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Pope Benedict: Faith Must Be Lived With Integrity (4109)

The Holy Father reminded pilgrims Sept. 2 that God's law brings true freedom. The real meaning of following God’s law, he said, is 'to live in listening to God.'

09/04/2012 Comment

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Pope Benedict XVI says that God’s law brings personal liberation to each person who embraces it and lives it with integrity.

“God’s law is his word, which guides man on the path of life, releases him from the slavery of selfishness and introduces him to the ‘land’ of true freedom and life,” the Pope said during his midday Sept. 2 Angelus address.

“For this reason, in the Bible, the Law is not seen as a burden, an overwhelming limitation, but as the Lord’s most precious gift, the testimony of his fatherly love, of his desire to be close to his people, to be their ally and write with his people a love story.”

The Pope made his remarks before several thousand pilgrims who gathered in...READ MORE

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Be A Catholic Writer, Can Distributism Fix a Ravaged Nation, Sign and Symbol Transparency, and More! (4350)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/04/2012 Comment

On Being a Catholic Writer. Click on the link by Ralph McInerny Ph.D. to read more.

On Being a Catholic Writer – Ralph McInerny PhD, Crisis Magazine

Can Distributism Fix a Ravaged Country? – Dr. Ovidiu Hurduzeu, The Distributist Review

On the Transparency of Sign and Symbol – Fr. Christopher Smith, The Chant Café

20 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Large Families – Catholic Sistas

Spiritual Direction Through the Wind and Waves – Dan Burke, Cthlc Spiritual Direction

Vatican Refuses to Comment on Cyber Attack Rumors – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Homosexual Promiscuity: Breeding a National Health Problem by David R. Usher and Cynthia L. Davis – Big ulpit

Catholic New Media Conference 2012 Wrap-up – Jeff Geerling, Life is a Prayer.com


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Leaving the Culture of Death Behind (11821)

Jewels Green explains what triggered her revulsion at abortion — and how she became a Catholic.

09/03/2012 Comments (40)
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Jewels Green is a stay-at-home mother of three boys. A former abortion-business worker, she left the industry and became a pro-life advocate in 2011. A former Lutheran, Green entered the Catholic Church on April 7, 2012. She recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake from her home outside Philadelphia.


How did you first become involved in abortion work?

I worked at the Allentown Women’s Center, a freestanding abortion center that has been in continuous operation for more than 30 years. I was a poster child for cross-training. I did every job there except for doctor and nurse. I answered the phone and booked appointments; I took payments; I was trained in the lab, so that...READ MORE

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Revival and Romanticism, Contraceptive Mindset Led to Gay Marriage, The Winning Strategy, and More! (4287)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/03/2012 Comment

Revival and Romanticism. Click on the link by the Beauty in Education blog to read more.

Revival and Romanticism – Beauty in Education

How Contraceptive Mindset Helped Pave the Way to Same-Sex “Marriage” – Christopher Eden, Catholic Lane

The Winning Strategy by Dr. Peter Kreeft of the Integrated Catholic Life™ web magazine – Big ulpit

Christian Art and the Subversion of Death – Anthony DiStefano, Catholic Phoenix

Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23) – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Vatican to Work with Apple, iTunes to Produce e-Books – Fr. Z’s Blog

Seven More Eastern Catholic Saints You Should Know – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Why It’s Okay To Speak Religiously in the Face of Tragedy – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

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The Church: Founded on Friendship (3168)

Aug. 26 issue column

09/02/2012 Comment

The modern world, in its crazy rush to eroticize everything, has been profoundly destructive of the sort of love called "friendship."

Eros, of course, has a real place in human relationships. It has rightly been the subject of song and story for as long as there have been people. Indeed, Genesis honors eros by pointing out the sacredness of the command to "be fruitful and multiply." God is tickled pink when man and woman fall in love and get married. That’s why he invented marriage: so that the union and fruitfulness of sex would find expression in man and woman with their children, made in the image and likeness of a Trinitarian God.

In fact, the whole thing is so sacred that Jesus...READ MORE

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Fellowship of Catholic University Students Heads Back to Campus, Adding 16 New Schools (4157)

New campuses include Harvard University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a new 'digital campus.'

09/02/2012 Comments (3)
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The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) has a presence on 16 new campuses this academic year, with missionaries at Harvard University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a new “digital campus.”

“We believe that the key to building a better future lies with the young leaders on campus,” Focus' president, Curtis Martin, said Aug. 23. “Our goal is to inspire thousands upon thousands of men and women who, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, will be in positions of influence — such that they will transform our culture.”

The Colorado-based organization’s lay missionaries are typically recent college graduates who have committed two years or more to work in...READ MORE

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Know What God Teaches, and Do What He Wants (2554)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 2.

09/02/2012 Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Sept. 8 is the feast of the Nativity of Mary. If you search YouTube for “Nativity of Mary,” one choice is a beautiful presentation that pairs young singer Jackie Evancho singing Ave Maria with art depicting Mary’s birth.

It helps stress what Pope John Paul II said. When we contemplate “Mary the Child,” he said, “we are contemplating a little girl like every other,” but one who is at the same time “blessed among women.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalms 15:2-5; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Our Take
Today’s readings are a celebration of intellect and will.

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Restoring a Common Civic Creed (4057)

The Republican Party holds its Tampa convention promising to tackle economic challenges, restore constitutional principles that protect freedom.

09/01/2012 Comments (28)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice president candidate Paul Ryan acknowledge the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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TAMPA, Fla.“Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed,” Paul Ryan said in his acceptance speech as Republican vice-presidential nominee in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 29. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman who is House Budget Committee chairman, is a Catholic well-versed in Catholic social teaching, having engaged in public conversation on these grounds, most famously in a letter exchange with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In carving out the common values he and Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, share, Ryan was underscoring a key message of the Republican convention and presidential ticket. The...READ MORE

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