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Advice for Wives and Husbands (4149)

User's Guide to Sunday, Aug. 26.

08/26/2012 Comment
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Sunday, Aug. 26, is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

 

Readings

Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-23; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69

 

Our Take

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

That’s what the disciples in the Gospel say about Jesus’ words regarding the Eucharist.

But when we hear that in today’s culture, we might think the hard-to-accept saying is in the second reading — about wives being subordinate to their husbands.

The reading sounds shocking to us. But if it said the opposite of what it does, it would shock us even more:

“Wives should lord it over their husbands, for the wife and husband are separate, not united like the Church...READ MORE

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A Visit to the ‘American Czestochowa’ (7813)

National Shrine Honors Mary, John Paul II and Polish Catholicism: Aug. 26 issue feature.

08/26/2012 Comment

High on the list of most-visited Catholic shrines in the world is Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland. Blessed John Paul II prayed there countless times; he had a lifelong devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Before becoming Pope, he also visited the "American Czestochowa" — the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa.

This American Czestochowa has strong connections to the centuries-old original at Jasna Góra in Czestochowa (Chez-ta-HO-va). It also has connections to John Paul II.

The shrine draws pilgrims by the score to its 200 acres, especially on weekends and for its many liturgical feasts and events. One of the largest celebrations is the annual feast of Our...READ MORE

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Sculptur of the Beau Dieu, Ave Maria Radio Flourishes, 12000 Catholics Trapped by Muslims, and More! (2572)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/25/2012 Comment

The Sculptor of the Beau Dieu. Click on the link by Christopher Blum to read more about beauty.

The Sculptor of the Beau Dieu – Christopher Blum, Crisis Magazine

Ave Maria Radio Flourishes – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

12,000 Catholics Trapped and Starving by Muslim Syrian Rebels article by the Agenzia Fides website – Big ulpit

Top Ten Saints Who Were Hermits – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Solidarity and the Welfare State – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Affordable Care – Medical Matins

Christ, My Wingman - Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

Reflections on Rape and Abortion – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Penance, Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why is a Catholic...READ MORE

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True Christians Must Be Themselves (4334)

Aug. 26 issue column

08/25/2012 Comment

God is not interested in a uniform humanity.

This is a very hard truth, because most of us can sympathize with Dmitri Karamazov’s complaint: "Man is too broad; I would narrow him."

It’s hard to relate to people who are very different from ourselves. The problem is not merely that the heart is too constricted to look without judgment, but that there becomes a very deep fear that we will be judged.

This is the psychological wellspring of judgmentalism.

The heart goes out into the world, bearing its personality, talents, loves, and it finds itself criticized. The impetus to kick back in self-defense is very strong.

Consider, for example, how the highly intelligent child who is...READ MORE

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Virtue 101 for Catholic Students (8005)

Teaching Values in the Classroom and at Home: Aug. 26 issue feature

08/25/2012 Comment
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Can virtues be taught in the classroom? Or must they simply be learned by example? Do virtues even matter anymore?

In San Antonio, at the all-boys Central Catholic High School, the answers to those questions are Yes, Yes and Yes. There, virtue training takes place through a curriculum called "Men of Integrity." It was the inspiration of Central Catholic’s principal, Ed Ybarra.

"Several years ago, I was inspired by the book A Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood by Jeffery Marx," says Ybarra.

The book tells the tale of former NFL football star Joe Ehrmann, who is today an ordained minister and widely sought-after speaker. His message centers around the theme...READ MORE

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Newman In a New Light (2848)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Passion for Truth,' by Father Juan Vélez

08/25/2012 Comments (6)

Why a new biography of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman? Perhaps because, as two disparate thinkers, William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and C.S. Lewis, believe, saints are the most interesting and unique kinds of people to read about. Tyrants, as Lewis wrote, are all boringly the same.

Another reason, for Father Juan Vélez, an Opus Dei priest, physician and Newman scholar, is “to highlight Newman’s constant search for religious truth and lasting happiness … to show the spiritual and intellectual path that led Newman from evangelical Protestantism through Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism.” The main source for his work is Newman’s correspondence, from which he quotes extensively.

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"Fathers" of Science, Akin or Obama-Which is Worse, 25 Years After My Abortion, and More! (3091)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2012 Comment

The “Fathers” of Science. Click on the link provided by the blog Quodcumque Dixerit to read more.

The “Fathers” of Science – Quodcumque Dixerit

Todd Akin’s Error, Obama Backs After-birth Abortion, Which is Worse? – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

25 Years After My Abortion – Infinite Grace, Postabortion Journey Walk With Me

Has Paul Ryan “Softened” His Pro-Life Views? – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

France Calls on Pakistan to Release Disabled Child – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Seven Signs You Got the Secular Agenda Memo by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog – Big ulpit

Is Hell Crowded or Empty? – Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Bring Back the Serpent? - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Bishops of the Philippines to Remove “Catholic” Name From Schools...READ MORE

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Bringing St. Augustine to the Big Screen (5637)

Catholic Publisher Unveils Sponsored Screenings

08/24/2012 Comment
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ARLINGTON, Texas — The first feature-length theatrical motion picture on the life of St. Augustine has its official U.S. premiere in Texas next week. The film’s distributor, Ignatius Press, hopes to bring it to screens across the country using a hosted-screening program.

The official premiere of Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine takes place Aug. 29 at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, which is being held in Arlington, Texas. Many Catholic leaders and retailers will have an opportunity to see the film there for the first time.

Restless Heart, originally titled St. Augustine, was directed by award-winning Canadian director Christian Duguay and was co-produced by...READ MORE

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