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Virgin Mary Wins Olympic Gold in Race, Study: Fathers Involvement with Children Vital, and More! (2346)

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Virgin Mary Crosses Finish Line with Olympic Gold Runner. Click on the link provided by the Catholic News Agency to read more.

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Virgin Mary Crosses Finish Line with Olympic Gold Runner – Catholic News Agency

Study: Fathers’ Involvement Vital to Behavioral Development of Infant – Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

3,4000-year-old Canaanite Ruins Supports Joshua 11:10-13 by Noah Wiener of Bible History Daily - Big ulpit

Level 5 Catholic Leadership: Dr. Phillip Thompson – Editor, Integrated Catholic Life™

Monday Special: Paul Ryan, St. Thomas Aquinas, & Ayn Rand - Big ulpit

National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) Offers Guidelines For Non-Exempt Business Owners – Junno Arocho, Zenit

An Appeal From The Philippines – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

Scripture Study During the Middle Ages &...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict and the Power of Prayer (3714)

The Holy Father cites Sts. Alphonsus Liguori and Dominic and their timeless teaching on the subject.

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Pope Benedict XVI kneels to pray in the cathedral in Erfurt, Germany.

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Prayer makes our salvation secure, it helps us discern the truth, it is the origin of witnessing to the faith, and it assists those near to us to enter into the presence of God, bringing the peace and love that we all need.

These points were just some of the crucial teachings on prayer Pope Benedict XVI expressed in two general audience catecheses during the month of August.

Delivered at a time when many are on vacation, and Rome, in particular, empties for the month, the Pope stressed during both audiences that this period of rest should not mean a vacation from contact with God through prayer.

And in both public addresses at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father...READ MORE

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Don’t Despair; Rise and Eat (1436)

User's Guide to Sunday, Aug. 12

08/12/2012 Comment

Sunday, Aug.  12, is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Aug.  15 is the feast of the Annunciation, a holy day of obligation.

Aug.  14 is the feast of St. Maxmilian Kolbe. To see a nice YouTube presentation of his dramatic martyrdom in the Auschwitz concentration camp, search for his name and choose the one created by “forBernadette.”

Aug.  15 is the feast of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is Mary’s “heavenly birthday,” the day her Immaculate Conception and the grace she was filled with for the sake of her Son met its fruition, and she was assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

The Assumption is a national holiday in many countries,...READ MORE

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Catholic Singles Please the Lord (1298)

Singleness Helps Individuals and the Church Grow in Faith: Aug. 12 issue feature

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Bishop James Conley, auxiliary bishop of the Denver Archdiocese, spoke to the concerns of Catholic singles at the 2012 National Catholic Singles Conference held in the archdiocese recently. He said, “Many of my single friends tell me that the single life is fraught with anxiety — what is my vocation? What is my place in the Church? What is my place in my family? What is my place in my community?”

Referring to the day’s reading — 1 Corinthians 7:32-34 — the bishop continued, “St. Paul is encouraging single men and women to draw close to Jesus Christ; to find in him a focus on the Christian life — to be radically oriented towards pleasing the Lord. St. Paul exhorts all single people to...READ MORE

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Mom Makes Kids’ Mass Book (25221)

A new children's missal aids little ones at church. From our Aug. 12 issue.

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Courtesy of Lacy Rabideau

– Courtesy of Lacy Rabideau

A new children’s missal combines the revised prayers of the Mass with the art of old masters. Lacy Rabideau, mother, author and blogger at CatholicIcing.com, came up with A Picture Book of the Mass Illustrated by the Masters when she couldn’t find the right book to aid her children in the revised prayers of the Mass.
“I went looking for picture missals for my children and just couldn’t find what I was looking for,” said the Spartanburg, S.C., mother. “I wanted something that was simple enough for children of reading age, yet beautiful — not ‘cheesy.’ What I was looking for didn’t exist, so I wrote it myself.”

Rabideau combines the beauty of fine art with the text of the Mass in her new...READ MORE

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Paul Ryan, Catholic Who Looks to Church's Social Teaching, Tapped as Romney Running Mate (14407)

Wisconsin congressman cheered by some as strong pro-lifer, criticized by others as wanting to reduce deficit ‘on the backs of the poor.’

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, wave as Ryan is announced as his vice-presidential running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin Aug. 11 in Norfolk, Va.

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A budget-cruncher who cites Catholic social teaching as an inspiration for his own economic thinking has been tapped for the second slot on the GOP presidential ticket.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, on Saturday named Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, as his running mate.

The eagerly anticipated announcement was made in Norfolk, Va., where Ryan, 42, was joined on stage by his wife, Janna, and their three small children.

With the choice of Ryan, an advocate of entitlement reform and shrinking the size of the federal government, Romney has ensured that the role of government and the future of Medicare...READ MORE

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Cure for Culture Shock (2034)

Aug. 12 issue editorial

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The deadly shooting rampage during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead and dozens wounded revived our fitful national debate about the impact films that feature human brutality have on the consciences of their audiences.

Prior to the spree, the suspected shooter, James Holmes, had dyed his hair red and called himself the Joker, in reference to the amoral, nihilistic criminal from The Dark Knight, the previous installment in the Batman saga.

In the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan argued that the routine depictions of celluloid mayhem could foster violent thoughts and actions in the minds of disturbed individuals. And she charged that while...READ MORE

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Children’s Theater Group Acts for God’s Glory (775)

Taking the Stage for the New Evangelization: From Aug. 12 issue

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Theatrical production of Fatima.

– Courtesy of Stage

When Lee Hotovy first began directing backyard plays for a handful of neighborhood kids in Lincoln, Neb., she never imagined that the lawn chairs and humming cicadas would someday be replaced by cloth theater seats and a professional sound system.

After reading John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists” in 1999, however, the mother of six desired to combine her love for God with her passion for the arts on a larger scale.

Shortly thereafter, Hotovy created Student Theatre and Godly Evangelization (Stage4Kids.com), a theater group that now performs several productions per year, each involving 15-35 kids, ages 5 and up.

“Part of Stage is our faith in action,” Hotovy said. “Yes, the children...READ MORE

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