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Saint of the Day: Sharbel Makhlouf DA MIHI ANIMAS - July 24, 2015 The Saint of today is Sharbel Makhlouf. This great monastic saint is a wonderful patron for the Church of the Middle East. He is one of the wonder workers of the 20th century! Here is the story from CNA: Yussef Antoun Makhloof --later and forever after known as Sharbel-- was of humble birth. Yet Sharbel belongs to more than his village, monastery, church or country. He belongs to the Universal Church and all Christians. When he was beatified ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/07/saint-of-day-sharbel-makhlouf.html

The Crisis of Contemporary Sacred Art CRISIS MAGAZINE - July 8, 2015 ... Could this help to explain the success of the icon, which is meant to be a stylized image of a saint? In fact, many devotional images have become so "iconic" today (i.e., the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or Our Lady of Grace) that we simply want a plaster reproduction or even a photograph of them, rather than commissioning an artist to reinterpret them for us anew. So given the pitfalls, the economics of it, and the risks of failure, why should the Church commission ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/MB69utYlWPo/the-crisis-of-contemporary-sacred-art

St. Maria Goretti: Model of Mercy and Purity CATHOLIC FIRE - July 5, 2015 ... serious sexual assault, which he made her promise to keep secret by threats of murder. A month later Alessandro arranged things so that he would be alone in the house with Maria; and he had a dagger. She tried to resist, begging him to be careful to save his immortal soul, but he thrust a handkerchief into her mouth to prevent her from crying out, tied her up, and threatened her with the dagger. She continued to resist. Enraged, Alessandro ripped her body fourteen times with a sharp blade and ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/07/st-maria-goretti-model-of-mercy-and.html

Selling Out the Gay Movement ... An Idiosyncratic Take on Things. ABBEY ROADS - June 28, 2015 "Notturno Bologna," by Paul Cadmus "For too many artists and writers to count, being gay infused their work with an outsider sensibility, even when they were not explicitly addressing those themes." - NYTimes Redefining marriage in and through making same sex marriage the law of the land, pretty much zaps all the uniqueness of being gay. As Karl Lagerfeld observed: "In the 60's, they all said we had the right to the difference. And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/06/selling-out-gay-movement-idiosyncratic.html

Dorothy Day Had Nothing to Say to This Theologian – Or So He Thought CNA DAILY NEWS - June 20, 2015 ... Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing. "It's hard not to run across her name, but I honestly had not paid much attention to her," Richey told CNA in a recent phone interview. "I viewed her as, just kind of a social activist, and someone who probably didn't have much to say to a theologian like myself." But last month, Our Sunday Visitor released his edits to the 75th anniversary edition of Day's journal from the early ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/catholicnewsagency/dailynews/~3/2oIGRDcmFSE/

Sunday Word, 31 May 15 TO FIND FRUIT - May 31, 2015 http://findfruit.blogspot.com/2015/05/sunday-word-31-may-15.html

An Old Chartres Meditation: St Joan of Arc COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - May 30, 2015 ... saint of France. In the person of St Joan, we find the natural and the supernatural united in harmony. In that way, she embodies a beautiful image of Christendom. Let us spend a few moments remembering her story; a story which offers a striking parallel to Our Lord Jesus Christ's, whom she loved and served so well. l. Her Childhood - the hidden life at Donrémy Joan was born on 6th January, 1412. On that feastday of the Epiphany, there unfolded an extraordinary set of ...http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2015/05/an-old-chartres-meditation-st-joan-of.html

Well, Hello Again! (a Daybook in May) PONDERED IN MY HEART - May 8, 2015 Outside my window- It's suddenly very warm spring out there. Flowers blooming, green grass growing, gardens coming into focus as I slowly work through clearing and weeding the beds. Almost all of the vegetable garden is planted and I'm slowly getting all of my many flower seedlings in the ground. A few boughten perennials await their new homes as well. Some of the shrubs got tidied up with a spring pruning but those that didn't just have to wait until fall ...http://ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com/pondered_in_my_heart/2015/05/well-hello-again-a-daybook-in-may.html

Blessed Maria Gabriella, Model of Redemptive Suffering CATHOLIC FIRE - April 22, 2015 ... divisions and unify the Church through her redemptive sufferings. She is the patron saint of sick people. Sr. Maria Gabriella was beatified on January 25th, 1983 in the Basilica of St. Paul's outside the Walls. It was the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle of the Gentiles, and also the last day of the Church Unity Octave. In his homily, Pope John Paul II stated: "I am happy to note, and to point out particularly to the young who are so fond of ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/04/blessed-maria-gabriella-model-of.html