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Double Vision: Christ’s Love and Apocalyptic Warnings (1821)

Canadian Artist’s Work Offers Christian Reflection on the World: From our Aug. 12 issue.

08/18/2012 Comment

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A farmer stands in a vast wheat field that stretches out behind him across the huge canvas to a distant horizon and a crystalline, cloudless blue sky: The Ukrainian Pioneer painting is on display at a Victoria, British Columbia, art gallery as part of an ambitious retrospective on Canada’s great landscape painter William Kurelek.

Wait a moment: That sky is not quite cloudless. Tucked neatly into the corner is a mushroom cloud.

"What makes his art so great and so fascinating is that you can look at it on so many different levels," says Mary Jo Hughes, co-curator of the show, which has toured Canada for two years and has one left to go. "You can say, ‘Wow that’s really beautiful to look...READ MORE

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Admiring Argentina (1736)

Aug. 12 issue travel article

08/18/2012 Comment
Joy Wambeke

– Joy Wambeke

When my husband began championing a family trip to Argentina, I balked. Flying ourselves and our three small children to a very foreign country was not my idea of a vacation. Eventually, I caved. I began to think about how much history I didn’t know about Catholic Argentina. I had also been reading about the South American bishops’ recently renewed efforts toward the New Evangelization and thought I might like to see this in action. And it didn’t hurt that it would be summer down there while it was winter up here.

It was January when we landed in Cordoba, the second-largest city in Argentina after Buenos Aires, in central Argentina. As promised, it was hot enough for shorts and...READ MORE

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The Paul Ryan-Ayn Rand Connection: What’s a Catholic to Think? (25498)


08/18/2012 Comments (107)

Ayn Rand

– Wikipedia

Approximately 37 seconds after the announcement that Paul Ryan had been chosen as Mitt Romney’s VP, the media began to murmur — and then shout — about Ryan’s outspoken praise of the novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged. (See, for example, Newsweek’s take on Ryan’s devotion to Rand as revealing a coming “War on the Weak.”)

Is Ryan waging a “war on the weak,” using Ayn Rand as his inspiration?

No, I do not think so at all. But Ryan needs to make clear what he accepts in Rand and very, very clear about what he rejects. Rand was an atheist, a devout enemy of Christianity, and she rooted her entire philosophic affirmation of capitalism in pure selfishness.

So, what...READ MORE

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Catholic Women Answer Helen Gurley Brown (4484)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Style, Sex & Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter'

08/17/2012 Comments (7)

Style, Sex & Substance is the kind of book that Catholic women will read through in a few days and then immediately make a list of their best girlfriends to send it to. From the first to the last chapter, this book is a pleasure to read.

Every chapter is written by a well-known Catholic female blogger. Each tackles a host of issues sure to interest faithful Catholic women, while keeping it “real,” as editor Hallie Lord puts it: discerning God’s plan for your life, taking care of yourself, the place of beauty and fashion in our lives, sex and passion, fruitful friendship, the meaning of motherhood and using the media to evangelize the world.

While there is spiritual inspiration in this...READ MORE

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Do Scripture and Church Fathers Teach Eucharist as a Sacrifice?, Coren on Conversion, and Much More! (3549)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/17/2012 Comment

Do Scripture and Church Fathers Depict the Eucharist as a Sacrifice? Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Do Scripture and Church Fathers Depict the Eucharist as a Sacrifice? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Coren on Conversion, Canada, and Lies About Christianity – Catholic World Report

The Catholic Con Continues Anne Hendershott of the Catholic World Report website – Big ulpit

The Furious Prophecy of Titus Andronicus – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Pursuing Leadership – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Medical Journals and the Culture of Death – Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing

Children: The New Underdog - Marjorie Campbell, Catholic Lane

Euthanasia is a Cultural Addiction – Wesley J. Smith, First Things/Secondhand Smoke

Ave Maria, Richard Clark – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The...READ MORE

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Look to the Real Superheroes (3150)


08/17/2012 Comments (4)

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on Simone Martini’s Altarpiece of Blessed Agostino Novello. Art critic Peter Plagens describes the saint flying to save a falling child with “superhero alacrity.” It’s an apt sketch of the picture and a catchy phrase in itself — so catchy that WSJ editors seized on it for the article’s title, “Future Saint as Medieval Superhero.” Cheese, anyone?

It’s hard to blame them for trying to relate. Besides, the saint as wonder-worker, rescuer, guy who comes to tame a wild beast, recover a vanished valuable or expose a murderous butcher with Columbo-esque serendipity has always been a popular figure. In these stories, the saint does resemble...READ MORE

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The Case Against Teenage Dating, Staying Catholic in College, On Music and Priestly Life, and More! (3316)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/17/2012 Comment

The Case Against Teenage Dating. Click on the link by Misty to read more.

The Case Against Teenage Dating – Misty, Catholic Sistas

Keeping or Re-finding the Catholic Self in the College Years – Andrew McDowell, Catholic Collar and Tie

On Music and the Priestly Life – Fr. Gary Selin, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Traditionalist Group Granted Formal Status within the Church by Mark Greaves of the Catholic Herald newspaper – Big ulpit

Five Great Motets – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Saudis Attempt to Block Vatican Bid for .catholic Web Addresses – Fr Z’s Blog

Seven Point Checklist for Catholic Dads – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Spiritual Food for Our Troops! – Jann FritzHuspen, Catholic Lane

Courage, Conversion, and Natural...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom Amendment on the Ballot in Florida (5472)

Voters have opportunity to support faith-based organizations.

08/16/2012 Comments (12)
Florida House of Representatives

Juan Zapata

– Florida House of Representatives

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida voters will be asked this November to consider a religious-freedom amendment that seeks to protect faith-based social services while also tackling anti-religious bias. Launched on April 4, the Religious Freedom Act is being supported by the SayYesOn8 initiative and a broad range of organizations to protect social services offered by faith-based groups. Amendment 8 is one of two ballot initiatives being actively supported by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Amendment 8 is intended to do three things: It would preserve partnerships between government and social-service organizations; it would ensure continued delivery of social services by...READ MORE

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