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Pope: Make Prayer a Priority (3048)

Without prayer as 'the breath of the soul and of life,' the Holy Father said, the faithful 'risk suffocating in the midst of a thousand everyday things.'

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On April 25, Pope Benedict XVI told more than 20,000 pilgrims that they must commit themselves to works of charity, without neglecting prayer as a source of spiritual life.

“Without daily prayer,” Pope Benedict said in his Wednesday morning general audience in St. Peter's Square, “our action is empty” and “loses its deep soul, resulting in a simple activism that eventually leaves (us) unsatisfied.”

As he continued his series of talks on prayer, the Pope reflected on the institution of the ministry of deacons in the Book of Acts. While the decision was taken to allow the apostles to focus on prayer and the Eucharist, the Pope said it also showed the spiritual value of the charitable...READ MORE

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The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles, A Woman for Our Time: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and much more! (3470)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2012 Comment

The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles. Click on the link provided by the The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma blog to read more.

The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

A Woman for Our Time: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Stranded on a Desert Island? Only Book I want is New Daily Missal - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Medieval Abbot's Grave Uncovered - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Blogger Doctor Taylor Marshall Made Dean of Catholic College - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

All Creatures Subject to Pope: Eight Papal Quotes On Salvation - Carlos Urbina, Saint Peter's List

The 2012 Non-Evangelizing Guide Every Catholic Needs To Read - Martina, Catholic Sistas

Some thoughts on Our...READ MORE

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Why Modern Society Needs the Eucharist and Mary (2515)

Bishop William Skylstad addressed these topics to his fellow Northwest bishops, who are in Rome this week for their ad limina visit.

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Bishop William Skylstad, a former president of the U.S. bishops' conference, believes that the Eucharist is the solution for today's anxious and frenetic society.

“There’s a sort of unbridled restlessness which touches our lives and touches the life of the culture, constantly searching and sometimes searching in the wrong way. But Jesus today is the answer,” he said in a homily at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome April 24. 

“Indeed, as St. Augustine commented some centuries later, ‘Our souls are restless, Lord, until they rest in thee’; for it is the Eucharist that gives us rest and peace and life, and for that we can be very grateful.”

The 78-year-old Bishop Skylstad headed...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Continue Interreligious Dialogue (2148)

New meetings and publications have taken place recently.

04/25/2012 Comments (10)

Cooperative efforts between the U.S. Catholic bishops and leaders of other faiths such as Hinduism and Islam have resulted in several dialogues and the publication of numerous documents in recent weeks.

“It is my hope that the guides on interreligious education will be of practical help to educators and the lay faithful,” said Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington, D.C.

He emphasized the importance of religious groups “speaking to their own students about the teachings and practices” of other faith communities.

Bishop Knestout co-chaired an April 11-12 meeting of Catholic and Muslim scholars preparing for final edits on educational documents about each other's beliefs.


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Charles Colson's 'Ecumenism of the Trenches' (7017)

Recalling the man who helped forge Evangelicals and Catholics Together and the ‘Manhattan Declaration.’

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Charles Colson (1931-2012)

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

— Revelation 14:13 


Walter Hooper once said of C.S. Lewis that he was the most truly converted person he had ever met. The same thing can be justly said of Charles W. Colson, who came to faith in Christ through reading Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Since Colson’s death at age 80 on April 21, tributes have poured in from across the world — from world leaders and towering figures of business, politics and academia, but also from prisoners, chaplains and countless others on the margins of...READ MORE

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A Pearl in the Desert, A Case for the Stay-at-Home Mom, An Infertility Book for Catholics, and more! (2790)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2012 Comment

A Pearl in the Desert: San Xavier del Bac. Click on the link by Steve Skojec to read more.

A Pearl in the Desert: San Xavier del Bac - Steve Skojec, Crisis Magazine

A Reasonable Case for the Stay-at-Home Mom - Elise, Kissing the Leper

"The Infertility Companion for Catholics", Book Review - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

On Fifteen Years a Catholic - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Seven Deadly Fallacies in Pro-Abortion Arguments - Dr. Donald DeMarco, Integrated Catholic Life™

On the Sin of Rash Judgment - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

My Baby Would Have Been 40 This Year - Therese, The West Tennessee Catholic

Euthanasia Is Still Murder - Jared Dale Combista, Ignitum Today

Where’s the Outrage? - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

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When God Says No, Hey Bishops: Offer to Fund NFP for HHS Mandate, Tweeting for the LCWR, and more! (3723)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/24/2012 Comment

When God says “No”. Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read and learn more.

When God says “No” - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Hey Bishops: Offer to Fund N.F.P. for Mandate! - Daria Sockey, Catholic Exchange/Coffee and Canticles

Tweeting for the L.C.W.R. - Fr. Z's Blog

Human Nature: The Question behind the Culture Wars - Anthony B. Bradley, Acton Institute/Acton Commentary

A Habit (or lack-thereof) of Disobedience - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Which Books Were in Early Christian Bibles? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants! - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Interview with Patrick Coffin - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

In Honor of Saint Stephen - Steven Lawson,...READ MORE

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Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR: Safeguarding the Integrity of Consecrated Life (18847)

04/24/2012 Comments (62)
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith situates the introduction of its doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the section of Pope John Paul II’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata entitled “Sentire Cum Ecclesia” (To Think With the Church).

The eight-page document, published April 18, summarizes the findings of a careful investigation of the LCWR begun in 2008 and has renewal as its primary purpose:

The renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which is the goal of this doctrinal assessment, is in support of this essential charism of religious which has been so obvious in the life and growth of the Catholic Church...READ MORE

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