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Pope John Paul II's Heroic Sanctity (4088)

Prayer and charity were hallmarks of his pontificate — and his life.

04/29/2011 Comments (5)
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It’s said you just sort of know when you’re in the presence of sanctity. You don’t need much proof or clinical verification; nope — our “gut,” our hearts, our souls just sense it.

Holy Mother Church doesn’t stop here, of course, and I’m glad she doesn’t. She requires some “proofs,” such as widespread public veneration, miracles and a scrupulous study of the holy one’s life. I suppose she has been burned enough to know you always can’t trust your “gut.”

In the case of Blessed Pope John Paul II, we’ve got both.

My heart, soul and (rather considerable) “gut” can testify, from the vantage point of a box seat for at least seven years of his remarkable pontificate, that this was a man of...READ MORE

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Youth Ministry Comes of Age (3584)

Outreach is seeing results, particularly in the number of religious vocations.

04/29/2011 Comment

ARLINGTON, Va. — Pope Benedict XVI dedicated the month of April to pray for the evangelization of youth: “That through its compelling preaching of the Gospel, the Church may give young people new reasons for life and hope.”

The decades after Vatican II saw many young people of all ethnic backgrounds leave the active practice of the faith. A variety of factors are often cited for this exodus, including the lure of materialism, relativism and the sexual revolution, poor catechetical programs and formation and the influence of non-Catholic religions in search of converts.

Today, lay Catholic youth ministers are on the front lines winning teens back. Their role is often to provide an initial...READ MORE

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Blagojevich Rule Challenged (3049)

Pharmacists in Illinois score a victory for conscientious objection — for now. Nationwide, will conscience-protection issues end up at the Supreme Court?

04/29/2011 Comments (3)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A state judge in Illinois has ruled that pharmacists cannot be forced to dispense emergency contraceptives against their personal beliefs.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz made the decision on April 5, stating that the requirement to sell “morning after” contraceptives violates the state’s conscience law.

The ruling was the latest outcome in a six-year legal battle by pharmacists Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog and the three drug stores they operate. Believing emergency contraceptives can act as an abortion-causing agent, they sued over the 2005 rule imposed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The former governor, who is facing his own legal difficulties in...READ MORE

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Culture of Vocations, Happy Families, Circuminsession, FSSP in Tulsa, St. Barbara, and much more! (2466)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/29/2011 Comment

Circuminsession is graphically explained. The mutual immanence of the three distinct persons of the Holy Trinity.

F.S.S.P. Gets Own Parish in Tulsa, Near Clear Creek Monastery - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Light that Scathes All Shadows - John Zmirak, InsideCatholic

Disney’s Film Tangled and the Story of Saint Barbara - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Holy Trinity, Circuminsession & Happy Families - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

The Audacity of Christ - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

In Search of a Healthy Imagination - Greg Pfundstein, The Catholic Thing

Creating a Culture of Vocations in Catholic Schools - Father Schnippel, Vocations

What does the Church Teach about Dialogue with Islam? - Father Alexander...READ MORE

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Accepting Pope Benedict’s Generous Offer (4147)

Father Edwin Barnes: Why I Became Catholic

04/29/2011 Comments (4)

I had always believed that is what I was — a Catholic, albeit an Anglican one. We said the creeds and expressed our belief in the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” We were taught that is just what the Church of England was; part of that Catholic Church, separated from a great part of Christendom at the Reformation, but with good reason. We had avoided the excesses and errors of other churches; we were a pure church, one which had “washed its face.”

This was just about tenable all the time the Church of England held to Catholic faith and practice. Of course, there were always others in the same Church who disagreed with us, but we had truth on our side. After all, did not every...READ MORE

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Super Storm (7741)

South assesses the damage after devastating twisters.

04/28/2011 Comments (8)
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UTTER DESTRUCTION. Destroyed homes are seen April 28 in a neighborhood in Pratt City, Ala., hit by a wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes April 27. Devastating storms and tornadoes raked though the U.S. South, killing at least 250 people as they ripped houses to rubble, flipped cars and uprooted trees and power lines, officials said.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Yesterday’s super storm spawned more than 100 tornadoes that left a path of death and destruction across the South. There have been 250 deaths reported in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia, with the greatest devastation centered in Alabama.

Today, amid more severe storm warnings, rescue workers are attempting to assess the damage and help those in need.

The hardest hit areas appeared to be Birmingham, Cullman and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said it would be days before the full death toll would be known.

At present, Alabama is reporting at least 131 deaths, with 31 in DeKalb County alone. Thirty-two deaths were...READ MORE

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Girl Subdeacons, Choosing the Apostles over Muhammad and Joseph Smith, + more! (3547)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comments (1)

Straw Subdeacons, Women, Acolytes, and Father John Zuhlsdorf’s Analysis - Rubric Monster, The Noise of the Crusade

Why Trust the Apostles over Muhammad or Joseph Smith? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope John Paul II: Beating Back the Smoke of Satan - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

Baptist Convert: Lori Miller - Why I’m Catholic

Orthodoxy Begets Priests - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

Pope Benedict on Divine Mercy - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Understanding the Book of Acts, Part III: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

An Interview with Catholic Hollywood Director Mike Disa - Peggy...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the End of the Cold War (6868)

The peaceful social movement that toppled Soviet communism began with the Pope and the spiritual renewal of the Polish people.

04/28/2011 Comments (2)

“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.” — John Adams, “Letter to Hezekiah Niles,” Feb. 13, 1818

What John Adams observed about the American Revolution of the 1770s was also true about the Polish Revolution of the 1980s that helped bring about the end of the Cold War.

Before there was a Solidarity trade union with 10 million members that ultimately toppled Soviet Communism, there was a revolution in the minds and hearts of the Polish people that made Solidarity...READ MORE

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