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Meditation: Reality

Screwtape, Truth, and a small dose of excitement.
I recently commenced on the endeavor of reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters.”  Having read other Lewis books, such as “The Chronicles of Narnia” (as a kid) and more recently “The Great Divorce” and “The 4 Loves”, I was prepared for a good read, but was unprepared for the power of the words within it. 

Archbishop Dolan: Go to Confession
A Pastoral Letter
NEW YORK, March 17, 2011-- The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the USCCB offered the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of New York a beautiful pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Penance on St. Patrick's Day. His message is universal and hopefully an inspiriation to all.

Dedicate Your Lent for Marriage
Prayer, Almsgiving, and Action for Lent

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2011 —If our hope were in man, we could easily become discouraged by recent developments undermining marriage—President Obama abandoning the defense of marriage, civil unions and same-sex “marriage” moving forward rapidly in state legislatures from Maryland to Hawaii, and the daily corrupting of children’s understanding of love, marriage, and human sexuality in schools across the country. But our hope is not in man. Our hope is in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are bound together in him as if roped together in a mountain climbing party. Together, let us dedicate our Lent to marriage and family.

Reality-Based Thinking
An Antidote for Relativism

Reality-based thinking is a term that CCGI uses to describe having an awareness of the indisputable reality of God's plan for creation and the reality of what it means to be human. We live in a culture of relativism characterized by such statements as "what is true for you may not be true for me," or "that is your reality, but my reality is different." By living in the culture, everyone is unconsciously influenced by this kind of thinking to varying degrees. This can cause people to unwittingly accepts false premises that actually may conflict with what they know to be true or have negative influences on choices they make.

Using Language of New Media for Evangelization
Language Shapes How People Think
VATICAN CITY, February 28, 2011 - At midday today, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications who are currently meeting to reflect on the question of language and new technology.

Fraternal Correction
ROME, September 2, 2005 -- Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, speaks on how to confront someone in a Christian manner.

The Role of the Laity in Ecclesial Forgiveness
In this theologically rich and thought provoking reflection on forgiveness, Cardinal Stafford explores the modern emphasis on reconciliation, the truly Christian nature of forgiveness revealed by the Father in Christ and the laity’s role in the ecclesial participation in this forgiveness as an authentic means of Church renewal.

Bishop Vasa Santa Rosa

Bishop Vasa to doctors:
Faith trumps supposed medical norms
KANSAS CITY, Kansas, February 16, 2011 – Medical professionals are called to follow Christ courageously in their practice even where it might seem ridiculous to mainstream medicine, said Bishop Robert Vasa in a homily at a White Mass in Kansas City on Saturday.

Dissolving Silos in the Church
VATICAN, December 2006 -- In the current situation in the West, in any case, Christian morality seems to be divided into two parts.

Abp Chaput's Message for Evangelization of Culture
BALTIMORE, September 27, 2012-- In a speech to the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars on Sunday, September 26, 2010, Archbishop Charles Chaput offered profound teaching and guidance for the evangelization of culture. His talk should be required reading for all Catholics for the Common Good volunteers.

Pope John Paul the Great, Patron of Catholics for the Common Good to be beatified

Pope John Paul the Great
To Be Beatified on May 1
VATICAN CITY, January, 14, 2011 -- On 1 May, the patron and inspiration for  Catholics for the Common Good, Pope John Paul II, will beatifide by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. It is fitting that the rite of beatification will occur on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. CCG is a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for evangelization of culture based on the social teachings of the Catholic Church. This appostolate draws heavily, not only on his teachings, but the method he used to communicate the reality of the human person made in the image of God -- communicating in ways that correspond with the longings of the heart.

Signup to Join the Novena
Pray for Reveral of Prop 8 Decision
Oral Arguments December 6, 2010, Decision Early 2011

Oremos para el Matrimonio y los que apoyan el Matrimonio en juicio en California

Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini
Recognizes Current Attack on the Family Family
Pope Benedict: New Ideologies that “Trivialize the Human Body”
ROME, November 11, 2010  – The family is under sustained attack from new ideologies that “trivialize the human body,” and distort the purpose and meaning of marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said in a document released by the Vatican today.

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