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Bringing Home the Gospel: How Families Can Benefit From the Daily Mass Readings (1967)

June 3 issue column

06/02/2012 Comment
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How can families get to better know our Lord Jesus Christ, his word and our Catholic faith in general? A convenient, ready-made way is to read and discuss the Church’s daily Mass readings, whether at the dinner table or some other useful time.

Participating in daily Mass may not be practical for all or any family members, but that doesn’t preclude everyone from benefiting from each day’s Mass readings.

To know and love someone better, you have to spend time with that person. Husbands and wives understand this as married couples and also in devoting their lives to their children.

The same goes for our relationship with Jesus, which includes spending time reading and reflecting on the...READ MORE

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Move Past Propaganda on Indulgences, St. Thomas More Was Not Fond of Torturing Heretics, and more! (480)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2012 Comment

Move Past the Protestant Propaganda: 8 More Questions on Indulgences. Click on the link by the Saint Peter's List blog to read more.

Move Past the Protestant Propaganda: 8 More Questions on Indulgences - Saint Peter's List

St. Thomas More Was Not "Unnaturally Fond of Torturing Heretics" - Michael Moreland, Mirror of Justice

Catholic 'Americanism' by George Weigel - The Pulpit

New Vestment Work - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

If They Trust Women, Why Don’t They Trust Mothers? - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

The Significance of Spelling Jerosolym vs. Jerusalem in the Bible - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

404 Error - Jennifer Mazzara, Ignitum Today

Why No Miracles in Our Day as in Biblical Times? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

MTV Exploits Viewers to Make a...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Put God at the Center of Your Life Like Mary Did (1953)

The Holy Father concluded the month of May, the month of Mary, with a Rosary vigil in the Vatican Gardens.

06/01/2012 Comments (1)

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The Virgin Mary’s docility to the will of God should remind everybody that the Lord has a plan for each of us, Pope Benedict XVI said at the conclusion of a Rosary vigil to mark the end of May.

“The Magnificat is the hymn of praise that rises from humanity redeemed by Divine Mercy, rises from all the people of God; at the same time, it is a hymn which denounces the illusion of those who believe they are lords of history, arbiters of their destiny,” he said May 31 at the Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens.

“In contrast, Mary has God at the center of her life; she abandoned herself, confident in his will, in an attitude of humble obedience to his loving plan.” Mary was...READ MORE

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For Greater Glory: How a Largely Unknown Story Became an Epic Film (10078)

Producer, director, actors discuss their roles in bringing the Cristero history to the big screen.

06/01/2012 Comments (24)
Hana Matsumoto photo, courtesy of ARC Entertainment

Andy Garcia as General Gorostieta (l) and Mauricio Kuri as Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio in For Greater Glory.

– Hana Matsumoto photo, courtesy of ARC Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD — When the film For Greater Glory opens this weekend, it will tell the largely unknown story of religious persecution that occurred in our own hemisphere within the past century.

The Mexican-made movie tells the tale of the Cristero Rebellion, the Mexican peasant uprising against an oppressive government that took place between 1926 and 1929.

In his 1926 encyclical Iniquis Afflictisque, Pope Pius XI denounced the forces of “barbarism” that led to Mexican President Plutarco Calles’ persecution of Catholics and the Church.

The film opened in Mexico on April 20 with the title Cristiada. It opened in first place in gross for all admissions at the box office in Mexico. Producer...READ MORE

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Letters to the Editor (1641)

Register readers respond.

06/01/2012 Comment

Uplifting Story

Thank you so much for the article “Priest Ordained Early to Fulfill Father’s Wish” by Susan Klemond (Culture of Life, March 25).

What an uplifting story — from Father Richard Dyer’s conversion, and that of his father’s, to the celebration of the funeral Mass by the son for his father a week later. The positive response from Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., to the then-seminarian’s request and the good bishop’s comments regarding his decision was icing on the cake, especially when the hierarchy is so readily and easily maligned.

We are unable to properly describe the heartwarming experience of reading such an article that we had upon its conclusion — a feeling...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (9357)

The year’s second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that’s long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.

06/01/2012 Comments (9)
Movie poster via MovieWeb.com

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Early in Snow White and the Huntsman is an intriguing moment in which Snow White (Kristen Stewart), imprisoned since childhood by the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron), whispers the Our Father — every word.

A positive display of Christian spirituality in a fantasy or medieval film is so rare these days that its presence (and prominent placement) suggests a thoughtful choice. Typically in such films Christianity is either absent — as in Mirror Mirror, this year’s other big-screen Snow White tale — or odious, as in Red Riding Hood, with its repulsive monster-hunting cleric and pathetic village priest.

At best, religion may be a benign ceremonial presence officiating at...READ MORE

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Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian, Catholic Blogging's Ten Commandements, and much more! (1705)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2012 Comments (1)

Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian. Click on the link by Kevin O'Brien to read more.

Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian - Kevin O'Brien, StAR/Ink Desk

Blogging and the Ten Commandments - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Two Sisters: Two Views by George Weigel - The Pulpit

University of Notre Dame President Drops It - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Misunderstanding Subsidiarity - Peter Brown, The Catholic Thing

St. Catherine's Mount Sinai Enters the Digital Age - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

10 Tips for New Catholic Bloggers - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Go (Matthew 28:11-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Things I Learned After College - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

The First Blogging Vatican Ambassador: UK's Nigel...READ MORE

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Nashville Dominican Sister Appointed to USCCB Education Post (20383)

New staffer will focus on evangelization, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae,’ Year of Faith.

06/01/2012 Comments (16)

WASHINGTON — Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., was named this week the executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The education office assists the bishops’ efforts to address a host of urgent matters, from the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae to resolving parochial school-funding shortfalls.

Sister John Mary currently serves as the principal of St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Ill., one of the order’s 34 schools in 18 dioceses. Among the fastest-growing Catholic teaching orders in the nation, with 275 members, the Nashville Dominicans are noted for...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, education, evangelization, nashville dominicans, new evangelization, religious liberty, sister john mary fleming, usccb

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