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Friendships Change History (1938)

July 1 issue column.

07/08/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Friendships can be deeply transformative experiences. A deep and true friendship with another person or a circle of persons can completely revolutionize a person’s life — and the lives of many other people.

Take the friendship of the group known to literary history as “The Inklings.” This was a group of scholars and their various acquaintances in Cambridge and Oxford in the mid-20th century who shared a passionate love for literature (particularly fantastic literature) as well as a common love of the Christian faith. The most famous of them today is probably J.R.R. Tolkien, with C.S. Lewis running a close second, and others, such as Charles Williams and Owen Barfield (as well as several...READ MORE

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Share the Gospel, Thanks or No Thanks (799)

User’s Guide to Sunday, July 8.

07/08/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

Sunday, July 8, is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

July 11 is St. Benedict’s feast day. St. Benedict and St. Thérèse: The Little Rule & the Little Way by Father Dwight Longenecker, a Register contributor, is a marvelous introduction to both the Rule of St. Benedict and the spirituality of the Little Flower. Let these two great saints (and their great interpreter) teach you their simple and straightforward way to God.

Ezekiel 2:2-5, Psalm 123:1-4, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 6:1-6

Our Take
Protestant evangelist Ernest Corty tells the story of a lighthouse to explain evangelization.

Years ago, on a rocky coastline, a shore town’s inhabitants began noticing that...READ MORE

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Men's Catholic Household Fosters Vocations (4379)

July 1 feature about Charleston, S.C., initiative.

07/08/2012 Comment
Deirdre C. Mays

HOLY HOUSE. Father Jeffrey Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Charleston, S.C., Diocese, encourages young men like (left to right) Seth Toft, Rhett Williams and Christopher Davies to discern God’s call for their lives as they live in community in Drexel House.

– Deirdre C. Mays

Drexel House in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., is a unique Catholic men’s residence for discernment: Resident Christopher Davies finds it “absolutely amazing the whole house goes to Holy Hour and Eucharistic adoration.”

“Having the presence of Christ in the house — you can’t beat it,” says Davies. “I can go anytime in front of the Blessed Sacrament and pray: I have Jesus as one of my roommates.”

Located in historic downtown Charleston within walking distance of everything, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, Drexel House is home to young men ages 20 to 35 who live a Catholic life in community as they discern where they’re being called by God.

“It’s a place for Catholic men to come and...READ MORE

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Excommunication as a Restorative Measure (3504)

July 1 issue feature.

07/07/2012 Comments (7)

Why excommunicate people? Is this not a strange holdover from the medieval Church? Excommunication is a punitive device on the part of the Church and is more than merely denying holy Communion. It also publicly rebukes and shames the person.

The cause for excommunication is explicitly “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin” (Canon 915). However, a case could certainly be made that the punishment of excommunication could also be attached to “rebuke a person from whose behavior there arises scandal or serious disturbance of order in a manner accommodated to the special conditions of the person and the deed” (Canon 1339, Paragraph 2).

The Church takes this extreme measure only...READ MORE

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Know Thyself by St. Teresa of Avila on the Spiritual Life, Why Not Beautiful Churches, and More! (3862)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/07/2012 Comment

Know Thyself: Ten Reflections by Saint Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Life. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read and develop your spiritual life.

Know Thyself: Ten Reflections by Saint Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Life – J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Why Not Beautiful Churches? Updated – Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos/The Anchoress

U.K. Deputy Minister: Catholic Church Should be Forced to Have Gay Weddings by John Bingham of London's Daily Telegraph newspaper - Big Pulpit

The Right Stuff: The First Thing Single Catholic Girls Need To Know – Katie Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Advent for Sacred Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Five Steps to Better Mental Health, According to Saint Paul – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

New Catholic Homeschooling Radio Show – Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk


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Catholics Create All-American Music (2906)

Music feature from our July 1 issue.

07/07/2012 Comment
Sean Forrest

Catholic musician Sean Forrest

– Sean Forrest

The New Evangelization has inspired Catholic musicians to create music and lyrics that lift one’s mind to something more beautiful than the cultural landscape, one’s heart to worship God, and one’s soul to reflect on the true teachings of the Catholic Church.

“I feel called to have solid Catholic music that teaches, inspires and reminds Catholics of the teachings of our own faith,” says Brian Flynn (BrianFlynnMusic.com), music director and director of religious education and youth ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Westphalia, Mich.

Flynn is interested in creating music that is authentically Catholic, with a special focus on the Eucharist.

“I think there’s a desperate need for that,”...READ MORE

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True Freedom (4321)

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Dolan's first e-Book takes up a timely topic: religious liberty.

07/07/2012 Comments (2)

In 1978, when I was preparing for the priesthood in Rome, I had the privilege of being present in St. Peter’s Square when the newly chosen Pope John Paul II came out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and addressed the crowd by quoting Our Lord’s words “Ne Timeas” (Do not be afraid).

I, along with the rest of the throng present, somehow sensed that the world was going to be different under this man who came “from a far country,” as he put it.

And, indeed, it did change. The Holy Spirit outdid himself by sending this epochal holy man of God to lead us through the end of the era of the Evil Empire and help us cross over into the new millennium.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is such a...READ MORE

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Defending Your Faith Without Raising Your Voice, When Prudence is Avoidance, and Much More! (3556)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2012 Comment

Austen Ivereigh Video Interview: Defending Faith Without Raising Your Voice. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to view and read more.

Austen Ivereigh Video Interview: Defending Faith Without Raising Your Voice – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

When is Prudence, Prudence & Not Avoidance? – Omar Gutierrez, Catholic Vote

Under Heavy Fire, Blankenhorn Abandons Ship by Paul Adams of the Saint Austin Review blog – Big Pulpit

“Out of Your League,” Catholic Edition – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

It Takes a Church – Mary, Catholic Sistas

Holywell: A Step Closer to Heaven – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

What if God is Unhappy with Our Praise? – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Battle to Vindicate Pius XII is Being Won – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Soros-funded “Faith in Public...READ MORE

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