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Awaiting the Incarnation (2415)

Dec. 18 issue editorial on Christmas.

12/17/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

— John 1:14

As he led the Church in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI reflected during his Dec. 4 Advent Angelus address on the radical witness of John the Baptist.

“The style of John the Baptist was meant to call all Christians to choose a sober lifestyle, especially in preparation for the feast of Christmas,” said the Pope.

As the immediate forerunner of the Incarnation, John offered “a fiery invitation to a new way of thinking and acting” and “to the announcement of God’s justice,” said the Holy Father....READ MORE

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2 (Pro-Life) Christmas Classics (2274)

A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life Carry a Message for All Seasons

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“Culture of life” is a term Blessed John Paul II made prominent in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae. The Pope wanted to highlight the civilizational struggle afoot between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” the latter understood as a quality-of-life ethic that eventually kills those deemed to have a “poor quality” of life. In contrast to a sanctity-of-life ethic, which regards every human life as sacred, a quality-of-life ethic decides that some lives (usually other people’s) just are not worth living.

Although John Paul showcased the “culture of life” 16 years ago, another writer was talking about it 160 years ago, and a film director was depicting it 65 years...READ MORE

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Spiritual Lasagna (2205)

Saturday Book Pick: Toronto Archbishop's recipe for better prayer.

12/17/2011 Comment

Taking a multilayered approach to the Church’s ancient practice of lectio divina (divine reading), Archbishop Thomas Collins has written a recipe to help fill souls hungering for the word of God.

The archbishop of Toronto provides a combination of a handbook on prayer and personal reflections on St. Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. The book is divided into nine chapters based on sessions he led at Toronto’s cathedral. “I go through the text, section by section,” he explains. “It is like spiritual lasagna: a layer of text, then a layer of my own reflections, ending with a question to consider regarding personal application of the text. That’s followed by a layer of silence, then a layer of...READ MORE

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Hope Flies Ascalon, I Bake Because I Love, Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and more! (2471)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/17/2011 Comment

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Click on the link by Nathaniel Gotcher to learn more.

Hope Flies on the Ascalon - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

I Bake Because I Love - Terri Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

A Reading Tip, Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Our Twins: A Short Story - Kuzma Family, Tickling Tales & Trying Trails

A “New” Bible for Spanish-Speakers of the Americas - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Hope After Poor Prenatal Diagnosis - Monica Rafie, Catholic Lane

Intolerant Atheists - Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

Church, Women & Pants - Gerrie Goguen, New Oxford Review

Jewish...READ MORE

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Profession of a Stravrophore Nun, Shroud of Turin Mystery Deepens, What Are Ember Days, and more! (3328)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/16/2011 Comment

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Christian East: Profession of a Stavrophore Nun - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

It is Theism . . . that Deserves to be Called The Scientific Worldview - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Alma Redemptoris Mater, Palestrina - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

New Research from E.N.E.A. on the Shroud of Turin - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Tim Tebow, A Source of Inspiration - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Study: Sharing a Smile can Synchronize Mom’s & Baby’s Heartbeat - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

What Are Ember Days? - Aquinas & More

The New Translation: What’s Changed and Why - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Messianic Prophecies: Daniel 7:13-14 -...READ MORE

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Record Drop in U.S. Marriages Caused by Social Changes (2374)

12/16/2011 Comments (10)
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Sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox

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Washington D.C. — The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.

He was responding to a Dec. 14 Pew Research analysis that indicates marriage rates in the U.S. are at a record low, as young couples are delaying marriage longer than ever before.

According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census data, only 51% of adults in the U.S. are currently married, compared to 72% in 1960. In addition, new marriages in America dropped by 5% between 2009 and 2010.

While the decline in marriage is taking place among all age groups, it is most...READ MORE

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Defending the Rights of Religious Expression for Everyone — From Anglicans to Zoroastrians (7585)

The Becket Fund’s new president, William Mumma, discusses key threats to religious liberty.

12/16/2011 Comments (4)
The Becket Fund

William Mumma

– The Becket Fund

They boast of working to protect the free expression of all faiths, “from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.”

Established in 1994, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, public-interest legal and educational institute whose lawyers have defended dozens of cases in which the government has infringed upon the religious rights of Americans.

Recently, the Becket Fund took up the case of Belmont Abbey v. Sebelius, in which Belmont Abbey College is challenging the interim final rule of the Health and Human Services Department requiring all insurers to cover contraceptives and sterilizations.

Earlier this year, William Mumma took over as president of the fund when founder Kevin...READ MORE

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10 European Movers and Shakers, Bringing Tebow to Catholicism, Lessons from Exodus, and much more! (5132)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/16/2011 Comment

10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers. Click on the link by Julie Rodrigues to learn whom they are.

10 European Catholic Movers and Shakers - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Bringing Tim Tebow To The Fullness of Truth - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

The End of Canterbury - Joseph Bottum, Weekly Standard

Lessons from the Book of Exodus: Centrality of the Liturgy & Orthopraxis - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Advocating Same-Sex Marriage: Consistency Is Another Victim - Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse

Incredible Shrinking Protestant Churches - New Oxford Review

Gifts of the Spirit: What’s the Return Policy? - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

10 Tips to a Happy and Holy Christmas - Youth...READ MORE

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