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Pope Benedict Praises St. Bonaventure's Theological Legacy (1253)

July 15 Angelus at Castel Gandolfo

07/16/2012 Comment

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy —  Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the intellectual legacy of the 13th-century Franciscan St. Bonaventure, who popularized St. Paul’s belief in the “centrality of Christ” in human history.

“All of history is centered on Christ, who guarantees novelty and renewal in every age,” the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address July 15.

“In Jesus, God has spoken and given everything, but because he is an inexhaustible treasure, the Holy Spirit never ceases to reveal and actualize his mystery. Therefore, the work of Christ and the Church never regresses, but always progresses.”

Pope Benedict explained to enthusiastic pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his...READ MORE

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Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often, Help for Those that Struggle with the Rosary, and More! (2449)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/16/2012 Comment

Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often. Click on The Idler to read more.

Why One Should Gaze Upon the Crucifix Often – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

I Am Struggling with my Rosary Prayer, Where Should My Attention be During the Rosary? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Anglo-Catholics Not Welcomed in the Church of England by William Oddie of the U.K. Catholic Herald newspaper – Big Pulpit

Poetry Bestsellers and Other Oxymorons – Bronwyn Lea, MercatorNet

Effects of “Gay Marriage” on the Economy – Dr. Piers Hugill, The Distributist Review

Hunger and Thirst – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Saints Are Sinners, Too – Fr. Tucker Cordani, Catholic Lane

Dr. Stenger & the Folly of Free-Thinking – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic


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Parents Take Battle With Planned Parenthood to Next Level (9419)

Outrage grows against organization's sex instruction in schools.

07/16/2012 Comments (36)

Growing involvement in public schools on the part of Planned Parenthood has led to mounting grassroots opposition against the organization’s comprehensive sex education targeting K-12 students in public schools.

“We’re seeing more and more concerned citizens going to their school boards and elected officials demanding that Planned Parenthood-type curriculum be dumped,” said Rita Diller, national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project (STOPP). Diller monitors grassroots efforts for the pro-life organization.

Parents in Onalaska, Wash., for instance, expressed outrage June 12 during a Fox News broadcast. They said their children were quiet, withdrawn and...READ MORE

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The Majesty of Poverty (1663)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 15.

07/15/2012 Comment

Sunday, July 15, is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Amos 7:12-15, Psalms 85:9-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 or 1:3-10, Mark 6:7-13

Our Take
Several modern movies were considered cutting edge in their time because they were all about people becoming wealthy — or at least comfortable — and losing their souls: American Beauty, Wall Street and There Will Be Blood. But most people know that riches often make people unhappy.

The Church has been “cutting edge” in this respect for a long time. The Catechism goes so far as to say: “The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their consolation in the abundance of goods.”

The Church’s history shows the...READ MORE

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Dinner Program Helps Build Catholic Community (1167)

July 15 issue feature: A look at the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (GWCTD) parish program

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Susan Klemond

A recent dinner gathering in Minnesota.

– Susan Klemond

One spring evening two years ago, Patty Flynn and her husband, Bill, set out to take part in an experiment: a dinner Patty Flynn had set up for a group of fellow parishioners who didn’t know each other at the home of a host they hadn’t met.

It was the launch of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (GWCTD) parish program at St. Joseph Church in West St. Paul, Minn.

Flynn deemed it a success. "I remember how excited I was on the way home," she recalled.

Dinners at two homes that night — including the one the Flynns attended — were the beginning of what has become a popular way for people in the parish of 1,900 families to get to know each other.

"It’s bringing together people who maybe...READ MORE

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Young Doctor Follows the Divine Physician (6960)

Meet a 28-year-old physician who is inpsired by Mother Teresa: July 15 issue feature.

07/15/2012 Comment
Courtesy of Dr. Heyne

Dr. Thomas Heyne volunteers in poverty-striken countries. Here he is in Haiti.

– Courtesy of Dr. Heyne

Dr. Thomas Heyne is a 4.0 graduate of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Southwestern Medical Foundation’s Ho Din Award.

His Catholic faith, family influence and mission travels to Third World countries have instilled in him a deep desire to serve the "poorest of the poor" in the spirit of Blessed Mother Teresa. The 28-year-old Dallas native graduated from the University of Dallas with degrees in history and biology, has a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Oxford in England, and has completed a Fulbright Fellowship in religious studies.

Before heading to Boston for his internal medicine/pediatric...READ MORE

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Coming Out of Their Shells to Live the Faith on Campus (1969)

Catholic ‘Terps’ at the University of Maryland Continue Decade-Long Revival: July 15 issue education story

07/14/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the Catholic Center

Students attend the March for Life with chaplain Father Rob Walsh.

– Courtesy of the Catholic Center

Although Rob Walsh got to know the University of Maryland well when he was a student there from 1988 to 1992, there was one building on the College Park campus that he never graced.

"I never once stepped foot in the Catholic Student Center," Walsh said. "I was too busy doing fraternity parties and that kind of thing."

Walsh — now a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington — is in the building plenty these days: He’s chaplain of the Catholic Student Center.

And he pulls no punches when trying to reach his flock, many of whom live the life he once did.

Consider his homily at this year’s Ash Wednesday Mass, when he typically sees the most "Catholic Terps" (Maryland’s mascot is the...READ MORE

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America (4553)

July 15 issue feature: Large Exhibit Tours in Philadelphia

07/14/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the exhibit

– Courtesy of the exhibit

PHILADELPHIA — A small selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls is touring America, supported by the largest set of Holy Land artifacts ever to travel outside of Israel. Following a successful run in New York, the touring exhibit, called "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times," will be at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until October. Its next stop has not yet been determined.

At the heart of the exhibit: 20 pieces from texts discovered in caves overlooking the Dead Sea.
In 1946 (or possibly 1947), a Bedouin shepherd threw a rock into a cave and heard something smash. He was disappointed to find crumbling scrolls, along with some of the pottery in which they had been...READ MORE

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