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Happy Pilgrimage (891)

June 17 feature on planning your faith vacation

06/16/2012 Comment
Register illustration; includes photo courtesy of Stephen Ray

Tour guide Stephen Ray on the Way of the Cross in the Holy Land.

– Register illustration; includes photo courtesy of Stephen Ray

Pilgrimages can come in all sizes. They might be a week or more long or as short as one day or even an afternoon. They can be as close as a church in your own state or as far as a biblical shrine in the Holy Land.

Whatever the location or situation, everyone can benefit by following some practical tips for pilgrimage planning.

Heading the list is an essential spiritual pointer.

“A lot of times, people approach it as a tourist, and that’s not the right approach,” says Luke Johnasen, pilgrimage director at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.

“Understand the difference between a tour and a vacation,” adds Stephen Ray,...READ MORE

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A Tutor for Winning the Verbal Battle for Life (4757)

Saturday Book Pick: Paul Greenberg's career of defending the unborn, in words and catchy phrases.

06/16/2012 Comments (4)

In a classic and prophetic 1970 editorial, California Medicine declared that “the very considerable semantic gymnastics which are required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous if they were not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices.” Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Paul Greenberg puts it more succinctly: “The trick is never, never to recognize those being killed, uh, terminated as human. ... Verbicide always precedes homicide.”

Greenberg, who writes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is a gem of the right-to-life movement. Like reformed abortionist Bernard Nathanson or columnist Nat Hentoff, he breaks the usual stereotypes of...READ MORE

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Bishops Critique Their Handling of Ryan Budget Before Approving New Statement on Economic Crisis (5913)

During the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Atlanta, several bishops questioned the conference’s recent statements on budget proposals.

06/15/2012 Comments (26)

ATLANTA   —The U.S. bishops approved a proposal by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., during their meeting in Atlanta this week to draft a message on the U.S. economy.

“It has been a long time since the body of bishops has addressed the moral and human dimensions of economic life in light of Catholic teaching,” Bishop Blaire, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, told members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Atlanta meeting.

“This is especially urgent when so many of our people are suffering and wonder whether their Church cares and has anything to say about their situation and the economy that has left them behind.”

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Archbishop: Eucharist Should Be at the Center of Every Catholic's Life (1303)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Pope Benedict's representative, returns from a penitential retreat to Lough Derg.

06/15/2012 Comment

Cardinal Marc Ouellet leads a Eucharistic procession at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly, Ireland, told the crowd gathered for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress that the priesthood “is not to be undertaken purely as a personal honor.”

Instead, the purpose of the priesthood is “the service of the faithful, to enable them to exercise their own special priesthood.”

Archbishop Clifford noted, “It belongs to bishops and priests to preside at the altar and to offer the sacrifice of the Mass. But the Eucharist has to be at the center of the life of all members in the Church. There is a beautiful balance here. On one hand, it is through the grace of the Eucharist — Christ’s ultimate expression of love —...READ MORE

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Time Management for Busy Moms, Do the Girl Scouts Really Help Girls?, and much more! (1341)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/15/2012 Comment

Time Management for Busy Moms. Click on the link by Theresa Thomas to read more.

Time Management for Busy Moms - Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™

Do the Girl Scouts Really Help Girls? - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Always the Crystal Cathedral by Augustinus of Rorate Cæli? - Big Pulpit

The King who Fostered a Benedictine Revival - Catholic Herald

Join the Movement: Africa eBook Project - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Fifty Shades of Porn - Misty, Catholic Sistas

The Courage of the Queen of France Faced by the Devils of Paris - Roman Christendom

Shakespeare’s Curtain Theater Discovered - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Emergency Contraception, Pseudo-Science, & Media Bias - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Vatican II did not...READ MORE

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A Spiritual Father to a New Flock (3128)

Bishop Robert Vasa reflects on first year shepherding the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

06/15/2012 Comments (4)

Moving from the Diocese of Baker in rural eastern Oregon to the San Francisco Bay Area has been a major transition for Bishop Robert Vasa. He has traveled far from the Lincoln, Neb., farm where he grew up, the grandson of Czech immigrants, and now leads a large and diverse diocese. But he hasn’t let the transfer impede his drive to be a spiritual father to his flock.

Since becoming bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., one year ago, he has become fully engaged as shepherd of 171,887 Catholics living within his 11,711-square-mile diocese, stretching from Petaluma to the Oregon border. Last August, he invited two sisters from the Spokane, Wash.-based Sisters of Mary, Mother of the...READ MORE

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Open Your Home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (4953)

How Enthronement Will Change Your Family Forever: June 3 issue feature

06/15/2012 Comment
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June is the traditional month dedicated to the Sacred Heart, and the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. This year it falls on June 15. What better time to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus as King of yourself, your home and your family?

“Our Lord himself has provided us with a most wonderful way to welcome him into our homes,” wrote Cardinal Burke to his flock in 2004, when he was archbishop of St. Louis.

Jesus was welcomed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom he appeared at her convent in Paray-le-Monial, France, from 1673 to 1675. He revealed his Sacred Heart to her, as depicted in statues and...READ MORE

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Tolkien + Lego + Video Games = Awesome!, Can You Homeschool a Child with Autism, and much more! (1318)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/15/2012 Comment

Tolkien + Lego + Video Games = Awesome! Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read and view more!

Tolkien + Lego + Videogames = Awesome! - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Can You Homeschool a Child with Autism? - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

Fr. Aidan Nichols: The Future of the Church in England by Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement - Big Pulpit

A Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

What’s the Next Stage of Liturgical Renewal? - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Sex should Not Be a Moral Issue, it should be a Practical Issue - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Understanding the Young Adult Culture - Sarah Vabulas, Integrated Catholic Life™

Pithy: To Diet but Not to be Celibate - Mark Shea,...READ MORE

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