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March 09, 2015
Hope in secularized times
By Russell Shaw

A man I know was walking his dog when a neighbor woman approached him and inquired about his wife. Not having seen her out and about in quite some time, the lady wondered: Was she well?

“Not really,” the man said, going on to explain what that meant.

“I’m sorry,” the woman said when he finished. “Is there anything I can do to help?”

“Not really,” the man said again. “Except—say a prayer.”

The woman hesitated a split second, and he could see she was calculating. Then...

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March 09, 2015
Beating swords into plowshares
By Tony Magliano

“In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills,” writes the prophet Isaiah.

“Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain … that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths. …

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war...

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March 09, 2015
Bl. Junipero Serra: Mexico City
By Msgr. Francis J. Weber

Editor's note: This is part 6 of a series on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra in anticipation of his canonization. To read other articles in the series, click here.

THE Camino Real which connected Vera Cruz with Mexico City stretched from sea level to an altitude of 7,382 feet, through tropical country, arid plains, high plateaus, across formidable sierras, in view of volcanoes and lakes, perennial snow and abundant sunshine.

Though horses were available for the journey, Fray Junípero...

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March 06, 2015
'Unfinished Business' stoops low for shock comedy
By Carl Kozlowski

From the moment I first saw it as a 16 year old back in 1987, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” was one of my all-time favorite movies. I've probably seen it at least 50 times since then, with at least half of those occurring during the annual Thanksgiving week screenings that pop up on TV in order to remind us all of the funny yet bittersweet story of two traveling salesmen desperately trying to make it home for the holiday.

Not many movies have been able to pull that magic off since,...

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March 06, 2015
The Beauty of Catholic Education VI: The Delicate Sense of Touch
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In his earthly ministry, Jesus healed those in need by touching them.  Today, educators are wary of broaching the topic of touch because of the highly charged and negative press focused on the Church.  In many cases, they are forbidden to touch their students. Nonetheless, this must not dissuade them from a positive treatment of it either directly through the scriptures and indirectly otherwise.  If we don’t speak about touch in the context of our faith, who will?  In approaching the...

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March 05, 2015
'God's Household' is a rich image of the Church
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Protestant scholar Paul Minear, in his book Images of the Church in the New Testament, identifies 96 ways of looking at the Church. Avery (later Cardinal) Dulles, S.J., (my one-time teacher) in his book Models of the Church shows how very important images are in understanding the Church.

Of all the images of the Church my favorite is the “Household of God.” The understanding of the Church as God’s household is rich in meaning, and it allows us to view the broad panorama of...

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March 05, 2015
Bl. Junipero Serra: Across the Sea
By Msgr. Francis J. Weber

Editor's note: This is part 5 a series on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra in anticipation of his canonization. To read other articles in the series, click here.

THE ship Villasota, also known as Nuestro Señora de Guadalupe, departed from Cadiz at the end of August, 1749. Aboard was Fray Junípero Serra and nineteen other Franciscans bound for the missions.
After a fairly peaceful journey at sea, the ship arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico, on the feast of Saint Luke. Serra's first hours...

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March 04, 2015
Don't miss the story behind the baby 'drop box'
By Carl Kozlowski

For most film school students, a successful project means creating a compelling movie that is skillful enough to draw a good grade and maybe even an agent. But for Brian Ivie, making the student short that evolved into the full-length documentary “The Drop Box” changed his life on a far deeper level.

Ivie’s immersion into the world of his subject, South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, inspired him to become a Christian himself. Seeing Jong-rak’s selfless devotion to his nation’s...

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March 04, 2015
Balancing Our Lives: 'The Great Game'
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Imagine a painting that depicts a young girl taking one step at a time along the top of a fence.  Titling her arms now to the right, now to the left, she tries to maintain her balance to the very end.  Despite her lithe and willing body, it’s not easy.

Thus far, it’s been a game, but when it comes to balancing time spent with her family, on schoolwork and other activities, the girl must discover the meaning of the word while she lives her life.  As an adult, she will discover what...

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March 02, 2015
Bl. Junipero Serra: Departure for the New World
By Msgr. Francis J. Weber

Editor's note: This is part 4 of a series on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra in anticipation of his canonization. To read other articles in the series, click here.

LATE in 1748, after much prayer and deliberation, Fray Junípero Serra wrote to the Commissary General of the Indies, asking permission for himself and Fray Francisco Pa1óu to become apostolic missionaries. On Palm Sunday, a special messenger arrived at the Convento de San Francisco with official authorization for the two friars...

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