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Spiritual Lasagna (1996)

Saturday Book Pick: Toronto Archbishop's recipe for better prayer.

12/17/2011 Comment

Taking a multilayered approach to the Church’s ancient practice of lectio divina (divine reading), Archbishop Thomas Collins has written a recipe to help fill souls hungering for the word of God.

The archbishop of Toronto provides a combination of a handbook on prayer and personal reflections on St. Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. The book is divided into nine chapters based on sessions he led at Toronto’s cathedral. “I go through the text, section by section,” he explains. “It is like spiritual lasagna: a layer of text, then a layer of my own reflections, ending with a question to consider regarding personal application of the text. That’s followed by a layer of silence, then a layer of...READ MORE

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Hope Flies Ascalon, I Bake Because I Love, Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and more! (2313)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/17/2011 Comment

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Click on the link by Nathaniel Gotcher to learn more.

Hope Flies on the Ascalon - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

I Bake Because I Love - Terri Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

A Reading Tip, Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Our Twins: A Short Story - Kuzma Family, Tickling Tales & Trying Trails

A “New” Bible for Spanish-Speakers of the Americas - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Hope After Poor Prenatal Diagnosis - Monica Rafie, Catholic Lane

Intolerant Atheists - Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

Church, Women & Pants - Gerrie Goguen, New Oxford Review

Jewish...READ MORE

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Profession of a Stravrophore Nun, Shroud of Turin Mystery Deepens, What Are Ember Days, and more! (3146)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/16/2011 Comment

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

It is Theism . . . that Deserves to be Called The Scientific Worldview - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Alma Redemptoris Mater, Palestrina - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

New Research from E.N.E.A. on the Shroud of Turin - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Tim Tebow, A Source of Inspiration - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Study: Sharing a Smile can Synchronize Mom’s & Baby’s Heartbeat - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

What Are Ember Days? - Aquinas & More

The New Translation: What’s Changed and Why - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Messianic Prophecies: Daniel 7:13-14 -...READ MORE

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Record Drop in U.S. Marriages Caused by Social Changes (2179)

12/16/2011 Comments (10)
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Sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox

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Washington D.C. — The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.

He was responding to a Dec. 14 Pew Research analysis that indicates marriage rates in the U.S. are at a record low, as young couples are delaying marriage longer than ever before.

According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census data, only 51% of adults in the U.S. are currently married, compared to 72% in 1960. In addition, new marriages in America dropped by 5% between 2009 and 2010.

While the decline in marriage is taking place among all age groups, it is most...READ MORE

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Defending the Rights of Religious Expression for Everyone — From Anglicans to Zoroastrians (6284)

The Becket Fund’s new president, William Mumma, discusses key threats to religious liberty.

12/16/2011 Comments (4)
The Becket Fund

William Mumma

– The Becket Fund

They boast of working to protect the free expression of all faiths, “from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.”

Established in 1994, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, public-interest legal and educational institute whose lawyers have defended dozens of cases in which the government has infringed upon the religious rights of Americans.

Recently, the Becket Fund took up the case of Belmont Abbey v. Sebelius, in which Belmont Abbey College is challenging the interim final rule of the Health and Human Services Department requiring all insurers to cover contraceptives and sterilizations.

Earlier this year, William Mumma took over as president of the fund when founder Kevin...READ MORE

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10 European Movers and Shakers, Bringing Tebow to Catholicism, Lessons from Exodus, and much more! (4202)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/16/2011 Comment

10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers. Click on the link by Julie Rodrigues to learn whom they are.

10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Bringing Tim Tebow To The Fullness of Truth - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

The End of Canterbury - Joseph Bottum, Weekly Standard

Lessons from the Book of Exodus: Centrality of the Liturgy & Orthopraxis - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Advocating Same-Sex Marriage: Consistency Is Another Victim - Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse

Incredible Shrinking Protestant Churches - New Oxford Review

Gifts of the Spirit: What’s the Return Policy? - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

10 Tips to a Happy and Holy Christmas - Youth...READ MORE

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Congressmen Urge President Obama to Discuss Religious Freedom in Iraq (1907)

Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Chris Smith, R-N.J., were among the bipartisan signatories of the letter urging the president 'to raise the plight of Iraq’s besieged ethno-religious communities.'

12/15/2011 Comments (2)

WASHINGTON (CNA)—Several dozen members of Congress sent letters to President Barack Obama urging him to raise the issue of religious freedom in Iraq during his Dec. 12 meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

A White House spokesperson told CNA on Dec. 14 that the president has not yet received the letters and declined to comment on whether religious freedom was discussed in the meetings between Obama and al-Maliki.

Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, warned that the Iraqi government “does not provide effective protection” against the violent attacks and intimidation directed towards religious minorities in the country.

Speaking on behalf...READ MORE

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Papal Preacher's Advent Sermons Focus on Evangelization (2079)

He has been sharing the Gospel with the Pope and other Vatican officials for 31 years.

12/15/2011 Comments (1)

VATICAN CITY (CNA)—Although he is the only person in the world to have the job of preaching to the Pope, Father Raniero Cantalamessa sees his work as simply delivering the message of the Gospel.

“It is actually a very simple ministry, because the Pope at that moment is just a listener among other listeners,” the Italian Capuchin Franciscan priest told CNA.

“In fact, it’s really the Pope who gives the sermon to the rest of the Church by listening to the meditation of a very simple priest of the Catholic Church.”

Father Cantalamessa, 77, has been the official preacher to the Papal Household since 1980. His job consists of giving a meditation every Friday of Lent and Advent to the senior...READ MORE

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