Why Fátima is Still So Important

The centenary of the apparitions at Fátima in 2017 comes at a perfect time for all of us.

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On Oct. 13, 2016, Catholics commemorate the 99th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun”: In a small town in Portugal, called Fátima, the sun left its place in the sky and spiraled toward earth. This miraculous event was just an interstellar punctuation mark on the series of messages and miracles that happened during the six months that the Virgin Mary met with three shepherd children in the middle of a field, preceded by visits from the Angel of Portugal.

This week, EWTN will broadcast The Faithful Traveler in Fátima, a one-hour special in which we explore the history of the angelic and Marian apparitions to Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. We also take a look at...READ MORE

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If I Were a Bishop, I Would Send Formidable Holy Young Clergy; Real Humility and More Great Links!

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Click on If I Were a Bishop, I Would Send Formidable Holy Hit Squads of Young Clergy via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

If I Were a Bishop, I Would Send Formidable, Even Terrifying, Holy Hit Squads of Young Clergy. . . - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Christians in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

“Married to God”: Cosmo Publishes Huge Story on Consecrated Virgin – ChurchPOP

Sexuality, Reality, and the Sacramental in Knight of Cups – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand

The Immense—and Demanding—Mercy of God – Russell Shaw, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Real Humility (Luke 17:1-10) – Fr. John Bartunek L.C., Catholic Spiritual Direction

Upcoming Missions Conference Aims to Show Evangelism is for Everyone – Barbie O’Dowd, epicPew

Who May Receive Communion—and...READ MORE

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Let’s Move Beyond the Common Core in Catholic Schools

Well-intentioned Catholic educators have tried to contort Common Core to fit within Catholic schools, but the design and purpose of the standards will doom such efforts to failure.

10/12/2016 Comments (7)

By now, it should be apparent that the Common Core State Standards for schools won’t come close to fulfilling the grand promises of its proponents.

Parents, scholars, unions and the media all seem to be painfully aware of the fact—but after the mad rush to implement the standards, create new tests and market new textbooks, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of momentum to change course.

At least, that’s true of the nation’s public schools. But our Catholic schools can and should do much better, with standards that truly reflect their Catholic mission. I get the sense that most Catholics are eager to move above and beyond, and many dioceses are already working on it.

Last December, the ...READ MORE

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Declaration of Fidelity to Church Teaching on Marriage Reaches 5,000 Signatures

Priests, theology professors, men and women religious, catechists, seminary rectors and Catholic teachers from around the world are among those continuing to sign.

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna, is one of many who have signed the Declaration.

– caffarra.it

Five thousand people including cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laypeople have so far signed a declaration aimed at clearing up ambiguities over the Church's teaching on marriage and the family following two recent synods on the family. 

The signatures of the Declaration of Fidelity
 to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline are “coming in from all over the world”, the initiative organizers, the Filial Appeal Association, said in a statement today.

Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Raymond Burke and Janis Pujats were among its 80 initial signatories when it was launched last month, to which have now been added “many priests, teachers of...READ MORE

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Pope Again Highlights 'Ecumenism of Blood' in Face of Persecution

Uses the term in off-the-cuff comments to international ecumenical group at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis at a General Audience in St. Peter's Square on September 21, 2016.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Ahead of attending a major Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in Sweden at the end of the month, Pope Francis reiterated today that Christians are already united when they are persecuted in an “ecumenism of blood.”

Speaking off-the-cuff to participants at the Conference for Secretaries of the Christian World Communions, an international ecumenical organization, the Pope said ecumenism is about journeying alongside others with Christ.

“Often we think that ecumenical work is only that of theologians,” the Pope said. “It is therefore important that theologians study, they agree, and they express their disagreement: this is very important. But in the meantime ecumenism...READ MORE

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7 Saints Who Changed Horses in Midstream

The stories of Sts. Anthony of Padua, Romuald, Cajetan, John Eudes, Peter Julian Eymard and John Neumann — and Servant of God Isaac Hecker.

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Anton van Dyck, “The Miracle of the Mule and St. Anthony of Padua” (c. 1627)

It’s not easy becoming a priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister. And remaining in a particular state or religious order is no given, either.

Numerous holy men have changed their religious orders or states of life on their paths to sanctity. I offer this representative sampling to reassure anyone going through a midlife shakeup that even saints have sometimes had to hit the “restart” button.

#1. Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231; feast day June 13)

A Doctor of the Church and the patron of lost things, he is always associated with the Franciscan Order and, as his name states, the Italian city of Padua. However, he was originally a native of Lisbon, Portugal and long before he was...READ MORE

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North Korea: Christians Hung on a Cross Over Fire, Steamrollered and Crushed to Death and More. . .

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North Korea: Christians ‘Hung on a Cross Over Fire’, Steamrollered and Crushed to Death - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Modern Morality as Explained by Taylor Swift – Cecily Lowe, Catholic Stand

The Fake Catholic College Girl Who Duped Twitter – Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency

There’s a Good Reason Christians Rarely Take Up Arms in the Middle East – Gerard Russell, Catholic Herald

Hey EWTN, Here’s Some Shows You Should Produce Immediately! – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Telos: For This I Was Made – Jean Elizabeth Seah, Ignitum Today

Devotion to Saints Michael and All Angels 2016 – Liz Estler, Catholic Spiritual Direction

John’s First Letter to the Protestants? - Karlo...READ MORE

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Male and Female He Created and Redeemed Them

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary help us to see the ultimate completion and destiny of this humanity we all share.

10/11/2016 Comments (11)

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), “Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII”

I got involved in an interesting discussion the other day with some fellow Catholics about the effects of sanctity in one’s life and how it touches human sexuality. 
The saints are individuals who, by the grace of God, have been purified in this life. They are sanctified completely and have become perfect. That is to say, they have become whole. They are all that God created them to be. In psychological terms they are “totally self actualized”. In Catholic speak: “grace has perfected nature.”
If this is so, then you would expect the area of their sexual identity to be whole as well. The psychologist Carl Jung uses the language of anima and animus— Animabeing the female aspect of...READ MORE

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