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Seeking Holiness, Prayer Postures, Being Broken?, Apologetics, Limits of Subsidiarity, and more! (3555)

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04/23/2012 Comment

Seeking Holiness: An Intimate, Unceasing Trinitarian Union - Kathleen A. Kanavy MA, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Seeking Holiness: An Intimate, Unceasing Trinitarian Union - Kathleen A. Kanavy MA, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Prayer Postures: What They Mean & Why They Matter - Heather M. Erb, New Oxford Review

Broken? ~ Stanza I ~ Part I - Becky Ward, Catholic Spiritual Direction

5 Common Protestant Objections to Sacrament of Confession - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Pushing Back the Limits of Subsidiarity - Tim Shaughnessy, Truth & Charity

Chuck Colson: Requiescat in Pace - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Pursuit of Hoppiness - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Music for Private Devotion, Not Liturgy - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

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Pope Says First Communion Preparation Requires Love and Reverence (3375)

The Holy Father addresses soon-to-be first communicants April 22.

04/23/2012 Comment
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During his April 22 Regina Coeli address, Pope Benedict XVI said adults should bring reverence and love to the task of preparing children to receive their first holy Communion.

“Dear friends, the Church at Easter time usually administers first Communion to children,” he noted in the midday address. “I, therefore, urge the pastors, parents and catechists to prepare this feast of faith well, with great fervor, but also with sobriety.”

Among the large crowd gathered in the sunshine of St. Peter's Square were thousands of Italian children who will make their first holy Communion in the coming weeks. As Pope Benedict addressed them, the young pilgrims cheered and released hundreds of...READ MORE

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Egg-Producing Human Ovarian Stem Cells Concern Ethicists (6765)

Will this discovery provide an unlimited egg supply and an anti-aging elixir, or the ingredient for more embryo destruction?

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MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Scottish researcher Richard Anderson and colleagues plan to experiment on human embryos made from ovarian stem cell-derived eggs.

– MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Human eggs apparently now can be produced in a lab dish from stem cells derived from adult women’s ovaries.

That is the promise of groundbreaking research by Harvard Medical School professor Jonathan Tilly.

The finding raises possibilities such as a limitless supply of lab-grown human eggs for experimentation and fertilization from one woman, as well as some sort of embryonic stem cell-derived, anti-aging elixir.

Tilly’s research team at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology published their findings — which turn a half century of embryology orthodoxy on its head — in the March issue of Nature Medicine. The dogma that women inherit a fixed “bank...READ MORE

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Why Good Is More Interesting Than Bad (2456)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 22.

04/22/2012 Comment
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Sunday, April 22, is the Third Sunday of Easter (Year B, Cycle II).

Readings
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48


Our Take
Regina Doman, author of young-adult fiction, spoke at Benedictine College recently and demonstrated a common modern fallacy.

“Who is more interesting: bad guys or good guys?” she asked the students.

The answer came back: “Bad guys!”

She asked them why and did an exercise with their answers that was very instructive about what our culture trains people to think of the lives and lifestyles of the good and bad — and how wrong our culture is.

The truth is: Evil is more banal than good, the virtuous are more complex than...READ MORE

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Belgian Roadside Shrines Serve as Prayer Reminders (3495)

April 22 issue feature on a Catholic tradition in Wisconsin.

04/22/2012 Comment
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The eyes of the Church were focused on a small rural chapel with a rich history located just outside of Green Bay, Wis., not too long ago. It was December 2010 and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop  David Ricken, Green Bay’s  12th ecclesiastic leader, had just declared the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Help to a Belgian immigrant girl named Adele Brise to be authentic and free of error.

As headlines and Internet sites splashed the news of North America’s first officially recognized Marian apparition site, locals in the area already knew the obvious: This part of Wisconsin settled by the Belgians some 150 years ago was holy ground.

William Laatsch, a retired...READ MORE

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California Churches Teach History and Invite Prayer (3159)

April 22 issue feature on more Golden State Catholic sites.

04/22/2012 Comment

St. Andrew's Church, Pasadena

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The following is part two of a profile of just a handful of the many beautiful churches California has to offer (Part 1).

Church of the Nativity
Nativity is a pretty, historic little church built in the New England style. It is part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park. It began as a mission church in 1872 and became a parish in 1877. The first church was enlarged and modified and officially dedicated in 1888. Other elements were added through the years, including an impressive rose stained-glass window in 1900. Fortunately, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake did little damage to the church (while wrecking the rectory!).

The church is built in the cruciform style and made...READ MORE

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Coming to a TV Near You: 'The Catholic View for Women' (3473)

A look at EWTN's new talk show. April 22 issue feature.

04/21/2012 Comment

When Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo get together, something fantastic happens — it’s called The Catholic View for Women.

It’s a new EWTN talk show. Several pilot shows ran on the network last year, garnering reviews so favorable that EWTN not only contracted for a full series, 13 episodes of which will air this fall, but also created a brand-new set.
The trio traveled to the Irondale, Ala.-based EWTN studios in March to tape the fall season.

The idea for the show was conceived by host Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More awareness campaign. The concept spent five years in gestation before EWTN approved the...READ MORE

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A Theologial Answer to Why God Allows Suffering, Why Are Homeschooled Kids So Annyoing?, and more! (4717)

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04/21/2012 Comment

Why Do We Suffer? The Theological Answer of St. Paul. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read and understand.

Why Do We Suffer? The Theological Answer of St. Paul - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Why are Homeschooled Kids So Annoying? - Dwija Borobia, Catholic Exchange

Saturday Update on the Fallout from the L.C.W.R. Vatican Report - ThePulp.it

Am I Being Self-Absorbed when Praying for Spiritual Growth? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Two Things Conservative Catholics Should Stop Doing – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Six Educational Online Resources for Kids to Love Their Faith - J. E. Foyer, St. Peter's List

S.S.P.X. One Step Closer to Reintegration with the Catholic Church - ThePulp.it

Doing Something About It - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

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