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Collective Insanity (2754)

A Register editorial

04/10/2011 Comments (4)

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

But the sin of slavery was written into America’s Constitution, leading to “a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

As we commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter on Tuesday, April 12, our national attention wanders silently back 150 years to the second-bloodiest outbreak of collective insanity in our nation’s history, a conflict that nearly tore it apart.

It happened because some Americans were willing to fight to the death...READ MORE

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Anchorites and Stylites, Spiritual Direction, Cristero War, Alaska Easter Vigil, and much more . . . (3159)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/09/2011 Comment

Saint Simeon Stylites the Elder.

Land of the Midnight Sun: Anchorage Archbishop Schwietz allows Easter Vigil to Start before Dark - Catholic Anchor

Vatican Two: True and False Reform - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

Of Anchorites and Stylites in Lent - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

The Story of Ruth Pakaluk, Convert, Mother & Pro-Life Activist - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Spiritual Direction is Not Confession - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Bible is Not a Book, It’s a Library; This is Key to Interpreting Scripture - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Movie Explores Faith in Cristero War Against Forced Secularism - Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News...READ MORE

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Teenagers, Politics and Truth, Sitting Bull Died a Catholic, Sioux Falls Cathedral, and much more! (4879)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/09/2011 Comments (5)

The famous Sitting Bull picture, without the cropping, shows him wearing a Crucifix, he died a Catholic.

The Good Samaritan:  Part IV - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Teenagers and Truth - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life ™

Psalm 37, Part IV - The Scourges of Life as Our Penance (Verse 18) - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Politics and Truth - Father James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Penance after Reconciliation, Implications of Not Fulfilling It! - Catholic Spiritual Direction

What I Tell My Altar Servers - Father Dwight Longenecker, InsideCatholic

Photo: Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The New Look of the Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota – D Mac, Creative Minority Report

A Lesson in Love from Mythology – Anthony...READ MORE

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Lives Restored (2745)

Our Lady of Joyful Hope Celebrates First Anniversary in Alabama

04/09/2011 Comments (3)
Birmingham Diocese

Mass was celebrated by Birmingham’s Bishop Robert Baker for the first anniversary of Our Lady of Joyful Hope.

– Birmingham Diocese

Our Lady of Joyful Hope Community in Blountsville, Ala., observed its first anniversary on March 19. There was much joy for the year’s successes and abundant hope for continuing to restore the lives of young men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

Our Lady of Joyful Hope is part of the international Comunità Cenacolo (Community of the Cenacle), a form of community life for those overcoming addictions.

The focal point was Mass celebrated by Birmingham’s Bishop Robert Baker. Since the community’s dedication by the bishop last year, the initial 12 young men residents have nearly doubled to 22

“The anniversary in Alabama is another sign of a gift of hope for families who have sons...READ MORE

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Scott Hahn's Appreciation for Priests (3238)

Saturday Book Pick:

04/09/2011 Comments (1)


Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood

by Scott Hahn

Doubleday Religion, 2010

160 pages, $14.99

To order: randomhouse.com

The Year for Priests may be over, but the momentum from that 12-month celebration continues to be strong.

Adding to that effort is Scott Hahn, who unpacks the meaning of the priesthood in Many Are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood. The scholar and prolific author urges Catholics to take a deeper look at the Catholic priest’s sacred role. He examines the priesthood’s biblical and historical roots in order to explain the centrality of the priest in the life of the Church.

In his powerful foreword, New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan says that...READ MORE

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Mall Friar, Power of Blood, Cardinal Pub Closing, Arkansas Catholicism, and much more . . . (2711)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/08/2011 Comment

Saint John of the Cross was the Founder of the Discalced Carmelites and who is also a Doctor of Mystic Theology.

Bishop Andrew Byrne and Arkansas Catholicism, 1843-1862 A.D. - Pat McNamara

Friar Who Evangelizes in the Mall: We are an Absolutely Passive Church - Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel

Saint John of the Cross: The Gaze of God - Father Iain Matthew, Zeal for My House Consumes Me: Following Christ in the 21st Century

Apologetics Toolbox: Faith vs. Works - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Psalm 101, Part II, O Lord Hear My Prayer! - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

The Power of the Blood… - Saint John Chrysostom, Catholic Spiritual Direction

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Cardinal Pub to Close! - A Reluctant Sinner

Internal Divine...READ MORE

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Government Shutdown Showdown (3916)

Is it really the Republicans’ ‘waging war on women,’ or being good stewards of the people’s money?

04/08/2011 Comments (13)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) make remarks to the media as Congressional negotiations continue in an attempt to break an impasse in funding the federal budget through the end of the fiscal year to avoid a government shutdown, on Capitol Hill, Washington April 8. With a government shutdown looming in hours, the White House and Congress worked furiously on Friday to reach a U.S. budget deadlock and prevent a deadlock that would idle hundreds of thousands of workers.

– REUTERS/Mike Theiler

WASHINGTON — Somewhere in America, a Model Congress moderator is giving thanks. Because civics lessons don’t get better than this.

This being the government shutdown dance happening in Washington right now.

Washington now is arguing over the 2010 budget. That’s an important aspect of the story this weekend. Of course, for the obvious reason: An impasse on funding the federal government will have immediate results on federal workers and Americans who receive government aid, including, most alarmingly, military families. But it also underscores the fact that Democrats neither passed nor proposed a budget last year, despite being the majority party on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.


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SDG Reviews 'Soul Surfer' (9087)

True story rides wave of faith and family and triumph over tragedy.

04/08/2011 Comments (8)
Photo by Noah Hamilton

AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton. Photo by Noah Hamilton

– Photo by Noah Hamilton

Soul Surfer does nearly everything you expect it to, but it does it more likably and satisfyingly than you might think it would.

Based on 21-year-old pro surfer Bethany Hamilton’s memoir, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, it’s an inspirational sports biopic about a Hawaiian surfer whose devout faith helps her bounce back after losing an arm in a shark attack (at 13 in real life).

As Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb, Bridge to Terebithia) recuperates in her hospital bed, her surgeon reassures her that while the list of things she’ll need to learn to do differently is extensive, the list of things she won’t be able to do at all is small.

Bethany’s...READ MORE

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