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By Steven D. Greydanus | Note: Last week, after the so-called “Unite the Right” white-identity rally in Charlottesville degerated into murderous violence, I looked ahead to this Sunday's... [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2017 / 08:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Spain, Burkina Faso and Finland, asking the Lord to bring peace and to end the violence of terrorism around the world.

After praying the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis led the 10,000 people present in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silence and in a 'Hail Mary' for those killed or wounded in the most recent terrorist attacks.

“In our hearts we bear the pain of the terrorist acts that in recent days have caused many victims [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report

Sunday Readings for August 20, 2017, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor. This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel. The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to as “dogs” by their Jewish neighbors, who viewed them as unclean.

Did Jesus too regard these people with disdain? At first glance, it appears so. She cries out, “Lord, son of David, [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers
Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.

The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
ministering to him,
loving the name of the LORD,
and becoming his servants—
all who keep the sabbath free from profanation
and hold to my covenant,
them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8R. (4) O God, let [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB

Today's Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Canaanite woman gives a great example of how to pray. She comes on the scene shouting, crying out to Jesus in a loud voice. She must have been annoying, since the disciples basically ask Jesus to get rid of her. The woman didn't make her request only once, but kept on shouting after them. It would seem like Jesus should have responded right away, but He simply ignores her and doesn't say anything to her at all.

Undaunted, the woman presents her case. She's not asking for herself, [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Bernard, the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding Church leaders in the first half of the twelfth century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most powerful propagator of the Cistercian reform. He was born in Fontaines-les-Dijon in 1090 and entered the Abbey of Citeaux in 1112, bringing thirty of his relatives with him, including five of his brothers– his youngest brother and his widowed father followed later. After receiving a monastic formation from St. Stephen Harding, he was sent in 1115 to begin a new [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: UCatholic

“But the woman came and did him homage, saying, ‘Lord, help me.'” (Mt 15:25) Have the humility to come to God and to praise him when you are struggling with problems in your family and life.

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour (Matt 15:25-28). [...]
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Catholic Jobs
The bishops encouraged people to “people of encounter who look for opportunities to engage others in ways that acknowledge the dignity of each human person.” [...]
Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: The Catholic Spirit
Recipes Kids Should Know: How to Make Tuna Salad from Alpha Mom

When I was a kid, my mom pretty much always offered the same two sandwich options for lunch: peanut butter and jam (or honey) and tuna salad. These many years later every time I taste tuna salad I am immediately transported to my childhood!

Since tuna sandwiches were such a common food during my childhood, it was one of the very first things I learned how to make in the kitchen. As such, I think it's a meal that kids should know how to make before leaving home.

Then, when I got married, I discovered that my husband had grown [...]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Almost nobody knows the problem that lies at the heart of the recent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia. For those who have not followed the action, white supremacists held a rally there which led to widespread outrage, the escalation of rhetoric, and some violence. President Trump is facing near universal denunciation (again!) for suggesting that there are good people on all sides, and that responsibility for crossing the line into violence is shared.

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture
Barcelona. Cambrills. More blood shed, more lives lost, more evil to stun mind and heart with its unexpectedness and apparently random character. Do we see what happened in Catalonia as just another terrorist attack, another tragedy to be endlessly discussed (…)

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Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: iBenedictines

As mentioned in the Introduction, Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II) is interested in what (who) the human person is. What makes us human? Are there ways of acting that are “less” or “more” human? How do we know?

The first section of Love and Responsibility is entitled “The Person and the Sexual Urge,” and the first topic is the person as both the subject (do-er) and the object (done-to) of actions. If I hug you, then I am the subject of that action, and you are the object. That does not make you an object in the sense that I [...]

Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Warm Weather Safety Tips For Your Baby

Summer brings warmer weather which means you can enjoy playtime outside with your kids instead of being cooped up in the house all day. Some parents are tempted to just stay indoors all day with their little ones where play is organized and clean. But the outdoors provides some unique experiences for babies and toddlers that they just don't get inside the house. When you do plan to take baby outdoors in the warm weather, make sure you are prepared and follow these simple summertime safety tips to keep baby safe.

Get out of the [...]

Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
A statue of St. Junípero Serra in Mission Hills, CA was recently vandalized, with red paint put on the saint's face and the word “murder” written down the front in white. The photo began circulating around Facebook in the last few days, so CBS Los Angeles sent a reporter to the statue, who confirmed there was still some paint left on the statue... [...]
Source: New Advent