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How to Sabotage your Love Life, How to Understand Sexual Thoughts in the Light of Faith, and More! (3321)

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08/07/2012 Comment

How to Sabotage your Love Life. Click on the link by Amanda Teixeira to read more.

How to Sabotage your Love Life – Amanda Teixeira, Focus

Sexual Thoughts: How to Understand Them in Light of My Faith? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Will Cardinal Dolan Create Scandal and Confusion in the Church? by David L. Gray – Big ulpit

Catholic but Mentally Ill – Anthony Schefter, Catholic Lane

Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View – Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse

How to Respond to: I Know Someone Who’s Taking Birth Control for Medical Reasons and It Cured Her – Marie, Catholic Sistas

Cracking Down on the LCWR: Is Orthodoxy the Only Problem? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Why Don’t We Call Moses and Elijah “Saint”? - Jimmy...READ MORE

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Heartbreak in Havana (2401)

News Opinion: The Suspicious Death of Catholic Lay Leader Oswaldo Paya and a Vibrant Young Colleague

08/06/2012 Comments (7)
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Cuban veteran rights activist Oswaldo Paya in a 2003 photo.

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Two years ago, I traveled to Cuba for the Register to learn firsthand about the living faith on the island. Little had been written about the Church in Cuba since Pope John Paul II’s dramatic, historical visit in 1998.

Making no contacts before arriving in Havana, I relied on God to lead me to his most faithful servants.

That’s how I came to spend memorable days with the extraordinary — pious and brave — lay Catholic leader Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, whose honesty and calm intelligence proved that moral leadership still existed on the island.

I was led to Paya by an admiring seminarian, Harold Cepero Escalante, who had turned to the Church as “the only institution that can challenge...READ MORE

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Guadalupe Message Resounds at Los Angeles' Massive Marian Festival (2824)

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LOS ANGELES — The Virgin Mary will accompany the Church in the New Evangelization, just as she did during the first preaching of the Gospel in the Americas, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez told around 100,000 devotees at the Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is calling us today, my brothers and sisters,” the archbishop said in his keynote address to one of the largest Catholic gatherings in U.S. history at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “She is calling us to greater faith, to greater love, to greater hope.”

“She is calling us to dedicate our lives to the loving plan of God. To everything for his glory,” he said, stressing the Virgin Mary’s message to honor God...READ MORE

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Olympic Bronze Medalist Transformed Through Crucible of Suffering (6800)

Illness and injury help Mario Ancic realize identity as child of God.

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Mario Ancic of Croatia during the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

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If things had gone according to his original plan, Mario Ancic would have been playing tennis at the Olympic Games in London this week. However, his life took a different course than he expected.

The 6-foot-5-inch Croatian was riding high at the end of 2006. He was already an Olympic bronze medalist, a Wimbledon semifinalist and Davis Cup champion. He was ranked among the top 10 players in the world and was set to have an outstanding year in 2007.

However, just when things looked brightest, a mysterious illness took hold of Ancic, and he spent the next few years trying to overcome it. Initially, he saw his suffering as the worst thing that could happen to him. But he eventually came...READ MORE

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What Guys Need to Know about Women, How a Catholic Emperor Banned the Olympic Games, and More! (3467)

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08/06/2012 Comment

What Guys Need to Know about Women. Click on the link by Marge Fenelon to read more.

What Guys Need to Know about Women – Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

How a Catholic Emperor Banned the Olympic Games – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Transfiguration: Raphael’s Deathbed Masterpiece – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Chick-fil-A Aftermath – Big ulpit

Why the Formation of the Soul and Education of the Soul are Distinct – Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

Flannery O’Connor and the Hardest Lesson of All – Lorraine Murray, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Devil’s Most Effective Foe by Christopher Check of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

The Angelicum Academy Brings the Study of the Great Books Online – Catholic World Report

Anita Goulden: The Angel of...READ MORE

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A Gift Who Changes the Receiver (1479)

User’s Guide to Sunday, Aug. 5.

08/05/2012 Comment

Sunday, Aug. 5, is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II). Aug. 6 is the feast of the Transfiguration
of the Lord.

Tom likes to help our kids understand the Real Presence from a young age. He repeats this "lesson" with them often, young minds being what they
are. The first few times it takes prompting, but not after that.

First, he asks: "Who is in the tabernacle?"

"Jesus!" they answer.

"If Jesus is a grown-up like me," asks Tom, "how can he fit in a place that small?"

"Because Jesus is God, and God can do whatever he wants!" they answer.

(They had to be taught that one: "Is Jesus God?" "Yes." "Does God have the power to do whatever he wants?" "Yes."...READ MORE

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Cultivating Freedom (1273)

July 29 issue column

08/05/2012 Comment

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As any horticulturalist knows, you cannot cultivate roses merely by plucking weeds and killing aphids.

One must plant rose seeds. No matter how hospitable the garden is for the cultivation of roses, if there are no seeds, there will be no roses. Negative horticulture is, in itself, unproductive.

This simple, incontrovertible notion has direct applicability to human beings and their desire for freedom.

No amount of negative freedom — removing barriers that would inhibit the cultivation of freedom — will ensure the cultivation of positive human freedom.

This latter freedom must grow from an interior seed, which is the human will.

The modern world has expended considerable effort...READ MORE

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Choose Face Time Over Screen Time (7726)

July 29 feature on personalism.

08/05/2012 Comment

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In a restaurant recently, my wife and I couldn’t help but notice a family with four young children at the table across from us. As soon as everyone settled into their chairs, each child, including the youngest, who stayed in his stroller, quickly pulled out a technological device.

Totally focused on their technology, the family only spoke to each other about what they wanted to eat. The parents pointed to the menu and asked the children, "Is that what you want to eat?" Each child would nod or say a quick "Yes," without unfixing his or her eyes from the little screen and without thumbs and fingers missing a beat.

Each child continued like this, quite absorbed, even during the course of...READ MORE

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