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Tim Tebow's Real 'Wins' (5430)

The Broncos quarterback continues to prioritize his faith and time with his fans, win or lose.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wildcard playoff game in Denver Jan. 8.

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The original Jan. 13 story has been updated.

No stranger to national attention before the Broncos playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tim Tebow’s fame was catapulted into the stratosphere of popular culture last week — leading up to the game against the New England Patriots last Saturday night.

“Tebowmania” will undoubtedly subside since the Broncos were bounced from the NFL playoffs Jan. 14 via a 45-10 drubbing by the Patriots and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

Regardless, Tebow kept things in perspective in a postgame press conference recorded on video and posted by the Broncos.

“Overall, it still wasn’t a bad day; it still was a good day because before the game I...READ MORE

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Black and Catholic (12026)

Catholicism continues to be a minority religion in the black community, but these clergymen are pushing on.

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Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry is one of just 16 black Catholic bishops in the United States. “Historically," he said, "the Church in America has suffered from a lack of outreach to blacks, and the consequences are still with us today.”

About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community, the percentage is far lower. According to a CARA Catholic Poll, just 3% of American Catholics, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic.

Further, just 250 of America’s 40,000 priests and only 16 of the 434 bishops in the United States are black.

In conjunction with Martin Luther King Day, the following is a profile of three black members of the clergy, who also shared their thoughts on evangelizing the black community.

Bishop Joseph Perry, 63, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He grew up in an observant Catholic home in Chicago. His father was a...READ MORE

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The Pope Encourages Young People to Follow God's Call (2716)

Jan. 15 Angelus address focuses on vocational discernment.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized the need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

“I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people,” the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.

“God’s call to follow Jesus more closely, giving up forming their own family to dedicate themselves to the great family of the Church, is normally done through the testimony and proposal from a ‘big brother,’ usually a priest.”

Also instrumental in the process,...READ MORE

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'To Be Born' Touches Hearts and Saves Lives (2848)

Priest Produces Pro-Life Short Film

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Jan. 15 issue feature.

Nearly everyone involved in pro-life ministry will say that one thing they want to do is give a “voice” to the unborn.

A new film, titled To Be Born, produced by Spirit Juice Studios, does just that.

In the powerful short film, a young woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy seeks to have an abortion. In the midst of the procedure, she hears her unborn daughter speaking to her.

Steve McEveety, producer of The Passion of the Christ, described the film as “visually gripping … one of the most powerful pro-life short films I have ever seen.”

For nearly 10 years, Catholic priest Father Stephen Lesniewski has used the story “A Letter From an Aborted Child,” written by...READ MORE

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How to Hear Christ's Call (1752)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 15.

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Sunday, Jan. 15, is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Readings

1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42


Our Take

Everybody loves dramatic stories of God’s call. But, ordinarily, when God calls us, it happens in the course of an ordinary life: in church, in our workplace, in our families. That’s how we each felt “called” to our Christian vocations.

Don’t get us wrong. There are many dramatic callings in Scripture: The shepherd boy faces the giant and vanquishes him. An angel appears to Mary and Joseph to tell them the Messiah will come into their lives. Isaiah is taken up to heaven and his lips touched with burning coal. St. Paul is knocked off...READ MORE

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Spousal Speech (4468)

Why (and how) you should always respect your spouse in conversation with others.

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I meet a couple of friends each morning to work out. Inevitably, the conversation turns to the guys complaining about their wives. This makes me very uncomfortable, so I try to change the subject. What constitutes legitimate “letting off steam” — and what is downright degradation?



Tom: There is a very fine line between the two, and it takes great care not to cross it. And yet, while the line is fine, the difference is profound. One builds up our spouses and marriages, and the other denigrates both. And a thoughtful person usually can sense when the conversation devolves into something it shouldn’t. (And, of course, we should point out that this issue isn’t gender-exclusive.)

Usually, when...READ MORE

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Follow the Way of Beauty, Amazing Church Renovations, What Catholics Owe Bach, and much more! (3893)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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To Follow the “Way of Beauty”. Click on the link by David Clayton to read more.

To Follow the “Way of Beauty” - David Clayton, Crisis Magazine

Amazing Church Renovation - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

What Catholics Owe Bach & What Bach Owes the Catholic Tradition - Andrew Ellison, Catholic Phoenix

Science Shows Unborn Children Benefit their Mothers - Youth Defence/Life Institute

Curbing Morning-After Pills to Combat Sex-Selective Abortions - Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Vatican Museums Break Visitor Record in 2011 - David Kerr, CNA/EWTN News

Boys’ School Affiliated With Opus Dei Flourishes - Mark Oppenheimer, Washington Post

Does Jesus Hate Our Religion? - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI & Incense: 15 Noble Photos - Saint...READ MORE

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Understanding the Incarnation (1973)

Jan. 15 issue column

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“For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, a new light of glory has shown upon the eyes of our mind, so that as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible” (Christmas Preface, 1).

The Incarnation is shrouded in mystery for us. It is a decision on the part of God to manifest his love which we can never completely understand. When theologians like Thomas Aquinas write about it, they speak of its fittingness. To say that something is fitting means that there is more good in this choice on the part of God than in any other one we can think of. What is this choice?

To answer that question it is interesting to see how debased the Christian...READ MORE

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