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Abp. Marini's Nostalgia for Spirit of the Council, Spring for Nashville Dominicans and More! (2974)

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10/21/2013 Comment

*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council. Follow the link to Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Piero Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council', from Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Spring Time for American Order of Preachers: Nashville Dominicans - Regina Magazine

Clash of Buffoons – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is the Old Mass Boring for Children? - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Do You Have the Toolbox for Humanity? - Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Why I Want My Kids to Be Bored - Ginny Moyer, Catholic Mom

The Secret to Success for Being Catholic in College – Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

A Year at My Refuge House Worthwhile Struggles of Prickly Creatures - Crystal Sprague, My Refuge House

5 Types of Guilt...READ MORE

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Pope: Prayer Helps ‘Overcome Evil With Good’ (2217)

The Holy Father explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone.

10/20/2013 Comment
Lauren Cater/CNA

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a weapon in the struggle against evil.

“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he said.

“He knows what we need better than we do!” 

The Pope explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone. 

“In our daily journey, especially in difficulties, in the struggle against evil outside of ourselves and within us, the Lord is not far way; he is at...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Frenzy; Brace Yourself, Homeschooling Again; The Joys of Fatherhood and Much More! (3875)

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10/20/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Frenzy. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Frenzy – BigPulpit.com

Brace Yourself, You’re Homeschooling Again – Martina Krietzer, Catholic Sistas

Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style - Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Pregnant, With Cancer – Theresa Thomas, Everyday Catholic

His Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Letter to Parents – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Challenges & Joys of Modern Fatherhood – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Catholic Schools Don’t Turn Out Actual Catholics - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Did Mary Give the Rosary to Saint Dominic? - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Hungary Governed by Christian Principles,...READ MORE

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The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion; Sloth, "Julia", and New Evangelization and More! (2879)

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10/19/2013 Comment

The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion. Follow the link by the Confessions of a Funeral Director website to read more.

The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion.  Written on the Confessions of a Funeral Director website. - BigPulpit.com

Sloth, “Julia,” and the New Evangelization - Alan L. Anderson, The CWR Blog

A Difference in Tone or Volume, but Not in Substance – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Thirty Ways to Love Your Mother - Misty, Catholic Sistas

Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

The Pain of Abortion on Teen Mom - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Holiday Hysteria: A Christian Defense of Halloween - Rod Bennett, Catholic Lane

Despite Dangers, Church Will Always Help World’s Refugees – Catholic Herald

“Most Favored Sin” Status - Kevin...READ MORE

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A Healing Sacrament (5738)

Book Pick: Patrick Novecosky Recommends Vinny Flynn’s 7 Secrets of Confession.

10/19/2013 Comments (5)

Editor’s note: Dan Burke interviewed Vinny Flynn on Register Radio Oct. 18. Listen to the interview here.


7 Secrets of Confession

By Vinny Flynn

Ignatius Press, 2013

191 pages, $13

To order: EWTNreligiouscatalogue.com

As a lifelong practicing Catholic, I know a thing or two about the seven sacraments. And as someone who works in full-time ministry, I also know that I have a lot to learn. That was the first thing that struck me when I read Vinny Flynn’s new book, 7 Secrets of Confession.

For example, I was always under the impression that confession was all about receiving forgiveness. Don’t get me wrong: We do receive forgiveness if we make an honest confession and...READ MORE

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Fear of the Lord: Servile (Bad) or Loving (Good) (5755)

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

10/18/2013 Comments (5)


The last of the sanctifying gifts given in the sacrament of confirmation is the fear of the Lord. It’s a gift that, these days, often tends to inspire, well, fear. And not the good kind.

“There’s a good kind of fear?” asks the average postmodern.

Yep — and there’s a bad kind, too. And the odds are pretty good that when it comes to fear and God, most people, including an awful lot of believers, are imagining God wants us to live in the bad kind of fear.

The bad kind of fear is what the Catholic Tradition calls “servile fear.” It is the fear a dog has of its master or, more precisely, that a slave has of his master. It is also the fear that the average atheist critic of Christianity...READ MORE

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Elderly Priests, Sisters Are ‘True Shrines of Holiness,’ Pope Says (1616)

Their difficulties, the Holy Father noted, echo those of Moses, John the Baptist and St. Paul, who also experienced trials in their later years.

10/18/2013 Comments (2)
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– Elise Harris/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his daily Mass homily on Oct. 18, Pope Francis reflected on various biblical figures who experienced difficulty in their old age and encouraged those present not to forget the elderly.

The Pope directed his reflections to those gathered in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican for Masd, centering his thoughts upon the later parts of the lives of Moses, John the Baptist and St. Paul.

These three figures, he noted, remind him of “the shrines of holiness that are the nursing homes of elderly priests and religious sisters.”

Pope Francis recalled the excitement and enthusiasm displayed by all three men in their youth, and he contrasted it to isolation and pain...READ MORE

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Monks Win Coffin Fight With Louisiana (5235)

The decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the Benedictines to sell their caskets to the public represents a victory for both the monks and consumers at risk from price-gouging.

10/18/2013 Comments (5)
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St. Joseph Benedictine Abbey church in St. Joseph, La.

– Jason Johnston/CNA

BATON ROUGE, La. — After a long legal fight, Benedictine monks in Louisiana have the right to sell their handmade wooden caskets to the public now that the U.S. Supreme Court has let a lower court ruling stand.

“It’s a great day for us, and we’re very thankful that this five-year battle is over,” Abbot Justin Brown of St. Joseph Abbey told The Advocate, Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper. “We’re not in the business of going to court.”

The Covington-based abbey had for decades created the caskets to bury deceased religious brothers. It began to sell the caskets in November 2007 through a new company, St. Joseph Woodworks, after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the timberland on which it relied...READ MORE

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