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The Crystal Cathedral Becomes Christ Cathedral (38114)

The process is under way to transform Robert Schuller’s iconic Protestant church into a Catholic center for liturgy, art and culture.

08/19/2013 Comments (29)
Wikipedia/Arnold C, Buchanan-Hermit

– Wikipedia/Arnold C, Buchanan-Hermit

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — In 2012, Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, was visiting southern California and got a chance to tour the Crystal Cathedral, the iconic late-modern glass church built for Robert Schuller in 1980.

Schuller was once a highly successful  “mega-church” preacher with a global television audience. But in 2010 his Crystal Cathedral Ministries declared bankruptcy, and the 34-acre campus was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million in 2011.

The sale prompted questions about the financial and practical feasibility of the Catholic Church acquiring a modern cathedral designed by Philip Johnson, one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent architects. Skeptics...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Warns Christians Against ‘Decorative’ Faith (11929)

‘To follow Jesus requires renunciation of evil, of egoism, and choosing good, truth, justice,” the Pope told crowds.

08/19/2013 Comments (3)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told Christians about the importance of a deep faith that is fixed on Jesus, but warned them against a religious life that is only superficial.

“To live the faith is not to decorate life with a little religion, like a cake is decorated with a little frosting. No! It’s not that,” Pope Francis told cheering crowds in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 18. “Faith entails choosing God as a fundamental criterion of life, and God is neither meaningless nor neutral. God is love!” he said.

The Pope said that Jesus’ remarks in Sunday’s Gospel are challenging for Christians.

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do you think that I came to bring...READ MORE

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Twins Saved From Abortion Now Save Souls as Priests (19029)

Their motherʼs heroic trust in God overcame doctors urging her to abort them over suspected deformities.

08/19/2013 Comments (10)
CNA/Father Felips Lizama.

Twin priests, Father Paulo (l) and Father Felipe Lizama, celebrate Mass, after being ordained together in Chile.

– CNA/Father Felips Lizama.

SANTIAGO, Chile — Twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion, despite the advice of doctors, helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood.

“How can I not defend the God of life?” said Father Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and, therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.”

He told CNA, “I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God.”

Father Paulo Lizama and his identical-twin brother, Father Felipe Lizama, were born in 1984 in the Chilean town of Lagunillas de Casablanca.

Before discovering her...READ MORE

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LCWR Leader Describes Its Relationship With the Church as ‘Delicate Weaving’ (11061)

Sister of St. Francis Florence Deacon evokes an image of ‘intricate dance’ in her address to the women religious leadership group’s annual assembly.

08/19/2013 Comments (81)
Lisa Johnston for CNA

Sister of St. Francis Florence Deacon, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

– Lisa Johnston for CNA

ORLANDO, Fla. — Sister of St. Francis Florence Deacon, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), addressed the annual assembly Friday, making the case for women religious — describing their mission and their relationship with the Church as a “delicate weaving.”

“I have spent quite a bit of time this year thinking about our relationship with Church leadership, and I kept returning to an image from an assembly of young religious I attended last year in Colombia, South America.”

In a night of cultural sharing, “one group did a very intricate dance, holding long, colorful ribbons, weaving them over and under, keeping time to the music. They ended by...READ MORE

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Closing No More: Boston Archdiocese Pioneers New Parish Evangelization Plan (5730)

The new pastoral plan restructures parishes into ʻcollaborativesʼ with a mission of evangelization.

08/19/2013 Comments (13)
Archdiocese of Boston.

Coat of arms, Archdiocese of Boston.

– Archdiocese of Boston.

BOSTON – After a long period of struggle with both finances and church attendance, the Boston archdiocese has created a new pastoral plan that emphasizes evangelization, while encouraging parishes to share their resources.

“Restructuring and evangelization must be absolutely tied to one another so that we don’t get back into the mindset of ʻwe stabilize by downsizing,ʼ” Father Paul Soper, the Archdiocese of Boston’s director of Pastoral Planning, told CNA.

“There’s no need for that. That would only be necessary if the Spirit were not still at work in the Church,” he said.

The archdioceseʼs “Disciples in Mission” pastoral plan organizes parishes into “collaboratives” typically of...READ MORE

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What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary, A Thriving Church, Kirkstall Abbey and Much More! (6035)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/19/2013 Comment

What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary. Follow the link by an Evangelical to Catholic blogger to read more.

What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary by an Evangelical to Catholic blogger – BigPulpit.com

A Thriving Church – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

St. Joseph: Patron of Universal Church and Domestic Church – Bishop James D. Conley, Truth and Charity Forum

Breathing with the Two Lungs of the Church – Tom Perna

This Coexist Poster Is Much Better - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Kirkstall Abbey – Zephyrinus

The Perfect Relationship - Sarah Gould, Catholic Insight

Anne de Gaulle - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

I See Everything with Catholic-Colored Glasses, Writer Interview – CatholicFiction.net

Do We Trust More in the Power of God or...READ MORE

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Imitating Mary's Faith (4584)

Homily for EWTN Family Celebration

08/18/2013 Comments (2)

Our Lady of the Pillar

– Wikipedia

Today, we are offering a special votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pillar of Faith. This title, Our Lady of the Pillar, is one of the oldest known and approved devotions of the Blessed Mother. There is a shrine in Zaragoza, Spain, to commemorate Our Lady under this title. She is the patroness of Spain and the Hispanic world.

Within the context of this Year of Faith, called by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and continued by our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, let’s consider Mary’s faith and how her faith is the model for the Christian. 

First of all, faith is the very foundation of our life in Christ. Faith is a theological virtue. Why do we call it theological? 


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The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day, Is the Church Imploding from Within and More! (4407)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/18/2013 Comment

The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day. Click on the link by Ben Yanke of the New Liturgical Movement blog to read more.

The Church Is Imploding from Within from Saint Etheldreda's Place – BigPulpit.com

The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Prudence: A Practical Virtue? – Mary Kaufmann, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

No Vacation From Faith – Fletcher Doyle, Catholic Lane

Coptic Christians Suffer at the Hands of the Muslim Brotherhood - BigPulpit.com

The Lack of Racial Diversity in Mainstream Catholic Media – David L. Gray, Aleteia

America the Beautiful – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Self-Respect and Morals vs. Peer Pressure – Suburban Banchee, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness - Patti...READ MORE

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