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July 01, 2014
'The Fault in Our Stars' and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
By Father Robert Barron

John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars has proven to be wildly popular among young adults in the English speaking world, and the recently released film adaptation of the book has garnered both impressive reviews and a massive audience. A one-time divinity school student and Christian minister, Green is not reluctant to explore the “big” questions, though he doesn’t claim to provide anything like definitive answers. In this, he both reflects and helps to shape the inchoate,...

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June 27, 2014
Movie review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
By Carl Kozlowski

I’ll give credit to the “Transformers” movie series for one thing: never has a series of films been so stupid yet attempted to have such pretentious subtitles: “Revenge of the Fallen” was the first sequel, followed by “Dark of the Moon.”  In “Moon,” a battle royale between the good Autobots and humans united against the evil Decepticon Transformers pretty much obliterated Chicago and seemed to bring a conclusion to the series.

Sadly, that assumption was wrong, and now we...

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June 26, 2014
Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy...

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June 26, 2014
Iraq: Where to go from here
By Russell Shaw

Starting in 2003, the United States has made two fundamental mistakes in Iraq, both with strong moral implications. At the risk of oversimplification, they can be summed up like this: the first mistake was going into Iraq, the second was getting out.

The first of these blunders was George Bush’s in launching an unjust and unnecessary war. The second was Barack Obama’s in pulling out before authentic stability had been restored in a country the U.S. had done so much to destabilize....

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June 26, 2014
What is True and Holy Love?
By Michele Fleming

Dear Michele,

My understanding about genuine loving relationships is that they are from the spirit of God, which is charity. I believe that the greatest obstacle for people in living out loving relationships is our human tendency to pursue the traces of original sin present in the human heart. In this way, I can easily see why people who are not Christian or Catholic pursue different forms of selfish love since they have not received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But when I think about...

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June 25, 2014
Sacred Ground
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States is found throughout Upstate New York and northward to the St. Lawrence Seaway into Canada.  Two pilgrimage shrines are located in this region.

The bucolic hamlets of Auriesville, New York and Midland, Ontario celebrate the lives of the North American Martyrs, six French Jesuit priests and two assistants or donnés. There they ministered to the Iroquois confederacy of five nation-tribes. With the growing number of Indian converts,...

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June 23, 2014
Corpus Christi and the ‘Blessed Sacrament of the Mass’
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Some time ago, I viewed with a small group a video by Fr. Robert Barron entitled, “The Blessed Sacrament of the Mass.” For a moment, I was taken aback by the title. Why would Fr. Barron refer to the Mass as “The Blessed Sacrament”? Surely, this terminology is used for devotions such as Benediction, Eucharistic exposition, processions, and congresses--but not for Mass.

I came to realize that Fr. Barron is, of course, quite correct in using the expression “The Blessed Sacrament...

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June 23, 2014
21 ways to defend religious liberty
By Rebecca Ryskind Teti

The 3rd annual Fortnight for Freedom – two weeks of prayer, fasting and demonstration in defense of the fullness of First Amendment freedoms—kicked off June 21st with an opening Mass celebrated in Baltimore by Archbishop Lori. It will close July 4th with a noon Mass celebrated in Washington, DC by Cardinal Wuerl.

In the intervening days, our bishops invite faithful Catholics and all people of good will to fast, pray, educate themselves and exercise their religious liberty as a way of...

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June 20, 2014
Movie review: 'Jersey Boys'
By Carl Kozlowski

At age 84, Clint Eastwood is setting quite an example that people can stay as productive as ever well past the traditional retirement age. He’s been acting and directing at a rapid clip, and frankly doing some of the best work of his career in the past 20 years with movies like “Unforgiven,” “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

The fact that he’s the director of the new Broadway musical adaptation “Jersey Boys” comes as a double surprise, then, as Eastwood is tackling...

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June 20, 2014
A fresh look at a valuable gift
By Tony Magliano

Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the church’s best kept secret.
But because it directly addresses the world’s most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching instead needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached, proclaimed and lived in our parishes, schools, universities, media, homes and society.

Five years ago, a very valuable contribution to Catholic social teaching was given to the church and world by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI....

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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