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Saturday, August 1, 2015
  • Cardinal Dolan in op-ed criticizes Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In an op-ed piece published July 29 in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without explicitly naming him. He recalled teaching college students ...
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    Opponents and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump demonstrate outside a Los Angeles hotel July 10.
  • Box believed to be Catholic artifact found at site of Jamestown church
    JAMESTOWN, Va. (CNS) -- The identities of four men discovered almost two years ago at the site of Jamestown's historic 1608 church have been identified and one of the men had been buried with a silver box that is "likely a Catholic reliquary." The Smithsonian ...
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    This artifact found at Jamestown, Va., is likely a Catholic reliquary with bone fragments, container used to hold holy water.
  • Presidential candidates outline plans to address poverty
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, ...
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    In this June 16, 2014, file photo, a homeless man sits on a sidewalk in New York City.
  • House limits number in chamber to hear papal address to Congress
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and ...
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    During his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress, becoming the first pope to do so.
  • The pope's 'staycation': Letters, trip preparation fill his days

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a "staycation."

    With the exception of a July ...
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    Pope Francis waves as he leads general audience in St. Peter's Square.
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Alphonsus Liguori: 
		<p>Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement.</p>
		<p>In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism. His moral theology, which went through 60 editions in the century following him, concentrated on the practical and concrete problems of pastors and confessors. If a certain legalism and minimalism crept into moral theology, it should not be attributed to this model of moderation and gentleness.</p>
		<p>At the University of Naples he received, at the age of 16, a doctorate in both canon and civil law by acclamation, but he soon gave up the practice of law for apostolic activity. He was ordained a priest and concentrated his pastoral efforts on popular (parish) missions, hearing confessions, forming Christian groups. </p>
		<p>He founded the Redemptorist congregation in 1732. It was an association of priests and brothers living a common life, dedicated to the imitation of Christ, and working mainly in popular missions for peasants in rural areas. Almost as an omen of what was to come later, he found himself deserted, after a while, by all his original companions except one lay brother. But the congregation managed to survive and was formally approved 17 years later, though its troubles were not over. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus’ great pastoral reforms were in the pulpit and confessional—replacing the pompous oratory of the time with simplicity, and the rigorism of Jansenism with kindness. His great fame as a writer has somewhat eclipsed the fact that for 26 years he traveled up and down the Kingdom of Naples, preaching popular missions. </p>
		<p>He was made bishop (after trying to reject the honor) at 66 and at once instituted a thorough reform of his diocese. </p>
		<p>His greatest sorrow came toward the end of his life. The Redemptorists, precariously continuing after the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, had difficulty in getting their Rule approved by the Kingdom of Naples. Alphonsus acceded to the condition that they possess no property in common, but a royal official, with the connivance of a high Redemptorist official, changed the Rule substantially. Alphonsus, old, crippled and with very bad sight, signed the document, unaware that he had been betrayed. The Redemptorists in the Papal States then put themselves under the pope, who withdrew those in Naples from the jurisdiction of Alphonsus. It was only after his death that the branches were united. </p>
		<p>At 71 he was afflicted with rheumatic pains which left incurable bending of his neck; until it was straightened a little, the pressure of his chin caused a raw wound on his chest. He suffered a final 18 months of “dark night” scruples, fears, temptations against every article of faith and every virtue, interspersed with intervals of light and relief, when ecstasies were frequent. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus is best known for his moral theology, but he also wrote well in the field of spiritual and dogmatic theology. His <i>Glories of Mary</i> is one of the great works on that subject, and his book <i>Visits to the Blessed Sacrament</i> went through 40 editions in his lifetime, greatly influencing the practice of this devotion in the Church.</p> American Catholic Blog Ultimately there is no friend who can fully understand us, who can walk with us all the way. We must go forward and walk on our own in response to who we are and who we are called to be in God. —Thomas Merton

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mary's Flower - Fleur-de-lis
More countless than the drops in an ocean are the repetitions down the ages of those gracious words: “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”
St. Ignatius Loyola
The founder of the Society of Jesus is also a patron of all who were educated by the Jesuits.
Anniversary
We continue to fall in love again and again throughout our years together.
Vacation
God is a beacon in our lives; the steady light that always comes around again.
Sympathy
Grace gives us the courage to accept what we cannot change.










ENTERTAINMENT
Pixels
All those misspent hours of youth, spending quarters on mindless video games, are finally put to use in "Pixels" (Columbia), a manic comedy about an alien invasion of Earth by 3-D characters from the arcade.

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Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler and Josh Gad star in a scene from the movie "Pixels."



BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Ignatius Loyola
Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Bringing Home the Word
The Space Between Faith and Doubt
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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