A Response to Dr. Vincent Torley, 10 Great Books to Read During Lent, Happiness Is a Skill and More!

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03/08/2016 Comment

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Fire in the Light of Faith: A Response to Dr. Vincent Torley – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., Science in the Light of Faith

Happiness Is A Skill [Podcast] – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

10 Great Books to Read During Lent – Angie Windnagle, Ignitum Today

The Dalmatic Is Dramatic, but Where Did It Come From? – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

My Annual Lenten Feast: Holy Silence – Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Stand

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit – The Wild Goose

One Image Says It All; Chris Christie and Donald Trump – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Understanding the Book of Revelation – Shane Schaetzel, Fully Christian

The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic...READ MORE

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Downton Abbey Creator Says Finale Rewards “Decent People Doing Their Best”

03/07/2016 Comments (10)

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[SPOILER ALERT! Readers: please be aware that this post discusses the long-awaited final episode of Downton Abbey.]

After the last episode of the final (sixth) season of Downton Abbey, Louis Bayard, who writes for the New York Times’ Arts Beat Blog, declared:

I think it’s fair to say that Julian Fellowes has given us an American happy ending. And why shouldn’t he? Haven’t we loved these foolish Granthams with all the fervor of their countrymen? 

Over the years, Bayard has provided a hilarious running commentary on Downton's plot twists. Here’s part of his amusing summary of the show’s finale: “Robert accepts the fact that he’s married to a high-powered health care chief executive....READ MORE

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Father Ermes Ronchi: The Pope's 2016 Lenten Retreat Master

In his second meditation for the Pope and the Roman Curia, Father Ronchi speaks of the need for the Church to be liberated from fear in order to flourish and bear fruit.

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Servite Father Ermes Ronchi was surprised when, a few months ago, Pope Francis phoned him out of the blue to ask if he could do him a “favor” and offer the meditations for this year’s Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia.

“I was moved and happy,” said Father Ronchi, 68. “It was all done with simplicity.” He initially said he was “not able to do it”, to which Francis replied: “Do you want to check your calendar to see if you’re free?”

The Italian theologian is leading this year’s spiritual exercises which, as in the previous two years, are taking place at a Pauline Fathers’ retreat and conference center in Ariccia, a town about 20 miles southeast of Rome.

The retreat began Sunday evening...READ MORE

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15 Reasons to Never Attend Franciscan University of Steubenville, These Thy Atoms, and Much More!

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03/07/2016 Comment

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15 Reasons to Never Attend Franciscan University of Steubenville - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

These Thy Atoms – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., Integrated Catholic Life™

St. Pope John Paul II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’ – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Can I Trust Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J.? Update – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Myth of Ownership – David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

Exorcism Prayer Brings Results – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

The Origins of Modern Materialism – Theodore Rebard, Crisis Magazine

Washington State Bishop Joseph Tyson Bans...READ MORE

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Chosen for the Sake of the Unchosen

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Aert de Gelder (1645-1727), “Abraham and the Angels”

Long ago Roger Ebert, in his review of The Prince of Egypt, expressed a notion common among moderns when he complained of God's habit of choosing people (like Moses) and nations (like the Jews), "I have always rather thought God could have spared man a lot of trouble by casting his net more widely, emphasizing universality rather than tribalism."

This thought comes as naturally as rain in spring to minds which have been conditioned to think in democratic terms. Just as it was natural for ancients who lived almost universally under monarchy to conceive of God as King, so it is equally natural for moderns to force the universe into a grid of uncompromising egalitarianism. We rankle at the...READ MORE

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The Scandal of "Preachy Prayers"

03/06/2016 Comments (13)

Have you ever felt someone was trying to manipulate you by what they were praying on your behalf?

Have you ever felt someone was preaching at you under the guise of praying to God?

Did it turn you off?

Make you feel manipulated?

You were right.


That We May What?

Many dioceses are currently conducting their annual Catholic appeal for various diocesan needs.

Fine. They need to do that.

But the way this works out at the parish level can leave something to be desired.

For example, at St. Nameless the Ambiguous’s Parish they’ve been having an entry in the prayers of the faithful which goes like this:

Petition: That we may respond generously to the annual Catholic appeal . . .

Response: Lord, hear our prayer.

I cringe when I hear this—and other prayers like it


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Jennifer Garner's Latest Role Brings a Resurgence in Faith

03/06/2016 Comments (5)

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Most folks in Hollywood don't talk much about religion. Jennifer Garner, star of the upcoming film “Miracles from Heaven,” admits that she, too, had gotten away from her faith and no longer attended church services on Sunday. “While I've always gone to church in West Virginia,” she said at a recent roundtable discussion in Dallas, “I really got away from it after I moved to Los Angeles. There, people of faith are often regarded as outsiders.”

But then Garner got the starring role in the upcoming film “Miracles from Heaven.” Garner played Christy Beam, a Texas mother whose daughter Annabel suffered from pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, a debilitating disease that made it impossible to...READ MORE

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You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem; Catalan Romanesque Painting and Church Furniture; and Much More!

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03/06/2016 Comments (1)

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You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

Catalan Romanesque Painting and Church Furniture in Museo Nacional (Montjuïc) – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years – Fr. Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

God Wants You to Get Help – Liz Schleicher, Catholic Lane

Filling Our Hearts with the Greatest Good – Travis C. Headley, Forty Something Faith

Dante’s Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise (Catholic Courses) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart’s Study

Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File – Sarah Duggan, Ignitum Today

Henri de Lubac: Soldier, Scholar and Saintly Hero – Joanna Bogle, Catholic Herald

Modern Atheism: Dragging Plato Along...READ MORE

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