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How to Keep Holy the Sabbath Amid Youth Sports Schedules (7852)

Different families take varying approaches on how to live out the Third Commandment in contemporary America’s pro-Sunday-sports culture.

12/01/2013 Comments (13)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christians throughout the U.S. are becoming increasingly concerned with a growing number of families who do not attend holy Mass or other Sunday services due to the incursion of organized youth sports, music and other activities on Sunday, and even Sunday mornings — the Lord’s day of resurrection and rest.

This concern has been expressed publicly by both Catholic and Protestant pastors and is recognized increasingly by bishops throughout the U.S. — some of whom have taken decisive steps to eliminate Catholic schools’ and parishes’ activities on Sundays that do not reflect the nature of the Lord’s Day and interfere with church attendance.

For example, the Archdiocese...READ MORE

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Shakespeare, Private Papist; Happy New Year! The 1st Sunday of Advent; Thai-ing One On! and More! (3236)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/01/2013 Comment

Shakespeare, Private Papist. Follow the link by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog to read more.

Shakespeare, Private Papist by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog - BigPulpit.com

Happy New Year! The 1st Sunday of Advent – John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

Come Over Here & Say That to My Face – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Thai-ing One On! – Fr. Z’s Blog

What Would Jesus Blog or Tweet? – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

How the Sarum Rite Shaped Art & Architecture in Devon - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Famed Sermon by Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Classified as Extremist – Byz Pulpit

The Advent of a Mother’s Heart – Micaela Darr, Catholic Exchange

Another Saint Comin’ Our Way, with a Twist - Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

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Equipped for One-on-One Evangelization (3667)

Father C. John McCloskey recommends good reads that aid the work of conversion.

11/30/2013 Comments (2)

– freestockimages.com

It is the love of Christ that fills our hearts and impels us to evangelize (2 Corinthians 5:14). Today, as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (Matthew 28:19). Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation. ... Today, too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith.

—Pope Benedict XVI, from his apostolic letter Porta Fidei, ushering in the Year of Faith.


… The Second Vatican Council emphasized in a special way how the missionary task, that of...READ MORE

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The Dogmas of Secularism (7975)

Book Pick of Benjamin Wiker’s Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion.

11/30/2013 Comments (25)

Worshipping the State:

How Liberalism Became Our State Religion

By Benjamin Wiker

Regnery Publishing, 2013

256 pages, Hardcover: $20.76

To order: barnesandnoble.com


In Worshipping the State, author Benjamin Wiker takes the reader to school in the best sense of that phrase. Written with professorial exactness and supporting footnotes, the book expertly chronicles the perennial tension between state and religious interests. And in doing so, it provides the historical perspective to better understand the current rise in what the book describes as “radical secularism.”

Wiker posits that today’s secular culture has its pedigree in the materialistic pagan world, which...READ MORE

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The Salvation History of Facial Hair, 12 Tips for Making Advent a More Spiritual Season and More! (3717)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/30/2013 Comment

The Salvation History of Facial Hair. Follow the link by Melissa Keating of Focus Blog to read more.

The Salvation History of Facial Hair by Melissa Keating of Focus Blog - BigPulpit.com

12 Tips for Making Advent a More Spiritual Season – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

10 Christians Who Changed My Spiritual Life, Pt. 3 – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Support a FOCUS Missionary & Help Change the World – George Weigel, Aleteia

NYC Cabbie Thankful for the E. F. Mass, Sad for Dead Baby – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

The Liturgy, Beauty, and the New Evangelization - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Firm Under Persecution: St. Cuthbert Mayne – Robert Shaffern, Crisis Magazine

The Traditional Mass & the Christian East – Byz Pulpit

Gimme Shelter: New Pro-Life Film Coming to...READ MORE

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Plan to Relocate U.S. Embassy to Vatican Follows Recent Trend (10923)

Britain tried to downgrade its diplomatic presence in 2006, Ireland closed its embassy entirely, and Canada has had no ambassador for more than a year.

11/29/2013 Comments (27)

The current U.S. Mission to the Holy See in Rome.

– blogs.state.gov

VATICAN CITY — Does the Obama administration’s plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See within the grounds of the American Embassy to Italy signify a downgrade in U.S.-Vatican ties?

According to the State Department, the answer is a predictable and emphatic “No.”

“Security is our top priority in making this move,” wrote Shawn Casey Nov. 27 on Dipnote, an official State Department site. The new premises, he argued, will be “safer, bigger and architecturally more appealing. It also is slightly closer to Vatican City.”

With the shift slated for completion by January 2015, the administration is at pains to point out that it has no plans to close the Holy See Embassy, as some...READ MORE

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Minnesota Diocese to Launch ‘Year of Marriage’ (2382)

In the wake of the state’s legalization of same-sex ‘marriage,’ the Diocese of Crookston is dedicating the year to a renewed understanding of authentic marriage.

11/29/2013 Comments (7)

– crookston.org/yom

CROOKSTON, Minn. — In the wake of Minnesota legalizing same-sex “marriage” earlier in 2013, the Diocese of Crookston will begin a year dedicated to a renewed appreciation and a better understanding of married life.

Amanda Zurface, the diocese’s coordinator of marriage, family life and evangelization, described the outreach as an “opportunity for many to heal from the difficulties and challenges of this past year.”

The 12-month initiative aims to help locals “grow, and even be challenged to better understand the truth, the joy and beauty of the meaning and importance of marriage, human sexuality and family life — all without a timeline to follow and a vote to be cast at the end,” she...READ MORE

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Vatican Launches Health-Care Initiative for Syrian Refugee Children (2089)

The president and secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum will travel to Lebanon Dec. 4-8 to seek additional ways of assisting victims.

11/29/2013 Comments (1)

– Facebook/CaritasLebanonMigrantCenter

VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission that will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.

“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country, and [there are] no schools or no medicine, and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” Cardinal Robert Sarah told CNA in a Nov. 27 interview.

Cardinal Sarah, originally from French Guinea, is the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which was created by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and oversees the promotion of charity in the wake of...READ MORE

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