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Pope Benedict: Prayer Will 'Open the Door to God' and His Will (3367)

'We should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes. ... In our prayer, request, praise and thanksgiving should fuse together, even when it seems to us that God does not respond to our expectations.'

12/14/2011 Comments (7)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI says that people should trust in God’s loving plan for their lives even when events do not meet their expectations.

“When we ask the Lord for something in prayer, we must not expect an immediate fulfillment of our requests, of our will,” he said at his Dec. 14 general audience.

“Rather, we should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes.”

The Pope continued his focus on the theme of prayer in his comments to the 7,000 pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.

“In our prayer,” he said, “request, praise and...READ MORE

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Atheism and the Myth of Love (8148)

… And Nothing but the Truth: Atheism and the Audacity of the Catholic Worldview, Part 6

12/14/2011 Comments (174)

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Could love be a myth, a mirage, a fantasy? How could anyone in their right mind think love is a myth?

Nobody who knows what love is could say such a thing. Only those so hard or so hurt could even think it.

Even atheists like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris believe love is not a myth. Love is real.

But their belief in love depends on what they mean by “real.”

And it is just here that these heralds of atheism and their disciples veer from the truth. For they affirm the reality of love, yet they mean something different than most people mean, something entirely different than Catholics mean, when they say love is “real.”

So, what do they mean by “real” love?...READ MORE

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Criminal Justice System and Teaching the Catechism, Is St. John the Baptist Elijah, and much more! (2857)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/14/2011 Comment

Answering the Culture’s Objections to Heaven. Click on the link by Dr. Peter Kreeft to learn more.

The Criminal Justice System & the Teaching of the Catechism - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Answering the Culture’s Objections to Heaven - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Whether St. John the Baptist is Elijah? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Greatest English Teacher - Terence Jeffrey, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: How to get Gregorian Chant and a TLM in the Parish - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

My New Sunday Missal is the Christmas Present I Will Cherish Most - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The True Meaning of Christmas - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Mini Pompey Discovered in Vatican’s Back Yard - Giacomo Galeazzi, La...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the Olympics (2165)

How a new Church foundation promotes Catholic sportsmanship. Dec. 18 issue feature.

12/14/2011 Comment
Reuters/ Eddie Keogh

OLYMPIC SITE. People walk past the Olympic Stadium inside Olympic Park in London Dec. 4.

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LONDON — Not so very long ago, there were few U.K. Catholic parishes that did not boast a soccer — football, as they call it — team of one age group or another.

Indeed, dig deep enough, and one would discover major soccer teams with their roots in parish life. Yet, at some point over the last 50 years, that tradition has been lost. All sorts of reasons have been proffered, but the fact remains: A once-thriving Catholic U.K. soccer tradition has declined.

This downward trend is something that the John Paul II Foundation for Sport is seeking to counter. First announced by Pope Benedict XVI during last year’s U.K. visit, the new charity was officially launched at Archbishop’s House in...READ MORE

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Fordham Fights Pro-Abortion Law Students Group (5311)

Local chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice holds off-campus birth control clinic.

12/14/2011 Comments (14)
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NEW YORK — Bridgette Dunlap says she expected Fordham University to provide students with “standard health care.”

“To the extent that a Jesuit university is not willing to provide standard health care, the students need to know about that,” said Dunlap, a third-year student at Fordham Law School who said the university has never explicitly disclosed on its website or student handbook that she cannot obtain prescription hormonal contraceptives at on-campus clinics.

Dunlap also said Fordham has failed to explain what medical exceptions are made for students looking to obtain contraception, as well as what the rules are that govern related on-campus issues, such as condom distribution.


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Pregnant with Jesus, Blob of Tissues Gets Honors, Belmont Abbey Strikes Back, and much more! (3586)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/14/2011 Comment

What was it Like to be Pregnant with the Savior? Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

What was it Like to be Pregnant with the Savior? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Thlgcl Mvmnt

Blob Of Tissue Gets Honors At College - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

At Belmont Abbey, Catholics Fight Back - Gerald J. Russello, Crisis Magazine

Sages, Straw Dogs, and Same-Sex Marriage - Zac Alstin, MercatorNet

What is “Christianism”? - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Off the Mountain Top - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

“Neither Shall You Tattoo any Marks upon You: I am the Lord” - Msgr. Charles Pope, AOW

Proper Catholic Etiquette at Mass and Away - Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Gorgias Myth - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

The Glass...READ MORE

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Peruvian Cardinal Urges Acceptance of Pope's Decision on University (3376)

12/13/2011 Comments (1)

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru.

– Archdiocese of Lima

LIMA, Peru—Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani urged acceptance of whatever Pope Benedict’s decision may be in resolving the dispute between the Archdiocese of Lima and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

“Once the explanation and clarification has been made, the only thing left for Catholics is to accept what the Pope and the Church ask of us,” Cardinal Cipriani, who leads the archdiocese of Lima, said Dec. 10 on his program Dialogue of Faith.

“I hope that with God’s help this is brought to a conclusion,” he added.

In September, the university rejected a request by the Vatican to bring its statutes in line with the apostolic exhortation Ex Corde Ecclesiae or risk losing its status as...READ MORE

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Investigation Concludes on Alleged Fulton Sheen Miracle (4337)

12/13/2011 Comments (11)

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PEORIA, Ill.—A Dec. 11 Mass in Peoria, Ill., marked the official conclusion of an investigation tribunal into an alleged miracle that many attribute to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Since Sept. 7, the tribunal has looked into the alleged miraculous healing of James Fulton Engstrom, a 1-year-old born without a pulse last year, whose parents credit his survival to the late archbishop. 

The Mass, open to members of the public, was held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, where Archbishop Sheen was an altar server when he was a boy.

Official tribunal documents were sealed at the Mass by Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria and Msgr. Stanley Deptula. Msgr....READ MORE

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