What’s the #1 reason teens keep their faith as adults?

It’s the family, stupid. Details:  The holy grail for helping youth remain religiously active as young adults has been at home all along: parents. Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to [Read More…]

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Blessing the hands of hospice workers

A beautiful idea, from The Houston Chronicle:  At first glance, there was nothing extraordinary about the hands at the Houston Hospice blessing service. They were hands, calloused perhaps, with five fingers each. But these, those gathered at the center’s Cockrell Chapel insisted, were very special. They were hands in service to God, helping the terminally [Read More…]

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Church militant?

Here’s something different, via CNS:  The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January.Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military headquarters cathedral to commemorate [Read More…]

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Church offers prayers for Dallas Ebola victim

From The Dallas Morning News:  Dallas nurse Nina Pham received a blood transfusion from another Ebola patient as part of her treatment, her family’s priest Father Jim Khoi said. Though isolated for treatment, the young nurse’s spirits are high and she is doing relatively well so far, said Khoi, the priest at Our Lady of [Read More…]

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Who can bless what?

This topic comes up from time to time, and it emerged again this week in an online Q&A: Q. At a family discussion, the following question came up: Can anyone other than a priest or deacon do a Catholic blessing? (Baltimore)A. As your question would suggest, aside from certain blessings reserved to a bishop (e.g., [Read More…]

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“Let us pray this evening for reconciliation and peace…”

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This, dear brothers and sisters, allows us to enter [Read More…]

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For church geeks: Liturgy of the Hours for Kindle Paperwhite

If you’ve been itching for an edition of these prayers for your e-reader, the wait is over. Universalis in July published an edition of The Liturgy of the Hours for the Kindle Paperwhite. (Various editions for the Kindle Fire have been around for a while; I’ve used both the iBreviary and Divine Office apps, and they’re [Read More…]

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From Marquette, a prayer for James Foley

Photo by Xidan Zhang via the Marquette Tribune. From the university’s website: The Marquette University community gathered to remember alumnus and slain journalist James Foley at a vigil yesterday at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Foley, a 1996 graduate, was working as a war correspondent when he was kidnapped in Syria in November [Read More…]

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St. Monica: two different views

Today marks the feast of the mother of St. Augustine. Below, two dramatically different depictions of this woman who died sometime late in the 4th century. The first comes from John Nava, and is one of the studies he did for the gorgeous tapestries at the cathedral in Los Angeles. The artist for the second [Read More…]

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Memorial Mass held for James Foley

From The Wall Street Journal:  On Sunday, however, hundreds of people descended on Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish with a new, painful focus: to remember James Foley, the U.S. journalist and New Hampshire native who was killed last week by extremists in the Middle East. More than 900 people packed the aisles and [Read More…]

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