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Small Sacrifices Bring Great Rewards for Buffalo Bills’ Player (10667)

Garrison Sanborn puts his talents to use, with trust in God.

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Garrison Sanborn, the long snapper for the Buffalo Bills.

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If Garrison Sanborn does his job correctly, no one notices he’s on the field. As a long snapper, it is Sanborn’s job to start the play by tossing the ball to the punter or the placekicker’s holder. This unheralded position is something Sanborn has excelled at, all the way back to his freshman year at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.

In 2003, Sanborn took his skills to Florida State University. Despite a Seminole career capped off by being named one of the top long snappers in the country, he was not drafted by an NFL team.

Not one to dwell on the negative, Sanborn redoubled his efforts, and, through systematic and persevering work, he was able to land a job with the Buffalo Bills in...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades; Beautiful and Accessible: The Angelus and Much More! (3506)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades. Follow the link by Ed West to read more.

The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades by Ed West – BigPulpit.com

Beautiful & Accessible, The Angelus – Mary Jane Ballou, The Chant Café

Syria: Never Mind! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Who’s In Authority Here? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Birth Rates and Traditional Families - God and Caesar

Dies Irae – Zephryinus

A Chemist Believes in Transubstantiation - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Queen of Apologists – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids - TJ Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Coen Brothers & the Voice from the Whirlwind – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Pregnancy and the Catholic Father – Matthew...READ MORE

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Health-Care Professionals Encouraged to ‘Be Missionaries’ (4143)

Church teaching inspires physicians to promote life.

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NEW ORLEANS — “Be missionaries,” John Brehany encouraged participants at a one-day seminar called “The Culture of Life in Medical Practice,” on Aug. 10. Like those who traveled to foreign lands to bring Christ to souls, Brehany encouraged health-care professionals to join medical associations and organizations in order to share the pro-life message and help shape life-affirming policies.

More than 250 physicians, other health-care professionals, medical students, lawyers, clergy and religious and practitioners of natural family planning (NFP) attended the seminar at the 32nd annual meeting of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals.

The seminar presented topics on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Christʼs ʻMeek Lightʼ Brings Peace and the Cross (2748)

The Holy Father urges Christians to discern the signs that set the light of Christ apart from the false light of the devil.

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Pope Francis holding an audience in Paul VI hall.

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VATICAN CITY — While the light of Jesus is powerful enough to cast out demons, it is a peaceful and humble light that helps men and women carry the cross in their lives, said Pope Francis in a recent homily.

“Jesus doesn’t need an army to cast out the demons; he has no need of pride, no need of force, of arrogance,” Pope Francis said during daily Mass Sept. 3 at the chapel of the St. Martha House, where he resides.

The Holy Father resumed celebrating daily Mass for Vatican staff and guests at his home Tuesday after a month’s break.

Close to 50 people, usually employees from various Vatican departments, are invited to attend each day.

Pope Francis took his homily from the Gospel of...READ MORE

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Pa. Bishops Call for Immigration Laws That Protect Migrants’ Human Dignity (3473)

The Church leaders said that while good people may disagree on the specifics of reform, certain principles must be followed.

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Migrant workers from Mexico picking cucumbers on a Virginia farm.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Stating that the majority of undocumented immigrants have come to the United States seeking the opportunity to care for their families, the bishops of Pennsylvania have called for immigration reform that protects migrants’ basic human dignity.

“Millions of undocumented immigrants live in the United States today. Many left their home countries because of poverty and persecution. The overwhelming majority is hardworking and poses no threat to anyone,” the Pennsylvania bishops said in a joint statement Sept. 3. “Our Church is an immigrant Church, built by our ancestors who left difficult situations abroad to establish communities where they could work, support their...READ MORE

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Are We on the Right Track in the Fight for Marriage? (3885)

COMMENTARY: Joseph Bottum’s Essay Critiquing the Church’s Current Efforts Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Raises Questions Worth Considering.

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Joseph Bottum’s Commonweal essay, subtitled “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Gay Marriage,” has not even raised an “Oh, my” among the average Catholic church attender. Among Catholic bloggers, activists and communicators, however, it has generated a roar.

This Bottum controversy was framed badly from the start. It was never about fidelity or infidelity to Church teaching. The Commonweal article was badly subtitled as “a Catholic’s case for gay marriage.” It clearly was not. The New York Times claimed that Bottum did not think Catholics were bound by natural law to oppose same-sex “marriage.” False. He thinks “thin” versions of natural law have rightly failed to persuade....READ MORE

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‘Brutal’ German Raid on Home-Schooling Family Shocks Advocates (10477)

The forced removal of four children from their parents with SWAT-style tactics is denounced by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

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Members of the Wunderlich family with HSLDA founder Mike Farris (second from left).


FRANKFURT, Germany — German officials seized four home-schooled children last week, provoking strong objections from U.S. home-schooling advocates who say the country’s ban on home education violates human rights.

“The right to home school is a human right,” said Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). “Germany has grossly violated these rights of this family.”

On the morning of Aug. 29, HSLDA reports, 20 social workers, armed police officers and special agents took four children from the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, who were educating their children in violation of the national ban on home schooling.

The children's ages range from 7 to 14....READ MORE

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Melkite Leader Says U.S. Attacks on Syria Would Worsen the Conflict (6852)

Patriarch Gregorios III Laham argues only a peace conference, not military intervention, can bring an end to the fighting in Syria.

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Patriarch Gregorios III Laham

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WASHINGTON — The leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has argued that, despite reported chemical attacks in Syria, foreign military intervention is a destructive option that will only worsen the ongoing civil war.

“I am adding my voice to all the statements made by most of my brother Eastern patriarchs, several episcopal conferences, the archbishop of Canterbury, and especially His Holiness Pope Francis and his representative at the United Nations in Geneva,” said Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III in an Aug. 30 statement.

“I state categorical rejection by Syria’s Catholic Churches, including the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, in Arab countries and those of the expansion, of any...READ MORE

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