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August 21, 2014
The Caregiver
By Russell Shaw

The 36-Hour Day (Grand Central Life & Style) is a handbook familiar to many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. That seemingly mysterious title is no mystery to the caregivers. They know from plenty of experience that they would need not just the regular 24 hours but a solid day and a half to touch all the bases they’re called on to touch during a typical day.

If this makes caregiving sound like difficult work, that’s because it is. Yet many...

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August 20, 2014
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: A Man for Others, a Universal Treasure
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

As the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist, is regularly invited on television for his expert information about infectious diseases.  Among the most visible and distinguished physicians in the world, he has spent his professional life in research, care of patients, and in public health policy.

The current national anxiety regards the deadly Ebola virus. Emotions run high. Dr. Fauci has been praised for his measured, rational...

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August 18, 2014
The Korean Martyrs, the Victory of Christ
By Courtney Grogan

On Aug. 17 Pope Francis stood at an altar in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the palace of a dynasty that ruled over the Korean peninsula for more than 500 years and was responsible for the torture and execution of an estimated 10,000 Catholics. In the face of such persecution, a public Mass would have been unimaginable in Korea just 150 years ago.

Yet today, God’s victory was made manifest as Jesus Christ, the true king of all nations, was exalted and worshipped in His Eucharistic...

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August 15, 2014
Movie review: 'Let's Be Cops'
By Carl Kozlowski

Nearly every red-blooded American boy dreams of being a cop when he grows up. Most wind up with other careers, but the relatively few brave souls who pursue that dream are generally regarded as society’s protectors against all manner of criminal behavior.

The new movie “Let’s Be Cops” features two men who are going nowhere in their lives, but who get the chance to pretend to be cops. But with only TV-fueled fantasies and no sense of responsibility driving them, the results are...

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August 14, 2014
St. Maximilian Kolbe and living in the present tense
By Jenny Uebbing

On August 14th the Catholic Church celebrates the life of a man who died wearing the notorious stripes of Auschwitz.

He lived a life of professed celibacy, poverty, and obedience, and he met his martyrdom not at the end of a sword on a battlefield, but in a dimly lit bunker filled with the stench of human waste and decaying flesh. His death was meant to make him feel powerless. It was his humiliating death, however, which would engrave his name in the annals of human history, and in the...

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August 14, 2014
New Bible translation – The Message – is a notable achievement
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Recently, I completed a 30-day Ignatian retreat in Los Angeles (I hope you are all impressed!). The central feature of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises is intensive reading of key scripture passages on Jesus’ life a number of times a day. I must say that I often found the exercise hard going for the reason that I already knew the scripture passages almost by heart and could not find much new material for reflection.

I told my retreat director about this, and he gave me a copy of a...

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August 13, 2014
The danger of being a Christian
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In 2013, about 100 million Christians were persecuted and/or martyred around the world simply because of their faith; this number has escalated from the previous year. The persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt has lasted longer than many others. The word E-gypt derives its name from the ancient Copts (Gypts), Eastern Coptic Christians, who have lived there since Early Christianity and long before the Muslims.  Egypt is one of the 111 countries where Christian persecution has become...

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The new edition by Vicent Comes Iglesia in the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos of Luis Lucia Lucia’s Salterio de mis horas, Psalter of my hours (Madrid 2014), allows us to consider, virtually for the first time, a poignant 20th century life and a noteworthy work of Catholic spirituality. (I wrote about it in a previous article [link].) It allows us also to do something less edifying: we can now compare the original work closely with its appropriation by Father Marcial Maciel as...

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August 11, 2014
Be a saint, change the world
By Daniel McGiffin

“Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately it is very unfashionable to talk with them.” Mother Teresa’s words hit home with a lot of us, don’t they? Taking care of the poor can’t just be about politics, programs, or platforms. It has to be a way of life.

In his new book, Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (Our Sunday Visitor, Amazon), Brandon Vogt, a young convert to Catholicism, intends to set the record straight on Catholic...

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August 11, 2014
The Common Core controversy
By Russell Shaw

Longer ago than I care to remember, I spent three years working for a Washington-based national education organization. I liked the people, enjoyed my job, and had the pleasant feeling that I was contributing to a worthwhile cause.

I also learned a couple of things. One was that professional educators love innovation, or at least the idea. Another was that there’s a vast education machine—not only schools and teachers but administrative bureaucracies, groups like the one I worked...

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