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Catholic Traditions In The Modern World.

Sitting Bull is the legendary first chieftain of the entire Lakota Sioux nation, a commonplace figure among the Wild West history of the American Frontier. Most everyone in grade school learns the history of his involvement with resistance against the government, his time spent with Buffalo Bill, and his unfortunate death. What most people don't know about him, however, is that Sitting Bull wore a crucifix. Here's why…

While most learn about Sitting Bull and the American Indians, most don't learn about the great work done by Catholic missionary priests on the American Frontier. The most famous of these priests was [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
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According to a victim of the Chilean clergy abuse scandal who privately met with Pope Francis in April, Pope Francis said that he should “accept himself and his same-sex attraction” because God made him that way.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of sexual abuse by Fr. Fernando Karadima, who is at the center of the Chilean sexual abuse scandal, was invited to the Vatican along with other victims of abuse to speak with Pope Francis.

In a subsequent interview with El País, a Spanish newspaper, Cruz stated that, in addition to receiving an apology and comfort for the abuse [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

Though Our Lady has been referred to as the mother of Christians and as the mother of the Church since ancient times, the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church is the most recent addition to the liturgical calendar, instituted by Pope Francis in 2018 in his decree B. Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, quoted below:

The joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman (cf. Gal 4:4), the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, S.J., Saint Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristóbal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28).

All of these martyrs except three were diocesan priests. David, Manuel and Salvador were laymen who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. All of these martyrs belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

James 3:13-18
Psalms 19:8-10, 15
Mark 9:14-29

James 3:13-18
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

iBenedictines

Information from Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery.
Today, for the first time, the Church celebrates the obligatory memoria of Mary, Mother of the Church. The reason given for instituting this new feast is stated in the decree of 11 February, 2018: Having attentively considered how greatly the (…)

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Mon, May 21, 2018
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Of all the images of the Holy Spirit, the one I like best is that of wind, breath, pneuma, ruach. We see its effects, we feel it, but we do not see the wind itself. With every breath we take, (…)

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Sun, May 20, 2018
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Spirit Days are a monastic invention, usually enjoyed after Pentecost since we are no longer allowed a liturgical octave in which to savour the fruits of the Holy Spirit. This year, however, we are keeping them before and during Pentecost, (…)

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Fri, May 18, 2018
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After another sleepless night, I can report a little black humour to mark my emergence from under the chemo cosh. Cor Orans, the document which establishes the norms for implementing the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere, assures us, with dreadful (…)

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Thu, May 17, 2018
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St Bernard memorably described prayer and the life of a monk as otium negotissimum, very busy leisure, and today's section of the Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict certainly gives the lie to the idea that Bank Holiday Monday (…)

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Mon, May 07, 2018
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New Advent

"Know the Faith. Live the Faith. Share the Faith."
When this was said at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders last summer, it resulted in an explosion of applause and cheers. It is also very true. What we spend our money on tells us what we value, at the core. But, that isn't the only statement of what we believe (and value) we can make. We also do it with time, staffing, and more... [...]
Source: New Advent
Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time... [...]
Source: New Advent
At the close of their three-day meeting with Pope Francis, all the bishops of Chile asked victims of the country's abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented written resignations to the Pope, who must decide whether to accept or reject them. In a written May 18 statement, the bishops thanked Pope Francis for his “paternal listening and fraternal correction... [...]
Source: New Advent
More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead. [...]
Source: New Advent
Unlike chocolate chip cookies or tomato soup, the invention of bread can't be pinned down to a single person or people; instead, it evolved to its present state over the course of millennia. Although the modern version of sliced bread is a fairly new invention, bread itself is an ancient food with origins dating back more than 22... [...]
Source: New Advent

Catholic Counselor Lady

"A presentation of my experience and perception of the world as a fellow pilgrim on the journey of life." ~Natalie Lane Eden, MBA, MA, LPC.
Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

This phrase frequently comes up during in the course of counseling. Many have injuries from past and even current relationships that continue to cause pain thus hindering advancement to fuller productive lives. The desire to move on is present but former feelings of being hurt, mistreated, ignored, and/or neglected keep cropping up causing re-injury. The desire to eliminate these sensations and memories is strong but for some reason there is an inability to move on. Efforts to “stuff it down” and “forget about it” just don't seem to [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux: “The Little Flower”

What does a Carmelite nun who lived during the late 1800s in France have to do with overcoming the obsession thoughts and/or compulsions that are symptomatic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? St. Therese (1873-1897), whose writings composed the beautiful autobiography “The Story of a Soul”, died of tuberculosis as a young adult, yet her message endures to this day. She was declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church in 1997 because of her simple yet profound approach to the spiritual life. Her concepts can even be utilized by those who [...]

Sat, Jun 21, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
Calendar with dates crossed out

Another date crossed out on the calendar as I approach another year of my journey. Over a half of a century is definitely in my rear view mirror. I do know that in many ways my “inside self” still feels like that young somewhat carefree girl that once played on the fields of Western New York. It is only when I look in the mirror that I am reminded by my “outside self” that I have been travelling for quite a while.

What have you learned?

When my spouse was a young boy his mother would always have devotions before school [...]

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

Encountering a decision whether big or small can often bring about a great amount of anxiety. At times indecision can destroy inner peace and can even have a major crippling effect on one's spiritual welfare as well as psychological progress. Procrastination is often caused by inability to make a decision for fear of failure. Perfectionists are known to be diagnostically the worst procrastinators simply because of the fear of making a mistake. These persons are experts at catastrophizing and often imagine the worst case scenarios. On the other hand, there are others who might be very [...]

Sat, Jan 25, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
A picture of a solo train leaving the station in Chicago.  (c) 2014 Natalie Eden

A picture of a solo train leaving the station in Chicago during winter. (c) 2014 Natalie Eden

This time of year always makes me think about the season. How can I ignore it? In Chicago the air is usually bitter cold. I'm not talking about it being a little bit chilly. It's downright frigid with temperatures preferring to hover in the subzero range. At times it is difficult to appreciate the present moment, when I find myself counting the number of months left until spring. Navigating the highways can be quite a challenge. [...]

Thu, Jan 16, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady

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Marriage

Marriage - Unique For a Reason

Marriage - Unique for a reason an initiative of the USCCB

See last week's press release about the Kansas and Oklahoma laws that keep Catholic (and other) adoption and foster care agencies in service!

U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for Enacting Laws that Keep Kids First in Foster Care and Adoption Services (May 18, 2018)

The post U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Applaud KS and OK Laws appeared first on Marriage Unique for a Reason.

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Mon, May 21, 2018
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Thu, May 17, 2018
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The Governor of Oklahoma recently signed into law a bill that protects faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that continue to hold that children deserve to be placed in homes with both a mother and a father. The Bishops of Oklahoma have praised this upholding of religious freedom in the state.

The post Oklahoma Bishops Praise Protections for Adoption Agencies appeared first on Marriage Unique for a Reason.

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Wed, May 16, 2018
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Thu, May 10, 2018
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Bishops have Moms, too!
On this episode of Made for Love, bishops speak about their mothers and celebrate the gift that motherhood is for the Church and the world. Bishops Caggiano (Bridgeport), Mansour (Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn), Paprocki (Springfield, IL), Ricken (Green Bay), and Sis (San Angelo).

The post Made for Love Ep 12: Bishops have Moms, Too! appeared first on Marriage Unique for a Reason.

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Tue, May 08, 2018
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For Your Marriage

For Your Marriage an initiative of the USCCB

Dear Millennial Woman,

I did not think I would ever be a biological mother. This didn't bother me; I was too busy anyway and much too afraid of the sheer pain of it all. I winced to hear the word “labor” in connection with childbirth. But love won me over.

It started with my need to be loved and cherished by someone. I know you have that need, too. A woman wants nothing quite as much as arms to hold her and a heart to lay her head on. Let's be honest: this is at the root of some of our worst [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage
Day One: Marriage is a School of Life

Breaking Open the Theme
For those called to the vocation of marriage, it is a school of life. Marriage teaches us about ourselves and others, how to make and maintain good relationships, how to develop character and virtue, and how to love those God gives us as family. The unique relationship between husband and wife is a privileged place for this journey of life where a couple learns how to become the man and woman they are called to be together in a union of life-giving love. Sanctified and fortified by the matrimonial covenant, [...]

Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

What does the Catholic Church teach about married love?

Marriage is an intimate, lifelong partnership in which husbands and wives give and receive love unselfishly. The sexual relationship expresses their married love and shows what it means to become “one body” (Genesis 2:24) and “one flesh” (Mark 10:8, Matthew 19:6). The sexual union is meant to express the full meaning of a couple's love, its power to bind them together “the unitive aspect of marriage “and “its openness to new life” the procreative aspect.

What does this have to do with contraception?

The Church believes that God has established an inseparable bond between [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

Communication

What is the one indispensable ingredient for making marriages work? Family life educators usually answer: communication. This is good news, because effective communication can be learned. Skills such as active listening, using “I” statements, paying attention to my feelings and those of my spouse, and learning tips for “fighting fair” make marriage easier. Some couples use these skills intuitively because they saw them modeled in their own upbringing. Others can learn them through classes, workshops and reading.

Of course, the hardest part of communicating usually comes when there is disagreement between the two of you.

Commitment and Common Values

Some ingredients, if missing, [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

For most couples, parenting is the most distinctive feature of this stage. It may be compared to the middle years of childhood (ages 5-12), which is sometimes called the latency stage. Although the child continues to grow, this growth tends to be steady and without significant turmoil.

Some couples-the “sandwich” generation-find themselves taking care of children plus aging parents. Meanwhile, their marriage and personal needs may be pushed into the background, unless a crisis erupts. Couples in the middle stage of marriage often must renegotiate household, financial, and parenting tasks. The stress of these multiple adjustments helps explain why the marriage [...]

Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage

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