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Understanding the Incarnation (2337)

Jan. 15 issue column

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“For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, a new light of glory has shown upon the eyes of our mind, so that as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible” (Christmas Preface, 1).

The Incarnation is shrouded in mystery for us. It is a decision on the part of God to manifest his love which we can never completely understand. When theologians like Thomas Aquinas write about it, they speak of its fittingness. To say that something is fitting means that there is more good in this choice on the part of God than in any other one we can think of. What is this choice?

To answer that question it is interesting to see how debased the Christian...READ MORE

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Motherhood and the Call to Holiness (4962)

How staying at home helped moms understand their vocation. Jan. 15 issue feature.

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Recently, the Women at NBCU (a marketing firm for NBC Universal) study found that 66% of moms said they would rather be a stay-at-home parent than a working parent. Additionally, the majority of employed moms (53%) feel that, while financially they need to work, they would prefer to be stay-at-home moms.

Long before she was married or even pregnant, Vicky Stone intended to be a stay-at-home mom. It didn’t work out that way. When she and her husband had their first child, her career was taking off. They had just purchased a house and couldn’t give up the income or benefits. “I think it came down to me being too young and selfish at that time,” she admits. “I couldn’t see the big...READ MORE

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Lessons from Blessed John Paul II (3015)

Saturday Book Pick: What a Swiss Guard learned from the Pope for life and work.

01/14/2012 Comments (1)

Andreas Widmer’s The Pope & the CEO is part memoir and part coaching manual inspired from his two years of service as a Swiss Guard under Blessed John Paul II and now, more than 20 years later, as a corporate executive.

In the same way John Paul focused his papacy on developing a robust understanding and defense of the dignity of the person, Widmer applies the same principles at the SEVEN Fund, which he founded to develop enterprise-based solutions to poverty.

Divided into nine lessons, The Pope & the CEO is not meant to be a philosophical treatise on work or leadership. Instead, it’s a practical read meant for actual application through its questions for reflection at the end of each...READ MORE

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Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton and Religious Freedom (10764)

Georgetown University scholar Thomas Farr discusses religious freedom and a host of issues — from the Obama administration's promotion of "gay rights" abroad to the recent skirmish on religious liberty in the New Hampshire primaries.

01/13/2012 Comments (30)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Human rights are gay rights.

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Thomas Farr is a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He directs the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and the task force on international religious freedom for the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J. A former diplomat, Farr was the State Department’s first director of the Office of International Religious Freedom.

He is widely published in a variety of secular and religious publications, including Foreign Affairs, First Things, The New York Times and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. His book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital...READ MORE

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Why Educating Youth on Morality Matters (2963)

Pope and Spanish bishop highlight need to teach young people the truth about justice, peace and love and sexuality.

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In a bid to end violence against Christians and other religions, Pope Benedict XVI used a Jan. 13 speech to Italian police to call for educating young people in the true meaning of justice and peace.

“Even the past year, unfortunately, was marked by violence and intolerance,” he said in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Jan 13.

“Frequently, in different parts of the world, the object of reprisals and attacks were Christians, who paid with their lives for their adherence to Christ and to the Church.”

The Pope made his comments to a gathering of those Italian state police who are charged with patrolling and protecting St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican.

The Pope said that while young...READ MORE

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Did Gospels Evolve, Spiritual Warfare and Atom Bomb, Vatican Finances, and much more! (5582)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/13/2012 Comment

Spiritual Warfare and the Atom Bomb. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to learn more.

Did the Gospels Evolve? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Spiritual Warfare and the Atom Bomb - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Beautiful Image from 1470 Anno Domini - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Solemn Mass, Legnano - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

To Be a Gift - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

World Youth Day 2016 in London - Stephen Wang, Bridges and Tangents

Who Keeps a Check on the Vatican’s Finances? - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why Abortion Supporters Care More for Baby Animals than Baby Humans - Kristi Burton Brown, LifeSiteNews.com

SNAP’s Founder Wrote Letter For Child Porn Doc; Blasts Mother Teresa - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com


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Bishops and Other Religious Leaders Warn Against Redefining Marriage (2487)

Letter urges support for 'the unique meaning of marriage and the precious gift of religious freedom.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Several dozen religious leaders joined together against redefining marriage in America, warning that such a move would have “far-reaching consequences” for religious freedom.

In a Jan. 12 open letter to all Americans, the leaders described marriage and religious liberty as “fundamental goods that stand or fall together.”

They noted that if the civil definition of marriage is changed to include same-sex couples, the government “will compel special recognition of relationships” that many communities “cannot, in conscience, affirm.”

Those who signed the letter included Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, and...READ MORE

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Cuba's Ambassador on the Papal Visit (1519)

Eduardo Delgado refutes criticisms of his socialist country. Jan. 15 issue story.

01/13/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic voyage to Cuba in March comes at a time when, according to the 2011 annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “serious religious-freedom violations continue in Cuba, despite some improvements.”

These violations include: “detention, sporadic arrests and harassment of clergy and religious leaders affiliated with unregistered religious groups, as well as the control and monitoring of religious belief and practices, including through surveillance, infiltration and legal restrictions prohibiting religious communities from operating without government permission. These conditions exist under the one-party rule of a communist government...READ MORE

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