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For These Students, a Very Different Spring Break (3402)

March 25 issue feature on service over vacation.

03/24/2012 Comment
Christendom College

WORKING VACATION. Christendom College students did missionary work in Honduras last year. Student missionaries did door-to-door evangelizing every morning, and in the evenings, they hosted catechetical and recreational programs for children, teenagers and adults.

– Christendom College

For a small but increasing number of faithful Catholic students, spring break is coming to mean much more than time off: It is a time for generosity and self-denial.

Students at such schools as Christendom College, Ave Maria University, Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas are going not to Fort Lauderdale but the Dominican Republic, not to Daytona but the Bronx.

This year, Christendom’s director of missions, Mike Brown, reports that 16% of its students, 58 in all, will spend their break doing mission work in the Dominican Republic, assisting the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World in Peru, and helping the homeless with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal...READ MORE

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Putting Out Into the Deep (1805)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church, pens Night of the Confessor.

03/24/2012 Comments (1)

I was not surprised to learn that Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church during the communist regime, won the Romano Guardini Prize, for, as I read Night of the Confessor, that is whose works I kept thinking of.

I especially thought of The End of the Modern World (1956), in which Guardini, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s teachers, wrote that in describing the modern world’s end, he was not proclaiming a “facile apocalyptic.” In other words, that Jesus was coming back and all shall be well.

Father Halík writes that he “would like to take a stand against ‘religious optimism’ — facile belief, making use of people’s anxiety and suggestibility for a manipulatory...READ MORE

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Mary Mother of Mercy Christ the Power of Merciful Love, Book for a Man Going to Seminary, and more! (2960)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/24/2012 Comment

Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love. Click on the link by Fr. Jame McTavish to read and learn more.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love - Fr. Jame McTavish, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Quæritur: Book for a Man Going to Seminary - Fr. Z’s Blog

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

90% of the World’s Bishops can Trace Their Lineage to One Bishop - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

How Can I learn to Trust? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Is ‘Normal’ - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Sunday Is For Pancakes - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

The Catholic “Ghetto” as a Last Resort - Wolfgang Grassl, Crisis Magazine

The Triumph of Greed - Ken Connor, Catholic Lane

History and the Austrian Clerical...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Arrives in Mexico (2234)

León's streets come alive with enthusiasm, while the Pope invites Mexican people to live hope as a ‘profound conviction.’

03/23/2012 Comments (5)
Walter Sánchez Silva

People view Pope Benedict XVI's speech on large screen at the airport of Guanajuato.

– Walter Sánchez Silva

León, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI’s flight touched down at the León airport this afternoon, in the midst of nearly 90-degree heat and relentless sun, which the 3,500 guests had endured for hours prior to his arrival.

But the heat did not stop the crowd from erupting into enthusiastic cheers as the Holy Father came into view.

After welcoming words by the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, the Holy Father addressed the crowd and the nation, saying that “the fervor of the Mexican people is famous” and that he had been wanting to make this trip “for a long time.”

“I come as a pilgrim of faith, hope and charity,” he said, with the desire to “strengthen and encourage” the Mexican faithful...READ MORE

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At Scores of Rallies, Thousands Hear Calls to Restore Constitutional Right to Religious Liberty (8570)

Stand Up for Religious Freedom marks second anniversary of Obamacare with peaceful, impassioned demonstrations against HHS contraceptive mandate.

03/23/2012 Comments (20)
Matthew A. Rarey

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., told protesters in Chicago, “If you’re not prepared to go to jail and stand up for your freedom, you don’t know what’s at stake in this election.”

– Matthew A. Rarey

From the halls of government in the nation’s capital to the hills of San Francisco, thousands of Americans turned out today across the country to voice their opposition to what they perceive as serious encroachments on religious liberty.

Sponsored by an organization called Stand Up for Religious Freedom, the rallies were held in 140 locations, including the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington.

That is the office that issued a regulation earlier this year requiring most private employers to provide co-pay-free contraceptive and sterilization coverage in health-care plans. The mandate provides only a narrow religious exemption, leading the U.S. Conference of Catholic...READ MORE

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Americans Rally for Religious Freedom (4061)

1,000 protest in front of the Health and Human Services Department in Washington, as more gather in 140 cities across the country.

03/23/2012 Comments (7)
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Protesters pray while participating in a 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom' rally in front of the Department of Health and Human Services March 23 in Washington. The rally was one of 140 rallies held in cities across the United States as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the Obama administration's national health-care legislation next week.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — “We are no longer free when politicians can force us to pay for what we consider sin,” an impassioned Star Parker, the keynote speaker, said at the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally held today in Washington.

Parker was speaking at a noon rally held to protest a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring religious employers to provide health-insurance policies that include contraception without a co-pay, sterilization and abortifacients. Employers refusing on religious grounds to pay for such policies will face stiff fines.

The event drew more than 1,000 participants to the plaza in front of the HHS building. It was one of 140 rallies held...READ MORE

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Pope 'to Encourage and to Learn, to Comfort ... to Console, With Commitment to the Good' (991)

Benedict XVI held an in-flight press conference en route to Mexico March 23.

03/23/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to help Mexico in its struggle against drug-related violence and assist Cuba in discovering a new post-Marxist future.

“I am going to encourage and to learn, to comfort in faith, hope and charity, to console, with a commitment to the good and to the struggle against evil,” Pope Benedict said during his in-flight press conference en route to Mexico March 23.

This is the Pope’s 23rd foreign visit since his election in 2005, but his first to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. He will remain in Mexico until March 26. After that, the Pope will travel to Cuba, before returning to Rome on March 29.

Pope Benedict told reporters that the visit was “a...READ MORE

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Real Religion Is Faith Lived (4721)

March 25 issue column: The problem is not religion, but false religion. Real religion is a good thing because it consists precisely of doing those works of charity Jesus exemplifies.

03/23/2012 Comments (6)
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“I’m not religious! I just love the Lord!” It’s one of those sayings I heard repeated with an almost liturgical regularity back in the warm and simple days when I was an evangelical. It went without saying that “religion” was bad. What also went without saying was what, exactly, religion was. So, what do people seem to mean by “religion”? Basically, a cold, artificial thing that blocks us from the direct, unmediated ecstasy of access to God without a clutter of priests, complicated rites, baffling theology understandable only to professionals, and various “magic words” and symbols that mainly function to cut us off from “the simple Gospel of Jesus.”

What does Scripture say about religion?...READ MORE

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