Californian Donors Fund Restoration of Vatican Museum's Gallery of Maps

04/29/2016 Comment

A four-year painstaking restoration of the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Museums has been completed thanks to the generosity of Californian Catholic donors.

The $2.5m project, funded by the California Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts, has fully restored Pope Gregory XIII’s gallery that was painted from 1580 to 1583 by a team of top artists under the leadership of the famous cartographer and Dominican, Ignazio Danti.

The restoration was needed after the 40 meticulously painted maps of the entire Italian peninsular had suffered years of deterioration and previous botched restorations.

Pope Gregory commissioned the gallery so he could explore the Italian peninsula without leaving the...READ MORE

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The Emperor Has No Clothes, And He’s Definitely Not a Tall Chinese Woman

04/29/2016 Comments (29)

“The Emperor's New Clothes”, illustrated by Vilhelm Pedersen (1820-1859)

I was talking recently with a friend and we were both lamenting the “strange and stranger” quality of our culture today; we had both seen the video at the bottom of this post. In it, the interviewer (who is a 5’9” white man), through a series of questions, gets a number of college students to accept that he is actually a 6’5” Chinese woman, or, alternately, a seven-year-old boy. They consider the way he “identifies” himself to be more significant than the obvious reality before them.

That such an appeal can convince a college student (or anyone for that matter) demonstrates that we have collectively taken leave of our senses. My friend said that the image that came to his mind was of the...READ MORE

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The Merciful Mission of the Missionaries of Mercy

04/29/2016 Comment

“Year of Mercy” at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square on April 2, 2016. (Photo Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA)

We beg you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.” Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! We avoid giving anyone offense, so that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary, in all that we do we strive to present ourselves as ministers of God. (2 Corinthians 6:1-4a)



When Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of Mercy Jubilee in November, 2015, he said, "May the balm of mercy reach everyone."

Little did I know what those simple words would mean to me.

The Jubilee Year, also called a Holy Year, is a tradition whose origin can be traced back to the Old Testament where the...READ MORE

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Why Two Popes Recommend the Same Book, Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/29/2016 Comment

Click on Why Are Two (2) Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”? Fr. Robert Hugh Benson’s 1907 Dystopian Novel Turns Out To Be Prophetic? by Colin O’Brien of Aleteia link to read.

Why Are Two (2) Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”? Fr. Robert Hugh Benson’s 1907 Dystopian Novel Turns Out To Be Prophetic? - Colin O’Brien, Aleteia

Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts – H.L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Timothy Egan and the Reverent Subject of Sex – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

The Word “Catholic” in the Early Church [Podcast] – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

The Mother’s Day Gift List You’ve Been Looking For – Laura Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Mother Teresa’s Sainthood: Wisdom Beyond the Secular – Mary Poplin, The Catholic Thing

The Point of Fasting Even When It’s Not Lent – Sherry Antonetti, Aleteia

E.W.T.N.: Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray...READ MORE

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Giving Up This One Simple Thing Got My Whole Life in Order

04/28/2016 Comments (11)

Sándor Bihari, “Sunday Afternoon” (1893)

There’s a lot of fad diets that Christians turn to in order to help them get into the spiritual shape they desire. The fad diet spirituality of yesterday, like Prayer of Jabez and others, are like a battery: they can provide an initial spark and some energy over time, but eventually they die out like the others.

Of course as Catholics we have a pretty good roadmap for our spiritual direction and sustenance: the Sacraments.

Baptism aids us by removing original sin and entering into the resurrection of Christ. In Confirmation, we receive the ‘blow’, which enables the Holy Spirit to work in, and with, and through us. The Eucharist is the “source and summit of our faith”. Our consumption of...READ MORE

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I Want You to Stop and Think For a Moment About How Much God Loves You

04/28/2016 Comments (5)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), Detail From “Christ and Child”

I’ve spent the past seven months in the hermetically-sealed world of cancer treatment. That world disconnected me from the other world of normal life with the abrupt finality of amputation.

One minute, I thought I was fine. The next, I was fighting for my life. The re-entry into what I just labeled “normal” life was as abrupt as the leave-taking. I arrived, not well, not even close to well, but wounded and battered from treatments that had just ended. The sights, sounds, behaviors that confronted me in this “normal” world seemed alien and more than a bit trivial.

I suppose it was a bit like a soldier returning from an overseas war. They get on the plane with sand in their teeth and the...READ MORE

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We Are Losing Our Minds Because the Left is Holding Them Hostage

04/28/2016 Comments (33)

The story of the Mozilla Foundation's Brendan Eich is a lesson in the power of the thought police. (Photo Credit: Darcy Padilla, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Our thoughts may be our own, but the radical left wants them.  Pushing agendas, whether about marriage, bathrooms, or climate, is only their first step. The second step is not allowing disagreement.  Without even touching the First Amendment, our right to free speech is being bullied away.

For instance, an opinion that was once mainstream not so long ago, is now grounds for firing.  In 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into Law—defining marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman—it passed both houses of Congress by large, veto-proof majorities.  Twenty years later, TV shows get canceled, Chick-fil-A gets boycotted, bakeries and wedding service...READ MORE

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St. Gianna’s Guide to Happiness

Five joyful quotes from a beloved saint.

04/28/2016 Comment

As I have written about before, St. Gianna is one of my favorite saints.

For her feast day today, I offer five of my favorite quotes of hers (although a more comprehensive list of quotes can be found here:)

 

“As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.”

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.”

“We must be living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”

“Whatever God wants.”

“Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.”

 

By living the truth of...READ MORE

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