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Sunday, August 2, 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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Love of God and love of others are the two great commandments: Templeton Prize-winner Jean Vanier shows that these are the same thing. In his chapter-by-chapter book, Vanier explains how Jesus taught this lesson throughout his ministry.

Vanier includes stories from his work with L'Arche that express the great privilege we have of developing our relationships with one another and with God.

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Eusebius of Vercelli: Someone has said that if there had been no Arian heresy denying Christ's divinity, it would be very difficult to write the lives of many early saints. Eusebius is another of the defenders of the Church during one of its most trying periods. 
<p>Born on the isle of Sardinia, he became a member of the Roman clergy and is the first recorded bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont in northwest Italy. He is also the first to link the monastic life with that of the clergy, establishing a community of his diocesan clergy on the principle that the best way to sanctify his people was to have them see a clergy formed in solid virtue and living in community. </p><p>He was sent by Pope Liberius to persuade the emperor to call a council to settle Catholic-Arian troubles. When it was called at Milan, Eusebius went reluctantly, sensing that the Arian block would have its way, although the Catholics were more numerous. He refused to go along with the condemnation of St. Athanasius; instead, he laid the Nicene Creed on the table and insisted that all sign it before taking up any other matter. The emperor put pressure on him, but Eusebius insisted on Athanasius’ innocence and reminded the emperor that secular force should not be used to influence Church decisions. At first the emperor threatened to kill him, but later sent him into exile in Palestine. There the Arians dragged him through the streets and shut him up in a little room, releasing him only after his four-day hunger strike. They resumed their harassment shortly after. </p><p>His exile continued in Asia Minor and Egypt, until the new emperor permitted him to be welcomed back to his see in Vercelli. He attended the Council of Alexandria with Athanasius and approved the leniency shown to bishops who had wavered. He also worked with St. Hilary of Poitiers against the Arians. </p><p>He died peacefully in his own diocese at an advanced age.</p> American Catholic Blog In a world that encourages us to take all we can for ourselves, sacrifice is often seen as a distasteful and negative word. Yet, if we want to help the poor, we must embrace some personal sacrifice.

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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.

This inane mash-up of "Revenge ...

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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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