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St. Anthony’s Church Has Cathedral Proportions (802)

Grand edifice near Cape Cod turns 100. June 3 issue feature.

06/10/2012 Comment
George Martell

– George Martell

Every year, more than 5 million tourists head for Cape Cod, most traveling via the single major interstate that first passes through New Bedford, Mass. From the highway, no one can miss the towering steeple of St. Anthony of Padua Church that stretches high above everything else in the sky.

At 256 feet, it ranks on one list as the 10th-tallest Catholic church steeple in the country. Below this steeple is one of the most magnificent parish church interiors in the country.

The parish honors St. Anthony of Padua in an exceptional way, whether on the popular saint’s feast day of June 13 or devotionally at other times, and later this year the church celebrates the 100th anniversary of this...READ MORE

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Sacred Heart Miracle (1725)

June 3 issue feature ahead of feast of the Sacred Heart.

06/09/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the family

James holds a 14-foot-long strand of colorful beads, each with a color-coded meaning, that record the days he spent in the hospital. A beautiful, glass, heart-shaped bead marks the day James received his new heart.

– Courtesy of the family

Adorable Baby James lights up the room with his cherubic face, dimpled smile and clear blue eyes. He looks the picture of health.

Just one year ago, his mother, Ann Smith, was at the Ronald McDonald House next to a northeastern pediatric hospital praying for a miracle for her 6-week-old baby who needed a heart transplant in order to survive.

Prayers from around the world were answered when she and her husband, David, received a call at 4:30am on July 1, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this year the feast is June 15): There was a heart available for James.

“I consider July 1 his second birthday,” Ann shares, explaining that he was born on March 21 but never left the hospital;...READ MORE

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That Being Indoors (1358)

June 3 issue column.

06/09/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

God, having made the earth and all of the things in it, withdrew into himself, and he asked himself a curious question: Ought he to create a being in his own likeness?

He proposed the idea to himself — “Let us make man in our own image” — and he decided that it would be a good idea.

No, not good — very good.

St. Thomas Aquinas described this being, the imago dei, as a “little world,” a microcosm.

Blessed John Paul II expanded on the theme in his theology of the body, but pointed out that it is not man, singular, who constitutes the image and likeness of God, for God is not singular: God is triune. And so, man, in being like God, is constituted not as a series of insular...READ MORE

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Helping Single Catholic Women Find 'Mr. Good' (12954)

Saturday Book Pick: Emily Stimpson's 'The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.'

06/09/2012 Comments (71)

One of the growing pastoral concerns for the Church in the United States is the number of young Catholic women who believe that God has given them the vocation to marriage but who are unable to find decent husbands.

We’re talking about objectively attractive women here — vivacious characters who are not looking for Mr. Perfect but just for Mr. Good. They go on dates. They humbly allow friends and family members to set them up. They sign up for Catholic online dating services. And the vast majority of them watch the years go by with no marriage prospects in sight.

The situation weighs not just on the women, but on their parents, siblings and friends. It also weighs on the Church,...READ MORE

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Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary (4569)

Rallies draw more than 75,000 people to protest HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’

06/08/2012 Comments (13)
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As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami speaks June 8 on the subject of health care during a gathering billed as the, 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally', in front of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse in Miami.

– Joe Raedle/Getty Images

At noon today, the 223rd anniversary of when James Madison first introduced the Bill of Rights to the First Congress, more than 75,000 Americans throughout the country gathered to protect, defend and exercise those rights at the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies.

This round of rallies served as a follow-up to the inaugural rally on March 23, where 63,000-plus citizens in 145 locations took to the streets to protest the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring religious employers to cover contraception and other abortion-inducing drugs as a part of their health-care coverage.

The rallies, coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a...READ MORE

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Pollen is Proof that the Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet, Freedom of Worship v. Religion, and more! (4361)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/08/2012 Comment

Pollen is Proof that the Holy Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet. Click on the link by Marco Tosatti to read more.

Pollen is Proof that the Holy Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet – Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Freedom of “Worship” vs. “Religion”, Again – Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

The Sins of Modernist Church Architects by Christopher Johnson of Bad Vestments - Big Pulpit

Raising Saintly Children when I’m a Big Ol’ Sinner – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Is the Sacred Host the Flesh of Christ’s Sacred Heart? – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Father Ranger – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

UK Ordinariate Adapts Anglican Prayers for Catholic Use – Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

Continuing Double Standards – David F. Pierre Jr, Catholic World Report


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On Feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Emphasizes Importance of Adoration (3869)

Following open-air Mass, the Holy Father led traditional Eucharistic procession June 7.

06/08/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led June 7 Rome.

“One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration,” the Pope said during his homily for the feast of Corpus Christi.

“In this case, the accentuation placed on the celebration of the Eucharist acted to the detriment of adoration as an act of faith and prayer addressed to the Lord Jesus, truly present in the Sacrament of the Altar,” he stated.

Pope Benedict offered an open-air Mass in the piazza outside his...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Prometheus' (6633)

Ridley Scott returns to Alien territory with a sprawling sci-fi horror epic that raises big questions about life, faith and God.

06/08/2012 Comments (42)

Ridley Scott’s Alien was originally pitched by screenwriter Dan O’Bannon as “Jaws in space,” and Scott has said that he took on the effects-driven science-fiction film in part because he was impressed by Star Wars. Now, over three decades later, the 74-year-old Scott returns to Alien territory for a sprawling magnum opus with philosophical and existential aspirations as soaring as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Tree of Life.

Alien has been called “a haunted-house movie in space,” but its driving anxieties reflect fallout from the sexual revolution, with a pervasive subtext of disordered sexuality. I think it was the Catholic writer Christopher Derrick, in Sex and Sacredness, who wrote that...READ MORE

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