Love is What Prepares Us For Every Form of Martyrdom

03/22/2016 Comment

With the recent news of the martyrdom of four religious sisters in Yemen, combined with the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians only one year ago and the increasing threat of ISIS, the possibility of our own martyrdom is much more real than we may like. For us Americans who live in extreme comfort, the thought of martyrdom is downright horrifying.

I will be honest and say that I am not entirely thrilled with the idea either.

However, we shouldn’t be surprised and think that we are immune from this possibility. Christian men and women have died for the faith ever since St. Stephen was stoned to death and became the first martyr. Wherever there are Christians, there are those who want to put...READ MORE

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Holy Week Activities For Families With Teenagers

03/22/2016 Comments (1)

Holy Week starts this Sunday, and with it the holiest time of the year. As I scan through the Easter pages on Pinterest and look at all of the clever crafts and ideas on the “Mommy blogs,” I notice that all of those ideas seem to run out once the children are too big for coloring pages and gluing popsicle sticks. How, then, do we make the week leading up to Easter one of greater meaning for our older children? How do we keep them engaged in what’s going on in addition to taking them to church?

Here are a few ideas that have worked for us over the years, and that we will be bringing back again this Holy Week:


Have you made it to Confession yet? If not, you have from now until...READ MORE

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Former Vatican Bank President: The Source of All Misery Is ‘Moral Misery’

03/22/2016 Comments (5)

Professor Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

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A largely undetected, anti-Catholic “gnosis” (knowledge of spiritual mysteries) is pervading many areas of life, destroying Christian values that have been the bedrock of Western civilization for millennia. This is the thesis put forward by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former president of the Vatican Bank, financier, economist and visiting professor of economics at three universities.

It also appears in a new book interview with the economist called Un Mestiere del Diavolo (“A Job of the Devil”).

In this email interview with the Register, the Italian professor elaborates on what he means by “gnosis,” discusses what he means when he says "the devil has retired", and expresses his support and...READ MORE

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Vatican Confirms Pope to Wash Feet of Refugees on Holy Thursday

03/22/2016 Comments (2)

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will wash the feet of young refugees at a Rome center for asylum seekers on Holy Thursday.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Holy Father will take place at the Castelnuovo di Porto Center, north of Rome. The Pope is likely to wash the feet of women as well as men, and possibly some non-Catholics.

For the last three years, the Pope has visited prisons to celebrate the Mass. It will also be the first time the Pope performs the washing-of-the-feet ritual since he issued an instruction to allow “all the people of God” to take part, not only men.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has since clarified that it is not obligatory for priests to also wash the...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Brussels Attacks

Belgian bishops and the president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences also issue statements of condolence.

03/22/2016 Comments (27)

Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels expressing his “deepest sympathy” after today’s terrorist attacks in Belgium.

He also condemned the “blind violence which causes so much suffering”, entrusted to God’s mercy those who died, and said he “prays for those who have lost relatives.”

At least 31 people were killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station on Tuesday.

The attacks came four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

Here below is the full text of his statement, sent through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro...READ MORE

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Salvation Through Wrinkles, Who Belongs to Your Catholic Tribe? and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/22/2016 Comment

Click on Salvation Through Wrinkles by Russell Brewer of Ignitum Today link to read.

Salvation Through Wrinkles – Russell Brewer, Ignitum Today

Who Belongs to Your Catholic Tribe? – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

The Theology of the Healthy Body, Part I – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

When the Quiver Is Missing Three Arrows  – Martina Kreitzer, Catholic Sistas

Blessed Clemens Von Galen Contra the Swastika – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The Sacredness of Marriage: A Lesson from the Pagans – Msgr. Daniel B. Gallagher, Crisis Magazine

God Makes Our Weakness Strong – Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

The Church on War and Peace – Aaron Linderman Ph.D., Truth and Charity Forum

25 Women Saints Who Prove Every Day Is Women’s Day – Chloe Mooradian, Epic Pew


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Here's How to Help Fix the 4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis

A Catechetical Response to the Flawed Catechetical Practices of the Past

03/21/2016 Comments (28)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “The Sermon on the Mount”

In last week's post (“4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis”), we reflected on some of the historical problems related to catechesis and how they have negatively impacted us in the aftermath of the cultural revolution that swept through beginning in the late 1960s. Even prior to that time, some of the strategies and pedagogical philosophies common were problematic in that they tended to remove catechesis entirely from the home, and also focused almost exclusively on the education of children. This left adults (including parents) little opportunity to deepen their own understanding and move to a more mature experience of the faith.

In this second part I present a model for parishes that...READ MORE

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Was Jesus Really Nailed to the Cross?

Scripture, history, and the early Church Fathers help explain the crucifixion

03/21/2016 Comments (7)

Christ on the Cross, by Carl Heinrich Bloch

It seems like an easy question to answer: were nails used to affix The Lord to his cross? The Gospels are silent on this moment of the crucifixion, so how do we know it was with nails?

If you look at the four Gospel accounts of the crucifixion itself, nowhere do they specify that Jesus was nailed to his cross. We have such specific images in our minds of this scene that this may come as a shock to some, but let’s look at the passages.

Mark says simply “And they crucify him” (15:24); Matthew, “And when they had crucified him” (27:35); Luke, “And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him” (23:33); and John, “There they crucified him” (19:18). 


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