Sign of the Cross

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To read more on the sign of the cross: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm

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Altar Serving and the Ordination Class of 2017

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Every year Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) conducts a survey of ordinands for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year 590 ordinands to the priesthood were sent the survey; of these, 444 (or 75 percent) responded.

While this annual survey once again provides us a fascinating glimpse into the make up of this year’s class -such as parents religious affiliation, number of siblings, educational background, and ethnic make-up- it is interesting to see those common factors which contributed to these men’s discernment.

As I have chronicled in past years, altar serving is a common experience shared by the majority of our ordained. The class of 2017 is no exception.

CARA’s surveys shows that 77 percent of diocesan ordinands listed Altar Serving as a parish ministry in which they had participated. Compare that to Lector (51 percent), Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (42 percent), and Youth…

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Fatima at 100: Can a scientist take the Miracle of the Sun seriously?

This excellent article first appeared in yesterday’s on-line edition of the Catholic Herald, and the Catholic Herald Magazine today.

By Fr Andrew Pinsent

The crowd looking at ‘the Miracle of the Sun’, which happened during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions (Wikimedia Commons)

A scientific perspective does not rule out miracles. We must remain open to exploring the unexplained

The question in the headline implies that the expected answer is “no”, but as a former particle physicist, my response is “Why not?” Contrary to a common prejudice, a scientific perspective does not rule out miracles, and the event at Fatima is, in the view of many, particularly credible.

As regards miracles in general, the usual prejudice against them takes one of two forms. The first is to claim that a scientific worldview excludes miracles, wrongly defined as breaking the laws of nature or, specifically, physics. This prejudice rests on…

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St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

St Louis De Montfort, ora pro nobis!

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April 28th is the the Feast day of that great Saint  St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. His Marian teachings have, to my mind, never been equaled, and if some of our readers, like me, are struggling through the Ninevah devotions with Father Richard Heilman in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, then they will be very familiar with this holy saint.

St. Louis on Mary as spiritual mother of all Christians

St. Louis spent most of his priestly life preaching and teaching in western France, basing his teaching on Mary on the principle that just as God had initiated the work of Redemption on the basis of her cooperation, so he would continue and finish that work by means of her: “It was through the blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in…

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Fatima is the solution to the mayhem in the Vatican today

By John Henry Westen on LifeSiteNews

(Editor’s note: The following is a slightly edited version of the editorial of the April issue of LifeSite’s Faithful Insight magazine.)

Mayhem. That’s the only word to describe what is taking place in the Church today. Remember the archbishop who released a scandalous Vatican sex-ed program at World Youth Day in Krakow? He was appointed as the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Rome’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. Both institutions have now been stripped bare – the Academy of all its members and the Institute of its most conservative faculty.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia recently gushed praise for one of Italy’s leading proponents of abortion, same-sex “marriage” and restriction on religious freedom. More than that, prior to his Vatican post he commissioned a homoerotic mural in his cathedral church in which he had included an image…

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“Can Ireland rediscover its faith – as I did?”

CP&S comment:The holy old Franciscan, Fr Benedict Groeschell, once remarked that in all his recent travels he had never encounted greater anti-Catholicism in any country than that which he had found in Ireland! To the large Irish Catholic diaspora, proud of its heritage and long history of numerous saints, martyrs and missionaries, together with its heroic faithfulness during those gruesome penal years, this revelation came as quite a shock. But there is no denying the truth of Fr Groeschell’s analysis; Ireland had changed within a few decades from being a once pious Catholic nation, to becoming a generally secular one, largely scornful of its Catholic past. Yet this abandonment of the Faith that had sustained them throughout their difficult history has brought neither joy nor hope to the Irish population. Let’s borrow a few suggestive words of the current U.S. President: “We must make Ireland great again”… meaning, of…

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Cardinal Newman’s Simple Rule of Life

Blessed John Henry Newman was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church and one of the most famous English converts to the faith. While he was a distinguished man of letters, an erudite apologist, and an accomplished prelate, he was known most of all for his holiness of life, the result of which has been his recent…

via Cardinal Newman’s Simple Rule of Life — The Catholic Gentleman