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January 02, 2015
Moral Courage
By Alice von Hildebrand

Which one of us would fail to respond enthusiastically to the courage of heroes, who in moments of grave danger, risk their lives to help their fellow men. When they survive, they are honored. When their generosity leads to their demise, their spouse or family get recognition.

There are boys who already as toddlers are attracted by danger, and often meaninglessly risk their lives to prove that they are “machos." My brother was one such: more than once, he flirted with death by canoeing in...

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December 25, 2014
The Question of Art and Commerce: 'Big Eyes' Movie Review
By Carl Kozlowski

As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But when artist Margaret Keane caused a sensation with her seemingly unending stream of paintings depicting sad-looking children with enormous eyes in the 1960s, another question arose: is art just a commodity that any name can be placed upon, or is it an inherent part of an artist’s expression from the soul?
 
Based on the true story of Keane’s battle with her husband Walter over whether to tell the world she created her...

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December 19, 2014
"My Mom Said We Shouldn't Be Happy During Advent"
By Domenick Canale

The comment caught me by surprise. I was in the middle of beginning a CCD class for fifth grade boys and girls and I had just asked them why they were so excited in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A bunch of the kids mentioned the opportunity for family parties, gifts, and general fun.  They were laughing and joking about it.

And then a boy said, “My mom said we shouldn’t be happy during Advent.”

It turned everything around in the class; it went silent for a moment and the kids were...

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December 17, 2014
Pope Francis and the Two Sons
By Scott Dunn

It did not take long after Pope Francis first emerged on the balcony at St. Peter’s last spring for uneasiness to emerge for many who were accustomed to only being unnerved by developments in the secular world.  When being devoted to the orthodox teachings of the Church can make one an object of ridicule or cause one to be labeled a bigot by the wider culture, certain reported comments of our Holy Father and his method of approach at times towards those who disagree with Church teachings...

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December 17, 2014
Renaissance and Baroque Christmas Music
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Every year, Händel’s Messiah seems to claim the center stage of Christmas performances. Yet, there are other classic works no less sparkling that repay listening during this season.  Timelessly beautiful, their joy and buoyancy are sure to lift the spirit.

Music of the Renaissance

Christmas music of the Renaissance is sufficiently removed from contemporary sounds that it refreshes the ear and the whole person with its sobriety and restraint.  Any of the following CDs make for a satisfying...

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December 12, 2014
Movie Review: "Exodus: Gods and Kings"
By Carl Kozlowski

This has been quite a year for God at the movies. There were several smash hits Christians embraced in the spring, such as “God’s Not Dead” (cost $2 million, made $60 million), “Heaven is For Real” (cost $12 million, made $90 million), and “Son of God” (another $60 million winner off a $22 million budget) all were embraced by Christians and shocked Hollywood by scoring well at the box office.
 
Then there was “Noah,” a huge-budgeted epic from Paramount that made just barely...

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December 12, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe - the Star of the New Evangelization
By Bishop James D. Conley

15 years ago, in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be celebrated in the every Church in the Americas, because, he said, she is the Patroness, the Evangelizer, and the Mother of the Americas.  
 
John Paul said that through her intercession, the new evangelization in America would  “yield a splendid flowering of Christian life." She is, therefore, the Star of the New Evangelization.
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary is an evangelist in all times, in...

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December 12, 2014
The Culture War
By Russell Shaw

For months after the Supreme Court abruptly legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision of January 1973, people who welcomed the result repeatedly declared that the struggle over abortion had now come to a close. The Supreme Court had spoken, the matter was settled, and prolifers could pack up and go home.

Some of the people saying that probably believed it, and for others it was wishful thinking. But in still other cases a different motive appeared to be at work. Declaring the fight...

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December 11, 2014
Celebrating the Three Comings of Christ in the Advent Season
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

During Advent we celebrate what are sometimes referred to as the "three comings of Christ": the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, the coming of Christ in glory at the end of time, and the coming of Christ today in the sacraments and life of the Church.

The first coming of Christ remains the central event of human history.  All time is dated from the birth of Christ.  The centuries leading up to Christ's birth are numbered B.C.: before Christ.  This year is officially the 2014th year since the...

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December 10, 2014
Here Is Your God! He Comes to Save Us!
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In many respects, 2014 has been a dark year.  One tragedy after the other has befallen Americans while our brothers and sisters around the world endure hunger, starvation, persecution and even martyrdom for their beliefs, all unimaginable in America.  

    ‘Where have you been, Lord,’ we ask, ‘where were you this year?’  
    ‘I am with you all days,’ Jesus replies, without hesitation.  
    ‘We’ve already had our winter of our discontent,’ we quip.  
    ‘I give you Advent...

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