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The Assumption of Mary: Our Quintessential Catholic Feast!
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The Assumption of Mary: Our Quintessential Catholic Feast!

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It really is, just think about it.  By defining the dogma of Mary’s Assumption and celebrating it as a Holy Day of Obligation, the Church draws together all the most magnificent elements of our Faith: The Trinity – into whose life Mary was bodily inserted Jesus’ Resurrection – shared with His Blessed Mother, and eventually with all […]

The Kind of Love That Simply Gives
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The Kind of Love That Simply Gives

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My soul longing, I close my Bible. My desire is to rest — not to relax and take it easy, but to actively find a properly holy place of rest in my heart, mind and soul. I’m not seeking to recline on a Caribbean beach or to cast my gaze down upon a lush, green […]

Christian-Muslim Relations Have Taken Turn for Worse in the Philippines
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Christian-Muslim Relations Have Taken Turn for Worse in the Philippines

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By M.Z. de la Morena  NEW YORK—Father ather Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, an Italian missionary, has spent almost 40 years in the Philippines, working for dialogue and peace between Christians and Muslims. His long-time positive outlook has recently changed drastically. “Before, the Philippines was a dream place for interreligious dialogue; there was complete harmony. But now […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 14, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2-4, 18 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 What Does It Mean to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus? . . . keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2) At one point during the Israelites’ journey to […]

New IPPF Report Gloats Over New Abortion Numbers
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New IPPF Report Gloats Over New Abortion Numbers

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Steven W. Mosher also contributed to this article. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) reports that its affiliates ended the lives of nearly one million unborn children in 2015. In all 964,325, unborn children were terminated by chemical and surgical abortion by IPPF just last year alone. A million of anything is a staggering number. […]

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 2)
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Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 2)

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Part one of this discussion can be found here. More subtly, Game of Thrones can be used to validate Machiavellian politics and shadowy character traits. Instead of mixed characters simply being portrayed as sympathetic due to the human condition, their warped aspects are made to seem acceptable and even heroic. It becomes more important to […]

Sex Is Easy
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Sex Is Easy

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Sex is easy. Obvious statement, so what’s the point? Birds do it. Beasts do it. Humans do it. There are those who prowl about the world pursuing sexual prey, consuming and discarding conquests like they were earning points in some sick game, attempting to satisfy a voracious carnal urge with little concern of consequence or […]

Zika Virus Opportunists
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Zika Virus Opportunists

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The headlines and lead stories on the latest Zika virus outbreak are concerning, especially to those who are pregnant or have young children. One report tells readers: “The World Health Organization has just declared the Zika virus to be a public health emergency. There’s good reason to believe that Zika causes a severe birth defect […]

CBC's Anti-Disability Prejudice Symptomatic of Larger Exclusion
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CBC’s Anti-Disability Prejudice Symptomatic of Larger Exclusion

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Up until 1991, I worked for the Canadian federal Commission promoting employment equity in the workplace for Canadians with disabilities. One of the worst of offenders of disability employment discrimination was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Every year the federal human rights commission filed its annual report in the Canadian parliament showing the CBC failed BOMBED […]

A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria
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A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria

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By Marta Petrosillo  NEW YORK—“The situation is a complicated and we are hearing many contradictory stories. The only truth we do know is that the people here are suffering and dying.” The words are those of Sister Anne-Françoise, a French religious of the Enclosed and Apostolic Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Aleppo, Syria. She spoke by […]

Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview
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Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview

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Lianna Rebolledo was 12 years old when two men kidnapped her while she was walking to a local shopping mall. Nine months later she gave birth to a baby girl.  Today she travels to shelters all over Latin America giving hope to girls pregnant from rape by sharing her story. I sat down with Lianna […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 7, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Growing in Faith and “the realization of what is hoped for” Faith is the realization of what is hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1) Famous people who excel in their […]

Self-Regulation Science Doesn't Work
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Self-Regulation Science Doesn’t Work

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Scientists love to give themselves “ethical guidelines” — only to “reevaluate” and revise those guidelines when they are no longer convenient. A perfect recent example of this came this May when scientists in two separate studies reported keeping embryos alive, healthy and developing for 12-13 days. In both studies the embryos grew autonomously and began […]

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)
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Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)

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Game of Thrones, the wildly popular HBO series based off of George R.R. Martin’s high fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, is a presently unavoidable part of popular culture. Praised for its high production values, including acting, costuming, setting, and cinematography, and dubbed one of the “epic sagas of our times”, the […]

Get the U.S. Out of the United Nations Population Fund
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Get the U.S. Out of the United Nations Population Fund

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The U.S. Government wastes billions on programs and initiatives that American taxpayers don’t want and certainly don’t need. But no example of government waste is more disgraceful than the tens of millions of dollars handed over each year to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—an organization that for decades has been working hand-in-glove with China’s […]

Christian Responses to Medical Killing
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Christian Responses to Medical Killing

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A monstrous notion has become law. Assisting in the suicides of sick and disabled Canadians is legally permitted. It is now a new right — the right to death. The pied pipers of this new right use misleading euphemisms such as medical assistance in dying (MAID). A more accurate, precise and honest description of this […]

Augustine: Father of Heresies or Truly Catholic Doctor?
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Augustine: Father of Heresies or Truly Catholic Doctor?

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Many Protestant rebels from Luther forward placed mistaken reliance on the works of St. Augustine of Hippo as providing a patristic Fathers-of-the-Church warrant for their new teachings and heresies. Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and other adherents of the Augsburg Confession (a document that set forth the beliefs, including some heretical beliefs, of Lutherans and others) employed […]

Reflections For Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Reflections For Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5,9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 Seeing Our Lord in All Things Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:11) This concept of Christ being “in all” is a central aspect of Jesuit spirituality. The founder […]

Movie Review: <em>Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism</em>
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Movie Review: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

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I’m going to call the latest documentary on John Paul II an “almost perfect documentary.” The title is: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism. Why is it almost perfect? Because it’s Rolls Royce super-classy in every way. The production values are off the chain, the august interviewees always on point, […]

World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: 'The Gospel Heals'
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World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: ‘The Gospel Heals’

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By M. Z. de la Morena NEW YORK—Just a few years ago, if anyone had told Miguel that he would be speaking to Pope Francis in front of thousands of young people in Poland—telling the story of how he overcame his addiction to drugs—he would never have believed them. But that is exactly what Miguel […]

Celebrating the Bloodlust
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Celebrating the Bloodlust

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When the United States Supreme Court handed down its pro-abortion ruling on June 27 of this year, pro-death groups across the land celebrated. The Court basically struck down two provisions in a Texas law because, in its words, the pro-life restrictions created an “undue burden on abortion access.” Thus the macabre champagne toasts and the […]

Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book
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Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book

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When Pope Francis spoke to the UN last September he warned about what he called “ideological colonization.” By that he meant the attempt to import or impose a vision of human sexuality at odds with traditional peoples. The African Bishops have repeatedly warned about how traditional way of life is under pressure from ideological colonization. […]

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle
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Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

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“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to […]

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony
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Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

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We have all heard it, yet most of us would not be able to name it. The term polyphony (from the Greek for “many sounds”) is used to describe music that employs simultaneous yet independent melodies. This can occur in secular or spiritual songs, and the spiritual realm includes both sacred music (typically using a […]

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