Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

St. Maria Goretti will be coming to the USA in September and stay until early in November

08/07/2015 Comments (20)
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It’s been confirmed. The body — the major relics — of St. Maria Goretti, beloved by countless millions, is heading to the United States.

When she arrives from Italy, the first public appearance will be on Sept. 21 at Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark, N.J. — public because she will initially be visiting a prison before that. As of the latest scheduling she will tour through 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states in parishes, schools, and prisons, including New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Oklahoma City.

Why the tour at this time?

Maria Goretti is the Patroness of Mercy. This tour will be known officially as the Pilgrimage of Mercy....READ MORE

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St. John Paul II Prepared Us For This Pro-Life Moment

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By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France, via Wikimedia Commons

As the Center for Medical Progress continues to unveil evidence of the nefarious practices of America’s leading provider of abortion ‘services,’ it can be difficult to maintain composure. Like Christ himself, we might feel the urge to overturn tables.

But, we need to radiate peace. As Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and ‘Hallelujah’ is our song.” We win this battle in the culture wars by letting the joy and peace of Easter overcome the darkness of Planned Parenthood.

In his 2013 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis gave us four principles to defuse the...READ MORE

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The Catholic Faith is About Freedom Because Freedom is About the Truth

Under the shadow of the cross of Jesus Christ, believers know that the land of the free and the home of the brave can be rediscovered in our time.

08/06/2015 Comments (6)

Giuseppe Craffonara, Bildnis Christi. Öl auf Leinwand, 64 x 50 cm (Trient, Museo Provinciale d'Arte)

Is faith in the Risen Lord a shield against a growing political and cultural absolutism in America today?

If yes, it may explain why a growing number of Catholics refuse to retreat from the public square even as they seem to lose struggles for the sacredness of marriage and life. Christians and other people of prayer engage the marketplace of ideas with even greater vigor. In the meantime, young people are responding to the call to service and lives of prayer with greater courage and enthusiasm than ever. Even as our churches in America and worldwide are burned down and unbridled hatred is unleashed brutally on our brothers and sisters in the Lord, we have good reason to fall to our knees...READ MORE

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Netflix, Microsoft, and the Working Mom

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Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), "Mother and Sara Admiring the Baby"

Nearly half of the workforce in the United States is women -- but, says Jessica Shortall in an interview about her new bookWork. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work -- "America is one of only three countries in the world that won’t pay maternity leave."

Shortall says, 

Women are returning to work after experiencing physical and emotional rigor and they haven’t recovered.  I think we’re placing women in actual danger and we’re not helping businesses either. 

This is clearly bad for mothers and bad for babies, and no picnic for the rest of the family -- but is it bad for business?

Netflix seems to think so, and Microsoft seems to agree. ...READ MORE

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False Courage and True Courage

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An unnamed prisoner of war confronts Heinrich Himmler at Shirokaya Street POW Camp in Minsk, USSR, August 1941. (By Heinrich Hoffmann Collection, Foreign Records Seized, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

There is a curious and creepy fact I have noticed. It runs through things like Heinrich Himmler’s secret address given in October 1943 to SS troops carrying out the mass murder of Jews:

I also want to mention a very difficult subject before you here, completely openly.

It should be discussed amongst us, and yet, nevertheless, we will never speak about it in public.

Just as we did not hesitate on June 30 to carry out our duty, as ordered, and stand comrades who had failed against the wall and shoot them.

About which we have never spoken, and never will speak.

That was, thank God, a kind of tact natural to us, a foregone conclusion of that tact, that we have never conversed about it...READ MORE

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Caring For Loved Ones is a Gift of Love, Wrapped in Thorns

08/05/2015 Comments (14)

James Tissot (1836-1902), "The Healing of Peter's Mother-in-law"

Old people -- and by that I mean very old people -- are funny.

They’re not funny in the sense of laughs. They’re funny in the sense that you never know from one moment to the next what’s going to happen.

Caring for a two-year-old is a piece of the proverbial cake compared to caring for a 90-year-old with dementia. My family and I have been doing our best to care for my 90-year-old-two-year-old for years now.

Her dementia started when she was in her high 80s. It was a late-comer to the aging party, but once it arrived, it went through her brain like a laser, cutting away pieces with every pass. Dementia never stops taking. It is an aggressive and remorseless beast that slowly, but...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on the Divorced and Remarried: 10 Things to Know and Share

08/05/2015 Comments (89)

Pope Francis recently made remarks on the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment.

His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation.

They also attracted attention because he stressed that people in this situation are not excommunicated.

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .


1) Where did the pope make his remarks and where can I read them?

He made them at his Wednesday general audience on August 5, 2015. They are part of a series of catecheses he has been doing on the family.

You will eventually be able to read...READ MORE

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The Pro-Life Movement is a Battle, But It's a Battle of Love

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Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), "Findelkind"

The abortion debate has taken center stage this summer and the videos released on the activities of Planned Parenthood have shed new light on this hot topic. It has allowed all of us to reflect upon the core issue behind a woman’s right to choose and to reexamine our approach.

At this point in the history of America abortion is the most hotly debated political and moral issue of our times. Yet when it all boils down, what is the woman’s right to choose all about? In the end, it should be formulated as such: does a woman have the right to kill her child?

With advances in technology, especially ultrasound, we now know when life begins: conception. The issue of when a human life begins is no...READ MORE

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