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Pope at Prayer Vigil Tells Youth to Remain in Christ's Love (3461)

Full text of homily Holy Father could not give entirely due to the rain on Aug. 20 at WYD.

08/20/2011 Comment
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– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear young friends,

I greet all of you, especially the young people who have asked me their questions, and I thank them for the sincerity with which they set forth their concerns, that express the longing which all of you have to achieve something great in life, something which can bring you fulfilment and happiness.

How can a young person be true to the faith and yet continue to aspire to high ideals in today’s society? In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus gives us an answer to this urgent question: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love” (John 15:9).

Yes, dear friends, God loves us. This is the great truth of our life; it is what makes everything else...READ MORE

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Pope: Jesus, Mary and the Saints Show Us How to Experience Suffering (2763)

Text of Holy Father's address during visit to San José Foundation for Disabled Youth Aug. 20.

08/20/2011 Comment

Your Eminence,
Dear brother bishops,
Dear priests and religious of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God,
Distinguished authorities,
Dear young people, family members and volunteers,

I thank you most sincerely for your kind greeting and heartfelt welcome.

This evening, just before the prayer vigil with the young people from throughout the world gathered in Madrid for this World Youth Day, we have this chance to spend time together as a way of showing the Pope’s closeness and esteem for each of you, for your families and for all those who help and care for you in this Foundation of St. Joseph’s Institute.

Youth, as I have said more than once, is the age when life discloses itself to us...READ MORE

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Motherless Mothering, Philosophy of Sex, Value of Woman, Unsung Lullaby, and much more! (3361)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/20/2011 Comment

If Christ is the Rock, can Peter also be the Rock? Click on Fr. Ryan Erlenbush link to understand the nuance.

Motherless Mothering - Sarah, Fumbling Toward Grace

The Philosophy of Sex - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

If Christ is the Rock, can Peter also be the Rock? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

Book Review: The Bible Made Impossible - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

The Value of a Woman - Kevin Lowry, A Grateful Convert

Our Collective Wisdom: Responding Properly - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Echoes of an Unsung Lullaby - JC Sanders, VirtuousPla.net

Non-Human People - Foxfier, The American Catholic

Getting In Character - Kevin O’Brien, Theater of the Word Incorporated

Birth Control Raises Deadly Clot Risk to 1,700% for Women - Jeremy Kryn,...READ MORE

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Pope Reminds Seminarians at World Youth Day to Follow Christ (2430)

Text from homily at Mass in the Cathedral of la Almudena in Madrid.

08/20/2011 Comment
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– World Youth Day Facebook

Your Eminence, the archbishop of Madrid,

Dear brother bishops,

Dear priests and religious,

Dear rectors and formators,

Dear seminarians,

Dear friends,

I am very pleased to celebrate holy Mass with you who aspire to be Christ’s priests for the service of the Church and of man, and I thank you for the kind words with which you welcomed me.

Today, this holy cathedral church of Santa María La Real de la Almudena is like a great Upper Room, where the Lord greatly desires to celebrate the Passover with you who wish one day to preside in his name at the mysteries of salvation. Looking at you, I again see proof of how Christ continues to call young disciples and to make them his...READ MORE

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Day by Day (2385)

Saturday Book Pick: A co-worker of the Catholic Worker movement’s founder reflects on a new volume of her letters.

08/20/2011 Comments (1)

A few months after Dorothy Day (1897-1980) passed away, I was interviewed for a New York City TV station by what I would describe as a “liberated” or “feminist” nun.

She asked me, “What is the legacy of Dorothy Day?”

A perfectly good question, I thought, and responded without hesitation: “Her faith.”

It was obvious from the interviewer’s facial expression that that was not the answer she wanted. It was clear she would rather have heard something like: “her pacifism” or “her activism” or “her condemnation of capitalism” or “her advocacy for the poor.” Pace the nun.

If you read letters in All the Way to Heaven, it is transparent that Day’s Catholic faith was the flesh of her being and...READ MORE

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Apostle to Prostitutes, Why Abstain from Meat on Fridays, Choosing Joy, and much more! (4632)

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08/19/2011 Comment

Why Do Catholics Abstain from Meat on Fridays? Click on Joe Heschmeyer's link to find out.

Apostle to Prostitutes: Today’s Saint John Eudes - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Why Do Catholics Abstain from Meat on Fridays? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why the Priest Blesses the Water at the Offertory of the Mass - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

There Is Some Blue Sky! Let Us Go Chase It! - Julie Robison, VirtuousPla.net

Myth Busters: The Impeccability of the Pope - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

We’ve Got a Lot to Learn from the Italians about Brotherly Love - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Universal Salvation and Probability - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Mormonism and Natural Law - Francis Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

Love of...READ MORE

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Day 5 in Madrid: The Way of the Cross and a Blessing by the Pope (2514)

Our Register staffer's faith-filled trip continues with reflections on the cross and feeling very blessed ... literally.

08/19/2011 Comments (2)
Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

What an incredible day! Tears start dripping down my face and onto my keyboard as I sit here and type this. It is a day where memories and feelings will be forever in my heart.

I got to see the Holy Father! Not just see him: He was within a few feet of us, and he blessed us! One hardly knows how to describe the peace and joy of that moment. There is an amazing feeling of unity with the whole Church here and a power that is above normal circumstances.

The day began different then I had anticipated. I am a person who likes to control things, and all of my plans for the day were not going well. A late start and large crowds made seeing the city difficult and getting to the talks out of the...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Youth 'May Christ's Love for Us Increase Your Joy' at Way of the Cross (2505)

Full text of Benedict XVI's speech in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid.

08/19/2011 Comment
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13th Station

– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear young people,

We have celebrated this Way of the Cross with fervor and devotion, following Christ along the path of his passion and death. The commentaries of the Little Sisters of the Cross, who serve the poor and most needy, have helped us enter into the mystery of Christ’s glorious cross, wherein is found God’s true wisdom, which judges the world and judges those who consider themselves wise (1 Corinthians 1:17-19).

We have also been assisted on this journey to Calvary by our contemplation of these wonderful images from the religious patrimony of the Spanish dioceses. In these images, faith and art combine, so as to penetrate our heart and summon us to conversion. When faith’s...READ MORE

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