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September 24, 2014
Two powerful Psalms
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week’s essay, “Complaining to God with the Psalms,” elicited a number of responses from readers, one from mainland China.   Many are devoted to the psalms.  They read them and reflect on them every day.  Their enthusiasm for the Psalter, which Jesus himself prayed, has prompted another essay on the power of the psalms to humanize our prayer and sanctify our activity. 

Metaphors for God

The psalms, which anticipate the coming of the Messiah, describe God in metaphors, strong,...

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September 24, 2014
Training, information, education: treacherous labels
By Alice von Hildebrand

Our indebtedness to Plato is great for having left us magnificent insights as to the meaning and purpose of education. A worthy son and disciple of Socrates, this great and noble Greek thinker tells us that it should aim at “creating a type of human character that heaven can approve.”  (Republic, 209) No pagan could possibly come closer to Christian teaching: to aim at being transformed in Christ. He fully deserves to be dubbed “a preparer of the way of Christ.”    

Let us compare...

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September 23, 2014
The Parable of the Talents
By Father Robert Barron

The attendance at our daily Mundelein Seminary on Labor Day weekend was sparse. Many of the students had gone home while others were on a special tour of Chicago churches. The celebrant and preacher for the Sunday Mass was Fr. Robert Schoenstene, our veteran Old Testament professor. Fr. Schoenstene offered the best interpretation I’ve ever heard of a particularly puzzling parable of the Lord, and I wanted to make sure his reading got a wider audience.

The parable in question is the...

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September 23, 2014
Discerning a call to Priesthood?
By Father Thomas Berg

Here are some questions about sexuality and affective maturity you should be asking yourself.

As seminaries across the country commence a new academic year and re-engage in the crucial work of priestly formation,  so too a throng of young Catholic men throughout the U.S. will continue the task which might lead them one day to seminary, namely, the work of discernment.  And they will continue to be assisted in that effort by friends, family, spiritual directors and diocesan vocation...

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September 20, 2014
Are Oklahoma City Bureaucrats Smarter Than Harvard?
By Mark Costello

In 1928, the first Roman Catholic ever nominated for president, Gov. Al Smith of New York, came to campaign in Oklahoma at the height of the Ku Klux Klan's power. Smith was greeted with numerous burning crosses during the night as his train rolled across the state. When Smith spoke to a rally in Oklahoma City, the KKK burned more crosses outside of the stadium where his campaign rally was held, inciting hatred and fomenting violence. Some of Smith's relatives were listening to radio...

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September 19, 2014
'A Walk Among the Tombstones' review
By Carl Kozlowski

Ever since he reinvented himself as an action star in the 2009 surprise hit “Taken,” Liam Neeson has succeeded Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leading cinematic butt-kicker of our times. Yet while his string of thrillers has been fun and generally well-produced, they have begun to take on a sense of sameness, leaving serious viewers wishing that Neeson would dial things down a notch and again show some of the gravitas he used to classic effect in his prior career as...

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September 19, 2014
No solution to divorce possible without strengthening families
By Bishop James D. Conley

Earlier this week, Pope Francis celebrated and witnessed the marriages of 20 Roman couples. The couples and their families attended Mass with the Holy Father, and he received their vows: their holy commitments to God to live the joy and the sacrifice of married love.

Some of the couples were young.  Others were older.  A few had children, or had lived together in cohabitation, or had received annulments—declarations of nullity—from previous unions.  In short, Pope Francis performed the...

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September 19, 2014
An Open Letter to the Mayor of Oklahoma City
By Sarah Bartel

Dear Mayor Mike Cornett,

I earned my Ph.D. in moral theology from The Catholic University of America in 2010.

The news of the proposed “black mass” to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21 is deeply disturbing to me as a theologian, as a practicing Catholic, as an American—and most especially, as a mother. I beg you to do all in your power cancel it, and I ask you to consider this parallel.

Would it be appropriate to make civic facilities available for a play...

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September 18, 2014
Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Dark Night of the Soul
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

I have just finished reading a fascinating and engaging book that is both theologically profound and simple in style – a book I recommend highly to all readers. It contains previously unpublished letters of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and is entitled, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. The book is edited by Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the cause of Mother Teresa’s canonization. The book made it to The New York Times best-seller list.

The book reveals a side of...

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September 18, 2014
First Beatification in U.S.: New Jersey’s first Blessed
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

October 4, 2014 marks an historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States.  For the first time ever, the Rite of Beatification will take place on American soil.  In this ceremony, the Church officially recognizes the heroic sanctity of someone who has died and allows the faithful to honor this person with devotion on a local level and to pray to this person for their needs.

In 1945, the Holy See authorized Bishop McLaughlin, the first Bishop of Paterson, to begin...

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