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Beating the January Blues (2855)

Tips on dealing with stress and anxiety in the winter months via St. Francis de Sales and others.

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Editor’s Note: Gary Zimak will appear on EWTN’s Journey Home on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8pm and on EWTN’s Bookmark to talk about Listen to Your Blessed Mother and  A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 9:30am. 


Christmas is a distant memory, except perhaps for a few unpaid bills. 

New Year’s resolutions may have fizzled, but the pounds from eggnog and cookies have stuck for many.

And the weather? Cold and dreary outside across much of the country and world — and static electricity inside.

Clinical depression is far more complex, but everyone is susceptible to the midwinter blues. Fresh air, be it ever so cold, exercise and healthy eating is standard advice from health...READ MORE

Filed under anxiety, gary zimak, peace of christ, st. francis de sales, st. pio of pietrelcina, stress

Homeless People: You Want to Help But How Should You; 12 Epic Facts About Deacons and Much More! (2341)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Homeless People: You Want to Help But How Should You? by Pam Bailey of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Homeless People: You Want to Help But How Should You? by Pam Bailey of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Top Five Highlights of Pope Francis in the Philippines – Monica Doumit, Restless Press

12 Epic Facts About Deacons - Epic Guest, Epic Pew

Pope Francis’ Recipe to Make Love Last - Aleteia∝

The Apostle of California – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Francis: Five Revealing Details – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective – Emma King, Ignitum Today

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, and the March for Life - Susan E. Hanssen, Crisis Magazine

Epic Giveaway: Verbum Basic - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

10 Really Short Prayers to Say During the Day –...READ MORE

Filed under california, culture of death, deacons, dreams, epic pew, homeless people, into the woods, law, love, ordinary time

Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriage’s Validity (2387)

In an address today to the Roman Rota, the Pope highlighted ‘the human and cultural context in which matrimonial intention is formed.’

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Members of the Roma Rota greet Pope Francis Jan. 23 at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.

Pope Francis opened the judicial year of the Roman Rota, the highest appellate tribunal of the Church, addressing them Jan. 23.

Among its competencies, the Rota is the highest appellate court for cases of the declaration of nullity of marriages, and this is why Pope Francis' address was a reflection on “the human and cultural context in which matrimonial intention is formed.”

In his speech, Pope Francis maintained that an understanding of the nature of marriage is a criterion by which to judge...READ MORE

Filed under annulments, benedict xvi, evangelii gaudium, marriage, nullity of marriages, pope francis, roman rota

Spiritual Direction From the Angelic Doctor (1179)

Book Pick: Practical Theology

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Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas

By Peter Kreeft

Ignatius Press, 2014

366 pages, $21.95

To order: ignatius.com

(800) 651-1531


Editor’s Note: Listen to Practical Theology's author, Peter Kreeft, on this week's Register Radio.


St. Thomas Aquinas wrote his Summa Theologiae for “beginners” in the study of theology, but his daunting opus scares off many readers. 

Dominican Walter Farrell did a superb job putting its ideas into modern language more than 70 years ago, but today’s adult Catholics need their own companion to the Summa.

Peter Kreeft’s Practical Theology can help fill that need.

Kreeft, who teaches philosophy at Boston College, culls...READ MORE

Filed under angelic doctor, catholic, john grondelski, peter kreeft, practical theology, spiritual life, spirituality, st. thomas aquinas, summa theologiae, theology

Sainthood Cause of American Priest Among Those Advanced by Pope (1026)

Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz, who died of ALS after years of service to the poor and needy in Asia, named ‘Venerable’ due to his life of heroic virtue.

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Venerable Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz

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VATICAN CITY — Servant of God Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday. The holy individuals will be granted the title “Venerable” with the Pope’s recognition of heroic virtue.

Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In addition to Msgr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a miracle attributed to one Italian nun.

Msgr. Schwartz, also referred to as “Father Al,” was born in...READ MORE

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The Changing Face of the Pro-Life Movement (2348)

Republicans, Democrats, feminists and atheists are all getting on board to build a culture of life.

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Participants in the March for Marriage outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — This isn’t your father’s pro-life movement. A group of young activists is challenging the pro-life stereotype so as to broaden its audience, a move it sees as necessary to achieve a “culture of life.”

“We’re seeing more and more nontraditional pro-lifers,” explained Aimee Murphy of Life Matters Journal, the leader of the newly minted Pro-Life Alliance. This coalition of groups currently includes Democrats, Republicans, feminists, secularists and atheists who all agree on one thing — the unborn child in the womb must be protected.

“Our movement is not one that is solely religious or political. It is a movement for human rights,” Murphy stated at the group’s press conference...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, atheists, catholic news agency, culture of life, democrats, feminists, human dignity, march for life 2015, matt hadro, national catholici register

Joe Lombardi’s Super Bowl and Super Faith Stories (4830)

The grandson of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach speaks of past, present and future NFL championships in light of the Catholic faith.

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Joe Lombardi, grandson of famed NFL coach Vince Lombardi, is the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.

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Not many people can say their last name is on the sterling silver trophy presented each year to the best team in the NFL. However, while Joe Lombardi is one of the few who can lay claim to that honor, he is not taken in by it. The Super Bowl trophy is named after his grandfather, Vince Lombardi, who, as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, won five NFL championships.

As quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2010, Joe Lombardi helped his team win the trophy named after his grandfather. Now, as offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, he hopes to win the Super Bowl again one day, but he also knows that there are more important things in life. Faith and family come before...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Completes New Vatican Office to Address Clergy Abuse (2778)

The college of seven people will deal with the most serious crimes in the Church.

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Bishop Charles Scicluna

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday completed the membership of a new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims.

The body is a specific office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that will deal with delicta graviora (grave offenses). These are the most serious crimes in the Church and most notably include offenses against morality: the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric and the acquisition, possession or distribution of child pornography by a cleric.

The new office is established as a college of seven people, whose names were announced Jan. 21....READ MORE

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