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Saturday Book Pick: Rachel’s Contrition

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A novel about a woman dealing with the death of a child, marital separation and mental illness has been a bestseller on Amazon’s woman’s fiction page in recent months. Surprisingly, this bestseller comes from a small, independent Catholic publisher mainly known for spiritual and devotional works. Although not the first fiction title to be released by Sophia Institute Press, Rachel’s Contrition is bringing new attention to their fiction imprint.

The story opens: A non-custodial mother returns a 4-year-old son to her estranged husband after a weekend visit. Rachel Winters tells her story in bits and pieces. Post-traumatic stress keeps her from remembering all that has happened. Rachel came...READ MORE

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Vatican's New Website, Charism's of the Holy Spirit, Dressing Modestly, and much more! (5827)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/11/2011 Comment

St. Columba spread Christianity among the savage Picts.

Vatican Releases New Website Design; www.news.va to Follow Soon! - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Gifts & Charisms of the Holy Spirit - Marcellino D’Ambrosio Ph.D., The Integrated Catholic Life™

Christian Sacked After Abortion Leaflet Row - Tim Ross, The Telegraph

Note to Arne Duncan: What About the Catholic Kids? - Lisa Graas

Saint Columba, or Columkille, Abbot - Catholic Lane

The Traddies Guide to Studying Scripture. . .Part I - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

. . .Kate Edwards: Part II: The Magisterium. . .

Dissent Is Powerless - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

“Motivated By Warped Eugenic Views” - California Catholic Daily

Top 10 Reasons Women Should Dress...READ MORE

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Bishops: Christians, Do Not Be Mediocre (2951)

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference reminded the faithful of their commitment to live the faith fully.

06/10/2011 Comment

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MADRID, Spain (CNA) — The Spanish Bishops’ Conference reminded the baptized of their commitment to live the faith with authenticity and to not be content with mediocrity in the Christian life.

On some occasions, the bishops on the committee for lay apostolate warned, all of the baptized “run the risk of getting used to living the faith” and “forgetting that they were grafted into the life of the Christ in virtue of the sacrament of baptism.”

They called on all Christians “not to be content with a mediocre and monotonous Christian life” and said that there is an increasing number of people who call themselves believers but do not live the faith.

The bishops’ message was delivered in a...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Says to 'Go Green' (2316)

Holy Father encourages governments to focus on clean energy in a responsible manner.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The governments of the world should back “the exploitation of clean-energy sources,” Pope Benedict XVI said June 9.

The Pope made his remarks in an address to a group of ambassadors at the Vatican. His comments came on the same day Switzerland voted to phase out its nuclear- energy program.

“The first half of this year has been marked by many tragedies that have affected nature, technology and people,” the Pope said in reference to the March earthquake in Japan that triggered radioactive leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

At the same time, the Pope cautioned, “Man, to whom God has entrusted the safeguarding of nature, cannot be dominated...READ MORE

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Promise of Priesthood, Cohabitation is Concubinage, How Did Puritans Turn Into Unitarians, and more! (3320)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/10/2011 Comment

Shigeki Chiba is a famous Japanese filmmaker who converted to Catholicism after volunteering with Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

The Promises of the Priesthood - Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Rhode Island Catholic

Japan: Famous Movie Director Shigeki Chiba, Mother Teresa Converted Him - C. M. Paul, UCA News

Cohabitation: Marriage Lite or the New Concubinage? - Alan F. H. Wisdom, Salvo Magazine

Bishop Finn Initiates Sweeping Changes and Reviews - Jack Smith, The Catholic Key Blog

Bishops, Is It Right To Criticize? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

How Did the Puritans Become Unitarians? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Ten Reasons Health Care Is Next Big Catholic Identity Fight - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

James Francis Edward Stuart & the Settlement Act of 1701 A.D. - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and...READ MORE

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What Notre Dame’s Trustee Resignation Means for the University (8810)

The controversy over the prestigious school’s pro-life identity continues.

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CNA News

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After critics conducted a month-long campaign that raised questions about the suitability of a new member of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame, Roxanne Martino abruptly resigned Wednesday.

Martino is a Notre Dame alumna and successful money manager who made sizable donations to pro-abortion political-action committees.

The university posted a terse notice announcing the resignation on its website: “Roxanne Martino has resigned from the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, effective immediately, in the wake of reports criticizing donations she has made to organizations that characterize themselves as pro-choice.”

Martino’s resignation ended...READ MORE

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Minnesota's Marriage Matters (2957)

Archbishop Nienstedt offers reasons to back amendment defining the union as between a man and a woman.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNA) — Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman should be passed to help children flourish and to defend God’s plan for man and woman, Archbishop John Nienstedt of Minneapolis and St. Paul says.

“The Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the seven Catholic bishops from the state, support this amendment not for prejudicial or political reasons, but, rather, for reasons that are theological, biological and pastoral,” Nienstedt wrote in his June 9 column for The Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan paper.

While Minnesota law already defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, backers of the amendment say it is...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Tree of Life' (7616)

Tale of grace vs. nature asks important questions.

06/10/2011 Comments (3)
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Is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life a pretentious mess or a profound masterpiece?

A deeply religious meditation on grace, nature and the mystery of suffering, or a philosophically confused, contradictory muddle of themes and images?

Here is a film that not only asks, with unusual insistence, why God allows suffering, but contemplates God’s own answer to that question in the Book of Job, amplified by the sweeping vistas of the natural world available to modern science, the Hubble telescope and Hollywood special effects: God did all this; who are we to think we can judge or question him? It also asks why a stern, bullying father hurts his children. Is God like that father?

The Tree of...READ MORE

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