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The Pope Encourages Young People to Follow God's Call (2861)

Jan. 15 Angelus address focuses on vocational discernment.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized the need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

“I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people,” the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.

“God’s call to follow Jesus more closely, giving up forming their own family to dedicate themselves to the great family of the Church, is normally done through the testimony and proposal from a ‘big brother,’ usually a priest.”

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'To Be Born' Touches Hearts and Saves Lives (3046)

Priest Produces Pro-Life Short Film

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Jan. 15 issue feature.

Nearly everyone involved in pro-life ministry will say that one thing they want to do is give a “voice” to the unborn.

A new film, titled To Be Born, produced by Spirit Juice Studios, does just that.

In the powerful short film, a young woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy seeks to have an abortion. In the midst of the procedure, she hears her unborn daughter speaking to her.

Steve McEveety, producer of The Passion of the Christ, described the film as “visually gripping … one of the most powerful pro-life short films I have ever seen.”

For nearly 10 years, Catholic priest Father Stephen Lesniewski has used the story “A Letter From an Aborted Child,” written by...READ MORE

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How to Hear Christ's Call (1837)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 15.

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Sunday, Jan. 15, is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Readings

1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42


Our Take

Everybody loves dramatic stories of God’s call. But, ordinarily, when God calls us, it happens in the course of an ordinary life: in church, in our workplace, in our families. That’s how we each felt “called” to our Christian vocations.

Don’t get us wrong. There are many dramatic callings in Scripture: The shepherd boy faces the giant and vanquishes him. An angel appears to Mary and Joseph to tell them the Messiah will come into their lives. Isaiah is taken up to heaven and his lips touched with burning coal. St. Paul is knocked off...READ MORE

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Spousal Speech (4803)

Why (and how) you should always respect your spouse in conversation with others.

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I meet a couple of friends each morning to work out. Inevitably, the conversation turns to the guys complaining about their wives. This makes me very uncomfortable, so I try to change the subject. What constitutes legitimate “letting off steam” — and what is downright degradation?



Tom: There is a very fine line between the two, and it takes great care not to cross it. And yet, while the line is fine, the difference is profound. One builds up our spouses and marriages, and the other denigrates both. And a thoughtful person usually can sense when the conversation devolves into something it shouldn’t. (And, of course, we should point out that this issue isn’t gender-exclusive.)

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Follow the Way of Beauty, Amazing Church Renovations, What Catholics Owe Bach, and much more! (4069)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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To Follow the “Way of Beauty”. Click on the link by David Clayton to read more.

To Follow the “Way of Beauty” - David Clayton, Crisis Magazine

Amazing Church Renovation - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

What Catholics Owe Bach & What Bach Owes the Catholic Tradition - Andrew Ellison, Catholic Phoenix

Science Shows Unborn Children Benefit their Mothers - Youth Defence/Life Institute

Curbing Morning-After Pills to Combat Sex-Selective Abortions - Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Vatican Museums Break Visitor Record in 2011 - David Kerr, CNA/EWTN News

Boys’ School Affiliated With Opus Dei Flourishes - Mark Oppenheimer, Washington Post

Does Jesus Hate Our Religion? - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI & Incense: 15 Noble Photos - Saint...READ MORE

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Understanding the Incarnation (2127)

Jan. 15 issue column

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“For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, a new light of glory has shown upon the eyes of our mind, so that as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible” (Christmas Preface, 1).

The Incarnation is shrouded in mystery for us. It is a decision on the part of God to manifest his love which we can never completely understand. When theologians like Thomas Aquinas write about it, they speak of its fittingness. To say that something is fitting means that there is more good in this choice on the part of God than in any other one we can think of. What is this choice?

To answer that question it is interesting to see how debased the Christian...READ MORE

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Motherhood and the Call to Holiness (4610)

How staying at home helped moms understand their vocation. Jan. 15 issue feature.

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Recently, the Women at NBCU (a marketing firm for NBC Universal) study found that 66% of moms said they would rather be a stay-at-home parent than a working parent. Additionally, the majority of employed moms (53%) feel that, while financially they need to work, they would prefer to be stay-at-home moms.

Long before she was married or even pregnant, Vicky Stone intended to be a stay-at-home mom. It didn’t work out that way. When she and her husband had their first child, her career was taking off. They had just purchased a house and couldn’t give up the income or benefits. “I think it came down to me being too young and selfish at that time,” she admits. “I couldn’t see the big...READ MORE

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Lessons from Blessed John Paul II (2845)

Saturday Book Pick: What a Swiss Guard learned from the Pope for life and work.

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Andreas Widmer’s The Pope & the CEO is part memoir and part coaching manual inspired from his two years of service as a Swiss Guard under Blessed John Paul II and now, more than 20 years later, as a corporate executive.

In the same way John Paul focused his papacy on developing a robust understanding and defense of the dignity of the person, Widmer applies the same principles at the SEVEN Fund, which he founded to develop enterprise-based solutions to poverty.

Divided into nine lessons, The Pope & the CEO is not meant to be a philosophical treatise on work or leadership. Instead, it’s a practical read meant for actual application through its questions for reflection at the end of each...READ MORE

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