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Catechesis for the Autistic (5753)

One family's experience preparing their child with autism for the sacraments leads to a new resource.

09/25/2011 Comments (12)

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The Rizzo family of Marlton, N.J., had to work harder than most to prepare their daughter Danielle for first Communion. Dave and Mercedes knew Danielle would never quite understand the sacrament the way other children did because she has autism.

“It was very important to us that she made her sacraments around the same age as the other children,” said Mercedes. “At the same time, it was important that she was really ready.”

The only available catechetical materials were very verbal and included complex concepts that could never properly be conveyed to someone with autism. “They weren’t geared towards children like Danielle who are not verbal,” explained Dave. “She required something very...READ MORE

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Enriching Your Marriage (2479)

There are many good Catholic men who faithfully attend Mass, take care of their families, work hard and are all-around swell guys, but they draw the line when it comes to things with names like “marriage enrichment.” Here are some strategies from our Sept. 25 issue.

09/25/2011 Comment

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Family Matters feature from print.

There are many wonderful enrichment opportunities offered for Catholic married couples in our area, but I cannot convince my husband to go with me to any of them. He says he isn’t interested in that kind of “touchy-feely stuff.” How can I persuade him?

There are many good Catholic men who faithfully attend Mass, take care of their families, work hard and are all-around swell guys, but they draw the line when it comes to things with names like “marriage enrichment.”

Here are some strategies that we recommend:

1. Start small. Don’t ask your husband to give up his weekend right away for an overnight retreat. Just ask him to attend a talk or short program on...READ MORE

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A Pilgrimage to Walsingham, 'England's Nazareth' (7316)

Kings and popes have been devoted to Mary’s shrine. Sept. 25 issue feature.

09/25/2011 Comments (5)

Our Lady of Walsingham

– Wikipedia

The Norfolk, England, countryside is beautiful. Norfolk is the bit of England furthest from America. It is over in the eastern side of the country, facing out into the English Channel and the North Sea. Nestled there is Walsingham, a tiny village some six miles inland from the sea, reached by winding lanes. The nearest railway station is Kings Lynn, several miles away.

Despite the out-of-the-way location, thousands of people make their way here every year, with busloads of people arriving every weekend in the summer from London and elsewhere, and young people camp in the nearby fields to visit the village.

Praying at a shrine where people have taken their petitions to the Mother of God for...READ MORE

Filed under anglo-catholic communion, england, marian devotions, our lady of walsingham

Fighting for Life in Europe (2312)

The pro-life movement in Europe seems to be growing, but a movement spread out over many countries and languages has its challenges. A Sept. 25 issue feature.

09/24/2011 Comments (1)
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A Spanish woman illustrates her pro-life stance by holding a figurine of a first-trimester unborn child during a march that drew thousands of Spaniards to Madrid to protest their country’s permissive abortion legislation.

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LONDON — As the pro-life movement in the United States gathers momentum, drawing an increasing number of young people to the struggle to protect life, could such success be repeated in Europe?

Although sympathy for the pro-life movement is on the increase, the situation in Europe is more complex and arguably more challenging, say Catholic leaders and pro-life advocates.

One notable weakness is the lack of a single, unified movement, perhaps unsurprising when the European Union is made up of 27 autonomous member states with 23 official languages (the Council of Europe, a body that seeks to develop common and democratic principles based on European rights treaties, comprises 47 member states,...READ MORE

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Chant, Art of Reading, Importance of Place, Natural Law, Lethal Autonomy, and much more! (2872)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/24/2011 Comment

The Art of Reading. Click on the link by Elise Matich to learn more.

Authentic Liturgy and Chant: Some Considerations - Fr. Christopher Smith, Chant Café

The Art of Reading - Elise Matich, Ilsussidiario

The Importance of Place - Jeremy Beer, Crisis Magazine

Spanish Mothers, Families & Children’s Happiness - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Dating with an Audience - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

The Pope on Natural Law, Foundation of Politics - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Legal Persecution of Catholics - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Digitial Warfare: Drones & Lethal Autonomy - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Turning SSPX Defiance Into Good - Louie Verrecchio, RA

Quæritur: Is the SSPX in Schism or Not? - Fr. John...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, chant, dating, digital warfare, family, lethal autonomy, liturgy, natural law, reading, sspx

Phoenix Diocese Will Adopt Updated Communion Norms (3444)

The chalice will soon be offered during Mass in specific instances.

09/24/2011 Comments (9)

St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix.

– Wikipedia

PHOENIX (EWTN News)—The Diocese of Phoenix announced its plans to adopt the updated norms for Communion, which will allow the chalice to be offered during Mass in only three instances or at the discretion of a parish priest.

“The new norms will promote unity in the celebration of the Eucharist all around the world,” the diocese said in a Sept. 21 statement.

In June of this year, the third edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal was released, which reduced the number of times — 14 down to 3 — when the chalice could be offered during Mass within the U.S. Church.

The updated ritual states that the chalice can be offered to the faithful during Holy Week’s chrism Mass, the...READ MORE

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Canadian Defender (4080)

Saturday Book Pick: Radio talk show host Michael Coren stands up for his adopted faith.

09/24/2011 Comments (3)

Michael Coren is a Canadian author and electronic journalist who delights in rocking the cultural boat, something which is, admittedly, very easy to do in Canada, where not rocking the boat is itself a cherished value.

Perhaps only in Canada, for example, would his statement of the obvious, that AIDS in North America is a disease of male homosexuals, be cited to illustrate his provocativeness.

Equally in your face is his latest book, Why Catholics Are Right.

Without apology, without qualification — and virtually without stopping to take a breath — Coren blasts blitzkrieg-like through the long, tiresome, and, apparently, mounting list of grievances against the Church.

It is thoroughly...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, catholic faith, crusades, holocaust, inquisition, michael coren, persecution of christians, pius xii

SDG Reviews 'Moneyball' (3746)

Brad Pitt gives a powerhouse performance in a terrific baseball movie that both fans and non-fans can enjoy.

09/23/2011 Comments (3)
Columbia Pictures

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Moneyball.

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Moneyball is an ugly name for such an exhilarating film. Indeed, it seems a misnomer, though the filmmakers were more or less stuck with it, since Michael Lewis’ explosive 2003 book of the same name, on which the film is based, made such an impact on the baseball world that the word has passed into sports jargon.

Lewis (who also wrote The Blind Side) apparently used the word to describe how an iconoclastic approach to player statistics allowed Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane to defy the market economics that give deep-pocket teams like the Yankees and Red Sox an intractable advantage over underfunded teams like the Oakland Athletics. Wouldn’t “moneyball” be a better term for...READ MORE

Filed under aaron sorkin, brad pitt, movies, sdg reviews, sports

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