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Icons Open the Window to Heaven (4167)

'Visual Scripture' reflects the beauty of the faith. Nov. 6 issue feature.

11/06/2011 Comments (1)
Marek Czarnecki

– Marek Czarnecki

Even in Catholic circles, icons suffer from insufficient understanding. These images are often regarded as a mere style of art from Eastern Orthodox churches. What they are, however, are glimpses into eternity with roots in antiquity.

The word “icon” comes from the Greek word eikon, which means “image.” The artist (referred to as an iconographer) is said to “write” an icon because it is intended to be visual Scripture. The icon is most often a painting, but it can also be carved, cast in metal or done as a mosaic. It usually portrays Jesus, an angel or a saint.

According to iconographer Marek Czarnecki, “It’s a vision of reality that uses art to open the window to heaven.” His own journey...READ MORE

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Live the Call to Catholic Stewardship (2859)

Practical ways to share God-given gifts of time, talent and treasure. Nov. 6 issue feature.

11/06/2011 Comment

In their pastoral letter “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, ” the U.S. bishops define the Christian steward as “one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.” 

Since the 2002 publication of the bishops’ letter, there has been an increase in the number of organizations designed to help Catholics answer the call to stewardship. One of these groups is Faith Direct (FaithDirect.net), whose electronic-giving program allows parishioners to support their church through automatic contributions. Faith Direct works the same way as other...READ MORE

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Voices From the Womb Goes to Washington (3028)

The unborn brought the pro-life message to Capitol Hill recently. Nov. 6 issue feature.

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Mary Frances Boyle

– Mary Frances Boyle

WASHINGTON — Kaitlin Martinez climbed to the top of Capitol Hill Oct. 13 to figure out whether she should paint her nursery pink or blue.

“Many events have occurred here in the Capitol Building,” said the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. “But today Kaitlin’s going to find out whether she’s going to have a boy or a girl.”

Martinez was one of many pregnant mothers who volunteered for Voices From the Womb, a pro-life event held in the Congressional Auditorium. Live ultrasounds of their unborn children were displayed for a large audience, which included current members of Congress.

Voices From the Womb was sponsored by Idaho-based Stanton Healthcare and co-sponsored...READ MORE

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2011 Christmas Gift Guide (3457)

The Register's annual shopping section has arrived! EWTN Religious Catalogue and other Christmas finds.

11/05/2011 Comment

We found many beautiful items for giving this Christmas 2011.

These gifts will extend the faith-filled meaning of Christ’s birth to all ages on your list.

Click HERE to see the complete guide.

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Register's Own on Journey Home (1511)

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Dan Burke, the executive Director of the Register, will be on EWTN’s Journey Home on Monday, Nov. 7 at 8pm EST. Dan will talk with host Marcus Grodi, about his spiritual journey, which began in Judaism, matured into a living relationship with Christ in evangelical Christianity, and after 15 years of exploration found his home in the Catholic Church.

Dan has been published on the topics of teamwork, communication, corporate strategy, and technology and has a book coming out next year on the topic of spiritual direction and the interior life. His passion is serving others to deepen their relationship with Christ and his glorious Church.

If you would like to have Dan come and speak to your...READ MORE

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Venice Art Festival Prompts Visitors to Ponder Beauty and Truth (2852)

Christian themes are evident in various featured works.

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Curious art aficionados flock to the Venice Biennale, a prestigious 100-year-old art festival that is held every two years in Venice, Italy. It runs through Nov. 27.

The Venice Biennale is known as the art world’s version of the international Olympics: More than 100 countries showcase top talent in national pavilions located in charming pre-war Italian villas. 

This year’s artwork presents an instructive contrast between political agitprop, as exemplified in the American pavilion, and a new respect for spiritual themes in contemporary art, as seen in the German pavilion, where an exhibit honoring the art of Christoph Schlingensief won the “Golden Lion” for best national pavilion, the...READ MORE

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The Mass in Focus (2781)

Saturday Book Pick: New Missal, New English Translation Bring Forth New Books on the Liturgy

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Midwest Theological Forum

– Midwest Theological Forum

Liturgical Overview

By John Grondelski


With only days remaining before the most extensive changes to the prayers of the English Mass in two generations, The Mass is a very timely and important book. The book offers a liturgical, historical and spiritual overview of the Mass. It is designed to deepen one’s love for and active participation in this central act of Catholic faith while enriching one’s personal spiritual experience of the Mass.

One of the key lessons the Church should have learned from the 1969 introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae was the importance of explaining the rationale behind changes in the prayers and practices with which Catholics were long familiar. This book is clearly...READ MORE

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Avoiding Fatal Attractions, To Be Black and Catholic, Half-Truths and IVF, and much more! (4384)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/05/2011 Comment

"To Be Black and Catholic". Click on the link by Rocco Palmo to learn more.

The Revival of Catholic Musical Creativity - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Avoiding Fatal Attractions - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Capitals Sculpted By Andrew W. Smith at Clear Creek Abbey - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Anything But Anonymous: Shakespeare the Catholic - Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine

“To Be Black and Catholic” - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Don’t Put Off Sanctity, for You Know Neither the Day Nor the Hour - Chelsea Zimmerman, VirtuousPla.net

Irish TV Defames Innocent Priest, Issues Apology - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

The Super-Magisterium of the SSPX - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

The Problem with Half-truths and IVF...READ MORE

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