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Real Religion Is Faith Lived (5383)

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...READ MORE

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How to Develop a Prayer Life that Transforms, What's Going On In My Prayer Life, and much more! (2855)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/23/2012 Comment

How to Develop a Prayer Life that Transforms. Click on the link by Brennan Pursell to read and learn more.

How to Develop a Prayer Life that Transforms - Brennan Pursell, Crisis Magazine

What is Going on with my Prayer Life? Should I Really just be Sitting in Silence? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Taking up the Cross, Moments of Grace - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Husband is the Head, but the Wife is the Heart (Pius XI) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

“Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

“Thou Shall Not Kill” & War: 16 Teachings of the Catholic Church - Saint Peter’s List

Resignation of the Pope: Theory and Practice - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

U.S. Ordinariate New Liturgical Calendar - New Catholic,...READ MORE

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The State of Religion in America (2638)

New Pew Research poll features Americans' opinions of the Obama administration's attitude toward religion and the role for religion in public life.

03/23/2012 Comments (1)
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– Shutterstock

Catholic Americans increasingly say that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion, a new survey says, though Americans as a whole appear to be growing more skeptical towards a role for religion in public life.

The Pew Research Center said that there has been a “noticeable shift” among white Catholics’ opinion of the Obama administration, which could be tied to “effects from the controversy over the administration’s policies on contraception coverage.”

In August 2009, 15% of Catholics and 17% of white Catholics said the Obama administration is unfriendly towards religion. In March 2012, 25% of Catholics and 31% of white Catholics said the same, the Pew Research Center’s March 21...READ MORE

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Mexico Set to Welcome Pope Benedict XVI (2128)

Security measures are in place as Holy Father makes first visit to land of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

03/23/2012 Comments (1)

Archbishop Jose Martin Rabago arrives to bless the media center March 22 prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in León in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

– Reuters/Tomas Bravo

LEÓN, Mexico — The city of León is buzzing with activity as Pope Benedict XVI flies to Mexico today. Workers yesterday were putting the finishing touches on the city’s monuments and planting flowers along the road that the Pope will travel in his popemobile. León is bracing for an influx of more than 300,000 pilgrims.

Security forces are also ready for the Pope’s arrival. When the Holy Father touches down in the Guanajuato airport in León at 4:30pm local time, he will be greeted by a total of 3,500 faithful, civil and religious dignitaries. During his visit, more than 13,000 federal, state and local police officers and soldiers will be standing guard.

The army will be present at all of...READ MORE

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Catholics Have Model for Following Conscience in Blessed John Henry Newman (1509)

Recent conference focused on English cardinal's holiness and conversion to Catholicism.

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– Wikipedia

At a recent conference on Blessed John Henry Newman in Rome, participants were reminded that he is a model of how modern Catholics should carry out God’s will, regardless of the cost.

“He always followed his conscience. His conscience was something sacred for him, and, following the light of conscience, even at the cost of heroic sacrifices in his own life, he came to the fullness of truth,” said Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe, Ireland.

Bishop Boyce was the keynote speaker for the one-day March 14 conference entitled “Tokens of Holiness in the Life of Blessed John Henry Newman.” The summit was jointly organized by Rome’s Venerable English College and the International Center for Newman...READ MORE

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140 Cities Expected to See Religious Freedom Rallies Today (14886)

Thousands expected to gather in opposition to the HHS mandate on second anniversary of health-care reform act.

03/23/2012 Comments (32)

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is set to take place today at noon in 140 cities across the country. From Hawaii to Maine, citizens are preparing to let their voices be heard on the value of religious freedom. Meeting places include historic sites, congressional offices and federal buildings. The theme for the rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom — Stop the HHS Mandate!”

The rallies, which are scheduled to take place on the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), are being organized by the Pro-Life Action League and by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society in response to the recent Department of Health and Human Services...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Makes a Case for Women Cardinals, The Meaning of Sexual Powers, Cristeros, and more! (7688)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/23/2012 Comment

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Be Created Cardinals of the Church. Click on the link by Mark Shea to read more!

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Be Created Cardinals of the Church - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

The Meaning of the Sexual Powers - J. Budzieszewski, Crisis Magazine

For Greater Glory (Movie): ¡Viva Cristo Rey! - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Cardinal Bertone: Pope Bringing Encouragement to Mexico - Anita Bourdin, Zenit

What Is Sloth? It’s a Bit More Subtle than Laziness - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Five Ways to Show Catholic Courage at Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Saint for Africa, and for the West - Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

The Purpose Of Higher Education - Dr. Jeff McLeod, Ignitum Today

New Montreal Archbishop, Sign...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Hunger Games' (23301)

Thought-provoking sci-fi action film features an admirable heroine in a violent culture-of-death future.

03/22/2012 Comments (88)
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– Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins says she got the idea for The Hunger Games while sleepily flicking channels between some reality-show game and footage of the invasion of Iraq until the images began to blur in her mind. What’s bracing about Gary Ross’ film of the first book in Collins’ wildly popular young-adult trilogy is that the topicality of the story’s origins still comes across. When was the last Hollywood science-fiction action blockbuster that felt like actual ideas about the world we live in were at stake?

The Hunger Games is set in a postapocalyptic dystopian world of Panem, a nation composed of a dozen districts, of greatly disparate wealth and status, governed by the totalitarian power of the...READ MORE

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