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Oldest Manager to Win World Series Still Enjoys Kid’s Game (7229)

Jack McKeon, 81, credits daily Mass and St. Thérèse with helping his baseball career.

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Jack McKeon

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Most 80-year-olds would never consider managing a professional baseball team. Then again, most 80-year-olds would never be asked to manage a professional baseball team.

Yet, in June 2011, Jack McKeon accepted the then-Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ offer to lead the team as interim manager.

McKeon’s previous stint with the Marlins included a World Series Championship in 2003. He was a relatively young 72 at the time, but was nonetheless the oldest manager ever to win a World Series. The South Amboy, N.J., native attributes his success not only to perseverance, but also to daily Mass attendance and the intercession of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, the doctor of the Church whose feast...READ MORE

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Catholic Doctors Tackle How to Survive in an 'Increasingly Toxic Culture' (9609)

At the annual Catholic Medical Association conference, Bishop Robert Vasa says the current health-care crisis is ‘a clarion call’ for Catholic doctors in the U.S.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Conscience rights' protection and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate were the topics foremost on the minds of medical professionals gathered in St. Paul, Minn., for the Catholic Medical Association’s (CMA) 81st educational conference.

The Sept. 26-29 conference, which drew more than 600 attendees, featured prominent speakers who shared the history of the present cultural battle and how to bear witness to the truth and bring it to bear on the practice of medicine.

Papal biographer George Weigel spoke on the crisis of modernity, author Brian Gail spoke on the life sciences’ challenges, First Things editor Russell Reno spoke about...READ MORE

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Remember the Little Flower on Her Feast Day (3531)

A Visit to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse for Oct. 1: From our Sept. 23 issue

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Amy Smith

Statute of St. Thérèse and Mary at the National Shrine of St. Thérèse in Illinois.

– Amy Smith

I have been to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse in Darien, Ill., several times, and each time there is always something new to see and learn about the Little Flower.

Relics of her life are on prominent display — everything from furniture and clothing to toys (a little teacup) and schoolwork (a well-drawn map of North America), as well as lovely handwritten notes in French. Her first Communion preparation book is also there for the faithful to see.

And now, there is a new addition: Visitors can see a replica of her convent room. The room, dedicated in June, includes originals from Lisieux’s Carmelite convent, including the tiles outside Thérèse’s door where she walked each day, the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Rejoice When Anyone Does Good in Jesus' Name (2133)

The Holy Father's Sept. 30 Angelus address

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Pope Benedict XVI says that Catholics should be delighted whenever non-Catholics do what is good or embrace what is true.

“Members of the Church should not feel jealousy, but rejoice if someone from outside the community does good in the name of Christ, provided this is done with right intention and with respect,” he said during his Sept. 30 Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo.

The Pope was reflecting on the Sunday Gospel, as recorded by St. Mark, in which “a man, who was not the follower of Jesus, had cast out demons in his name.

“The apostle John, young and zealous, wants to stop him, but Jesus will not allow him.”

Several thousand pilgrims gathered at the papal summer residence...READ MORE

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Red Mass Marks New, Unpredictable U.S. Supreme Court Term (4784)

Definition of marriage cases could highlight this sitting.

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WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared for a new term, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services exhorted members of the high court to be guided by the Holy Spirit and moral norms that transcend political considerations.

“We have heard the question posed by the apostles just before the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven. Their vision was of a political reality alone: the end of Roman rule and the independence of the chosen people,” stated Archbishop Broglio during his Sept. 30 homily at the annual Red Mass, traditionally held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle the day before the new term starts.

“It was a vision firmly anchored in this...READ MORE

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A Secret Method to Converting Protestants, Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Liturgy, and Much More! (5006)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Converting Protestants, A Secret Method. Follow the link by Shan Schaetzel to read more.

Converting Protestants, A Secret Method by Shane Schaetzel of the Catholic in the Ozarks blog – Big ulpit

The Pope on the Sacred Liturgy – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir – Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Education Resource Center

Imperial Purple: 14th Century Chinese-Austrian Dalmatic – John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Selfishness of Homeschooling – Rebecca Frech, The American Catholic

“Credo Domine” Wristbands Commissioned for Year of Faith – Ann Schneible, EWTN

Caspar Othmayr – Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

Interview: Fr. Robert Sirico – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

How Aristotle’s Ten Categories Relate to Eucharistic...READ MORE

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‘We Are Instruments in the Hands of the Lord’ (1694)

09/30/2012 Comment

This homily was given by Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services at the 60th annual “Red Mass” in Washington on Sept. 30. Each year, the Mass is held the day before the Supreme Court’s new term begins to ask God’s guidance upon justices, judges, attorneys and senior government officials. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, was the principal celebrant at the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.


The author A.J. Cronin told the story of a district nurse he knew during the time he practiced medicine. She covered a 10-mile district by herself, was extremely capable and generous with her time. She was patient and cheerful. Her...READ MORE

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Why God’s Ways Give Joy to the Heart (1702)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 30.

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Sunday, Sept. 30, is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).


Feast Days

There are great saints’ days in October.

Oct. 1 is the memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. St. Thérèse is a favorite of many Catholics who long to imitate her childlike love of Christ and others. Get to know her better through Benedict and St. Thérèse by Father Dwight Longenecker and I Believe in Love by Jean C.J. d’Elbée.

Oct. 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels. Google "Pope Benedict XVI guardian angels" to find the Pope’s words about guardian angels and his explanation of the time his guardian angel let him break his wrist.

Oct. 4 is the feast of St. Francis of...READ MORE

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