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St. Raphael the Archangel Church Brings Blessing and Honor to God (4378)

Feature for Sept. 29 feast day of archangels Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael from our Sept. 23 issue.

09/29/2012 Comment
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– Courtesy of St. Raphael's

Sept. 29 is the universal feast day of archangels Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. This year it also marks the second anniversary of the cornerstone blessing of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

St. Raphael the Archangel Church will look like magnificent traditional churches of old because two beautiful but now-closed Chicago churches are providing much of the exterior and interior elements.

This new edifice is rising on 150 acres in the village of Old Mill Creek in Lake County, Ill. The church sits on the major thoroughfare of Route 45 near the Wisconsin border.

Among his several patronages, as the Book of Tobit confirms, St. Raphael...READ MORE

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Speaking for Themselves: Saturday Book Pick (2153)

A look at Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, a compilation edited and co-authored by Catholic lawyer Helen Alvaré. Testimonials from nine Catholic women address pressing questions on faith, marriage, family life, dating and vocation.

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Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

Edited by Helen Alvaré

Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

180 pages, $16.95

To order: osv.com


According to the opinion pages of The New York Times and the likes of Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and Congress’ Nancy Pelosi, there is a war on women taking place in America.

This "war," as described by these heralds of the women’s-rights movement, is supposedly part of a master plan by the Catholic Church to ban birth control and prevent women from having access to mammograms and other health exams.

When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated that...READ MORE

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Love and Responsibility: Beyond Physical, Fr. Barron’s Favorite Philosophy Books, and More! (3302)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/29/2012 Comment

Love and Responsibility: Beyond the Sexual Urge. Click on the link by Dr. Edward Sri to read more.

Love and Responsibility: Beyond the Sexual Urge – Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Fr. Robert Barron’s Recommended Books on Philosophy 101 by Brandon Vogt – Big ulpit

Why Marriage Matters – Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Note

“Breaking Bad” and the Problem of Sin – Jack Thornton, Word On Fire

New Catholic Generation – Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Dozens Hurt, Thousands Riot Over “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” – Nick Bottom, The CWR Blog

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Abortion, Same-Sex "Marriage" and Intrinsic Evil - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Fra Angelico Institute for Sacred Arts, Go Local to Change Society – David...READ MORE

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Pray for Our Nation (3270)

Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation

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Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need. And so, in 2012, we turn to Our Lady for help. Many of the values that shaped our country from the beginning seem to be at risk. Pope Benedict XVI and the American bishops have noted the erosion of religious freedom in the United States, the first value guaranteed by the Constitution.

The "Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation" on pages C1-C4 will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith, in particular, the incarnation, passion, death and resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper...READ MORE

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Hope and Forgiveness for Post-Abortive Soldiers (2122)

Archdiocese for the Military Services sponsors its first healing retreat in Germany

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American military men and women took part in a transformative, three-day retreat for post-abortion healing and healing from miscarriage late last month at the hilltop Religious Retreat Center in Schoenstatt, Germany.

Organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the post-abortive healing ministry Rachel’s Vineyard, the Aug. 24-26 retreat was the first of its kind for the military. It provided group discussions, private counseling and prayer as ways of coming to terms with complex and sometimes repressed emotions of anger, shame and guilt in a confidential setting.

The retreat was conducted by Bishop Richard Spencer, the Military Archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for...READ MORE

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Leap of Faith and Tiny Miracles, The Victims of Drones, How to Get the Man of Your Dreams, and More! (1323)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2012 Comment

Indiana Jones, a Leap of Faith, and Tiny Miracles. Click on the link by Erin Franco to read more.

Indiana Jones, a Leap of Faith, and Tiny Miracles – Erin Franco, Humble Handmaid

The Many Victims of Drones – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

How to Get the Man of Your Dreams by Jonathan E. Doyle and Tamara Rajakariar of the MercatorNet website – Big ulpit

Walter Lambe: Magnificat – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Silly Meme: Libertarianism & “Same-Sex Marriage” – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Calender for Lesser Known Dominican Blesseds – Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

What the Church Needs to Do - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Restore the Three Hour Eucharistic Fast? – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Papa Bene: Christian Politicians...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers: Notre Dame Invite to Obama Is Acceptable (3909)

Unlike 2009, this time the Catholic university isn’t honoring the president.

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– Pro-Life Action League

WASHINGTON — Pro-life advocates said the University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Barack Obama to speak on campus is a chance to participate in public discourse, unlike the school’s welcoming of Obama as commencement speaker in 2009.

One is a scandal, and the other is entirely appropriate,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League.

In a recent press release, Notre Dame explained that it has invited both Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak at the school during the campaign in order to “provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.”

It noted that the university was...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’ (3096)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl warns against the rising dominance of a ‘monolithic secular point of view’ and offers Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking Vatican II document, as an antidote.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

WASHINGTON — Amid attacks on religious liberty at home and abroad, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington presented Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s “Declaration on Religious Freedom,” as an essential guide to a renewed defense of the “first freedom” and to religion’s culture-forming role in the public square.

As the Church prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, a Georgetown University conference, “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Freedom,” offered a forum for the cardinal and scholars to celebrate the groundbreaking document that formally affirmed the Church’s commitment to full respect for the rights of conscience and religious freedom.


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