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Olympic Bronze Medalist Transformed Through Crucible of Suffering (7440)

Illness and injury help Mario Ancic realize identity as child of God.

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Mario Ancic of Croatia during the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

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If things had gone according to his original plan, Mario Ancic would have been playing tennis at the Olympic Games in London this week. However, his life took a different course than he expected.

The 6-foot-5-inch Croatian was riding high at the end of 2006. He was already an Olympic bronze medalist, a Wimbledon semifinalist and Davis Cup champion. He was ranked among the top 10 players in the world and was set to have an outstanding year in 2007.

However, just when things looked brightest, a mysterious illness took hold of Ancic, and he spent the next few years trying to overcome it. Initially, he saw his suffering as the worst thing that could happen to him. But he eventually came...READ MORE

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What Guys Need to Know about Women, How a Catholic Emperor Banned the Olympic Games, and More! (3598)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What Guys Need to Know about Women. Click on the link by Marge Fenelon to read more.

What Guys Need to Know about Women – Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

How a Catholic Emperor Banned the Olympic Games – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Transfiguration: Raphael’s Deathbed Masterpiece – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Chick-fil-A Aftermath – Big ulpit

Why the Formation of the Soul and Education of the Soul are Distinct – Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

Flannery O’Connor and the Hardest Lesson of All – Lorraine Murray, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Devil’s Most Effective Foe by Christopher Check of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

The Angelicum Academy Brings the Study of the Great Books Online – Catholic World Report

Anita Goulden: The Angel of...READ MORE

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A Gift Who Changes the Receiver (1855)

User’s Guide to Sunday, Aug. 5.

08/05/2012 Comment

Sunday, Aug. 5, is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II). Aug. 6 is the feast of the Transfiguration
of the Lord.

Tom likes to help our kids understand the Real Presence from a young age. He repeats this "lesson" with them often, young minds being what they
are. The first few times it takes prompting, but not after that.

First, he asks: "Who is in the tabernacle?"

"Jesus!" they answer.

"If Jesus is a grown-up like me," asks Tom, "how can he fit in a place that small?"

"Because Jesus is God, and God can do whatever he wants!" they answer.

(They had to be taught that one: "Is Jesus God?" "Yes." "Does God have the power to do whatever he wants?" "Yes."...READ MORE

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Cultivating Freedom (1499)

July 29 issue column

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As any horticulturalist knows, you cannot cultivate roses merely by plucking weeds and killing aphids.

One must plant rose seeds. No matter how hospitable the garden is for the cultivation of roses, if there are no seeds, there will be no roses. Negative horticulture is, in itself, unproductive.

This simple, incontrovertible notion has direct applicability to human beings and their desire for freedom.

No amount of negative freedom — removing barriers that would inhibit the cultivation of freedom — will ensure the cultivation of positive human freedom.

This latter freedom must grow from an interior seed, which is the human will.

The modern world has expended considerable effort...READ MORE

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Choose Face Time Over Screen Time (8504)

July 29 feature on personalism.

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In a restaurant recently, my wife and I couldn’t help but notice a family with four young children at the table across from us. As soon as everyone settled into their chairs, each child, including the youngest, who stayed in his stroller, quickly pulled out a technological device.

Totally focused on their technology, the family only spoke to each other about what they wanted to eat. The parents pointed to the menu and asked the children, "Is that what you want to eat?" Each child would nod or say a quick "Yes," without unfixing his or her eyes from the little screen and without thumbs and fingers missing a beat.

Each child continued like this, quite absorbed, even during the course of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Supports Knights' Religious-Freedom Efforts (1713)

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the work of the Knights of Columbus to defend and promote religious liberty within the United States.

08/04/2012 Comments (4)

In a letter signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father commended the Knights of Columbus’ work to support religious liberty at a time “when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.”

The Knights of Columbus “have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness,” the July 19 letter said.

In doing so, the organization “has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding.”

The letter applauded the Knights’ work to defend...READ MORE

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Hospital for Souls: Curé of Ars, Working for Bread that Lasts, Catholic Architecture, and More! (2040)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/04/2012 Comment

A Hospital for Souls: The Curé of Ars. Click on the link by Paul Kokoski to read more.

A Hospital for Souls: The Curé of Ars – Paul Kokoski, Crisis Magazine

Working for Bread that Lasts (John 6:16-35) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholic Church Architecture: Decoration and Ornament – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Here Are Five Christian Companies That Publicly-Proclaim Bible-Based Views by Billy Hallowell – Big ulpit

Interview with Msgr. Paul Tighe On Vatican’s New “.catholic” Domain – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

The State of Video Games – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Saturday Special: Chick-fil-A Aftermath – Big ulpit

Pagans and the Passion: Conflict or Concord? – Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

John Paul...READ MORE

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Faith Found Via the Airwaves (3280)

Catholic radio fosters conversions: July 29 issue feature

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When Christie Martin was growing up, her family belonged to the Church of Christ. When she first converted, she didn’t tell anyone; she knew she would face disapproval from family.

As David Vacheresse, general manager of the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network says, "The unique aspect of Catholic radio is it gives a person the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith without others knowing about it."

Martin enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program a week after her first Mass. One evening after class, she saw a bumper sticker: Catholic Radio 1230 AM: "I got into my car, found the station — Immaculate Heart Radio out of Stockton, Calif. [an EWTN Radio...READ MORE

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