion of the Church's teaching on Purgatory. Last time, we ended with this question.

If baptism and faith in Christ covers our sin and gives us God's grace, why then is sanctification necessary?

Because baptism is grace, not magic. Grace is the life of God planted in the human soul. It is the "imperishable seed" given us by God (1 Peter 1:23). But the seed must grow, as our Lord taught (Matthew 13:1-32). It is not simply, as some have taught, a covering of our sins like snow on a dunghill, but is rather a means of transforming us in our inner being, as Paul taught.

Consider Israel. In the book of Exodus we read the story of how God got...READ MORE

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