Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson – practicing Catholic.

Have you always been able to connect your Catholic faith with sports?

My faith is a huge part of who I am today, and it always has been huge, ever since I was a child. My siblings and I were raised to believe what the Church teaches and to act in certain ways. Clear demarcation of right and wrong made decision-making pretty easy. That’s incredibly helpful for pursuing excellence in life, because you see what’s truly valuable and worth sacrificing for and also what you shouldn’t even bother to give attention to.

It’s an irreplaceable thing to be raised in the Catholic Church, where you have the teachings of Jesus passed down through the centuries. His goal is our eternal salvation, but even if you look only at the earthly benefits you get from being Catholic, they’re amazing. The peace of mind that comes from being in God’s will is awesome. I’m very grateful for the Catholic upbringing I had. Without it, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. Not even close.

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Glories of the Catholic Church: The Catholic Christian instructed in defense of his faith: a complete exposition of the Catholic doctrine, together with a full explanation of the holy sacrifice of the mass (1894)

Glories

They don’t make them like this, anymore!
(452 pages – circa 1894)

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Concise answers to fundamental questions about the Catholic faith

Do Catholics worship Mary? Why do Catholics emphasize Mary so much?

Timothy it says Jesus is our sole mediator, yet we pray to Mary and the Saints. Is that going against the Bible?

In Romans, chapter 3, it says that none is righteous and that all have sinned, but the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is without sin…could you explain that in light of Romans 3?

Why do Catholics call Mary the Queen of Heaven? Doesn’t God rebuke the Israelites in the O.T. for worshipping a false goddess called the Queen of Heaven? Should we not refer to Mary with that title, therefore, since it is the title of a false goddess?

The Bible clearly says that Jesus had brothers and sisters, but the Catholic Church teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin…how can you reconcile those seemingly different positions?

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So Just Where is that Epistle to the Children?

When the apostles started out, they knew they had work to do. The whole world needed conversion. Everyone was pagan. That is, the world looked very much like it does today. The apostolic approach to the problem differed from ours.

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Peter, for instance, did not set up a single parochial school. Luke did not write a children’s gospel. Not one of Paul’s epistles were decorated with yellow duckies. In short, according to the Scriptures and Church history, the apostles didn’t bother teaching children the Faith. They taught only the adults. Why?

Because the apostles understood the principle of subsidiarity. Pope Pius XI in his 1931 encyclicalQuadragesimo Anno described the principle succinctly: “Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them.”

The apostles knew they could not replace parents. Through the sacrament of marriage, God endows parents with the ability to teach their own children about Him. The apostles only needed to teach the parents the Faith, it was the parents’ responsibility to teach their own children. So, what has changed in the last two millenia? The answer to that is simple. Nothing.

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Gov. Jindal’s over the counter solution to the onerous HHS Mandate

“As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control,” Jindal wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

Keeping birth control as prescription medicine, he said, only drives up health care costs with unnecessary doctors’ visits and lines the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. He cites a recent recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that oral contraceptions should be sold over the counter.

At the same time, the pro-life Republican argued against the Obama administration mandate that most employer-based insurance cover contraception, writing that “anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government health-care edicts to purchase it for others.”

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Editor’s note: Catholics would be free to practice their faith without government coercion.

The Smoke of Satan

There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the ‘smoke of Satan’ entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church, emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit and captured a multitude of souls.

It is the modernist re-interpretation of the Catholic faith. The reductionist results of modern Biblical scholarship and the infiltration of a modernist, rationalistic and materialistic mindset meant that the supernatural was assumed to be impossible, and therefore the Bible stories (and also any supernatural elements of the faith) had to be ‘de-mythologized.’ Everything supernatural within the Biblical account and within the lives of the saints and within the teaching of the church were assumed to be impossible and had to be ‘re-interpreted’ so they would make sense to modern, scientifically minded people.

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Either Biden does not really believe what he claims to believe, and he merely claims to believe it in order to draw as much of the Catholic vote as possible — or he is profoundly failing in his moral obligation to care for the children who are being aborted, because he finds it personally or politically convenient to raise no objection.

The ill-tempered aggression of Joe Biden — whether he was laughing and grinning in the first half or growling and shouting in the second — made the Vice Presidential debate last night a painful thing to watch.  Biden was clearly eager to heed the call of Obama supporters to go on offense and attack Romney/Ryan.  I suspect he was also eager to discard his popular image as a genial, slightly crazy uncle who keeps putting his foot in his mouth.  If that was the mission, he succeeded.  He did not come across as genial at all.

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Direct descendants of the “Unknown Assailants” who crucified Jesus Christ (formerly identified as “the Jews”) are twisting the words of the Pope and the documents of Vatican II to suit their own ends

The Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ says Nostra Aetate 4,Vatican Council II.

Pope Benedict XVI in the second volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth says not all Jews were responsible for the death of Jews except for the Jewish leaders of that time who called for the death of Jesus. This is the message in Nostra Aetate 4,Vatican Council II. So there was nothing new in the pope’s statement. He was repeating Vatican Council II 1965.

When I read the newspaper statements from the Jewish Left leaders commenting on the book I had wondered if the pope had said that it was not the Jews who were responsible but some other people!

Nostra Aetate 4 also says that the Jews are the ‘people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant.’ The Ancient Covenant is concluded according to Vatican Council II. Yet American bishops and cardinals deny this. So does the ADL.

Nostra Aetate 4 says that the ‘Church is the new people of God’. Catholics are the New People of God. Catholics are the Chosen People of God, now. It is no more the Jews.

Ad Gentes 7 , Vatican Council II says all need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation. All, includes the Jews. According to Vatican Council II the Jews in the present time are not saved since they do not have Catholic Faith and the baptism of water. According to Vatican Council II they need to convert into the Catholic Church for salvation.

The Jewish Left has been protesting against these teachings of Vatican Council II. -Lionel Andrades

Pope: Vocations are born from openness to the love of God

And vocations are destroyed by corrupt seminary administrators who refuse to teach the authentic Catholic faith, and who deliberately screen out good men.

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Book Selection: Goodbye, good men: how liberals brought corruption into the Catholic Church – By Michael S. Rose

A true Catholic story: I was robbed (of my Catholic faith.)

I am a “Generation X” Catholic, raised and catechized in the tumultuous aftermath of Vatican II. I was a victim of “renewal” and experimentation gone awry, and so were my peers. With great regret and without exaggeration, I contend that the results have been catastrophic for my generation. It is my firm belief that the overwhelming majority of young Catholics don’t have even an elemental understanding of their Faith. As a direct result of that ignorance, young Catholics are leaving the Church in a steady stream (or, dare I say, tidal wave?).

It’s not entirely accurate to say that I left the Catholic Church (though I considered it), but it’s clear to me now that for most of my young adulthood, I was not in the Catholic Church. Let me give you an overview of my upbringing, which will sound familiar to countless young Catholics. I was born in the late 1960s into a believing and practicing Catholic family, and my sister and I were taught by our parents to love our Faith. Barring illness, we attended Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation without exception. We attended public schools, but we were enrolled in weekly CCD classes at our parish every year.

By the time I began religious education, memorizing the Baltimore Catechism was out, and feeling the “experience of Christ” was in. My parish priest, I believe, could not have known how the new, more “enlightened” philosophy of catechism would affect the moral development of those in his charge; at the time, he was simply caught up in the so-called “spirit of Vatican II,” and was being obedient to what were considered Vatican II “mandates.” Meanwhile, my parents, like the other parents, trusted that religious education classes would teach us the Faith. Sadly, that never happened.

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Catholicism series: “I hope this is a shot in the arm that reinvigorates Catholics’ sense of faith.”

The Rev. Robert Barron opens his documentary “Catholicism” with words one might expect to hear from a skeptic or scholar, not from a Roman Catholic priest. He calls Jesus a strange and dangerous historical figure and alludes to his potentially divisive nature.

After all, you’re either with him or against him, right?

“I wanted to get people’s attention and draw their attention to the fact that Jesus is a very distinctive and disturbing figure because of the claims he makes about himself and the claims the church makes about him,” said Barron, 51. “He’s not just another bland spiritual teacher among many.”

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Benedict XVI’s latest book is more modernist, Protestant fantasy than authentic, Catholic truth.

I’ve finally figured out why the Pope, in the introduction to his latest book, grants that everyone is free to disagree with any of the opinions contained therein.

This pope long ago succumbed to the vacuous, modernist theology of his fellow, radical Germans, and he obviously no longer accepts the dogmatic Catholic truths that, along with Jesus Christ, serve as the very foundation of the Catholic faith.

The scary thing is … most Catholics view Benedict XVI as a traditionalist … just like his illustrious predecessor.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply go back and read his extensive collection of published works. Then, there will be no doubt!

Seen on the web: The truth of how those 33 men survived 69 days at more than 2000 feet below ground.

Judith Tosado
October 13, 2010 3:16 PM

Listening to the news, this morning, about the rescue in Chile it amazes me how no one in the mainstream news can pinpoint the Truth of how those 33 men survived 69 days at more than 2000 feet below ground. All the analysts and pundants go on and on about their daily routine to stay mentally and physically fit. They focus on details like, “they knew what time it was because they had cell phones” and they ignore the one item they barely mention at all, the time they took to pray. One of the miners, the 9th one rescued, became their spiritual leader. they sent for a crucifix, rosaries and statues Mary and saints. When he came out he kneeled down in prayers to thank God. His wife of more than 20 years is planning a church wedding because their first one was a civil ceremony, to thank God. In a Spanish country where most are catholic, the prayers of the miners, their families, their countrymen and all of us watching 24 hour covereage on cable news, how can anyone ignore the fact that prayer is the answer. Honest to goodness faith, love and prayer saved these people. The “experts” watch the the men smiling and celebrating and still predict an awful outcome in the future where they will “undoubtedly” have nightmares and severe depression or debilitating desease. Some of the men are sick and very weak. Some will suffer, some may never go back to the mines but love and faith will not abandon them, now. Psychologists will study them for the next 10 or 20 years. I hope their is a seminary student out there somewhere that will follow them also and study the amazing grace that is the faith that illuminated 69 days of the darkest hours of those miners lives.

I am not sure how it happens when I think I cannot believe more than I already do… the wonder and awe I find in Jesus, still grows exponentially.

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Father Corapi’s Answer to Turning Back the Tide of Darkness

We should make a commitment to study our faith at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week – or some comparable program. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will in turn help you to understand your reading of Sacred Scripture. You should be able to answer the basic moral questions of the day, as well as give simple explanations for the Church’s basic doctrinal teaching.  Failure to do so results in gross error in faith in morals both among the clergy and among the faithful.  Pray the rosary daily.  By praying the rosary daily, Our Lady will lead you to her Son in the Eucharist, and her Son will obtain for you the grace to obey the Holy Father and magisterial teaching.  Praying the rosary with the scriptures is a lesson in theology however, you must learn to read scripture the way the Church reads scripture.  Therefore, the Bible and the Catechism are inseparable tools to learning the Catholic Faith.

As the darkness settles in ever greater layers our only defense is prayer, the sacraments, and learning all you can about the Catholic Faith. There will be no defense for not learning your faith before the judgment seat of Almighty God.  All the resources are there, but you must be proactive in obtaining the knowledge.

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Some swine in Auckland, New Zealand have decided to grab some cheap publicity by desecrating the Mother of God and St. Joseph at Christmas time

To help set the record straight:

“No Heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through her virginal hands. Such indeed is the will of God … Such are the views of the Church and the early Fathers.” – St. Louis de Montfort

What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. – Catechism of the Catholic Church (487)

(Located in the Church of St Stanislaus Kostka in Chicago, the Iconic Monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy is thought to be the largest monstrance in the world. The entire Icon sits nine feet high. The host is 1-foot in diameter.)

View a short slide show of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy

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Watch a beautiful, inspirational video

Pray:

Act of Reparation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God’s handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins.

Amen.

Thanks to Donald R. McClarey at American Catholic for his post on this.

PILLAR OF FIRE, PILLAR OF TRUTH – Catholicism 101

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You cannot avoid challenges to your Catholic faith. They come from door-to-door missionaries who ask, “Are you saved?”, from peer pressure that urges you to conform to the morals of the world, from a secular culture that whispers there is no God.

Sometimes Catholics who are challenged begin to doubt their faith. If they find themselves unable to answer basic questions about what they believe and why they believe it, they begin to wonder whether the Catholic Church really was founded by Jesus. Sometimes their doubts lead them straight out of the Church.

This doesn’t need to happen. Challenges to your faith should not produce doubts. They should be looked upon as mere difficulties in understanding, and difficulties can be overcome through study and prayer. It has been said that ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt—a good point to keep in mind. To doubt means to be unsure whether a belief is true; to have a difficulty means to know the belief is true but to be unsure just what it means or why it is true. This unsureness can be overcome.

When mathematicians have difficulties doing their calculations, they don’t allow their difficulties to turn into doubts about the established truths of mathematics. Instead, they study harder and learn more about mathematics so they can understand how its parts fit together. So it is with the Catholic faith.

This booklet presents you with basic Catholic truths. You will find in the Catholic faith answers to life’s most troubling questions: Why am I here? Who made me? What must I believe? How must I act? All these can be answered to your satisfaction, if only you will open yourself to God’s grace, turn to the Church he established, and follow his plan for you.

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