For a Peak inside the New Rosary Book Go Here …

For a Peak inside the New Rosary Book

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Did Image of Mary in Florida Portend 9/11? See …

Did Image of Mary in Florida Portend 9/11?

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Catholic League Notes that Bruce Almighty Offfends…

Catholic League Notes that Bruce Almighty Offfends Movie Critics

From the CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights:

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the way movie critics are reacting to “Bruce Almighty”:

“Louis Giovino, the Catholic League’s director of communications, came to work today expecting to see “Bruce Almighty”; the film has comedian Jim Carrey playing God. But then I noticed that so many movie critics were upset with the religious-laden ending to the flick. This made me very happy. Indeed, it made my day.

Go to the Catholic League site for the quotes from various movie critics.

Thanks to Kathryn Lively for Her Review! From C…

Thanks to Kathryn Lively for Her Review!

From Catholic and Christian Book Reviews:

Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen by Michael Dubruiel

OSV Press, 0879737158, $8.95

One might hear the name Fulton Sheen and think, assuming the person knows of Sheen, that his words and works are no longer relevant. True, the archbishop has been dead for over twenty years, and original episodes of his inspirational television show, Life is Worth Living, aired in the 1950s on a network that no longer exists, but one must consider also that the Bible is and always will be relevant. So it is with Sheen’s wisdom, as a young Army solider on a tour of duty in Turkey learned once when presented with a taped series of Sheen’s inspirational talks. Indeed, as this solder-turned-author Michael Dubruiel stresses, Sheen’s writings on faith are timeless, as was his devotion to Christ and to spreading his Good News.

Dubruiel offers in Praying in the Presence of the Lord with Fulton J. Sheen the opportunity to reacquaint the Sheen reader with some of the bishop’s more memorable reflections. For the Sheen beginner, Presence is a welcome primer of over thirty sermonettes on redemption and reperation, having a relationship with Christ, and imitating His holiness. Each is concluded with Dubruiel’s own reflections on Sheen’s writing, along with suggested meditations and prayers.

That Presence concludes with Sheen’s reflections on war and peace make this book especially valuable for the Christian reader. “In exiling God from our national life, our politics, oue economics, and our education, it was not His Heart we pierced – it was America we slew!” he writes of another war, yet these words are still applicable, and no doubt if Sheen live today he would encourage us to heed them.

Catholic University??? Upset with Cardinal’s Remar…

Catholic University??? Upset with Cardinal’s Remarks

From Cardinal’s speech upsets university –

“In many parts of the world, the family is under siege,” Cardinal Arinze said. “It is opposed by an anti-life mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalised by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce.”

Theresa Sanders, a professor of theology at the university, protested by leaving the stage where Cardinal Arinze was speaking. Other students upset with the comments also left, according to emails on a subscription list used by many of the university’s gay and lesbian students.

Ed Ingebretsen, a professor of English at Georgetown and a priest in the American Catholic Church, said on Wednesday that Cardinal Arinze’s remarks were in line with Catholic doctrine, but nonetheless seemed out of place at the commencement ceremony.

“These things are exactly what he’s paid to say,” Professor Ingebretsen said. “[But] it’s a graduation; why he decided to do the pro-family thing no one seems to know.”

Professor Ingebretsen said he was compelled, as a writer, to post a short apology on the email subscription list “on behalf of Catholics” for Cardinal Arinze’s “insensitive remarks”, which he termed “un-Christian”.

Interesting Piece on the Pope and the Iraq War …

Interesting Piece on the Pope and the Iraq War

From the New York Times:

Revisiting the Pope’s Stance on Iraq

So the pope’s words did not fall into an absolute void. But they certainly did not provoke any vast crisis of conscience or even, apparently, a serious setback for the Republican White House’s much vaunted “Catholic strategy.” Those who imagine that the Holocaust could have actually been halted by a clarion call from Pope Pius XII should take note.

The general impression is that many American Catholics were quite content to have a pope widely viewed as a peacemaker — even as they were equally content to disagree with him.

This is not a measure of waning Catholic belief. No one was more ardent in buffering the American policy against Vatican criticism than Catholic neoconservatives whose admiration for the pope usually knows no bounds. They emphasized that the pope’s primary responsibility was to ensure that moral principles remained part of the public debate and that all peaceful remedies were given a fair chance.

On the other hand, they insisted, responsibility for making the factual estimates and prudent judgments needed to apply those principles always remained with laypeople and knowledgeable public authorities.

Vatican worries about the effects of the war were understandable, said George Weigel, the pope’s semiofficial biographer and consistent defender. But “reasonable people can have different views about the effects,” he said in an interview during the war.

Arguments like Mr. Weigel’s are familiar enough. But they had usually been found in the mouths of liberal Catholic thinkers, who were now enjoying the sight of neoconservatives suddenly discovering important qualifications in their usual enthusiasm for papal leadership.

Beyond the inconsistencies revealed by this internal Catholic clash between liberal and neoconservative intellectuals, is there anything more to say about the pope’s moral leadership in matters of war and peace, and its apparently limited effect?

Today is the Feast of the St. Rita of Cascia Th…

Today is the Feast of the St. Rita of Cascia

The National Catholic Register has a story that piqued my interest because I knew the story of St. Rita and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the twist to their headline, “Raising Kids St. Rita’s Way” was going to be. Go to their site to read the article but for those of you who want to know the “rest of the story”, I’ve included the last few paragraphs that reveal the fate of St. Rita’s children–none of whom to my knowledge have been canonized (so there is a little bit of fudging going on here).

From the National Catholic Register

After St. Rita lost her family, of course, she entered the convent. After 40 years of praying there, “she received one rose that bloomed in the winter, that came to life out of time, out of the same cold ground that contained the bodies of her husband and children,” says Father DiGregorio. “She read it as a sign that God had brought out of the tragedy of their deaths their salvation through her prayers for them.”

“So what’s the real vocation of parents?” he asks. “Is it to want my children to grow us successful and comfortable? Or is it wanting my children to grow up to be saints, get to paradise and see God?”

For Catholic parents, St. Rita has the answer.

For a picture of St. Rita’s incorrupt body visit Catholic POV.

Definition of a Christian? From The Office of R…

Definition of a Christian?

From The Office of Readings:

Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labour under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.

Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. They suffer dishonour, but that is their glory. They are defamed, but vindicated. A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life. They are attacked by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted by the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred.

To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body. As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world. As the visible body contains the invisible soul, so Christians are seen living in the world, but their religious life remains unseen. The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments.

Christians love those who hate them just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body’s hatred. It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together. The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven. As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. Such is the Christian’s lofty and divinely appointed function, from which he is not permitted to excuse himself.

Diognetus gives us a lot to meditate upon. How do we see his view of a Christian matching up with how we view our lot in this world?

Terror Alert Raised Amid Threats Against Boston, N…

Terror Alert Raised Amid Threats Against Boston, NY, DC and East Coast Beaches

One wonders if one of these times the boy who cried wolf will actually be bitten?

From ABC News:

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABCNEWS points to two recent e-mails intercepted by U.S. intelligence. One message, according to the bulletin, warns of “a possible devastating attack in the next 48 hours and urged all Muslims to leave all cities, especially Boston, New York and the commercial coastline.”

However, one government official said intelligence analysts have serious doubts about the credibility of the source of those messages.

A separate message targets Washington and again points to possible attacks against New York and the nation’s beaches.

The nation’s terror-alert status was yellow — the third level, signifying “elevated.” Orange is the fourth level, and red is the fifth and highest level.

How One Diocese Dealt with Clergy Abuse Complaint …

How One Diocese Dealt with Clergy Abuse Complaint

From the Albany

Candles and incense burned in the chapel as a circle of clerics splashed holy oils on him, David Leonard recalled of what he described as his exorcism 25 years ago.

Murmured prayers swelled into shouts and accusations, he said. The priests were trying to expel demons they believed were troubling the 35-year-old man who said a priest sexually abused him when he was a child.

Who is Joe Scarborough? A Floridian… A g…

Who is Joe Scarborough?

A Floridian…

A graduate of both the University of Alabama and Florida…

A former member of Congress…

and host of MSNBC show called Scarborough Country…

and now named the “generic angry white man” by some bloggers.

For more…Joe Scarborough for Congress

Pope Reflects on His Own Death From Pope’s day …

Pope Reflects on His Own Death

From Pope’s day before God nears, Yahoo News:

“Yesterday, I turned 83. I am ever more aware of the fact that the day when I have to account for my life before God is always closer,” the pope, speaking in Polish, said on Monday in unprepared remarks in St Peter’s Square to thousands of visiting Poles.

Trouble in Orthodoxy From Telegraph | News | Gr…

Trouble in Orthodoxy

From Telegraph | News | Greek bishop is accused of hiring hit-man to kill Patriarch:

A Greek Orthodox bishop is to be charged under anti-terrorism laws in Athens for allegedly plotting to murder the head of the ancient Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Bishop Timotheos of Vostra is accused of offering to pay a hit-man $500,000 (£354,000) to have his clerical rival, Patriarch Irenaios, killed.

According to Irenaios’s lawyer, Timotheos offered the money to a Palestinian radical, Yusaf Naim al-Mufti. He was said to be angry that he had lost out to Irenaios in the 2001 election to become patriarch – one of the most sought-after roles within the Greek Orthodox Church.

Happy Birthday Pope John Paul II! E-MAIL the Po…

Happy Birthday Pope John Paul II!

E-MAIL the Pope!

E-Mail the Holy Father a Birthday Wish by going to the Vatican Web Site and click on “BIrthday of the Holy Father” or just send your message to:

June Carter Cash Dead Goes to show you neve…

June Carter Cash Dead

Goes to show you never can tell. Who would have thought she would have died before Johnny?