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Wisdom and Love Need Each Other (2267)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 14

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Sunday, Oct. 14, is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.



Wisdom 7:7-11, Psalm 90:12-17, Hebrews 4:12-13, Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27


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Today’s readings tell the tale of what becomes of wisdom without love.

The Book of Wisdom gives a wonderful portrait of a noble soul, but the first reading is also a prelude to a tragedy.

"The spirit of wisdom came to me," King Solomon says. "I … deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand, and, before her, silver is to be accounted mire."

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, says Scripture. But it wasn’t enough to save...READ MORE

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Sr. Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid, What Should Children Read, Atheist Convert, and More! (3346)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/13/2012 Comment

Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to read more.

Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What Should Children Read? – Russell Kirk, Crisis Magazine

Former Atheist and His Conversion – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Five Ways the Marriage Fight Will be Won, or Lost – Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Quæritur: Stable Group Petitioned for E.F. Mass, “Parish Council” Says No – Fr. Z’s Blog

Letter to a Soul Suffering from Scrupulosity – Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

St. Maximus the Confessor on the Filioque – De Unione Ecclesiarum

Floor Tiles from Cleeve Abbey in Somerset, England – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

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Living the Faith (4513)

Oct. 7 issue editorial on living the Year of Faith well.

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When Pope Benedict XVI issued his apostolic letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), announcing a Year of Faith to begin this Oct. 11 and end Nov. 24, 2013, he reminded the faithful: "The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."

This journey of faith, amid joy and suffering, "lasts a lifetime," wrote the Pope, but must be constantly renewed, both for the sake of our immortal souls and to draw others into communion with God.

For many Catholics, this Year of Faith comes at a pivotal moment. For the first time in the lives of many Americans, a stubborn economic crisis has led many citizens to...READ MORE

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The Drama of the Catholic Grandparent (7925)

Oct. 7 issue column: Under normal circumstances, no one, not even a grandparent, has the right to baptize a child contrary to the parents’ will.

10/13/2012 Comment

It is not uncommon today to find faithful men and women who treasure their Catholic faith at odds with their adult children who have drifted away from the Church.

Not only does it make holiday family gatherings more stressful, but it creates conflicts when, as grandparents, they welcome new members of the family at birth.

As a pastor, I see these painful scenarios regularly played out. It would help grandparents if they understand some basic teachings of the Church about baptism of their grandchildren, because sometimes well-intentioned grandparents violate the Church’s teachings about baptism without even realizing it.

What joy to welcome the birth of a grandchild.

So many dreams...READ MORE

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A Catholic-Style Dose of 'Reality' (2990)

Nick Manetto reviews The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living by Greg and Jennifer Willits.

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Adventures in Imperfect Living

By Greg and Jennifer Willits

Servant Books, 2012

160 pages, paperback, $16.99

To order:



From tawdry housewives in suburban New Jersey to beauty pageants for toddlers with Texas-sized hair, reality TV — much of it of dubious quality — abounds.

For Catholics looking for a dose of reality, husband and wife evangelists Greg and Jennifer Willits use their new book The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living to provide some actionable guidance to those — particularly to married couples or those contemplating marriage — striving to live holy lives while navigating the challenges of life.


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Why the World Needs the Rosary (6534)

Oct. 7 issue feature: The great Marian prayer for peace is so relevant in the current culture.

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Before Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was our Pope, at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 1976, he declared: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. … We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel."

That is still true today.

Then, as Pope John Paul II at Fatima on May 13, 1982 — a year to the day after the attempt on his life — he said he read with trepidation "the ardent appeal of the Heart of Mary that resounded at Fatima in 1917" because he saw "how many people and societies — how many Christians — have gone in the opposite direction to the...READ MORE

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100 Books for the Year of Faith, the Most Holy Rosary, Cranky Reformers, and Much More! (2948)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/12/2012 Comment

100 Catholic Books to Read for the Year of Faith. Click on the link by Ryan Eggenberger to read more.

100 Catholic Books to Read for the Year of Faith – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

The Most Holy Rosary – Paul Kokoski, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Cranky Old People Demand Church Reform by Thomas L. McDonald of the God and the Machine blog – Big ulpit

St. Vincent de Paul, Welfare Statist? – Kevin E. Schmiesing, Acton Institute/Acton Commentary

Why Are “Catholic” Media Promoting Same-Sex “Marriage”? – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

What St. Paul’s Example as Bishop can Teach Us about Authority – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Ten Questions to Help Explain the Holy Eucharist – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Mensis Eucharisticus: A New Edition – Fr....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops’ Conference Contests Biden’s 'Inaccurate' Mandate Statement (10412)

Archbishop Lori: “It's … disappointing that something so blatantly inaccurate was said in such a public venue.”

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Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan participate in the vice-presidential debate at Centre College on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the Health and Human Services' mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice-presidential debate.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden, when the issue of religious freedom was raised during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky. “No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital — none has to either refer contraception; none has to pay for contraception; none has to be a vehicle to get...READ MORE

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