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Building Strength Through Virtue (4084)

SportsLeader program gains in popularity and importance among coaches and teams, including Michigan State’s Rose Bowl-bound football squad.

12/31/2013 Comments (3)

Lou Judd

– SportsLeader

Ask Lou Judd about the state of athletics, and you might get an earful. The 41-year-old father of six is passionate about stemming the tide that would place sports above everything else. He has maintained this outlook since 2004, the year he joined SportsLeader, a virtue-based mentoring program for coaches.

Judd has seen positive results from SportsLeader, both on the field and off the field. Among the most visible on-field outcomes are found with the Michigan State University football team, which won the Big Ten Championship this year and plays in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Off-the-field stories showing the effectiveness of virtue-mentoring are numerous, but they all have the...READ MORE

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Learning Latin, for Fun and Profit (3758)

Father Joseph Faulkner aims to convince his Nebraska high-school students that as well as being useful, studying Latin can be ‘fun and cool.’

12/31/2013 Comments (6)
Zeny Nguyen

Father Joseph Faulkner's Latin class at St. Cecilia's High School in Hastings, Neb., plays a Latin-speaking game.

– Zeny Nguyen

LINCOLN, Neb. — Father Joseph Faulkner, a priest of the Lincoln Diocese, is teaching Latin to his high-school students by actually speaking to them in Latin and “throwing them in a little bit above their heads.”

“I’m trying to lower the fear level; I use the language of John Paul II, ‘Be not afraid,’ getting people to not be as fearful of the language,” Father Faulkner, who teaches at St. Cecilia High School in Hastings, Neb., told CNA Dec. 10.

“And I don’t generally correct them at this point; we don’t correct 3-year-olds when they use incorrect grammar; we applaud them for using the right words, and we give them the grammar eventually.”

The priest has been giving simple commands...READ MORE

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Latin Is Fun, Cool at Nebraska Catholic High School; How to Lead Your Family to Holiness and More! (2801)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/31/2013 Comments (1)

Latin Is Fun, Cool at Nebraska Catholic High School. Follow the link by Kelly Conroy to read more.

Latin Is Fun, Cool at Nebraska Catholic High School by Kelly Conroy - BigPulpit.com

How to Lead Your Family to Holiness - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Sex In Pagan Rome - God & Caesar

Is Pope Francis Really So Down on Sacred Liturgy? No – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Parables In Parenting – Caitlin Marchand, Ignitum Today

The Peculiar Virtue of Patience - Mary Beth Baker, Aleteia

The Lessons of Bethlehem – Gabriel Garcia, Catholic Stand

A Scientific Note About St. Juan Diego’s Tilma - Br. J. M. Samaha SM, Mystic Post

Obama Keeping Wounded Vets Safe from Christmas Cards – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The New York Times &...READ MORE

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Religious Believers Face Discrimination for Marriage Views (9388)


12/30/2013 Comments (31)

Wedding cake designed by Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo.

– masterpiececakes.com

The conflict between Duck Dynasty reality TV stars and the A&E television network has received massive media coverage. It is, however, only one skirmish in a larger conflict between the right of believers to express their faith and the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community not to be offended by that expression of faith.

In response to a number of cases in which courts ruled against small businesses run by persons who refused for religious reasons to participate in celebrations of same-sex relations, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has introduced the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act” (H.R. 3133).

According to Rep. Labrador, “Our bill will ensure...READ MORE

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Indian Archbishop: Muslims, Christians United in Fight for Equality (1675)

Archbishop Couto of Delhi and six bishops were arrested for marching on India's parliament to protest the pervasive discrimination against Christian and Muslim Dalits.

12/30/2013 Comments (1)
Hillary Senour/CNA

Children on the streets of Bangalore

– Hillary Senour/CNA

NEW DELHI — Recent efforts from Christians and Muslims in India have united the communities to end the practice of “untouchability,” as members of both faiths participated in a Dec. 11 march in which peaceful protesters were subjected to beatings and sprayed with water cannons.

“We are trying to come together in this ecumenical effort,” Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi said in a Dec. 18 interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

The practice of “untouchability,” or ostracization based on one’s caste, was officially outlawed in 1950, and a quota system for education and government positions was created for Dalits, a caste traditionally regarded as “untouchable” in...READ MORE

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Legal Group Fights Swiss Lawsuit Promoting Euthanasia (2070)

The European Court of Human Rights is hearing a case launched by a Swiss woman after she failed to secure a doctor’s prescription for drugs to commit suicide.

12/30/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a legal brief supporting Swiss laws that bar assisted suicide for those who do not suffer from any fatal disease.

“The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” Alliance Defending Freedom’s Vienna-based legal counsel Paul Coleman said in a statement.

The legal group’s brief, submitted to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Dec. 16, concerns the lawsuit Gross v. Switzerland.

Alda Gross, a Swiss citizen, filed suit against the Swiss government in 2009, after she failed to secure a doctor’s prescription for drugs to commit suicide. Switzerland is one...READ MORE

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Middle-East Christians: Faith Under Fire (5343)

Despite daunting challenges in predominantly Muslim societies, many followers of Jesus continue to bear brave witness to their faith.

12/30/2013 Comments (5)
Aid to the Church in Need

Sister Bushra Farach holds a newborn baby at the Dominican-run Al Hayaat maternity hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.

– Aid to the Church in Need

SEDNAYA, Syria — Many know of the mythical Phoenix, the bird legend said to have the power to regenerate itself from the ashes of its predecessor in a Middle-Eastern desert. Given the incredible persecution faced by contemporary Christians in the same region, an analogy between the faithful in the Middle East and the mythological fowl might seem unlikely.

However, Christian leaders insist the Church in some Arab-speaking lands is indeed resurrecting out of the cinders of its burned houses of worship, the beheaded bodies of its faithful and the long-standing discrimination it has faced since Islam violently wrested this part of the world from Christendom, beginning in the seventh...READ MORE

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The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, By Coca-Cola; Will We Have Free Will in Heaven and Much More! (16734)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/30/2013 Comments (1)

The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, by Coca-Cola. Follow the link via The American Catholic to view this incredible pro-life video celebrating family.

The Best Pro-Life Video Ever, by Coca-Cola via The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Will We Have Free Will in Heaven? – Jimmy Akin, Strange Notions

Called to Holiness – Ralph Martin, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Gratitude as Felt Poverty – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Why Do Catholics & Protestants Have Different Bibles? – Laura McAlister, Ignitum Today

The Torment of St. Anthony – Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Top 10 Stories About Óscar Romero in 2013 – Carlos X, Super Martyrio

Be Not Afraid – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Got a Question? #AskFrBarron – Word on Fire


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