Category: Arts, Leisure & Culture

Spiritual Growth: The Healing Process
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Spiritual Growth: The Healing Process

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This is a reflection I wrote after viewing Spiritual Growth in Tough Times which centers around the healing process. Sister Joyce Rupp discusses the process of healing with the analogy of the seasons. We all want to live in the spring and summers of our lives but we have to live through the difficulties of […]

Sisters of Mary Compete on The American Bible Challenge
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Sisters of Mary Compete on The American Bible Challenge

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Television is discovering the Bible makes for good viewing.  In addition to The History Channel’s airing an epic 5-part Bible series, the second season of The American Bible Challenge game show begins this Thursday, March 21 at 9 pm EST on GNS.  Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, this fast-paced, one-hour game show pits Bible loving groups […]

Win a Bible Prize Package
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Win a Bible Prize Package

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Some things come as a surprise and others do not. My family and I watched the first episode of The Bible, the History channel’s 5-part series, so it was no surprise to us that it premiered as the #1 cable telecast of the year and the #1 trend on Twitter.  It was spectacular; just the […]

Silence
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Silence

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March 6, 2013, Wednesday — Silence Silence, of a sort, has descended over the meeting of the cardinals in the lead-up to the Conclave. The American cardinals today canceled their scheduled press conference at the North American College — the NAC, as it is called, on the Janiculum Hill just above the Vatican. Cardinal Timothy […]

Profile of Catholic Artist, Andrea Maglio-Macullar
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Profile of Catholic Artist, Andrea Maglio-Macullar

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Andrea Maglio-Macullar is a Catholic artist whose religious art has appeared in many venues, including publications by Loyola Press and Our Sunday Visitor. Her art is bright, colorful, and eye-catching. Many of her pieces have a stained-glass quality to them which makes them very appealing. Maglio-Macullar has been drawing since she was a young child. […]

<em>The Real Vatican II</em>: A 10-part Television Series
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The Real Vatican II: A 10-part Television Series

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Recently, Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, criticized the media for it’s continued misrepresenting of Vatican II. In response, NET (New Evangelization Television) debuted a 10-part weekly series called Vatican II: Inside the Vatican Council, on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 PM ET. CNA/EWTN reported that “Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second […]

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits 3/1/13

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The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series
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The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series

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The Bible speaks for itself, or rather, it speaks for God. Yet, we have a generation of young people that are generally more excited about video games and special effects than the Word of God.  So, what’s a parent to do?  If you are executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife, “Touched by an Angel” […]

The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet
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The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet

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If you have a garden you probably already know that earthworms are good for your garden. You may be aware that one of the best fertilizers is worm castings. If you already compost and do your best to amend your soil with organic matter, you are already going a long way toward attracting these garden […]

Angelus and Cappucino -- Tracing the Blackmail Story
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Angelus and Cappucino — Tracing the Blackmail Story

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February 24, 2013, Sunday — Angelus “The Lord is calling me ‘out to the mountain’ to devote more time to prayer and meditation, but this does not mean I’m abandoning the Church.” –Pope Benedict XVI, in his final Sunday Angelus address as Pope, at noon [Feb. 24] in St. Peter’s Square The Sun Broke Through at […]

Book Review: <i>The 'One Thing' is Three</i>
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Book Review: The ‘One Thing’ is Three

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When I was in graduate school studying theology, I took a course on the Trinity. It featured a very large scholarly book and lots of Greek words. I found it fascinating, but understood relatively little. There is a reason why the Trinity is considered a mystery. In The ‘One Thing’ is Three: How the Most […]

The Vatican Responds to Blackmail Allegation
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The Vatican Responds to Blackmail Allegation

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“[N]ews reports abound which are often unverified or unverifiable, or completely false…” –Communique this morning from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, released at the Vatican Press Office The Vatican Speaks Out Evidently concerned that the upcoming papal conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI (the conclave is now expected to be held between […]

Were Italian Journalist's Blackmail Allegations Baseless?
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Were Italian Journalist’s Blackmail Allegations Baseless?

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“…As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…” –T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, East Coker The Witnesses Last night, my phone rang twice, just before 3 in the morning. In the morning, I found three emails from the same person, a priest I know. He called again this morning. He wanted […]

Italian Press Alleges Curia Blackmail
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Italian Press Alleges Curia Blackmail

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“Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate” — Psalm 143:4. The Secret Report Given to the Pope on December 17 Today a veil of secrecy was shredded in this eternal city. Today therefore marked the beginning of a difficult, important struggle for the purification of the government of the […]

Book Reveals Shocking Truth About Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Europe
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Book Reveals Shocking Truth About Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Europe

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A new book by Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), challenges the myth that  vulnerable people are not at risk under euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation. Using only data gathered from peer reviewed journal articles and studies, Schadenberg proves this assertion false in Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, published in […]

Catholics Come Home: God's Extraordinary Plan for Your Life
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Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life

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God does not call the equipped, he equips those he calls.  That is, if they answer his call.  Mother Angelica used to say that any dodo will do—those not worried about their lack of ability, but willing to say yes to God. She was just such a dodo who volunteered to serve him. In spite […]

In Paradisum: A Reflection Upon a Chant
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In Paradisum: A Reflection Upon a Chant

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My uncle died a couple of years ago.  At the time of his death, I had cause to go back to a particularly beautiful chant piece for funeral Masses called the “In Paradisum” (IP). The Latin text (with my own rough English translation beneath) is as follows: In Paradisum deducant te Angeli; (May the Angels […]

Corporate Ladder to Heaven
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Corporate Ladder to Heaven

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Randy Hain is a model of a man with an “attitude of gratitude,” and his new book tells something of his personal journey from a man with little hope to one with much to be thankful for. Raised a Southern Baptist, he left that church for pursuit of his own worldly goals, but God kept […]

Assessing the Pope's Record
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Assessing the Pope’s Record

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Garry Wills [ex-seminarian]: “What we really need are no priests.” James Carroll [ex-priest]: The pope “has seen only a solemn obligation to defend the church.” [Italic added.] Richard Sipe [ex-priest]: “Certainly, he did a lot, but it was all reactionary.” [Italic added.] Daniel Maguire [ex-priest]: The “scandal of the papacy [is] one of the last absolute monarchies in a […]

Media Waste No Time to Display Ignorance
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Media Waste No Time to Display Ignorance

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Monday’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will resign the papacy at the end of this month because of his increasingly frail health has revealed what we practicing Catholics in America have long understood: Our faith remains a mystery. No time has been wasted stirring up a frenzy of speculation about what will happen […]

Book Review: <em>Liberty: The God that Failed</em>
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Book Review: Liberty: The God that Failed

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The narrative some have come to trust from talk radio or from public personalities like Pat Buchanan, Justice Antonin Scalia or libertarians such as Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell, is that it is in our best interest to return to the vision of the American Founding Fathers, who, in their estimate, were God-fearing men, lovers […]

40 Days for Life: Hope After 40 Years
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40 Days for Life: Hope After 40 Years

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It started with just one hour of prayer in College Station, TX not even ten years ago.  Today, 40 Days for Life has grown to a bi-annual 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach for more than half a million people in hundreds of cities across America and around the world. […]

Consecration to Mary
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Consecration to Mary

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He approached from the far side of the table taking the seat next to mine and posed this question, “How did I know that Mary really interceded in my life and could the blessings I encountered really be possible?” Perhaps, I could give him some “concrete examples?” I had just finished giving a little personal […]

When There Was Romance
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When There Was Romance

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Hey, pallie, what the heck happened to romance? I use the word “pallie” in deference to the great Dean Martin. A few summers ago, just before the annual Dean Martin Festival in Dino’s home town of Steubenville, Ohio, I decided to compare today’s hits with his. I started with the No. 1 song on Billboard […]

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