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‘Becoming Sister Mary Grace’ Encourages Vocations in Girls (5043)

New book is timely for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

04/21/2013 Comment
Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

– Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

When they couldn’t find vocation stories for children, Father Jeffrey Kirby and Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz decided to write their own.

In 2010, they published Becoming Father Bob for boys, which quickly became a success.

But that was only the start.

This January, during Catholic Schools Week, they released their latest book, aimed at elementary and middle-school girls: Becoming Sister Mary Grace.

“Principal Peggy Wertz and I worked alongside a great illustrator and saw Becoming Sister Mary Grace come alive,” said Father Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Wertz is principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, S.C., where illustrator Alice Judd...READ MORE

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God's Warning for Humanity, France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Marchers and More! (4990)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed. Follow the link via Mystics of the Church website to read more.

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed via Mystics of the Church website - Big Pulpit

France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Demonstrators – Annie Elizabeth, Defénde Nos In Proélio

Are You Just a Mother? – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

April 16, 2013, Versailles – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

The Impotence of the Orthodox Catholic Political Movement - Francis, Catholic Stand

Why People With a Colorful Past Evangelize - Anabelle Hazard Esq, Catholic Lane

Spiritual Warfare Concerning Anger - Ronda Chervin PhD, Corpus Christi Watershed

IVF May Have Brought Joy; Also Brought Misery, Ended Lives – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Interview with Dr. Matthew Bunson On Pope Francis –...READ MORE

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Catholics Caught in the Crossfire (3684)

How some residents of Watertown and other Boston-area communities were impacted by the police pursuit of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

04/20/2013 Comment
Justin Bell

Statue of Jesus at the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown, Mass.

– Justin Bell

WATERTOWN, Mass. — In a conclusion to an unforgettable and sometimes surreal week, events unfolded in the Boston area between Thursday and Friday evenings that would rival the popular show television show 24.

Yet the very real life of MIT officer Sean Collier was violently taken, MBTA transit officer Richard Donohue was seriously wounded, and terror-bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and subsequently died — but another life was spared, that of his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also known as Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings.

With much of the Boston area under lockdown after a guerilla-warfare battle between armed authorities and the brothers Tsarnaev in the streets of...READ MORE

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The Slide Toward State Control; Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? Aridity, Divine Intimacy and More! (2637)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

The Slide Toward State Control. Follow the link by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website to read more.

The Slide Toward State Control by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website - Big Pulpit

Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Aridity, Divine Intimacy – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Mainstream Media Attack Archbishop Vigneron - Fr. Z’s Blog

On Women Marrying Young – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

Whiskey Man: Fr. Emil Kapaun - Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Best is Yet to Come - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Dino Marcantonio on Sacred Art and Architecture – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Extremely Easy English Propers - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

How to Help an Aging Parent Who Refuses Help - Dale Carter,...READ MORE

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Earthly Fortitude Prepares Us for the Gift’s Ultimate Expression (4881)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

04/20/2013 Comment

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

I once read that there was a person who felt a certain envy for the early martyrs of the Church.

Where most people feel fear, the author felt a sort of romantic stirring at the thought of dying before a firing squad in some filthy, anti-Christian hellhole, singing the Creed.

There are places, even today, where Christians get such opportunities forced upon them on far too regular a basis. Many despotisms still exist where Christians are butchered for their faith by the thousands each year. So it’s easy to think of the gift of fortitude as primarily having to do with screwing up your courage and facing some ghastly martyrdom like St. Lawrence roasting on a red hot griddle and gallantly...READ MORE

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Nearly 15,000 French Mayors Will Refuse to Perform ‘Gay Marriages’ (3692)

04/20/2013 Comments (1)

PARIS — A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice.

The administration of French President Francois Hollande has put forth a measure that would legalize “gay marriage,” allow same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and to adopt children.

“It is foolish to think that the mobilization of the elected mayors would stop if the law is passed,” said Franck Meyer, spokesman for the association Mayors for Children.

“As citizens, we elected officials will not give up,” he said in statements to the media.

Meyer, who is mayor of...READ MORE

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Happy 90th Birthday, Mother Angelica! (8089)

Trust in Jesus has sustained the foundress of EWTN through the years, according to timely tributes.

04/20/2013 Comments (3)


Mother Angelica celebrates her 90th birthday on April 20.

EWTN and the worldwide EWTN family of well over 225 million television households — plus EWTN radio listeners — are celebrating along with her and paying tribute to the woman who has had an effect on lives too numerous to count.

Many fond memories and insights from the past year, and as recently as EWTN Live’s latest special program (which aired on Wednesday), celebrated the special nun who founded the world’s largest Catholic media network, built a magnificent Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery for the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and founded the Franciscan Missionaries of the...READ MORE

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Local Church Offers Comfort in Wake of Texas Tragedy (3665)

The parking lot of the Church of the Assumption in West has been transformed into a makeshift food pantry for workers, volunteers and families displaced by the Wednesday explosion.

04/19/2013 Comment
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Residents of West, Texas, attend a candelight vigil and prayer service at Assumption Church for the victims of the West Fertilizer Co. explosion.

– Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

WEST, Texas — For some 24 years now, Father Ed Karasek has ministered in the small, primarily Catholic town of West, Texas. An explosion Wednesday night at the local fertilizer plant decimated whole blocks of his town and took the lives of some of his parishioners.

As a priest, he says, “You feel like a father who has lost children. You love these people like a father loves his children. You’re a spiritual father. … And you hurt.”

Father Karasek is among those spearheading the Church’s response to the tragedy.

The parking lot of the parish Church of the Assumption — about 10 blocks from the explosion site — has become a makeshift food pantry, where workers, volunteers and families...READ MORE

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