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  • The Foundation of Prayer for Priests | Catholic Culture
    and reparation will be raised to God incessantly and from every corner of the earth with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and at the same time spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity at the level of the Mystical Body all those who have already been called to the ministerial priesthood and are ontologically conformed to the one High and Eternal priest This movement will offer better service to Christ and his brothers those who are at once inside the Church and also at the forefront of the Church standing in Christ s stead and representing Him as head shepherd and spouse of the Church In 2013 Kathleen Beckman L H S a retreat director and Catholic radio host who had spent the past decade working with priests in the ministry of healing and deliverance was inspired by the second edition of the Congregation s booklet to turn the prayer initiative into a formal movement And so in July 2014 Beckman established the Foundation of Prayer for Priests with support from the Congregation for the Clergy As the excerpt above indicates Beckman s apostolate is fundamentally Marian and Eucharistic The FPP particularly encourages Eucharistic adoration and the rosary as ways of praying for priests Though the movement is for men and women equally a special aspect of this work for women is the focus on spiritual motherhood of priests This means uniting oneself with Mary s universal motherhood of priests and participating in this life giving function through communion with Mary the most powerful form of which is the consecration to Jesus through Mary This spiritual maternity was practiced by many women saints such as St Catherine of Siena and St Thérèse of Lisieux Another great source of inspiration in this area is Venerable Concepción Cabrera de Armida 1862 1937 Conchita as she is also known was a Mexican mystic who inspired the creation of several apostolates in her home country On many occasions she heard God speaking to her and Jesus gave her the mission of being a spiritual mother of thousands of priests and priests to be Conchita practiced this spiritual maternity by prayer suffering and reparation for the sins of priests Coordinated with the establishment of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests was the release of Kathleen Beckman s excellent book Praying for Priests A Mission for the New Evangelization published by Sophia Institute Press In it she explains why priests need the prayers of the laity and gives real life examples of the efficacy of intercessory prayer in increasing vocations strengthening priests who are suffering and even bringing priests who have abandoned their vocations to repentance Beckman is at her best when writing about Mary s special love for priests and the work of spiritual motherhood united with her These chapters will increase the reader s devotion both to Mary and to the priesthood and will be of particular interest to lay women There is also

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  • An intriguing new Catholic publisher: Tuscany Press | Catholic Culture
    billionaire boss a drug lord and corrupt officials A thrilling mix of historical and contemporary intrigue The Cana Mystery keeps the reader wanting to know more OK I admit it I laughed actually I snorted when I read the blurb and I immediately dismissed the book as one more feeble effort to glue a Catholic veneer onto contemporary schlock A prophecy in the jars of Cana An evil billionaire Indiana Jones gets religion But then someone whose literary judgment I sincerely respect actually read the book now there s an idea as a kind of Summer lark She pronounced it quite good Strong characters Deft plot Thoroughly engaging Actually quite easy to suspend one s disbelief which is a key achievement in the fantasy genre Perhaps it is risky after all to judge a book by its cover The publisher of this novel Tuscany Press was founded in 2012 by Peter J Mongeau in Wellesley Massachusetts to encourage and publish fiction with Catholic themes The chief editor is Joseph O Brien an experienced writer who lives and works on a homestead in Wisconsin Tuscany also offers editorial services to budding writers The Press offers some non fiction works as well at present devotional books for Advent and Lent under the Christus Publishing imprint This year they are expanding into films In addition to creating Tuscany Press Mongeau also established prizes for the best submissions in the categories of novel young adult novel and short story and most recently film The prizes are significant because they bring in good fiction for possible publication This has been particularly true for the short stories Three volumes of Tuscany Prize winning stories have already been published as has one short novel Two novels unconnected with the prize competition have also been published so far

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  • Important New Manual of Catholic Medical Ethics | Catholic Culture
    Dr Jeff Mirus bio articles email Sep 10 2014 A comprehensive guide to medical ethics based on the teachings of the Catholic Church has just been released by Connor Court Publishing in Australia The text was originally assembled and edited by Dutch Catholic professionals and has recently been published in an English edition under the editorship of Fr John I Fleming himself an expert in bioethics and also a generous supporter of CatholicCulture org The chief editor and main contributor for the original work is Cardinal Willem Eijk the Archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands who is also a medical doctor and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life The work takes into account the most recent developments in medicine and healthcare addressing a wide variety of questions organized according to the phases of life in which the medical ethical issues are most likely to arise The Manual of Catholic Medical Ethics available as a 722 page hardback is subtitled Responsible Healthcare from a Catholic Perspective It may be purchased directly from Connor Court or from Amazon Fr Fleming rightly recommends the book as an outstanding resource for students priests lecturers medical professionals and the interested layperson On the

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  • The Blessed Book of Beasts | Catholic Culture
    Chrysostom and Francis de Sales often used animals both fantastic and real as rhetorical devices in their sermons and writings This rhetorical tradition found its most systematic expression in the medieval bestiary While today this mode of conveying spiritual truths is less popular one author seeks to bring it back having written the first bestiary to appear in quite some time Following a successful crowdfunding campaign Jonathan Scott has partnered with Eastern Christian Publications to publish The Blessed Book of Beasts Writes Scott in the book s introduction The beginning of this book happened about twenty years ago when I was browsing through an old library and stumbled across a book from the Middle Ages called a Bestiary It was a book about some of the animals in the Bible designed to convey mysterious truths about Christian virtue and lead the reader towards devotion of God I was hooked I noticed a Bestiary had not been written in a very long time I also observed that a Bestiary had never been written to include all of the animals named in the Bible So this is what I set out to do In all I found one hundred and one animals named in the various translations of the Bible This includes the famous Bible animals the not so famous ones and even the animals named only once in the Old Testament catalogues of beasts Designed to appeal to children Scott s book accompanies each beast with a verse from the Bible a beautiful seventeenth century engraving and a lesson in verse about virtue and goodness The book is divided into three volumes according to the categorization of beasts in the Creation account Overall The Blessed Book of Beasts is quite attractive and nicely put together and should serve its edifying purpose

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  • Lectures on Art and Faith in NYC | Catholic Culture
    York City working for the greater glory of God and the common good The Catholic Center where the lectures are held is a ministry of the Dominican Order at New York University The lectures are co hosted by the Thomistic Institute an academic institute devoted to Thomism as part of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC The PFIC is located within and commonly referred to as the Dominican House of Studies As CatholicCulture org s NYC resident I was able to attend most of last year s lectures and found them largely excellent particularly those given by Gregory Wolfe founder and editor of Image journal the masterful orator Anthony Esolen and Fr Peter John Cameron O P editor of Magnificat Most of that series can be listened to on the CAS SoundCloud page This fall The Art of the Beautiful returns with six more lectures I m less familiar with the lecturers this time around save for Bishop James D Conley of Lincoln NE But if they hew to the standard set last year it should be a great series Aside from Bishop Conley whose lecture will close the series the speakers are Father John Saward Oxford University Ryan Topping St Thomas More College Ms Julia Yost Yale University Professor Thomas Hibbs Baylor University and Rev Bruno M Shah O P University of Notre Dame Topics include film Anglo Catholic modernism and the role of beauty in the New Evangelization Starting on October 11 with Fr Saward s talk on The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy there will be one lecture every month through March all on Saturday evenings at 7 30 pm Each is followed by a reception and the chanting of Compline night prayer The Catholic Center is located

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  • Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried | Catholic Culture
    what I believe is a seminal study in preparation for the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family The title of this important study is Recent Proposals for the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried A Theological Assessment The text is available online in several different languages and we have added the English version to our library This study is important because it places in a necessary theological doctrinal and canonical context all proposals for the reform of marriage the streamlining of annulments and the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to the Eucharist It establishes in effect the due Catholic limits within which any changes must be made and thus the boundaries which such proposals cannot cross and still remain Catholic You might expect that such a study would be abstruse and difficult to follow On the contrary it is marvelously clear and straightforward and it accomplishes the necessary task in a mere thirty page article in the Dominican scholarly journal Nova et Vetera Thus it is hardly necessary to summarize it here because any interested person can easily read it for himself It may be helpful to note though that the study demonstrates why proposals like that offered by Cardinal Walter Kasper and any other proposals which call the lifelong binding character of marriage into question cannot be accepted Nor is any proposal acceptable which privatizes judgments of marital validity for the Church defines matrimony as an inescapably public act both natural and sacramental which can be judged only by the authority of the Church through an orderly process The Dominican theologians who contributed to the study are John Corbett Dominic Legge Andrew Hoffer Thomas Petri Dominic Langevin and Thomas Joseph White all of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington Kurt Martens of The Catholic University

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  • Crowdfunding can change lives | Catholic Culture
    11 2014 A professor at Christendom College has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to pay for psychological counseling for students who cannot afford it The campaign which has reached a third of its monetary goal with 34 days remaining will provide a 1 500 course of treatment for two Christendom students in need While this is in itself a worthy cause it also serves as an excellent example of the power of crowdfunding to do good within small communities There are any number of small scale projects that can be started and problems that can be solved by one person in a position to do some good along with just a little financial support On the Good OTG is a service of CatholicCulture org Thomas Van is an administrative assistant and writer at CatholicCulture org A jazz pianist with a music degree he often takes the lead in our commentary on the arts See full bio Read more from The City Gates Next post Previous post Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to

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  • A seminar for journalists covering the Church | Catholic Culture
    Popular Archives OTG A seminar for journalists covering the Church By Thomas Van bio articles email Jun 18 2014 The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome is offering an intensive one week English seminar for foreign journalists who write about the Church The seminar which goes from Sept 8 14 is titled The Church Up Close Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis According to the website Participants will receive a basic sense of the lay of the land at the Vatican a serious in depth analysis of specific hot button issues confronting today s Church a personal introduction to some knowledgeable insiders and key players in Rome a taste of the rich history and culture behind contemporary Church affairs a chance to dialogue in an ideal setting with journalists from around the world on the complex relationships between religion and the media The seminar also includes visits to important Catholic sites in Rome and meetings with curial officials expert analysts and veteran Vatican journalists It goes without saying that the secular media could do with a better understanding of the Catholic Church and of Vatican affairs Perhaps if more journalists attend this seminar our own Phil Lawler won t have to spend so much of his precious time correcting shoddy coverage of the Church The seminar is intended for foreign journalists from any country but fluency in English is required The deadline to apply and request a scholarship is June 25th On the Good OTG is a service of CatholicCulture org Thomas Van is an administrative assistant and writer at CatholicCulture org A jazz pianist with a music degree he often takes the lead in our commentary on the arts See full bio Read more from The City Gates Next post Previous post Sound Off CatholicCulture org

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