'Spiritual Adoption' Saves Lives Through the Power of Little Prayers

The newest Spiritual Adoption program begins on Sept. 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finishes on June 3, 2016, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

09/03/2015 Comment
Courtesy Holy Heroes Adventures

– Courtesy Holy Heroes Adventures

Fresh from the overwhelming success of their Advent Adventure and Lenten Adventure program which drew 40,000 participants, Holy Heroes has come up with another adventure for kids called the “Holy Heroes Spiritual Adoption Program.”

Based on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s simple daily “Spiritual Adoption Prayer” to the Holy Family for the safety of an unknown baby from conception to birth, the Spiritual Adoption program helps kids become Holy Heroes and teaches them about the wonder of life through the 40-week program that presents in simple ways how babies develop.

The first Spiritual Adoption program launched on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and ends nine months later...READ MORE

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Atheists Defeated in Battle Against "Big Mountain Jesus" WWII Memorial

09/01/2015 Comments (7)

(Read the original story here: Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers)

August 31 officially became a momentous day for the Whitefish, Mont. area and beyond.

“Big Mountain Jesus,” the historical World War II memorial, will remain solidly on its plot of ground in the Flathead National Forest high on Big Mountain. So went decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled that the memorial statue can stay just where it is on the ski slope.

Once again, the attack by a Wisconsin-based militant atheist group which fought to have the statue removed was repelled by yet another high court.

“Today’s decision rejects the idea that history and the...READ MORE

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Fr. Longenecker Building "A Church That Looks Catholic" in Bible Belt

Our Lady of the Rosary Breaks Ground for Its Romanesque Church Building

08/25/2015 Comments (12)

The title of Our Lady of the Rosary was originally Our Lady of Victory that was given after her critical help for the victory in the Battle of Lepanto. Putting the proverbial two-and-two together, there is another victory for a parish and for church architecture going on as Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, S.C. On July 5, with Charleston Bishop Robert Guglielmone, it broke ground for a new Romanesque edifice.

Like Lepanto, what a tremendous challenge for a small parish of 500 families in what is considered a poor section of town to take on in building a new church. But the victory is assured from the fortitude of the pastor, Father Dwight Longenecker, the passionate...READ MORE

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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)
courtesy Father Carols Martins & MariaGoretti.com

– courtesy Father Carols Martins & MariaGoretti.com

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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Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers

Long-Standing Statue of Jesus Honors Memory of Soldier-Skiers Who Fought in World War II

07/13/2015 Comments (11)

In Whitefish, Montana, the spectacular view from anywhere on Big Mountain up to its summit over 6,800 feet overlooks placid Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and the Valley below, while its slopes have attracted skiers for decades.

Near Glacier National Park, this hardly seems a place where a battle goes on over a statue called “Big Mountain Jesus.”

The statue has stood on a tiny 25-foot-by-25-foot piece of leased land high up on the mountain for over 60 years as a memorial honoring soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who lost their lives fighting in the Alps of Italy.

But it has somehow “offended” a group of atheists who want it removed. The...READ MORE

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16 Father's Day Thoughts You'll Never Find in a Greeting Card

Thoughts From a Saint, Popes, and a Servant of God

06/20/2015 Comments (2)

– "Saint Joseph and the Christ Child", Guido Reni [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

            Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, should be celebrated every day, not just once a year.

          While a greeting card is thoughtful, and the sentiment might be right or maybe very short on real thought and meaning, standout members of our Church have given fathers — including grandfathers and godfathers — much to consider and to follow along what fatherhood should be or not be.

            Here are a few thoughts from them for Father’s Day every day.

         “Love for his wife as mother of their children and love for the children themselves are for the man the natural way of understanding and fulfilling his own fatherhood…efforts must be made to restore socially the...READ MORE

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For Beauty and Prayer Plant a Mary Garden

An easy way to honor our Blessed Mother, add beauty and pray at the same time

05/22/2015 Comments (9)

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Gardening is among the most popular pastimes in the United States. But how many gardeners realize that all those marigolds they plant were originally called Mary’s Gold. Or that the pretty blue Bachelor Buttons were called Mary’s Crown. And the humble violet was once called Our Lady’s Modesty.

The early Christians, especially during the Middles Ages, knew not only the names but also the meanings behind the flowers. As they planted Mary Gardens, they knew larkspur stood for Our Lady’s Tears and cultivated herbs like rosemary symbolized Mary’s Bouquet.

Nature taught them spiritual lessons, just as many stained-glass windows in their churches taught them biblical lessons.

Flowers helped...READ MORE

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Commencement Speakers Update 2015

More insight on who is being honored — and where

05/15/2015 Comments (43)

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This year’s college commencements appeared to have several strong Catholic commencement speakers, as reported earlier in the Register. However, the same report noted there were several colleges that still ignore the bishops’ directives and invite speakers who hold public views in opposition to Church teaching.

Since the original report, several more colleges and universities have come to light on both sides of the proverbial fence.

The May 16-17 weekend figures prominently for a number of the ceremonies.

Georgetown University, whose ceremonies have been scheduled from May 14 to 17, continues its questionable track record by inviting two conspicuous advocates for legal abortion to receive...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.