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Why Good Is More Interesting Than Bad (2649)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 22.

04/22/2012 Comment

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Sunday, April 22, is the Third Sunday of Easter (Year B, Cycle II).

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48

Our Take
Regina Doman, author of young-adult fiction, spoke at Benedictine College recently and demonstrated a common modern fallacy.

“Who is more interesting: bad guys or good guys?” she asked the students.

The answer came back: “Bad guys!”

She asked them why and did an exercise with their answers that was very instructive about what our culture trains people to think of the lives and lifestyles of the good and bad — and how wrong our culture is.

The truth is: Evil is more banal than good, the virtuous are more complex than...READ MORE

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Belgian Roadside Shrines Serve as Prayer Reminders (4447)

April 22 issue feature on a Catholic tradition in Wisconsin.

04/22/2012 Comment
Eddie O'Neill

– Eddie O'Neill

The eyes of the Church were focused on a small rural chapel with a rich history located just outside of Green Bay, Wis., not too long ago. It was December 2010 and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop  David Ricken, Green Bay’s  12th ecclesiastic leader, had just declared the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Help to a Belgian immigrant girl named Adele Brise to be authentic and free of error.

As headlines and Internet sites splashed the news of North America’s first officially recognized Marian apparition site, locals in the area already knew the obvious: This part of Wisconsin settled by the Belgians some 150 years ago was holy ground.

William Laatsch, a retired...READ MORE

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California Churches Teach History and Invite Prayer (3446)

April 22 issue feature on more Golden State Catholic sites.

04/22/2012 Comment

St. Andrew's Church, Pasadena

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The following is part two of a profile of just a handful of the many beautiful churches California has to offer (Part 1).

Church of the Nativity
Nativity is a pretty, historic little church built in the New England style. It is part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park. It began as a mission church in 1872 and became a parish in 1877. The first church was enlarged and modified and officially dedicated in 1888. Other elements were added through the years, including an impressive rose stained-glass window in 1900. Fortunately, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake did little damage to the church (while wrecking the rectory!).

The church is built in the cruciform style and made...READ MORE

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Coming to a TV Near You: 'The Catholic View for Women' (3733)

A look at EWTN's new talk show. April 22 issue feature.

04/21/2012 Comment

When Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo get together, something fantastic happens — it’s called The Catholic View for Women.

It’s a new EWTN talk show. Several pilot shows ran on the network last year, garnering reviews so favorable that EWTN not only contracted for a full series, 13 episodes of which will air this fall, but also created a brand-new set.
The trio traveled to the Irondale, Ala.-based EWTN studios in March to tape the fall season.

The idea for the show was conceived by host Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More awareness campaign. The concept spent five years in gestation before EWTN approved the...READ MORE

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A Theologial Answer to Why God Allows Suffering, Why Are Homeschooled Kids So Annyoing?, and more! (4830)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/21/2012 Comment

Why Do We Suffer? The Theological Answer of St. Paul. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read and understand.

Why Do We Suffer? The Theological Answer of St. Paul - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Why are Homeschooled Kids So Annoying? - Dwija Borobia, Catholic Exchange

Saturday Update on the Fallout from the L.C.W.R. Vatican Report - ThePulp.it

Am I Being Self-Absorbed when Praying for Spiritual Growth? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Two Things Conservative Catholics Should Stop Doing – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Six Educational Online Resources for Kids to Love Their Faith - J. E. Foyer, St. Peter's List

S.S.P.X. One Step Closer to Reintegration with the Catholic Church - ThePulp.it

Doing Something About It - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café


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Pray, Date, Marry (6665)

Catholic speaker Sarah Swafford's relationship advice and discernment before 'I do.' April 22 issue feature.

04/21/2012 Comment
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Sarah Swafford

– Courtesy of Sarah Swafford

“Become the woman of your dreams, and you’ll attract the man of your dreams,” Sarah Swafford advises young women.

As “dorm mom,” or resident hall director, to 142 girls who lived in Benedictine College’s St. Scholastica Hall, Swafford had a “front-row seat” into the lives of young women who came to her to talk about their dating struggles.

Her trusted advice led to a ministry of mentoring and speaking. Her message on the importance of what she calls “emotional virtue” in relationships has been reaching audiences throughout the United States; she speaks to high-school students, college students, parents and Catholics in the pews. Last December, she was featured on EWTN’s Life on the...READ MORE

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Help for the Journey of Life (3115)

Saturday Book Pick: Three aspects of our earthly pilgrimage.

04/21/2012 Comment

There are all kinds of journeys, and many kinds of pilgrims. As the liturgical year continues on from Easter to Pentecost, the Register looks at several recent books that have some insight into to the most important journey — the pilgrimage of life, which culminates in our meeting He who sent us on this journey in the first place.

Amy Welborn, one of the first and most prominent Catholic writers to bring faith-inspired reflections to the blogosphere (Charlotte Was Both) has first-hand experience to offer those who have suffered grievous loss in their lives. In 2009, her husband, Michael Dubruiel, passed away suddenly at age 50, leaving her a widow and their children fatherless. The...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Participate in Pope Benedict's Anniversary Events (2422)

California, Hawaii, Utah and Nevada bishops are in Rome this week for their ad limina visit.

04/20/2012 Comment

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles says the forthcoming Year of Faith is the best present Pope Benedict could give the Church as he marks his seventh anniversary as pontiff, which was April 19.

“It will be a great opportunity for us Catholics to reflect upon our faith, to try to understand better our faith, because in the end the most important issue we have in our times in the Church is education in the faith,” Archbishop Gomez said.

The Los Angeles archbishop is in Rome this week on his ad limina visit, along with his fellow Californian bishops and the hierarchies of Hawaii, Utah and Nevada. Archbishop Gomez said it a “great blessing to physically participate in the celebrations...READ MORE

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