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John Paul’s Table (2229)

Saturday Book Pick: Breakfast With the Pope

04/30/2011 Comment

“Susan Vigilante, an average Catholic wife … wakes up one morning in the romantic Italian hillside near the ancient village of Castel Gandolfo and has breakfast with Pope John Paul II.”

So says the promotional material for Breakfast With the Pope, a first book by Catholic author Susan Vigilante.

Well, not exactly, as you will find out once you start reading this brief and remarkably quirky book, Breakfast With the Pope. The publisher is Richard Vigilante Books (yes, there is a connubial relation). Even Mr. Vigilante is somewhat unusual. How many publishers do you know who work for a hedge fund on the side?

The actual production of the book also is a rarity, with high-quality paper and...READ MORE

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JP2 Fearless in Hope & Love, Pro-Abort Laura Bush at Catholic Fundraiser, and much more! (3800)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/30/2011 Comments (3)

Pope John Paul II.

William and Kate Playing House - Meghan Duke, First Things/On The Square

Blessed Is Big Government - George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Pope John Paul II: Fearless in Hope and Love - Father John Zuhlsdorf, Washington Post

Can Maronites Bridge the Cultural Divides in Lebanon? - Jean Pierre Tohmé, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage Laura Bush to Headline Church Fundraiser? - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Is the Glorified Body of Jesus Physical? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Progressive Catholyc Pick-up Lines - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Boston’s Maronite Catholics, 1895 A.D. - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Refuting Republicansim in...READ MORE

Filed under big government, catholic blogosphere, cohabitation, contraception, jesus, laura bush, lebanon, maronite church, monarchism, new media

Pope John Paul II, Genesis, Seminarians, Beauty, Teenagers, and the God Question, and much more! (2676)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/29/2011 Comment

Pope John Paul II.

Science, Beauty, Teenagers and the God Question - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

A Catholic University and Recovered Catholic Identity, A Story of Change and the Possibility of Reform - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Pope John Paul II’s Legacy of Love - Father James V. Schall S.J., Catholic World Report

The Children of the Ordinariate - Joanna Bogle, InsideCatholic

How to Make a Good Confession - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Genesis Cthlc Study Bible: Overall, A Fine Volume from Ignatius Press - Timothy, Catholic Bibles

A Season of Joy, A Season of Sorrow - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.d.C.C., NunSpeak

The Seminarian Class of 2011 A.D. -...READ MORE

Filed under bible study, catholic blogosphere, catholic colleges and universities, catholic identity, confession, genesis, monarchism, new media, news aggregation, same-sex "marriage"

The Work of a Saint (2110)

The leader of the Knights of Columbus extols Pope John Paul II’s ‘civilization of love’ as a way for Christians and non-Christians to work together.

04/29/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

A giant image of Pope John Paul II is seen as youth from Barcelona, Spain, relax in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 29. They were among pilgrims arriving for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

Americans overwhelmingly admire the late Pope John Paul II and agree that he is worthy of beatification, according to a new survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus.

Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, is in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul.

Anderson is the author of five books, including A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World and Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Pope John Paul appointed him a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 1998 and the Pontifical Council for the Laity in 2002, and as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2003.

He spoke with...READ MORE

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Pope John Paul II's Heroic Sanctity (3628)

Prayer and charity were hallmarks of his pontificate — and his life.

04/29/2011 Comments (5)
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It’s said you just sort of know when you’re in the presence of sanctity. You don’t need much proof or clinical verification; nope — our “gut,” our hearts, our souls just sense it.

Holy Mother Church doesn’t stop here, of course, and I’m glad she doesn’t. She requires some “proofs,” such as widespread public veneration, miracles and a scrupulous study of the holy one’s life. I suppose she has been burned enough to know you always can’t trust your “gut.”

In the case of Blessed Pope John Paul II, we’ve got both.

My heart, soul and (rather considerable) “gut” can testify, from the vantage point of a box seat for at least seven years of his remarkable pontificate, that this was a man of...READ MORE

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Youth Ministry Comes of Age (3453)

Outreach is seeing results, particularly in the number of religious vocations.

04/29/2011 Comment

ARLINGTON, Va. — Pope Benedict XVI dedicated the month of April to pray for the evangelization of youth: “That through its compelling preaching of the Gospel, the Church may give young people new reasons for life and hope.”

The decades after Vatican II saw many young people of all ethnic backgrounds leave the active practice of the faith. A variety of factors are often cited for this exodus, including the lure of materialism, relativism and the sexual revolution, poor catechetical programs and formation and the influence of non-Catholic religions in search of converts.

Today, lay Catholic youth ministers are on the front lines winning teens back. Their role is often to provide an initial...READ MORE

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Blagojevich Rule Challenged (2922)

Pharmacists in Illinois score a victory for conscientious objection — for now. Nationwide, will conscience-protection issues end up at the Supreme Court?

04/29/2011 Comments (3)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A state judge in Illinois has ruled that pharmacists cannot be forced to dispense emergency contraceptives against their personal beliefs.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz made the decision on April 5, stating that the requirement to sell “morning after” contraceptives violates the state’s conscience law.

The ruling was the latest outcome in a six-year legal battle by pharmacists Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog and the three drug stores they operate. Believing emergency contraceptives can act as an abortion-causing agent, they sued over the 2005 rule imposed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The former governor, who is facing his own legal difficulties in...READ MORE

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Culture of Vocations, Happy Families, Circuminsession, FSSP in Tulsa, St. Barbara, and much more! (2299)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/29/2011 Comment

Circuminsession is graphically explained. The mutual immanence of the three distinct persons of the Holy Trinity.

F.S.S.P. Gets Own Parish in Tulsa, Near Clear Creek Monastery - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Light that Scathes All Shadows - John Zmirak, InsideCatholic

Disney’s Film Tangled and the Story of Saint Barbara - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Holy Trinity, Circuminsession & Happy Families - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

The Audacity of Christ - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

In Search of a Healthy Imagination - Greg Pfundstein, The Catholic Thing

Creating a Culture of Vocations in Catholic Schools - Father Schnippel, Vocations

What does the Church Teach about Dialogue with Islam? - Father Alexander...READ MORE

Filed under act of settlement, california, catholic blogosphere, catholic schools, christ, circuminsession, clear creek monastery, culture of vocations, dialogue, disney

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