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Pope Benedict: Personal Holiness Is Key to New Evangelization (1806)

The Holy Father spoke to the Italian bishops May 24 about how to draw modern hearts and minds to Christ.

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Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their country and the Western world to Christianity.

"The fundamental condition in order to be able to speak about God is to speak with God, increasingly to become men of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and molded by his grace,” the Pope said on May 24.

He encouraged his fellow bishops to allow themselves “to be found and seized by God, so as to help the people we meet be touched by the Truth.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks to the participants of the 64th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference, which is being held May 21-25.

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Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass, The Fourth Lively Virtue: Zeal, and much more! (2645)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos PhD to read more.

Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Zeal: The Fourth Lively Virtue - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Logos now has the Catechism (and a New Blog!) - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Gregorian Chant: The Revival Announced - Sandro Magister, www.chiesa

The Politics of Archeological Digs in the Holy Land - Mordechai Beck, Christian Century

Farewell, My Dear (poem) - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Spirit of Vatican II Church Design Tips - The Pulpit

The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Critter Prayers and Transhumanism - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Help a Young Lady to Wear...READ MORE

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California May Soon Ban Reparative Therapy for Same-Sex-Attracted Teens (4601)

Bill’s backers call such treatment dangerous.

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'Gays become very angry at the term ‘reparative therapy’ as if someone will try to repair or fix them,' said clinical psychologist Joseph Nicolosi.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Legislation to prevent psychotherapists from helping young clients diminish homosexual feelings or desires is rapidly making its way through the California Legislature. 

Senate Bill 1172 would prohibit so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy for persons under age 18 and require adults who want to try the counseling to sign a release form stating the therapy is ineffective and possibly dangerous. 

Introduced by State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, S.B. 1172 is sponsored by Equality California, a San Francisco-based homosexual activist group.

“Sexual-orientation conversion ‘therapy’ isn’t just ineffective; it’s dangerous — even deadly,” said Rebekah Orr, a...READ MORE

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Ascension Thursday/Sunday: Feast Day Fake Out (1980)

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Last week, Catholics in the United States experienced a “feast day fake out.”

A feast day fake out is when a Catholic is anticipating a holy day of obligation only to find out that the obligation has been removed, often because the feast falls on a Saturday or Monday. It usually involves a flurry of confused exchanges with other Catholics along the lines of: “Well, what does our bishop say?” or “Check the church’s website.”

It also typically involves an awkward announcement by one’s parish priest that such and such is a very important day in the liturgical life of the Church that used to require one to show up for Mass during the week, but not anymore.

My first feast day fake...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Children of God, Cry Out to 'Abba, Father!' (1360)

"Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘Father,’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Holy Father said May 23.

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Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving Father, Pope Benedict XVI said on May 23.

“Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘Father,’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Pope said in his weekly general audience address.

He underscored that the “the problem of a father not present in the life of the child is a big problem of our time” because it can become difficult for those children “to understand in...READ MORE

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Are All Sins Equally Bad?, Liturgical Diversity in the 3rd Millenium, and much more! (1260)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Are All Sins Equally Bad? Are All Saints Equally Good? Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Are All Sins Equally Bad? Are All Saints Equally Good? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Liturgical Diversity in the 3rd Millennium - Charles G. Mills, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Mass in the Vernacular; It Should Be Translated Well - Sandro Magister, www.chiesa

Four Things Boys Learn From Their Fathers - The Pulpit

To Deny Indulgences Is to Deny the Merit of Jesus Christ (and Grace) - Saint Peter's List

The Traditional Mass is Not a Spectator Sport - Steve Skojec, Crisis Magazine

10 Questions Your 7-Year-Old Catholic Should be Able to Answer - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Book Review: Michael Coren's Heresy - Fr. Z's Blog

"The Judas Crisis" - Holy Souls...READ MORE

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Are Gifts of Holy Spirit Necessary for Salvation?, Rule of Three in Battle Against Sin, and more! (1420)

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Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Necessary for Salvation? Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Necessary for Salvation? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Rule of Three in the Battle against Sin - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Dead Sea Scroll Fragment of Nehemiah Found in Holy Land - Thom. L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Spiritual History 101: The Periods through Hebraism - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

The History of Why Black Folk ain't Catholic - The Pulpit

Evelyn Waugh and Cardinal Heenan - Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

What Defines a Manly Man? - Jared Dale Combista, Ignitum Today

Subdiaconal Ordination at the Russicum - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Breakthrough: EWTN Televises...READ MORE

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Arizona Passes Exemption for Religious Employers (3024)

The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, seeks to better protect religious liberty if federal 'contraceptive mandate' is struck down.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

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PHOENIX — Arizona state Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, said she did not anticipate the backlash she received for sponsoring a bill to exempt religiously affiliated employers from providing contraceptives in their employees’ health-care plans.

Lesko, the majority whip in the Arizona House of Representatives, said her home number was posted on the Internet. She received hundreds of emails personally attacking her and accusing her of launching a war on women. For more than a week, her office phone rang off the hook with vitriolic messages.

“Some of it was so vile, so disgusting, that my assistant didn’t want to deal with it,” said Lesko, who represents District 9 at the Arizona...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, arizona, arizona immigration law, bishop gerald kicanas, bishop thomas olmsted, bishops, contraception, hhs contraceptive mandate, jan brewer, planned parenthood

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