Student Rights












     


YOUCAT - Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church





As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise. - Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2229






Maryland Student Says Faith Drives Morals,
Denied Admission Twice -

"During his [Dustin Buxton] admission interview, Buxton told the interviewer that his faith drives his morals, in response to a specific question about what he views as his guiding life principles. His answer was deemed unacceptable..." - ACLJ, 09.28.2104





Liberty Counsel

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Catholic Education Newsletter







No Greater Love





Pursuing the Language of Conversion and Truth: The Good News of Christ - Synod fathers on updating church language

The Urging of Christ's Love: The Saints and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

"[T]he author of a delightful book that introduces us to the principles of Catholic social teaching through the lives of the saints... His emphasis is not so much on the exposition of doctrines or texts, but on telling the stories of saints who have exemplified the principles contained in the Church’s teaching." - CatholicVote.org





Eucharistic Adoration






EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis on his love for the Eucharist




". . .The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace." Blessed John Paul II

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"The Christian faith...is meant to be shared...around the world."
- Fr. R. Barron
Formation for Adults





We are all "[beckoned] to something beautiful...our greatest potential." - Deacon Greg Kandra


"Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN Global Catholic Network offer several scheduled activities to visitors each day." - EWTN




Church & Culture



The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "[T]he Twelve accepted with simple faith a mystery which as yet they did not understand." -  Catholic Encyclopedia



"Without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. WIthout the Church, there is no Hope." - Author Unknown


Vocations
Youth



"Musically speaking, one of the most moving moments of World Youth Day was marked by a Vigil in Rio's Copacabana beach. Grammy-nominated singer Matt Maher, sang on his knees during a Eucharistic Adoration ceremony, as millions of youths and the Pope prayed before the Blessed Sacrament." - August 3, 2013 - Romereports.com


Published: 06.10.2012
Updated: 08.14.2014

Mary, Mother of God



"Without adding or detracting from the singular mediation of Christ Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary is acknowledged and invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. She is the model of maternal love who must inspire all those who cooperate – through the apostolic mission of the Church – in the regeneration of all humanity." - Adoration, Reparation, Spiritual Motherhood for Priests





"Beginning with Mary's unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His mysteries..."
Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2675

LightingACandle.org










"The mother of Jesus, Mary, is revered in many branches of Christianity as the all-holy Mother of God. In this video Dr. Mary Cunningham looks at the origins of devotion to Mary, and her place in Orthodox and Catholic theology and belief." - Dr. Mary Cunningham, University of Nottingham


"One of the major figures of The Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens, reflects on Mary the Mother of God, in light of Council documents in an Interview with Servant of God, Father Patrick Peyton [The Rosary Priest], CSC, on Family Theater Production's TV show, Matter of Faith." - Family Theater Productions

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"There is a remarkable amount of truth about Mary in sacred scripture, as well as in history." - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers


 





"When we identify the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, the emphasis is only secondarily on her- it is primarily about Christ." - The Mystery of Mary, Mother of God, Word on Fire



Published: 05.09.2014
Updated: 10.09.2014

Light of the World













When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life. - John 8:12

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Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for
Every Day of the Year
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

It is about dying to ego and rising
as a sacrament of Christ.
GodSpy: Faith at the Edge



Word on Fire

Re-experience the Catechism
Logos Bible Software

The Logos Catholic collection is indispensable
and invaluable for every priest, deacon, religious or lay faithful.
- Rev. Fr. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD
Verbum: Study the Faith (Powered by Logos)


"...Through the harmonious and complementary efforts of all the ranks of the People of God, may this Catechism be known and shared by everyone, so that the unity in faith whose supreme model and origin is found in the Unity of the Trinity may be strengthened and extended to the ends of the earth" (John Paul, Catechism of the Catholic Church).







Published 12.31.2012
Updated: 09.06.2014

Assumption of the Virgin Mary





August 15 - Solemnity of the Assumption
American Catholic

"In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life.  You conceived the living God and, by your prayers,
will deliver our souls from death."



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Published: 08.03.2012
Updated: 08.14.2014

Religious Persecution: 100 Million Brothers and Sisters Suffer for Their Faith in Christ






"When the Saints go marching in, I want to be one of them..." - Sara Groves










Hate is a learned behavior and so is the act of disengagement. - Barbara Coloroso





Did you know over 100,000,000 brothers and sisters in Christ suffer persecution for their faith?  That is to say, people who believe in our Lord, and live out their lives faithful Christ's teachings "suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith" - Open Doors USA



"Lord, I have a heavy burden...
But your Word is shut up like a fire burning in my bones...
calling for freedom..." - Sara Groves



Persecution




"There are more martyrs today than in the first early centuries of the church." - Pope Francis





Did you know in 2010 then Pope Benedict XVI had something to say about religious persecution? - FoxNews.com

According to Vatican News, "Holy Father Benedict XVI...stressed that in many Countries Christians are deprived of fundamental rights and sidelined from public life; in other countries they endure violent attacks against churches and their homes. At times they are forced to leave the countries they have helped to build because of persistent tensions and policies which frequently relegate them to being second-class spectators of national life." Vatican News 

Did you know as a faithful follower of Jesus, you can do something to help?
  1. Stay informed.  See Catholic News Agency for more information.
  2. Get involved.  See Aid to the Church in Need or Where God Weeps for some suggestions.
  3. Let others in your parish know, and begin to dialogue and allow the Holy Spirit to move each of you to employ your collective skills, talents and prayer to aid others in need.





"Every man and every woman should be free to confess their religion of choice..." - Pope Francis

A persecuted Church ‘The 21st century has already seen in its first 13 years 1 million people killed around the world because of their belief in Jesus Christ.’ - Editorial Board OSV Newsweekly

"The Catholic Church embraces with hope the commitment to ecumenism as a duty of the Christian conscience enlightened by faith and guided by love, Jesus himself..." Quotes From Church Teaching On Ecumenism And Interfaith Dialogue

"It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good.  This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 913



Persecution of Christians (Catholic TV)

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Advocacy




The Fight for Faith - Fox News

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Lethal Attacks on Those Who Live for Christ

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A New Defender Of Religious Freedom In Europe


Websites
  • Church in Need - As an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need’s mission is to help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide.
  • Hudson Institute: Center for Religious Freedom - The Center for Religious Freedom promotes religious freedom as a component of U.S. foreign policy by working with a worldwide network of religious freedom experts to provide defenses against religious persecution and oppression.
  • Movement for the Abolition of War
  • Odyssey Network - "Stories of Faith in Action.  Stories Changing the World.  Odyssey Networks, founded in 1987, is the nation's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that fosters understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives and that enriches spiritual life."
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Persecution.org - International Christian Concern: ICC acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and believers in persecuted countries. This bridge carries encouragement, prayers and aid in while news, requests, and love flow back over the bridge. 
  • The Woolf Institute - The Woolf Institute is a global leader in addressing one of the most pressing and rewarding challenges of our time: the current and historical relationships that exist between the faith-traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with special reference to Europe and the Middle East.
  • Vatican Radio - The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the world!
  • United States Commission International Religious Freedom
  • Where God Weeps - Where God Weeps is a weekly TV & Radio show produced by Catholic Radio & Television Network with the support of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
  • World Watch List - The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst.




This is your Catholic moment... CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization


Published 03.02.2013
Updated 08.09.2014

The heavens declare the glory of God

NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STSCI)














The heavens declare the glory of God: the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge.Psalms 19:1-3




Without faith in a Creator God, one who looks at His universe and declares it Good, how can you justify the belief that this universe is worth studying; indeed, that the universe even makes enough sense to be able to be studied? - Guy Consolmagno (as in Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist).

Modern scholars reject the old idea the Catholic Church was nothing but an opponent of the sciences.  You would be considered almost beyond help, if you continue to argue that to a professional historian of science.Thomas E. Woods

Significant updates in rational approaches to God have been achieved...in physics and cosmology. - Robert J. Spitzer



The Great Debate: Has Science Refuted Religion?



"Too often God as creator is overlooked..." (Fr. Tito) in favor of Modern Atheism.

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Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history. - Pope Francis 








What Contemporary Physics & Philosophy Tell Us About Nature & God - Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, Ph.D. & Prof. Bruce Gordon, Ph.D.(Discovery Institute)


Published Originally: 05.03.12
Updated: 08.02.2014

Wonderful Child




















The Visual MD: The Joy of Motherhood

The Biology of Joy




A Poem for the Crying, Coming Children - J. Piper




"Contemporary jazz pianist Paul Cardall was born April 24, 1973; suffering from a congenital heart defect, he was given only days to live but defied medical expectations, enduring a series of surgeries and illnesses throughout his childhood...." (Pandora).


"Each of us is willed..., loved... [and] necessary." -Benedict, XVI as cited in Sisters of Life




Published: 07.11.2013
Updated: 08.01.2014


Joy






"Vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, creativity, of belonging, of love..." Brene Brown, Ph.D. 






There is a time for solemnity and a time for joy.  May every parent embrace the love of our Savior, dance with their children in celebration, and share the song of joy leading to salvation.




"Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child...I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have..." (2 Timothy 1:1-8).


We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will...to obtain the joy of heaven (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1821).


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Published 07.06.2013
Updated 07.06.2014