Why Venerate Mary’s Name?

September 12 marks the feast of the Holy Name of Mary in the Catholic Church.On this day, we venerate Mary's name, since she is the Mother of God and the holiest of all creatures. After the Assumption, she was crowned Queen of heaven and earth. That makes her name a royal one and worthy of our respect.So, what's in a name?In Biblical times – and still today – names had great meaning and Mary's is no different. In the Hebrew language, Mary's name would have been "Miryam," which means " … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Schoenstatt Fathers: Contemplation, Service, Fraternity – a Lesson for Us, Too

 Today Pope Francis met with the participants of the General Chapter of the Schoenstatt Fathers, an event that occurs just once every twelve years. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the community's founding.The Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers was founded by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in 1965 with the mission to serve the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt.The Schoenstatt Movement was founded in 1914 by Fr. Kentenich as a Catholic movement of moral and religious … [Read more...]

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Full Video of StemExpress CEO Admitting Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies

I wish it weren't so, but it is. And we can no longer hide our heads in the sand about it.Planned Parenthood is selling aborted babies part - bad enough - and now there's proof that they're selling entire babies.All the bunk about how the videos have been "carefully edited" is tiring me. It's like the Titanic's captain screaming at the ship went down, "They're lying! This ship is perfectly sound!"The loss of life from the Titanic disaster - 1,503 persons - is nothing compared to the … [Read more...]

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Let ISIS Force Our Faith In, Not Out

Eyes in the US have been pretty much focused lately  on the Center for Medical Progress' expose of Planned Parenthood's Human Capital campaign.In the background, ISIS is still doing its devilry, including the destruction of ancient Christian holy sites.ISIS has threatened again and again to wipe out Christianity. Our times are not unlike the times of the Early Church, when Christians were literally thrown to the lions for their beliefs.Rather than let themselves be wiped out, … [Read more...]

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St. Monica on Parenting: When do parental responsibilities end?

 When I was in Rome attending a seminar for journalists last September, I happened upon the tomb of St. Monica.It's in the Basilica of Sant' Agostino, just around the corner (literally) from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross where my classes were held and near Piazza Navona.I was scoping out places for daily Mass, and discovered the basilica. Once inside, I wandered the aisles and explored the side altars and alcoves, taking in the beauty and history (the original … [Read more...]

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Three Ways In Which I Wish I Was More Like a Man

I'm grateful that I'm a woman, and deeply appreciate my femininity.But there are times when I wish I was more like a man. It hits me most when I'm all knarled up inside with some kind of emotional stress and also when I'm finding myself pulled in all directions at once.At those moments, I wish I was a guy. Sort of.First, a man can for the most part just shut off whatever is bothering him and tend to the task at hand. He can go from a heated discussion about a stressful, emotionally … [Read more...]

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Why Do Catholics Call Mary “Queen?”

Hurray!It's time for one of my favorite feasts of Mary - the Queenship of Mary, celebrated annually on August 22.Some find the Catholic belief of honoring Mary as Queen to be peculiar, even idolatrous.Well, it could be considered peculiar, I suppose, but it's certainly not idolatrous.Pope Pius XII proclaimed this feast on October 11, 1954 iin his encyclical, Ad Caeli Reginam, On Proclaiming the Queenship of Mary. In the decree, he explained well the reasons for honoring Mary as Q … [Read more...]

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Is There a Bit of Josh Duggar in All of Us?

This past May, we learned that Josh Duggar star of TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, had molested five girls as a teenager, including some of his sisters.In response to the allegations, Duggar said: Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I … [Read more...]

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Solemnity of the Assumption: Why are there no relics of Mary?

On August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary - the day on which the Church commemorates Mary having been taken up, body and soul into heaven at the end of her life.That can be tough for some folks to grasp. How do we know that Mary was assumed into heaven?   Life-size statue of Mary in the Church of the Dormition, Jerusalem. Photo by Marge FenelonSince Apostolic times, the "Tomb of Mary" had been a sacred place close to Mount Zion. On the hill its … [Read more...]

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When God closes a door, does he always open a window?

When God closes a door, does he always open a window?That's what we expect, anyway.The cliché has been around forever, it seems: When God closes a door, he opens a window. I usually hear it used as a means of consolation when things didn't turn out as anticipated or someone didn't get what they asked for. So, when you lose your job because the company is downsizing, folks tell you that when God closes a door he opens a window meaning that that job wasn't any good for you anyway … [Read more...]

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