How Should We Handle Panhandlers?

02/29/2016 Comments (6)

(Image Credit: booledozer, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Their signs are usually made from squares of cardboard. They vary in their messages, saying things such as “Out of work,” “Please help, will take any coins,” “Have two kids and lost job,” and “Any change will help.”

You’ve seen them on your way to work or on your lunch break. They include the thousands of panhandlers standing on many of our cities’ corners and intersections. Some are homeless, some are teens, some are vets and some are just trying to make ends meet. They range in age, circumstances and needs.  

In discussing this issue let’s start with a few realities. The first is this: The idea that these unfortunate souls are making money by the bucket loads is an urban myth.

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Hold On to Your Crucifix During Lent

02/29/2016 Comments (1)

Anton Ažbe (1862-1905), “Hermit”

Some years ago we had a Ruthenian Rite Liturgy at the local college chapel. The priest explained beforehand some of the similarities and differences between the Novus Ordo Latin Mass and the Eastern Rite Divine Liturgy he was about to pray.

Of the many, many differences between the Eastern and Western liturgies the one that was most noticeable (to me at least) was the fact that the priest held a crucifix for a good portion of the Liturgy, often blessing himself with it. As far as I know there is no parallel to this in the Latin Mass—unless one counts the carrying-in of the processional cross at the entrance of Mass.

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Oscar-winning “Spotlight” Producer Tells Pope to “Protect the Children”

02/29/2016 Comments (32)

At the Oscars last night, “Spotlight”, the critically-acclaimed film about the Boston Globe's investigation of clergy sexual abuse of children, won Best Picture

 “This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican,” said producer Michael Sugar, who accepted the award with his co-producers. “Pope Francis, it is time to protect the children and restore the faith.”

That message will resonate with Catholics across the nation. They have been deeply shocked by the cascading series of revelations regarding the problem of clergy sexual abuse and administrative cover-ups that surfaced in the wake...READ MORE

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What Good To Gain Whole World If You Lose Your Soul?; Lent and Love; Altar Cards; and Much More!

Click on What Good To Gain Whole World If You Lose Your Soul? Saying Yes to God’s Will by Steffani Jacobs of Catholic Stand link to read.

02/29/2016 Comment

Click on What Good To Gain Whole World If You Lose Your Soul? Saying Yes to God’s Will by Steffani Jacobs of Catholic Stand to read.

What Good To Gain Whole World If You Lose Your Soul? Saying Yes to God’s Will – Steffani Jacobs, Catholic Stand

New Altar Cards for the Ordinariate Liturgy – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Book Review: St. Robert Bellarmine – Laura Hensley, Epic Pew

The ‘Terrorism of Gossip’ Destroys Communities, Pope Warns Religious – Ann Schneible, Catholic News Agency

Ashes as a Witness To and Of the Faith – Tammy Ruiz Ziegler, Catholic Stand

Have We Blurred the Boundaries between the Ordained and the Laity? – Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

Lent and Love – Nicene Guy, Ignitum Today

Could It Soon Be Illegal for Doctors to Believe in Male and Female? – Fr. Z’s Blog

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I.S.I.S., The Genocide of Christians, and Us; Hope for Transformation of Western Culture; and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/28/2016 Comment

Click on I.S.I.S., The Genocide of Christians, and Us by George Weigel of First Things link to read.

I.S.I.S., The Genocide of Christians, and Us – George Weigel, First Things

The Ordinariate Office: Hope for Transformation of Western Culture? – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Speedos or Shorts?  Bikinis or Bathing Suits? – Carl R. Trueman, First Things

How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents? – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

How Bad Philosophy Destroyed Good Music – Roger Scruton

Why I Wear the Habit, a Nun’s Reflection on Religious Life – Ann Schneible, Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis: ‘Prayer is the Key to Vocations Crisis’ – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

The Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion or Contraception – National Catholic Bioethics Center

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Why Does the Head of the Church Give Such Confusing Interviews?

A consideration of how some critics of Pope Francis might have responded to our Lord’s ”difficult sayings” 2000 years ago

02/28/2016 Comments (91)

Fritz von Uhde (1848-1911), “Christ and Nicodemus”

Though they will no doubt try, the Chris­to­la­tors will not be able to spin these lat­est reck­less and irre­spon­si­ble words from the carpenter’s son. It is clear, apart from any so-​called “nuance” or “con­text” (words the neo-​Jews love to use), that Jesus, whom they call “Christ,” rejects 2000 years of defin­i­tive teach­ing on can­ni­bal­ism. The sacred text of Moses is clear:

If any man of the house of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that per­son who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his peo­ple. For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atone­ment for your...READ MORE

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Celebrities Sound the Alarm About the Ruin of Pornography

02/27/2016 Comments (9)
An impressive new effort to combat pornography is gaining attention. The celebrities  that have joined in aim to change the pop culture's view of porn as "no big deal."
 
"Porn Kills Love" is a powerful new message and so very true. The divorces attributed to pornography across the nation are testament to its destruction.  I heard about the associated new slogan, Fight the New Drug, blanketing social media by porn's target.  The new campaign is different in that it's not political and not religious.  It's based on the scientific research on the effects on the brain, on relationships, and on society. 
 
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The Stational Churches: A Lenten Devotion Whose Time Has Come Again

02/27/2016 Comments (3)

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome (Image Credit: Livioandronico2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

“Have you given up anything for Lent?” Only a true boor, a child, or a living saint can ask this question without irony or sarcasm. But in case you find yourself staring at Lent without an answer besides, “Well, I’m not going to eat meat on Fridays,” perhaps consider the stational churches of Rome as a way to deepen your prayer life for the remaining days of Lent.

This ancient devotion, which got a whole new lease on life with George Weigel and Elizabeth Lev’s Roman Pilgrimage: The Stational Churches of Rome (New York: Basic Books, 2013) and reviewed in the National Catholic Register http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/from-grit-to-grace. The book is gorgeous and packed with color and...READ MORE

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