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Sowing Dissent on Same-Sex 'Marriage' (11743)

Natural law and Church teaching on marriage are being undermined from without and within.

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In his book Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky taught revolutionaries to “cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.” To revolutionize the non-negotiable Catholic teaching against same-sex “marriage” and civil unions, activists are advancing the cause with organizations such as “Catholics for Equality” and “Catholics for Marriage Equality” — just as organizations such as “Catholics for Choice” have long promoted abortion, artificial contraception and sterilization.

One activist who opposes Catholic teaching on same-sex “marriage” infiltrated a marriage educational conference this summer and criticized it in his blog.

Carlos Maza applied for and won a scholarship...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Be Open to Voice of God, the Voice of Love (1564)

The Holy Father's Sept. 9 Angelus address.

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Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: Ephphatha.”

“‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9.

“He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of God, the voice of love speaking to his heart, and learn to speak in the language of love, to communicate with God and with others,” the Pope explained.

Speaking to several thousand pilgrims gathered at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict dwelt upon the Sunday reading from the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus cures a...READ MORE

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Famous Star Now Catholic Conversion Story, Go Where Suffering Are, Marian Tech Resources, and More! (4988)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer. Read the story by J. Q. Tomanek of the Ignitum Today website by clicking on the link by Big ☧ulpit.

Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer by J. Q. Tomanek of the Ignitum Today website - Big ulpit

“We Have to Go Where the Suffering and Dying Are” – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Marian Tech Resources to Help Know, Love & Share the Blessed Mother – Lisa Hendey, Catholic Lane

Jane Jacobs: Urban Distributist Matriarch – Susannah Black, The Distributist Review

The Church and the Market – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

On Loneliness – Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Why Life Matters – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Our Yawning Religious Divide – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: A Sign For Our Times – Fr....READ MORE

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'Michelangelo of the Capitol' Also Painted Religious Art (3129)

Sept. 9 issue feature: Constantino Brumidi Murals Are Being Restored in New York

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Joe Pronechen

Murals like this one of Mary are being restored in two New York City churches.

– Joe Pronechen

In July 11, 2012, painter Constantino Brumidi was honored in Washington, when House and Senate leaders awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously.

At the presentation, House Speaker John Boehner started his remarks by saying: "‘An answer to a prayer’ is how the curator for the architect of the Capitol has described Brumidi’s arrival in this city at the end of 1854. And rightly so."

Italian immigrant Brumidi arrived to decorate the interior of the Capitol. He did so with a flourish, creating colorful, detailed frescoes in the congressional space, from the Rotunda to the "Brumidi Corridors."

But part of the story of this artist — who is sometimes called the "Michelangelo of...READ MORE

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The Good News Should Be Lived (1900)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Sunday, Sept. 9, is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).


Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:7-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Our Take

Today’s Gospel is truly the “Good News.”

“Thus says the Lord,” says the first reading, “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong; fear not! Here is your God; he comes with vindication.”

It’s an irresistible idea. The God who created us and loves us sometimes seems so far away. But no longer: He’s coming!

“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag,” Isaiah continues, with exhilarating imagery. “Streams will burst forth in the desert...READ MORE

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The Watcher Awakes (3691)

Sept. 9 issue column: New York and Microsoft Create a New Surveillance System

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"The head of Argus (as with stars the skies) / Was compass’d round, and wore an hundred eyes."

So writes Ovid about Argus Panoptes, the many-eyed god and sleepless watcher who sees everything. Too bad Microsoft and the New York Police Department aren’t of a literary (or ironic) bent. They missed out on a cool handle for their slightly terrifying new spy computer, which is saddled with a rather mundane name: the Domain Awareness System (DAS).

The exact capabilities of DAS are still a little sketchy right now. I requested details from Microsoft, but they were still assembling them at press time. What little we know comes from a press conference in which Mayor Michael Bloomberg crowed,...READ MORE

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How Spiritual Direction Can Help You Grow Closer to God (7940)

Sept. 9 issue feature: The Importance of Faithful Guidance for Your Interior Life

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Picture this: A person, young or old, is practicing the faith yet naturally wants to grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and become closer to God. Can the faithful — or should they — turn somewhere for guidance?

They can. After all, didn’t Jesus send the disciples out two by two?
Saints like Teresa of Avila have said something in our nature necessitates external support for our development. She taught that God designed us on purpose to be dependent on others for our spiritual growth.

Spiritual directors or spiritual mentors can help us along this path. Even young people in college are proving they grow quickly in faith and more easily discern where God is calling them...READ MORE

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Heresy, American Style (4426)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,' by Ross Douthat.

09/08/2012 Comment

Few would dispute that traditional, orthodox Christianity of all denominations used to be the dominant religious influence in American culture, serving as the social and moral rudder for the whole country. Even well into the 20th century, Christianity stabilized and guided America as it emerged from the trauma of a devastating economic upheaval and two world wars and began to navigate the choppy waters of civil-rights reforms.

As recently as 50 years ago, Christianity was mainstream, intellectually respectable and unshackled to any particular political party. Today, few people of faith would dispute that Christianity has been supplanted as the dominant cultural force in America, but New...READ MORE

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