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"Inspired to embrace the Holy Spirit" by Melanie Jean Juneau (

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A good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, was travelling an old bus heading towards the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Noticing Martha's large cross identifying her as a member of the Lay Apostolate, the woman next to her cynically remarked that most Christians were stupid because they were completely clueless about the potential power that existed within each of them. Chuckling, she pointed out all the people on the bus who were Christians. She then mocked Christians who acted like weak victims but was [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Cardinal George Pell, Cardinal-Prefect for the Secretariat for the Economy and senior adviser to Pope Francis, has taken leave from his Vatican office to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Australia after being issued a summons to appear for historical sexual assault offenses.

On June 29th, Victoria Police formally charged Cardinal Pell with multiple sexual assault offenses. He was served the summons to appear on behalf of his legal representatives in Melbourne, and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18th for a filing hearing. Victoria Police did not release a detailed list of the charges, only saying [...]

Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: UCatholic
By Edward Pentin | Newly minted Cardinal Anders Arborelius is not only the country's first cardinal, but also the first ethnic Swede to be made bishop since the Reformation. In this June 28 interview with... [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register
Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,
and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews
he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
–It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–
He had him taken into custody and put in prison
under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter thus was being kept in prison,
but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
to God on his behalf.

On the very night before [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB

“But who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15) Jesus' question to Peter is also directed at us. Faith in Jesus, the Son of the living God, is at the heart of discipleship. Pray together for that faith today.

Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage
Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God's providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the center of the Christian world whence should radiate the preaching of the Gospel. [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2017 / 07:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top finance man, will be charged on multiple counts of abuse, Australian police announced Wednesday.

Pell, who has fervently denied the allegations, will be charged on summons, and will be required to return to Melbourne in July order to answer the charges.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Victoria police were the ones who decided to charge the cardinal. In a June 29 statement, Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said Pell [...]

Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report
Cardinals are not called to be "princes" of the church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told five new cardinals. [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: The Catholic Spirit
High Blood Pressure in Kids Linked to Attention, Learning Problems in School

Once upon a time high blood pressure was thought to occur only in adults. Articles in pediatric journals are now sounding an alarm: high blood pressure is now infecting more and more children. In a recent article in the journal of Pediatrics, researchers followed 75 children with high blood pressure and found that hypertension was harming their brain development. These children had a higher incidence of attention and learning problems at school, and problems with fine motor coordination. The causes of this condition in children are the same two [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
Education: Middle/High School, PT Employee
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Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic Jobs

Hi Amy-

I have a question that might be more appropriate closer to the holidays, but was sparked by conversations with my sister during a recent visit. The situation is this: our family (my parents, my 2 sisters and I and our young families) are spread out across three states in the US and one European country. Despite the distance we are all pretty close, and see everyone 1-2 times a year (maybe more for those of us stateside). We all see giving gifts (birthdays, Christmas, and maybe when we visit) as ways to connect with the kids (there are [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Take some time this Independence Day to teach your family about the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States. May God bless America!


Charles Carroll of C... [...]

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith
Fiddler on the Roof Bachelor Guide: Is Motel, Perchik, or Fyedka for You?

Sometimes I talk about things like faith, motherhood, suffering, and fear at Carrots. And sometimes I tackle the REALLY important questions like which Fiddler on the Roof bachelor is the dreamiest. I honestly don't know what made me realize that this was a super important issue, but it popped into my head the other day and I realized that picking between the Motel the tailor, Perchik the revolutionary, and Fyedka the bookish Russian was nigh impossible. But let's give it our best shot:

Motel: The Boy Next Door

Occupation: Tailor

Religion: Jewish

Build: Tall and thin, “but not because I have no food. If [...]

Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas
Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom's ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries

This week our Church celebrates two great missionaries–Peter and Paul. Often when we talk about conversion in the Christian life, there can be almost a rivalry between the idea of our life-changing conversion as a particular moment (i.e. I remember on such-and-such date, praying to Jesus with my whole heart and soul, for the first time, telling Him I was ready to be his disciple) or a process that happens over time in a way that we can't really pinpoint a date or even month when it happened. A “this” or “that competition between moment and process, however, is [...]

Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers
Anyone with small children or a debilitating illness such as cancer will understand when I say there is a kind of tiredness so complete that any effort seems impossible. One wakes tired; one goes to bed tired; and in between (…)

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Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Source: iBenedictines

Stay tuned to this space for a series of videos about various topics.

In the meantime, what do you think about this short story? What does the consumer mentality toward children say about our society?

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Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957 known for his ability as a spiritual counselor, will be beatified at a Nov. 18 Mass in Detroit, the local archdiocese announced Tuesday. “We are filled with joy at receiving the final date of the beatification of Father Solanus,” Father Michael Sullivan... [...]
Source: New Advent