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Noah, Jesus, Kids ... and Us (1703)

User's Guide to Sunday, Feb. 26.

02/26/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

Sunday, Feb. 26, (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II) is the First Sunday of Lent.


Genesis 9:8-15, Psalm 25:4-9, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:12-15

Our Take

Catholic spirituality — starting with Christ himself — has great regard for the child’s perspective. So we asked our youngest children about today’s readings.

To show how important their perspective can be, we have matched their comments with theological categories.

First, on Noah’s Ark:

Said one: “It must have been really hard to get two of each animal that live up in the trees. It would be hard to climb up in the trees trying to catch monkeys.”

Said another: “I bet Noah wished Jesus had built the ark for him, instead of making him build it....READ MORE

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Everyday Holiness for Ordinary Lives (4580)

Lessons from the saints from our Feb. 26 issue.

02/25/2012 Comments (1)
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St. Gianna Beretta Molla with her children in the 1960s.

– St. Gianna Facebook

Most of the years the saints walked the earth were much like our own: hidden, spent in quiet, ordinary duties of serving others and working. Jesus himself spent most of his earthly life — the first 30 years — working alongside St. Joseph as a carpenter before his three greatest years of ministry and mission of salvation.

The majority of our lives are spent in humble service through our daily duties. Why are these years so important in our spiritual formation? How have some used these mundane experiences to become saints? They looked beyond the everyday toil toward eternity.

Calling her a “model for all mothers,” Pope John Paul II canonized Gianna Beretta Molla in 2004. In 1962, the...READ MORE

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Action Saints Bring Church Heroes to Life (3705)

Feb. 26 issue feature on safe-to-play-with saint figures.

02/25/2012 Comments (6)
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– Kolbe Film School

One day, Stephen Baker let his young son, Ben, play with a hard-plastic statuette of St. Michael the Archangel.

“He was playing with it like crazy, running out in the back yard,” recalled Baker. “Sooner or later, he came back in crying.”

Marthie Baker, a nurse, thought a dog might have bitten her son, judging from the puncture wound in his hand. But it was the spear of the St. Michael statuette that had done the damage; the figure sustained an injury too — a broken wing from the tumble.

The Bakers have other statues around the house, along with four kids, and other accidents have occurred: St. Joseph’s head has been detached a couple of times, and the Baby Jesus is missing an arm.

“We’re...READ MORE

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Introduction to Almsgiving, Why Fast, What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy, Newman on Lent, and more! (4261)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/25/2012 Comment

Introduction to Lent III: Almsgiving. Click on the link by Mike Aquilina to learn more.

Introduction to Lent III: Almsgiving - Mike Aquilina, The Way of the Fathers

Why Fasting? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? It’s Deeper Than You Think - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Cardinal Newman on Lent - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Lumen Christi Missal: An Ordinary Form Book for the Pew - Adam Bartlett, New Liturgical Movement

Lent is Not Over Until It is Over, Here’s Some Humorous Help for Latecomer Resolutions - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Hysterical Anti-Catholic History - Fr. Brian Van Hove SJ, Catholic World Report

Time Magazine: “Some Time in Jail” for Bishops Defending Religious...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan on the Record (4923)

Saturday Book Pick: John Allen probes a new cardinal on his 'affirmative orthodoxy.'

02/25/2012 Comments (6)

The archbishopric of New York has been held by some larger-than-life personalities. The latest incumbent, who has also taken New York and America by storm, is the gregarious Timothy Dolan.

John Allen sat down with now soon-to-be Cardinal Dolan for some extensive interviews. This book, verbatim selections from those 30-some hours of formal conversation, is the result.

John Allen is a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, an “independent Catholic” newspaper. A certain bias flows through the book: Questions about issues like women priests take up a fair chunk of the text. Allen’s context-setting introductions that begin each chapter generally treat Church teaching and dissenters...READ MORE

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Beating Strong at UConn (2055)

Feb. 26 issue feature about University of Connecticut Catholic campus ministry.

02/24/2012 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

There is something symbolic about the campus footprint of the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Almost at its very center — UConn’s heart, one might say — is “Religious Row,” building after building along North Eagleville Road that are spiritual homes for the university’s nearly 20,000 students. There’s a new Islamic center. Hillel is the center for Jewish life. And there are homes for Congregationalists, Episcopalians and others, including Catholics, who are estimated to make up more than half of student enrollment.

“There is a large religious presence here,” said Father John Antonelle, parochial vicar of the university’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, the parish for UConn’s Catholic...READ MORE

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Papa Bene Tweets for Lent, Richard Dawkins is Agnostic?, Why Study Latin and Greek, and much more! (3418)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/24/2012 Comment

Overblown Reaction to Dawkins’ “6.9 out of 7″ Certainty There is No God. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Overblown Reaction to Dawkins’ “6.9 out of 7″ Certainty There is No God - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

Why Study Latin and Greek? - Fr. John McDermott, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Pope Tweets For Lent 2012 - Vanessa Barnes, Gulf Coast Catholic

If Christ Could Not Sin, How Was He Tempted in the Desert? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Sights & Sounds of Ash Wednesday Papal Liturgy from Rome - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How We Used to Sleep in Medieval Days - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Justice and Faith: the Catholic Both/And - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Turn Away From Sin: My Thoughts - Joe Sales, Ignitum Today

Thank You, BBC, for a...READ MORE

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Obama Overreaches on HHS Mandate (6026)

Obamacare gives the federal government a blank check to impose its will upon health-care delivery in this country.

02/24/2012 Comments (23)

– Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It’s an understatement to say that the Obama administration’s announcement that it will require all health-care plans to include free coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs (abortifacients) and sterilizations did not go over as smoothly as planned.

While the new rule is similar to provisions already in place in 28 states, the administration distinguished itself by failing to include an adequate religious exemption.

As a result, Catholic charities, colleges and hospitals will be required to provide services that violate their religious beliefs.

The lack of a real religious exemption triggered a wave of backlash that appeared to catch the administration by surprise.


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