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Catholic Living

We are members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Therefore, we are not solitaries. We have a duty to help one another achieve our common salvation. We have a duty, first and foremost in our own homes, to work toward the restoration of the Catholic culture that our ancestors enjoyed. If we “cultivate” that culture ourselves, we can attract others. What we must realize is that we are not each our own species, like the angels (so taught St. Thomas), but we are members of one human race. God wills to restore and even more wonderfully recreate that original unity (disassociated after the dispersion at the Tower of Babel) in the one true Church. The articles found in this section emphasize the beauty of Catholic social and cultural life in its varied and sundry forms, as well as the harmony that flows from the incorporation of many into the one living Body of Christ. Viva Cattolicesimo!

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‘Don’t Call Me Ms’: 78 Comments and Running

Hilary White scored a big hit with this post for The Remnant. I read a short string of the comments, all of which support Miss White. Rightly so. Language is important. It is the means for communication. Words represent ideas and, as Richard Weaver demonstrates in his masterpiece of a book, Ideas [DO] Have Consequences. Professor of literature Dr. Robert Hickson never tires of repeating “the … More →

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Tens of Thousands Protest Planned Parenthood Saturday in 350 Cities

LifeNews: Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates across the country — perhaps as many as 50-75,000 people in all — protested at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across the country today. They protested to raise national attention to the massive scandal at Planned Parenthood, where its staff and officials have been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →

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The Many Sounds Of Silence

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day, he invents machines and devices that increase noise and detract humanity from the essence of life – contemplation and meditation.” This quote from the German artist Jean Arp aptly portrays what I consider the bane of current society — unceasing activity. Technology has stifled silence, whether it be … More →

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Guard for Colts on Living His Catholic Faith

Trent Beattie, National Catholic Register: For someone who did not play football in college, Joe Reitz has come a long way. The 6-foot, 7-inch, 320-pound Indianapolis Colts’ offensive guard helped his team get to the AFC Championship Game last season and is hoping to go even further this season. He knows this will not be easy, but he enjoys making the necessary effort every day … More →

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Anger: It Can Ruin a Good Catholic Marriage

I thought that this article should be posted in the column section because it is that important. It is a rare married couple that does not argue and argue often. However, when an argument turns into an angry exchange, there is damage done to the heart, which often needs a supernatural remedy to heal the wound. That is confession and a firm purpose of amendment. … More →

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‘The Bells of Nagasaki’ by Catholic Convert Nagai Takashi “Comforting, cheering, the bells of Nagasaki ring!” The song “The Bells of Nagasaki,” sung by Fujiyama Ichirō, was a tremendous hit in 1949, not long after the end of World War II. This year, 2015, marks the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. That event cannot be discussed without mention of the radiologist Nagai Takashi, who wrote many … More →

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So Much Evil, So Many Opportunities!

The days are evil. We are beset. It reminds me of a quote attributed to that great philosopher, Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, USMC: “All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time” (source). A litany of recent miseries might include: the de-Christianization of the Middle East (largely due to American “Disaster … More →

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Interview With Mother Mary of the Lamb Convert from Judaism

Jim Graves, Catholic World Report: “Pope Benedict XVI himself, in his private writings, spoke about the Church having to go underground in our day, due to the evil that pervades civil governments.  But, for me, the greatest tragedy is priests and bishops who have defected from the faith and have not taught the sheep or who, by their silence or poor example, have led them … More →

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Married 75 Years Catholic Couple Die Together

CNA: Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn’t have imagined life any other way. What began as a childhood crush later bloomed into a deep, committed love – a love that would last throughout a war, five children, and seventy-five years of marriage. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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American Carmelite Sings Songs About Christ’s Resurrection to Syrian Moslem Soldiers

CNA: As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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The Way to the Father

Not long ago, I penned an appreciation of the Father. Presently, I would like to consider Our Lord as the Way to the Father. That is how Jesus described Himself, and, moreover, we cannot have a filial relationship with the Father without Jesus, who is the “one mediator of God and men” (I Tim. 2:5). In order to to this, we must first consider things … More →

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Patriarch Consecrates Lebanon and Middle East to Immaculate Heart of Mary

AsiaNews: Yesterday, in an overflowing basilica in Harissa, Maronite Patriarch Card Bechara al-Rahi spoke about the suffering and grievances of the entire Middle East in front of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a ceremony that commemorated the second anniversary of Lebanon’s dedication to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on 13 June 2013. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Explorers Youth Group Photo Gallery

The Federation of North American Explorers (FNE) is a great program that offers single-gender scouting for both boys and girls. This important youth apostolate, which our community participates in, has boys’ sections with Brother Louis Marie and the Dads as adult leaders, as well as girls’ sections with our Sisters and the Moms as adult leaders. You may learn more about our Explorers program on … More →

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Perseverance: a Graduation Speech

The following is a brief introductory speech I gave at IHM School’s graduation this past Sunday. Readers should know that our school in rural southern New Hampshire is very small. We had one graduate this year — a fine young man who is very intelligent. Not that I would actually do this, but I surmise that if I invited Marc to the microphone to recite Brother Francis’ … More →

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China: Parish Has Had Continual Eucharistic Adoration for Five Years Going

UCANews: The continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for five years held in the parish of Corpus Christi of Liaoning in mainland China has strengthened the faith and mission of the faithful. Liaoning is the southernmost part of Manchuria, the Chinese Northeast. This is the only parish in the whole region dedicated to Corpus Christi. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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