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Catching Up With MLB All-Star Alex Avila (9435)

Young Cuban-American player relates accounts of physical and spiritual revivals in the context of the communion of saints.

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Alex Avila

– Courtesy of the Detroit Tigers

At only 25, Alex Avila is already making his mark in the professional baseball world. The starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers played in the 2011 All-Star Game, and, later in the postseason, his team made it to the American League Championship Series.

This near miss of a World Series Championship came not too many years after Avila had indicated such a possibility to his father, Al, who is vice president and assistant general manager of the Tigers.

Al Avila was telling his son, who was in high school at the time, that he did not care whether he played baseball. He simply wanted him to be happy and would support him in whatever field he chose. His son chose the baseball field, and,...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Reminds the Faithful to Be Open to God's Miracles (3693)

The Holy Father's first Angleus of his summer vacation on July 8.

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Nazareth’s rejection of Jesus highlights the need for people to have an open and trusting disposition towards God in order to receive miracles, Pope Benedict XVI said on July 8.

“In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that if we live with an open and simple heart, nourished by true faith, we can recognize the presence of God in our lives and follow his holy will,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address.

For the first time this summer, the Pope was addressing pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

He dwelt upon the Gospel passage in which Christ is not accepted by his hometown. St. Mark records how Jesus said to them: “A prophet is not...READ MORE

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Single for a Season (6662)

Emily Stimpson offers advice for joyful living until wedding bells ring.

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Emily Stimpson

Emily Stimpson is the author of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years, in which she shares her firsthand advice for Catholic single women who hope to get married one day. She recently spoke about her book, the impact it’s having, and why joyful singles are a needed witness in the world today.


What prompted you to write this book? How did your own experiences affect this work?

Mostly, a growing recognition that more and more single women were wrestling with the same issues I’ve wrestled with over the past 15 years, and there weren’t any practical resources from a Catholic perspective to help them in that wrestling. There were books that talked about how to find a...READ MORE

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The Call of Beauty: Cardinal Burke Interview, Labor Relations with Children, and Much More! (1934)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“The Call of Beauty”: Interview with Cardinal Burke. Click on the link by Kathleen Pluth to read and view more.

“The Call of Beauty”: Interview with Cardinal Burke – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Labor Relations with Children: Help Around the House – Dr. Ray Guarendi, Integrated Catholic Life™

This is What a Lay Catholic Should Look Like by John Norton of the OSV Daily Take blog - Big Pulpit

How to Criticize Liturgical Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

A Plea for Really Committing to Adult Faith Formation – R. Thomas Richard PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Top Ten Saints for Sinners – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Seminary Formation in Ghana & Its Challenges – Deacon Hillary Agbenosi, Ignitum Today

Are there Schools Available that You Recommend for those Called to...READ MORE

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Friendships Change History (2013)

July 1 issue column.

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– Wikipedia

Friendships can be deeply transformative experiences. A deep and true friendship with another person or a circle of persons can completely revolutionize a person’s life — and the lives of many other people.

Take the friendship of the group known to literary history as “The Inklings.” This was a group of scholars and their various acquaintances in Cambridge and Oxford in the mid-20th century who shared a passionate love for literature (particularly fantastic literature) as well as a common love of the Christian faith. The most famous of them today is probably J.R.R. Tolkien, with C.S. Lewis running a close second, and others, such as Charles Williams and Owen Barfield (as well as several...READ MORE

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Share the Gospel, Thanks or No Thanks (830)

User’s Guide to Sunday, July 8.

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Sunday, July 8, is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

July 11 is St. Benedict’s feast day. St. Benedict and St. Thérèse: The Little Rule & the Little Way by Father Dwight Longenecker, a Register contributor, is a marvelous introduction to both the Rule of St. Benedict and the spirituality of the Little Flower. Let these two great saints (and their great interpreter) teach you their simple and straightforward way to God.

Ezekiel 2:2-5, Psalm 123:1-4, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 6:1-6

Our Take
Protestant evangelist Ernest Corty tells the story of a lighthouse to explain evangelization.

Years ago, on a rocky coastline, a shore town’s inhabitants began noticing that...READ MORE

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Men's Catholic Household Fosters Vocations (4599)

July 1 feature about Charleston, S.C., initiative.

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Deirdre C. Mays

HOLY HOUSE. Father Jeffrey Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Charleston, S.C., Diocese, encourages young men like (left to right) Seth Toft, Rhett Williams and Christopher Davies to discern God’s call for their lives as they live in community in Drexel House.

– Deirdre C. Mays

Drexel House in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., is a unique Catholic men’s residence for discernment: Resident Christopher Davies finds it “absolutely amazing the whole house goes to Holy Hour and Eucharistic adoration.”

“Having the presence of Christ in the house — you can’t beat it,” says Davies. “I can go anytime in front of the Blessed Sacrament and pray: I have Jesus as one of my roommates.”

Located in historic downtown Charleston within walking distance of everything, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, Drexel House is home to young men ages 20 to 35 who live a Catholic life in community as they discern where they’re being called by God.

“It’s a place for Catholic men to come and...READ MORE

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Excommunication as a Restorative Measure (3803)

July 1 issue feature.

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Why excommunicate people? Is this not a strange holdover from the medieval Church? Excommunication is a punitive device on the part of the Church and is more than merely denying holy Communion. It also publicly rebukes and shames the person.

The cause for excommunication is explicitly “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin” (Canon 915). However, a case could certainly be made that the punishment of excommunication could also be attached to “rebuke a person from whose behavior there arises scandal or serious disturbance of order in a manner accommodated to the special conditions of the person and the deed” (Canon 1339, Paragraph 2).

The Church takes this extreme measure only...READ MORE

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