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Time for Renewal (1672)

Publisher's note for the start of Advent. From our Nov. 20 issue.

11/27/2011 Comment

The First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, signals a great time for renewal for the Church. For some, Advent represents a time of frivolity and merry making. We often forget, however, that, like Lent, Advent is also a time for introspection, prayer and fasting — a time to prepare ourselves for the perfect gift of Christ to humanity.

Senior writer Tim Drake’s page-one story on Catholics Come Home illustrates the need for all baptized Catholics — whether fallen-away or not — to renew themselves in Christ. And, as has been our custom in the past, we offer on page B1 our handy clip-out, pass-on and copy guides for Advent: “How (and Why) to Return to Sunday Mass” and How (and Why) to Return to...READ MORE

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide (2395)

Our second annual gift guide, as featured in our Dec. 4 issue.

11/26/2011 Comment

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The weeks before Christmas can be hectic, full of preparations and shopping.

We hope that these gift ideas will ease the busyness of your schedule and allow you ample time to prepare your heart and home for the coming of Christ.

Click HERE to see the complete guide.

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12-Step Pride-Elimination Plan (4928)

Why bad pride is so bad. Nov. 20 issue column.

11/26/2011 Comments (7)

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Pride is the deadliest of the deadly sins.

It is unrealistic, unattractive and unprofitable. One would have to be rather foolish, it seems, to grant significant room in his life to pride. If the devil could laugh, and the angels could weep, they would do so over the way we human beings stubbornly cling to pride.

Yet, of all the seven deadly sins, it is the most subtle to diagnose, the most common, and the most difficult to eliminate.

We should note, however, that not all pride is deadly. There is a sense in which pride is fully justified. A parent has this good pride when his children attain some standard of excellence. Likewise, a coach can be proud of his players for comporting themselves...READ MORE

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Man and His Highest Passion (2132)

Saturday Book Pick: Understanding Abraham with the help of lectio divina.

11/26/2011 Comments (3)

In his book about Abraham, Fear and Trembling, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “It is abhorrent to my soul to talk inhumanly about greatness, to let it loom darkly at a distance in an indefinite form, to make out that it is great without making the human character of it evident — wherewith it ceases to be great.”

Kierkegaard is lamenting that preachers of his time portray being a person of faith as not so hard after all. You might undergo such a test as Abraham did, but you will pass the test, and all will be well.

But what about the appalling nature, from a human point of view, of what Abraham was asked to do with his son Isaac? What went through Abraham’s mind during the...READ MORE

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The Well-Ordered Republic, Science vs. Politics, Shushing Tyranny of 'Be Nice'!, and more! (2798)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/26/2011 Comment

The Well-Ordered Republic. Click on the link by Omar F. A. Gutierrez to learn more.

The Well-Ordered Republic - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Prufrock, Peccology, Pessimism, and Paul - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

A Private Matter - Katy Carl, Dappled Things

Abortion and Mental Health: Science vs Politics - Priscilla K. Coleman, MercatorNet

Pure Scientism Insufficient as Basis for Criminal Justice - Jennifer Gruenke & Justin D. Barnard, Public Dscrs

The Shushing Tyranny of “Be Nice!” - Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

Scandals. . . and Hope: An Interview with Rod Bennett - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Bishop Lori: Immediate & Palpable Threats to Religious Freedom - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Rprt

House Committee Passes Bill De-Funding U.N....READ MORE

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Fifteen Amazing Things About NCYC 2011, You Want to become a Doctor of the Church?, and much more! (3432)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/25/2011 Comments (2)

Fifteen Amazing Things About National Catholic Youth Conference 2011. Click on the link by Jamie to learn more.

The New Roman Missal: The Mystery of Eucharist Union - Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic Lane

Shakespeare, the Vatican, the Daily Mail, & Mr. Pearce - Mark Brumley, Catholic World Report

Fifteen Amazing Things About NCYC 2011 - Jamie, Roman Catholic Cop

So, You Want to become a Doctor of the Church? - Teófilo de Jesús, Vivificat

Douglas Kmiec Defends President Obama - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Pope Benedict is No Liberation Theologian - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

The Pill: Health Risks in Reproductive Health - Arland K. Nichols, HLI America

Iraqi Christians Live Between Fear and Hope - ACN-USA News

The Phillipian Fast in the Byzantine Rite - Shawn Tribe, New...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities Give Generously (1828)

11/25/2011 Comments (6)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News)—Officials with Catholic charities and relief agencies have asked people to remember both the needs of the poor at home and those facing humanitarian disasters overseas.

Generosity is “so central to our faith,” said Tom Price, the senior communications manager with Catholic Relief Services. “It is the reason for the existence of any Christian charity.”

He cited Pope Benedict XVI’s words in his 2005 encyclical Deus Caritas Est. There, the Pope said that, for the Catholic Church, charity is not “a kind of welfare activity” that could be left to others. Rather, charity is “a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.”

Candy Hill, Catholic...READ MORE

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Surprising Revival for Men in Religious Life (16113)

Overall numbers are down, but new communities continue to emerge.

11/25/2011 Comments (13)
Courtesy of the Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

AT HOME. Members of the Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel in Texas in their chapel: from left, Brothers Joseph Mary and John David, Father Fabian Rosetti and Brothers Jason, Martin Mary and Albert Mary.

– Courtesy of the Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

CHRISTOVAL, Texas — Father Fabian Rosetti had a dream. The Cuba-born Carmelite wanted to build a hermitage on land that would provide monks with the necessary isolation they needed.

He found a suitable tract in central Texas, but the man who owned it made it clear that he was not willing to help.

“He was very blunt,” Father Rosetti recalled of the encounter he had with the landowner in 1991. “He said to me, ‘I don’t like you, and these are my reasons why: One, you’re Catholic. Two, you’re a priest. And three, you’re Hispanic.’ He had no plans whatsoever of helping me.”

Yet, this outspoken Protestant would eventually soften and agree to let Father Rosetti use 200 acres of his property....READ MORE

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