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Flannery O’Connor’s Conversations With God (2971)

Book review of A Prayer Journal

04/19/2014 Comments (2)

A PRAYER JOURNAL
By Flannery O’Connor
Edited by W.A. Sessions
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
112 pages, $18 (Hardcover)
To pre-order: amazon.com


“Dear God, please let me be an artist; please let it lead to you.”

These poignant words were written by Flannery O’Connor in an ordinary little notebook in 1946, when she was a 21-year-old unpublished writer.

She died in 1964, and the notebook remained hidden in the archives until 2002.

We can be grateful it was finally unearthed, for this slim volume — 112 pages — harbors a wealth of insights into O’Connor’s prayer life. 

The journal is written in an honest, heartfelt manner, as if she were talking with a friend. “Dear God, I am so...READ MORE

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Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians (8351)

Sources report that high-level Church officials are ‘extremely interested’ in having the petition added to the end of all celebrations of Sunday Mass.

04/19/2014 Comments (28)
Aid to the Church in Need

Christian funeral procession in Syria

– Aid to the Church in Need

VATICAN CITY — A concerted effort is under way in Rome and in dioceses around the world to have Pope Francis introduce a prayer for the poor, persecuted and oppressed at the end of every Sunday Mass.

The Register has learned that Church officials at the highest levels are “extremely interested” in having such a prayer inserted into all celebrations of Sunday Mass in accordance with the liturgical norms of the Missale Romanum 2002, the Missale Romanum 1962 and the liturgical customs and norms of the Eastern Churches.

The initiative is being taken not only because of the increasing persecution of Christians, but also in view of the many victims of abortion, human trafficking, poverty and...READ MORE

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At Colosseum, Pope Leads Thousands in Stations of the Cross Reflections (2556)

‘We find in the trial of the cross a force of hope, of the hope of the Resurrection and of the love of God,’ the Holy Father commented at the end of the meditations.

04/18/2014 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis leads pilgrims April 18 in the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

ROME — Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord’s passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Colosseum in Rome.

“I know Jesus guides us from the cross to the Resurrection,” Pope Francis said during his brief comments at the end of the meditations, adding that he “teaches us that evil does not have the final word, but love, mercy.”

“O Christ, help us to exclaim anew: ‘Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am resurrected with him. Yesterday I was dead with Christ; today I am alive with him. Yesterday I was buried with him; today I am resurrected with him,’” the Pope reflected.

“All...READ MORE

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Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities (8053)

COMMENTARY: Redefining marriage and family at the recent Fertility Planit conference in Los Angeles.

04/18/2014 Comments (10)
The Ruth Institute

– The Ruth Institute

Men and women on the front lines of the culture war have been saying for some time that the next step after redefining marriage will be redefining parenthood. The next arena for “choice,” they predicted, will be not just the negative “choice” of deciding to not be a mother, but the positive “choice” to become a mother. “When I am good and ready to become a parent,” the mantra will become, “I am entitled to have my dream baby, on my own terms.”

I am sorry to say that we have been proven correct in our predictions. It is now official: Childbearing is a fully commercialized industry, complete with celebrity endorsements, advertisements, free giveaways and plenty of other trappings of the...READ MORE

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Cuban Government Makes Good Friday Official Holiday (1644)

Responding to a request made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Communist regime is making the commemoration of the Passion of Christ a permanent national observance.

04/18/2014 Comment

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict XVI's visit in March 2012.

HAVANA — After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided to grant a request made by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18.

However, it said those who work in services such as sugar-cane harvesting, shipping and receiving, transportation, health care, tourism and other services would not be granted the holiday.

After Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, religious holidays and...READ MORE

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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me This Lent, Making Every Friday 'Good' and Much More! (2789)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2014 Comment

Follow the How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent by Lisa Shefferly-Gillay of Catholic Stand to read more.

How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Carried Water to the Last Supper – The Catholic Herald

Making Every Friday “Good” – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Love & Envy: Exploring the Psychology of Judas – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

A Clown Mass Would Be An Improvement on This by Don. R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Calvary Film: Jet Black Comedy with Serious Things on Faith – Will Gore, The Catholic Herald

The Uroboros: Symbol of Sin – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Prayer as Turning Point Toward Christ – Carolyn Humphreys OCDS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Give God Your...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Faithful to Serve With Jesus’ Radical Love (2562)

The Holy Father celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at a center for disabled persons, washing the feet of 12 of the residents.

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Pope Francis greets the elderly and disabled following his Holy Thursday Mass at Rome’s Don Gnocchi facility.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.

“He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Celebrated by the Church each year in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus’ call for his disciples to imitate him in serving others, this particular Mass was held in the Don Gnocchi facility. Located in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, it serves as a rehabilitation center for the elderly and...READ MORE

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This Easter, Ukrainians ‘Have Nothing but Faith’ (2549)

One family celebrates the Triduum amid hopes and fears for their country’s future.

04/17/2014 Comment
Courtesy the Symchych family

Mykola and Tania Symchych with their 3-year-old daughter, Olenka.

– Courtesy the Symchych family

KIEV, Ukraine — According to Mykola Symchych, the design on a Ukrainian Easter egg is a mystery, created while applying alternating layers of wax and dye. Only when the wax is melted off is the egg’s richly colored pattern revealed.

“It’s a very interesting process, because nobody sees what it will be in the end,” said Symchych, a philosophy instructor at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine, in an April 15 interview.

Like the design of a new Ukrainian Easter egg, his country’s future is unknown. Now mired in violence, ethnic tension, foreign threats and economic instability, Ukrainian Catholics such as the Symchych family hope and pray that a more peaceful,...READ MORE

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