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Jesus' How-Tos for Growing in Faith (2284)

Pope Benedict explained the parable of the wheat and the weeds and prayed for drought victims in Africa on Sunday, July 17.

07/18/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict called on Catholics to nourish their faith in order to “prevent evil from taking root” in their lives. His words came during his July 17 Angelus address, which took place at Castel Gandolfo.

The Pope reflected on the Sunday Gospel in which Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds, reported Vatican Radio. The Pope added that Jesus used parables to explain the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven.

“Jesus compares the Kingdom of heaven to a wheat field to help us understand that something small and hidden is sown within us which has an irrepressible life force.”
“Despite all obstacles,” he continued, “the seed will grow and the fruit...READ MORE

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A Dollar Short? (3021)

Saturday Book Pick: God’s View of Economics

07/16/2011 Comments (3)

Amidst a two-year economic downturn, a stock market that sheered most pension plans by a quarter and almost double-digit joblessness, a “Catholic perspective on overcoming money worries” is especially timely. Whether this is that book, or the book readers expect, are two separate questions.

Regarding the latter, Jeffrey lays out his cards (albeit on page 111): “You may have purchased this book hoping for financial advice and instead — by design — I’ve led you on a journey inward. Financial freedom is not found in any amount of money, but in the trust one has in God’s providence. It’s impossible to make peace with money until you make peace with God. That is the real solution to the...READ MORE

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What Is A Titular Church?, Pope: Take the Kids Outdoors, What We See at the Movies, and much more! (2834)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/16/2011 Comment

What We See at the Movies - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Diocese of Kansas City) - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Pope to Parents: Take the Kids Outdoors - Zenit

Germany is Forgetting the Lessons of History as it Votes for Eugenics - John Smeaton, S.P.U.C.

What Is A Titular Church? - Here is The Church. . .

Ten Things You Can Always Anticipate On Vacations With Kids - Marissa K. Nichols, The Theology of Laundry

Obama’s Inalienables -  Doctor Paul Kengor, Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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New Translation: The Embolism, Catholic From the Outset, Vatican Warns Red China, and much more! (4321)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/16/2011 Comments (1)

New Translation: The Embolism - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

“Catholic From the Outset” - Father James V. Schall S.J., Ignatius Insight

Vatican Issues Warning to Communist China about Respecting Doctrine - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

. . .But There’s Nothing Wrong with Abortion - Gabriel Torretta, First Things/First Thoughts

Are Supporters of Legalized Euthanasia Willing to Listen to Reason? - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Who Cares About Health Care? - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

Confronting the Mindset of Secular Feminism - Russell Shaw, Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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SDG Reviews 'Winnie the Pooh' (5536)

The Disney throwback is the summer’s best family film.

07/15/2011 Comments (14)

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Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh is an unexpected gift, an unlikely return to a magical and gentle world that belongs so firmly to the past that I would have thought the journey all but impossible.

A.A. Milne’s beloved character, Winnie the Pooh, and his Hundred Acre Wood friends, for decades a cornerstone of the Disney empire, have languished since my childhood in second-rate, small-screen adaptations, as well as a few theatrically released films (The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie) indistinguishable from direct-to-video fare.

Until now, few if any of these latter-day efforts have displayed much grasp of the sense of whimsy and nonsense that is the soul of Pooh....READ MORE

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The Godliness of Motherhood, Papa Bene on Mercy and Spiritual Direction, and much more! (1868)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/15/2011 Comment

The Pope’s Latest Encouragement to Mercy and Spiritual Direction - Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Godliness of Motherhood - Doctor Donald DeMarco, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Great Uncle Aloysius, My Sincere Practicing Pagan Relative - David Bentley Hart, First Things/On the Square

Sex Change Operations on Newborn Girls in India Exposed - Mauro Pianti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Significance of an Archduke - The Mad Monarchist

Does Economic Competition Destroy Ethical Behavior? - Robert T. Miller, First Things/First Thoughts

Mid East Misogyny and the Plight of Muslim Women - Ken Connor, Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go...READ MORE

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Dion's Spiritual Journey for Truth (3668)

Quest for faith brings rocker home to the Church.

07/15/2011 Comments (2)

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Dion DiMucci considers himself a “ferocious” Catholic and proclaims that “the truth will set you free.” That is why he chose Dion the Wanderer Talks Truth: Stories, Humor and Music for the title of his recently published autobiography, which discusses many details about his life, including his music — think of his early hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s, including Runaround Sue, Teenager in Love, Donna the Prima Donna, and, of course, The Wanderer. An inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Dion still continues to produce and record music today — his relationship with God and his return to his Catholic roots.

The book, which is an easy read, will be of interest to fans of his...READ MORE

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NBC Pledge of Allegiance Gaff Part of Anti-Faith Trend? (5583)

Rep. Randy Forbes: 'It’s a pattern of things that we’re seeing growing by leaps and bounds to take any reference to faith away from a nation that had faith built in its DNA from its conception.'

07/15/2011 Comments (2)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — The exclusion of the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in a recent NBC sports broadcast is part of a pattern to eliminate references to faith, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., has said.

“Across our country today, we’re seeing this movement that is an anti-faith movement, to try to rewrite our history and to try to censor any references to God anywhere. I think that’s what this was,” he told EWTN News in a July 14 interview.

“It wasn’t just the Pledge of Allegiance, but it’s a pattern of things that we’re seeing growing by leaps and bounds to take any reference to faith away from a nation that had faith built in its DNA from its conception.”

Such incidents...READ MORE

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