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The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/31/2011 Comment

Back to Black and Mind Your Beeswax: An Annual Call. Click on the link by Jake Tawney to learn more about Black Vestments.

Top Ten Ways to Have a Catholic Halloween - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Lodovico da Viadana - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Hollywood Prepares for a New Era of Biblical Epics (video) - Catholic Herald

Back to Black and Mind Your Beeswax: An Annual Call - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

“Make a Concerted Effort to Silence the Noise in Your Life” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How can I Pray when I can’t even Think Straight? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Agony - Joseph Prever, Dappled Things

Virgin Mary Nitelite - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

The Ambition of a Priest Desiring to Become a Bishop - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

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Scripture 4.0 (4658)

New Bible software is steeped in the traditions of the Church.

10/31/2011 Comments (8)
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“Ignorance of Scripture,” St. Jerome once famously observed, “is ignorance of Christ.”

Although there is a rich body of Catholic writing on the Bible from the fathers, doctors, councils, popes, bishops and saints, there has never been a strong piece of software that allows Catholics to search and study Scripture from within our own tradition.

Protestants have dominated the Bible software market from the beginning. There have been some feeble attempts to create Catholic programs, but none of them equaled the power and scope of high-end software like Bibleworks or Logos.

In the past, publishers have offered a few packages with Catholic resources, but all of these were add-ons to...READ MORE

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Pope: Imitate Christ's Service to Others (2565)

Benedict's Sunday Angelus for Oct. 30.

10/30/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—“Christ urges us to combine humility with our charitable service towards our brothers and sisters. Indeed, may we always imitate his perfect example of service in our daily lives,” said the Pope to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus address Oct. 30.

The Pope reflected upon the Gospel passage of the day, in which Jesus tells the apostles to “do everything” the Pharisees teach as they “sit in Moses’ seat,” but not “to do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

“In today’s passage,” he said, Jesus “reproaches the scribes and Pharisees” who were teachers of the community “because their conduct was clearly contrary to the...READ MORE

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Send My Roots Rain (2862)

Our Catholic faith proves to be deep and beautiful beyond words. Through the practice of our faith, we actually, in a very simple and natural way, open our hearts to the healing that Christ wants to bring. Oct. 23 issue feature.

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When teaching my personal-development course called “Ordinary Hero,” I show the students a picture of an ancient tree and explain how our lives have three levels: The branches and leaves represent our everyday concerns — our daily worries, joys, tasks and choices.

The trunk of the tree symbolizes our conscious beliefs and values. We can discuss our religious and moral principles, our political convictions and the ideas and philosophy that drive us.

Our beliefs, like the tree trunk, support the branching out of our daily lives. However, the part of us which supports it all is the roots. Buried below the ground, the root system is as wide reaching and complex as the branches and leaves.

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Holyween and Faithful Flocks (and Priests) (2198)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 30. Oct. 23 issue feature.

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Oct. 30 is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, is a holy day of obligation. Nov. 2 is All Souls’ Day, the commemoration of all the faithful departed; it is a day to pray for the poor souls in purgatory.



Family


Halloween is sometimes a challenge for Catholics. There are many strategies families have for coping:

The Holyween Strategy. Dress the kids as saints. We were always enthusiastic participants in the Holyween party at our Connecticut parish. We found our younger kids loved dressing up as St. Michael, St. Joan of Arc, etc. The downside: They never got to experience trick-or-treating.

The Family Dress-Up Strategy. Other costumes we have used include whole-family...READ MORE

Filed under all saints' day, faith, faithfulness, halloween

Maryknoll Celebrates 100th Anniversary (1955)

Cardinal McCarrick offers Mass in honor of the occasion.

10/30/2011 Comments (1)
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NEW YORK (CNA)—The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, a U.S. foreign-missions group, are set to celebrate their 100th anniversary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

“His Holiness willingly joins the whole Maryknoll family in recalling the profound zeal for the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the Church,” the Vatican’s secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said on behalf of Pope Benedict.

A Mass of thanksgiving is to be held on Oct. 30, with more than 2,000 society members, clergy, friends and donors who will to pay tribute to the group, which was founded in 1911 and serves 28 countries.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of the Washington Archdiocese,...READ MORE

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Called to the Missional Life (2707)

The witness of our life must proclaim the Gospel, but so too must the words of our mouth. Oct. 23 issue feature.

10/29/2011 Comments (3)

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel; and if necessary, use words.”

— St. Francis of Assisi



Perhaps you’ve heard the above quote before. It’s gotten a lot of millage. I’ve heard it in many homilies, in several classes during my formation as a deacon, and at many a church meeting from the lips of well-intentioned Catholics.

I’ve got a couple of big problems with this quote.

First off, St. Francis never said it. Or, at least, it’s not in any of the writings we have from him or even within a couple hundred years of his death.

Second, too many Catholics use it as an excuse.

The mandate from holy Scripture is clear: “Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Group Raises Concerns Over PepsiCo's Research Methods (5382)

Group writes letters regarding the company's possible use of aborted fetal cell lines for development of beverage flavor enhancers, and a shareholder filed a resolution asking the business to adopt a policy against such research.

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ATLANTA (EWTN News)—A pro-life group’s concerns that PepsiCo may be using aborted fetal cell lines for research and development of beverage flavor enhancers have prompted a shareholder to file a resolution asking PepsiCo to adopt a policy against such research.

In August 2010 PepsiCo entered into a four-year agreement with the company Senomyx to develop high-potency sweeteners for its beverages. PepsiCo is paying $30 million for the research and future royalties on PepsiCo products sold using the technology.

Most of Senomyx’s patents involve the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293, which originated in human embryonic kidneys.

The Largo, Fla.-based group Children of God for Life wrote both...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, pepsi

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