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How Christians Can Accompany Those With Same-Sex Attraction

Have compassion and empathy: especially for those dealing with struggles which are different than yours. This is the message Dan Mattson hopes all believers will take from his book, which encourages a new sense of compassion for those who have same-sex attractions. “I’d encourage them to have...

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‘A Single Bead’ Tells Story Of Teenager Who Finds Solace In Mary

It takes just 20 minutes a day to learn a whole new outlook on life, says Stephanie Engelman, author of the 2016 young adult Catholic novel “A Single Bead.” A convert from Methodism to Catholicism, Engelman spends about 20 minutes daily praying the Rosary, and says the practice has shaped her...

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Holy Brainteasers? Catholic Puzzle Book Hopes To Point Readers To God

With hopes of leading Catholics to a deeper search for Christ, a new puzzle book from Ave Maria Press challenges readers to expand their interaction with God’s mysteries. “I open the book with a quote from Proverbs 25:2, ‘It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to...

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‘The Mission Walker’: Back On El Camino Real

“I’m not sure it’s possible to walk or ride a mule through the Sierras. No one has been on the old El Camino Real since before God was a baby.” It was supposed to be a warning from someone experienced in the ways of Baja California’s desolate, rugged terrain, in a region that Jesuit and...

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Flannery O’Connor And The Parables That Give Life

Those of us who have grown up close to the Word of God know them well: The Hidden Treasure, The Pearl of Great Price, The Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, The Unjust Judge, The Wise and Foolish Servants. The parables of Jesus account for approximately one third of his recorded teachings, and...

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Why Catholic Mass Is ‘A Little Taste Of Heaven’

Paula Huston, an award-winning author, converted to Catholicism in her middle aged years, and sees and hears Sunday Mass in a way cradle Catholics might not. In her 2016 book “One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass,” the Arroyo Grande, California, writer looks at the...

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St. Junípero’s Camino: A Mission Pilgrimage Guide For Catholics

El Camino Real — variously translated as “The Royal Road” and “The King’s Highway” or “The Way of the King” — are words found on small signs seen along the Hollywood Freeway (101), especially as one heads north. The signs appear on metal shafts on the side of the road, made to resemble shepherds’...

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Book Report

A few years back, Woody Allen’s stand-up routines from the early 1960s were released and they are worth a listening. One joke in particular always stuck with me. It’s simple and absurd — Allen’s medium. Riffing on the topic of the then-popular speed reading movement, Allen tells a nightclub...

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Why This Priest Isn't Afraid Of Christianity's Waning Influence

New York City, N.Y., Jun 30, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA).- With Catholic proposals to literally head for the hills in response to Christianity's ever-lessening influence in secular culture, the leader of a global ecclesial movement has a provocative statement: This is actually a great time for the...

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Fr. James Martin's LGBT Book: Where It's Strong, Where It Falls Short

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable...

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In Book Foreword, Pope Francis Calls Corruption A 'cancer'

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2017 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in a foreword to a work by Cardinal Peter Turkson, has said corruption infects the world like a cancer, and the Church must combat it by working together with society, infusing it with mercy. “We must all work together,...

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To Meet God We Need Silence, Cardinal Sarah Says

Rome, Italy, May 25, 2017 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a presentation for his new book on Wednesday, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that not only does the Church need silence, but the act of being in silence and of listening to God is efficient, in its own way. “We have seen we must talk, we...

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Benedict XVI Praises Cardinal Sarah As Great 'spiritual Teacher'

Vatican City, May 18, 2017 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an afterword to a book on silence and prayer recently authored by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Benedict XVI praised the prelate as a spiritual model given the depth of his interior life, saying the liturgy is safe in his hands. “Cardinal...

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‘Great Catholic Parishes’

I’m waiting. My back pockets are parked firmly in a seat they’ve occupied weekly for 25 years. It’s a place as comfortable and familiar as I figure we get in this life. “If you would please join us in singing Psalm 27.” The music starts. It’s not the traditional choral music I heard as a...

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New Book Collects Mother Angelica's Reflections On Suffering

Birmingham, Ala., Mar 31, 2017 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new book released by EWTN Publishing offers spiritual advice and insight on suffering and spiritual burnout from the late Mother Angelica. The work is composed of six “mini-books” written by Mother Angelica, which had previously been...