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Catholicism June 2012 Archive

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Thoughts on the 61st Anniversary of Pope Benedict's Ordination

Friday June 29, 2012
June 29, 2012, is the 61st anniversary of the ordination of Joseph Ratzinger to the priesthood. From bishop to cardinal to pope, Benedict XVI has had a long and productive ... Read More

What the ObamaCare Ruling Means for the HHS Mandate

Friday June 29, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare (while declaring it constitutional under Congress's power to tax rather than its power to regulate interstate commerce) has largely been greeted by Catholics ... Read More

Why Religious Freedom Is Not Enough

Tuesday June 26, 2012
Catholics in the United States are currently observing the Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day period of prayer and political action that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (the sponsor of ... Read More

Novena of the Week: To St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Tuesday June 26, 2012
July 5 is the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-39), an important saint whom you've likely never heard of. Saint Anthony might well have liked it that way: What ... Read More

A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

Sunday June 24, 2012
June 24 is the Feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, the cousin of Christ who leaped in his mother Elizabeth's womb at the Visitation, when the Virgin ... Read More

Fortnight for Freedom: Defending the Rights of the Catholic Church

Friday June 22, 2012
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared June 21-July 4, 2012, the Fortnight for Freedom, a time for U.S. Catholics to engage in prayer and political action to ... Read More

A Model for Young Men

Thursday June 21, 2012
June 21 is the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. While, for most of us, the male saints who spring to mind are usually priests or bishops, Saint Aloysius never made ... Read More

Living a Sacramental Life

Wednesday June 20, 2012
As summer begins and our thoughts turn to vacation, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of the sacraments in our lives. We might still make it to Mass ... Read More

Novena of the Week: To Mary, Undoer of Knots

Tuesday June 19, 2012
June 28 is the Feast of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr, and in honor of his feast I have chosen a Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, as our Novena ... Read More

Listen to My 16-Bit Catholic Podcast Episode!

Monday June 18, 2012
Last week, I had the pleasure of appearing on one of my favorite new podcasts, Dustin Faber's 16-Bit Catholic. In the two months that Dustin has been recording the podcast, ... Read More

Is the Reunion of the SSPX Finally in Sight?

Friday June 15, 2012
Twenty-four years ago this month, on June 30, 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre took his traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) into schism by ordaining four men as bishops without ... Read More

Celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart

Friday June 15, 2012
June 15, 2012, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most common devotions in the Catholic Church today. That is why many people are surprised ... Read More

Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say

Thursday June 14, 2012
On the eve of Corpus Christi, Observed, 2012, my family and I attended Mass in my parents' home parish. A retired priest who helps out at the parish celebrated Mass. ... Read More

Has Saint Anthony Helped You Find a Lost Item?

Thursday June 14, 2012
June 13 was the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, a 13th-century priest, theologian, and doctor of the Church. Regarded in his own lifetime as a "wonder-worker" for the miracles ... Read More

Saint Anthony the Wonder-Worker

Wednesday June 13, 2012
Saint Anthony of Padua, a 13th-century priest and doctor of the Church whose feast day is June 13, is sometimes referred to as a thaumaturgus, a medieval Latin word which ... Read More

Novena of the Week: To St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Youth

Tuesday June 12, 2012
School is out for the summer, but that doesn't mean that our children are less in need of our prayers. How fortunate, then, that the feast day of the patron ... Read More

The Need for Eucharistic Adoration

Monday June 11, 2012
As Catholics, we believe that, at the Mass, the bread and wine offered by the priest become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which we receive in Holy Communion. ... Read More

Corpus Christi, Observed

Sunday June 10, 2012
In the United States, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is observed on the Sunday following Trinity Sunday, but throughout much of the world (particularly in Europe), the celebration of this ... Read More

Saint Ephrem the Syrian: Praying Through Song

Saturday June 9, 2012
June 9 is the feast day of Saint Ephrem the Syrian. Born around 306, Saint Ephrem lived through some of the most tumultuous times in the early Church. Heresies, especially ... Read More

Confession Is Just the Beginning

Friday June 8, 2012
Around the world, access to the Sacrament of Confession differs from country to country, and even from parish to parish. Here in the United States, most parishes schedule the sacrament ... Read More

This Is My Body

Thursday June 7, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012, is the Feast of Corpus Christi (and the traditional day to begin a Novena of Confidence to the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In the dioceses of ... Read More

Pope Benedict's Prayer Intentions for June 2012

Wednesday June 6, 2012
Each month, Pope Benedict XVI announces his special prayer intentions—particular things that he wishes all Catholics to pray for that month. (When, for instance, we pray the rosary and say ... Read More

Novena of the Week: To the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Tuesday June 5, 2012
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is tied closely to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary—so closely, ... Read More

Remembering a Martyred Iraqi Priest

Sunday June 3, 2012
Five years ago, on June 3, 2007 (Trinity Sunday in that year, as it is in 2012), Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was martyred outside of the Church of the Holy ... Read More

Trinity Sunday: The Core of Our Faith

Sunday June 3, 2012
With the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, fulfilling the final promise that Christ had made before His Ascension, the Church was born. Thus, it is appropriate that, ... Read More

Give Your Father the Gift of Laughter

Saturday June 2, 2012
Father's Day 2012 is just 15 days away, which means that many of us are just getting around to thinking about an appropriate gift. There are always the old fallbacks, ... Read More

June: The Month of the Sacred Heart

Friday June 1, 2012
On June 1, 2008, at his weekly Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics "to renew, in this month of June, their devotion to the Heart of Jesus." The Feast ... Read More

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