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On unemployed youth and forgotten elderly

There's a great line in the book Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know by Diane Moczar. In writing about the downfall of Rome, she quotes an historian's description of the Roman Empire before its demise, "a terrifying sluggishness of the whole population." For me, this phrase denotes aimlessness, a lack of motivation and initiative, a sense of malaise and apathy. She further elaborates on the economic crisis, political corruption, sensual depravity, decadence, disregard for human life, worldliness of the clergy, and pagan ... (Continue reading)

The Secret Life of the American Fairy Tale

It's pretty easy these days to see that the world isn't doing so well. Babies are murdered by the thousands because they are inconvenient, divorce rates are sky-high, and the government of the country that once played the role of superhero for the world has shut itself down for the personal gain of its members. It’s obvious that the world, in accordance with its habits, has gotten pretty messed up. Of course, life is not a fairy tale, as people ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with Pakistan Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Saldanha

Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha’s humble beginnings as a priest began upon his ordination on 16 January 1960 in Lahore, Pakistan. As a young priest studying in Rome, he obtained a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and was secretary to Lahore’s bishop during the opening of Vatican II. While serving the diocese of Lahore, he held various positions. Between 1966 and 1973, he was the secretary of Caritas, Pakistan, which is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network. He was editor at ... (Continue reading)

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When virginity is no good

“Twenty may sound early to get married, but tell that to the girl who had her knees locked since puberty and the boy who spent years trying to convince her that just the tip didn’t count.” The above line is from an article by freelance writer Jessica Ciencen Henriquez called "My Virginity Mistake." Before I go any further, read it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Jessica’s thesis is that her choice to remain a virgin was a colossal mistake; that if she had ... (Continue reading)

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Society and sexual addictions

I distinctly remember in the Rome train station searching the huge departure board to find the platform our train was leaving from in T minus 12 seconds. While I was not able to find our train, my eyes were caught by the gigantic lingerie ad that was directly next to the departure information. Drop dead gorgeous male and female models showcasing skin and g-strings. Exactly what I want to see when I’m looking for my train schedule. As my grandmother ... (Continue reading)

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Chalice: Christ-centered child sponsorship

For Christians who wish to live the commandment of loving our neighbours by making a commitment to perform corporal works of mercy, charitable gift giving and child sponsorship is very appealing. Many sponsorship programs help entire communities. Most importantly, sponsorship provides children with proper nutrition, medical care, and an education that helps them improve their future outcomes. There are many sponsorship programs asking for our donations. For the sake of our hard-earned dollar as well as for the sake of the ... (Continue reading)

The Extraordinary Ordinary

Last Saturday was the feast of the Triumph of the Cross and for me, this one has always been a conundrum of a feast day.  How can The Cross - and everything that represents defeat, death and finality - be triumphant?  How can it be a win if there were no points scored?  Because the last time I checked, death is about as un-victorious as you can get. If you’re reading this in hopes of finding some definitive answers, I’m sorry ... (Continue reading)

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Beautiful: a ten-year old’s impression of Mass ad orientum

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, my ten-year-old daughter went to church with me. The priest at the church regularly celebrates Mass ad orientem, whether he is offering the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin or English. Afterwards, I asked my daughter what she thought of the Mass. Her short but certain answer was "beautiful." In Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, writes about the ad orientem Mass this way: "Praying towards the East is a tradition that goes ... (Continue reading)

Ten suggestions for contemplation in a noisy world

I sat in my kitchen on the morning of Labour Day, watching and listening to the activity around me. My husband, myself, and our three youngest children had arrived home on the previous evening from a three-week vacation in Newfoundland and this was the first time that the family (or at least, nine of the ten of us) were together. Our young adult children were unable to come with us and now they were simultaneously relaying all the events of the ... (Continue reading)

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Demand reverence

Michael Coren

Earlier this year a group of bishops from the Italian region of Tavoliere met with Pope Francis. Such meetings are held only every five years, and are an opportunity for local episcopal leaders to explain to the Holy Father the most pressing and challenging concerns that they have. The great dilemma for these men, it seemed, was not the state’s increasingly aggressive war against the Church, not the slaughter of myriad unborn babies, not the loss of countless souls through ... (Continue reading)

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