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Allow God to Disrupt Your Plans, Pope Francis Says (9402)

The Holy Father urged Christians to follow the Good Samaritanʼs example and ‘let the surprises of the Lord speak to you.’

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VATICAN CITY — Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis reminded Christians in his homily at Mass on Monday that they must be open to allowing God to intervene in their lives and to lead them away from their own arranged path.

“I say to myself, and I say to you: Do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis said in his homily, according to Vatican Radio.

“Be docile to the word of God. … Have the capacity to hear his voice and to listen to it,” he said.

In his Oct. 7 homily at the chapel of the Vaticanʼs St. Martha guest residence, Pope Francis talked about the story of Jonah fleeing from God, as well as that of the priest...READ MORE

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Vatican Analyst Warns of ʻGlobal Warʼ Against Christians (8777)

Veteran Catholic journalist John Allen Jr. reveals massive scope of worldwide Christian persecution and suggests practical ways to do something about it.

10/07/2013 Comments (22)
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DENVER — In his new book The Global War on Christians, Vatican analyst John Allen Jr. details anti-Christian abuse worldwide, drawing light to the tremendous scale of violence against the world’s most persecuted religion.

“I donʼt think it takes any religious convictions or confessional interests at all to see that defense of persecuted Christians deserves to be the world’s No. 1 human-rights priority,” Allen, a noted Vatican journalist for the National Catholic Reporter and author, told CNA.

“You didnʼt have to be Jewish in the ʼ70s to be worried about dissident Jews in the Soviet Union; you didnʼt have to be black in the ʼ80s to be concerned about apartheid in South Africa; and you...READ MORE

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Britain’s Catholic Royal Abroad: An Interview With Lord Nicholas Windsor (11054)

The first male Catholic member of the royal family in four centuries visited the U.S. to promote the new Stonyhurst International Christian Heritage Centre.

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Lord Nicholas Windsor

Lord Nicholas Windsor was received into the Catholic Church in 2001, forfeiting his right of succession to the British throne. The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, he is the first male blood member of the British royal family to become a Catholic since Charles II’s probable conversion on his deathbed in 1685. He studied theology at Oxford University and has worked for the Refugee Council in London, the DePaul Trust for the homeless and a school for autistic children.  

Active in the U.K.’s Catholic and pro-life community, he was appointed in 2011 to the Pontifical Academy for Life and is a director of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute. In 2008, he was also...READ MORE

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Reform and Renewal: Legion of Christ General Chapter Set for January (2893)

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis revealed that the Legionaries will create a new constitution and elect new leadership to move forward from a wounded past.

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ROME — The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ has announced that the embattled order's general chapter will begin Jan. 8, 2014, to establish new constitutions and elect its new leaders.

“The general chapter should represent the whole institute and be 'a true sign of its unity in charity,'” Cardinal Velasio De Paolis wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to the Legionaries of Christ.

“The upcoming extraordinary general chapter comes at the end of a long journey of spiritual renewal and will have as its principal purpose the conclusion of the revising of the constitutions,” he said.

Cardinal De Paolis was appointed as governor of the Legion by Benedict XVI in 2010, after an apostolic...READ MORE

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Teenage Dating for Girls; 7 Secrets of Confession; PopeWatch: Fr. Lombardi Explains It All and More! (5161)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/07/2013 Comment

Teenage Dating for Girls. Follow the link by Theresa Thomas of the Everyday Catholic blog to read more.

Teenage Dating for Girls by Theresa Thomas of the Everyday Catholic blog – BigPulpit.com

7 Secrets of Confession – Catholic Lane

PopeWatch: Fr. Lombardi Explains It All – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Early Church: Bishops & Succession – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Like a Rock: Pope Francis Takes the ‘Kepha’ Approach - Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Just Because This Is Amazing: Agnus Dei – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

President Vladimir Putin of Russia: Defending National Identity, Based on Russian Orthodox Religion – Byz Pulpit

2 Kinds of Happiness: New Study Confirms Old Truths – Sr. Mirkes PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Series on...READ MORE

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Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding, Pope Francis Visit to Assisi Highlights and More! (2990)

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10/06/2013 Comment

Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

Some Highlights from Pope Francis’ Visit to Assisi – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Issues With Pope Francis – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Reading Francis Through Leo XIII? - Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane

Post-Vatican “Cutting-Edge” Institute Closes Its Doors – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Pope Francis: The Good, the Baffling, and the Unclear – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

A Mortal, Sinful Man - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government - Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

Putin : Defending Nat’l Identity,...READ MORE

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High-Energy Dance Parties That Turn Tragic (6245)

COMMENTARY: Raves can lead youth into spiritual danger. Prayer proves a powerful antidote.

10/05/2013 Comments (5)
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Over Labor Day weekend, newspapers from New York, Long Island and clear across to Hollywood reported the deaths of a 23-year-old male graduate of Syracuse University and a 20-year-old female student at the University of New Hampshire that took place during the second day of the Electric Zoo electronic dance music festival at Randalls Island Park in New York City.

The fatalities were reportedly linked to the drug MDMA, better known as Ecstasy or “molly.” Four others ended up in hospital intensive care units. One major daily reported 31 drug-related arrests and the possible sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at the event. After the city’s official recommendation, the festival’s last day...READ MORE

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Fr. Z Asks Your Help for Daniel Mitsui, 5 Steps to Better Parenting, Christian ABC Crafts and More! (3336)

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10/05/2013 Comment
Sample Art by Daniel Mitsui

Fr. Z Asks Your Help For Daniel Mitsui. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

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Fr. Z Asks Your Help For Daniel Mitsui via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

5 Steps to Better Parenting - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Sandro Magister on Popes Francis, Benedict and John Paul II - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Teaching Reading in your {Catholic} Homeschool - RaisingSaints, Catholic Sistas

Help Wanted in Vocations - Matthew Higgins, Catholic Stand

Christian A-B-C Crafts - Lacy, Catholic Icing

Who You are Called to Be - Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Marriage in the Church, What Is Marriage? - Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Memorial of the Guardian Angels Roundup of Links – BigPulpit.com

Rumor Has It That the Pope is Often...READ MORE

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