Atrocities show need to strengthen dialogue with Muslims, Vatican says

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If you disagree with the headline, don’t dismiss the idea until you read the article.

Originally posted on CNS top stories:

Pakistanis protest after a Christian couple was burned alive for alleged blasphemy in November. (CNS/EPA) Pakistanis protest after a Christian couple was burned alive for alleged blasphemy in November. (CNS/EPA)

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said interreligious dialogue with the Muslim community must be strengthened given “the barbarism underway” by terrorists claiming to be Muslims.

The statement, issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, comes after hundreds of Christians have been killed in recent months, often barbarically, by Islamist extremist groups in the Middle East, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya and several other African nations. Most recently, more than 20 Ethiopian Christians were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya. Thousands of other Christians in war-torn regions have been run out of their homes by Islamist groups.

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Carmelites mark St. Teresa of Avila’s birth

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Carmelite Sisters who are cloistered on Newburg Road sang vespers on March 30 in their enclosed chapel, which is separated from the main sanctuary of their chapel by metal bars. The prioress gave permission for this rare photo. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister) Carmelite Sisters who are cloistered on Newburg Road sang vespers on March 30 in their enclosed chapel, which is separated from the main sanctuary of their chapel by metal bars. The prioress gave permission for this rare photo. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor

Nestled beside St. Agnes Church and School, the Carmelite Monastery at 1740 Newburg Road blends into the brick facades that line this busy stretch of road. Carpooling families and Highlands dwellers zip by at all hours rushing from one commitment to the next.

In contrast, behind the pale orange bricks, eight women religious — members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites — have only one commitment. They live a quiet, intense life of prayer in the tradition of St. Teresa of Avila, the 16th century Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church.

On March 28, the nuns celebrated the 500th birthday of…

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How Make a Wish and a Bishop helped an 11 year old boy be a “priest for a day.”

Originally posted on Walking The Way of Beauty:

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Reposted from: http://stlouisreview.com/article/2015-04-02/priest-day-wish-came

Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches.

When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all.

“He didn’t want anything,” explained his mother, Eileen. “They had to keep asking him, ‘What would you like to do? Do you want to meet anybody? What do you want to be when you grow up?'”

The answer to the last question became part of his wish — what Make-A-Wish calls “wish enhancement” to complement the main wish. The sixth-grader at St. Mark School wants to be a priest, a doctor or an engineer, in that order.

Priest was No. 1

“I said, ‘I really want to be a priest,'” he said.

So, on Holy…

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Paco Padilla canta a Teresa de Jesús

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Uh, whatever it means…. I agree.

Originally posted on Para vos nací:

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No todos los días se cumplen 500 años de un evento tan importante para festejar, conocer y compartir. Es un honor para mí y para todos mis amigos y nos sentimos halagados de ser parte de la alegría que representa conmemorar el V Centenario del nacimiento de Santa Teresa de Ávila. El mensaje de Santa Teresa de Jesús, está lleno de amor, alegría, humildad, pasión, espíritu de lucha, confianza y tantos otros valores tan importantes para cualquier época de la historia. Para mí fue una experiencia muy profunda conocer la obra de Santa Teresa, haber recibido la invitación para hacer estas canciones y poder realizar varias de ellas basadas en los escritos y pensamientos de la Santa, fue una verdadera bendición. Paco Padilla

Así presenta Paco Padilla su nuevo disco «Tiempo de caminar», coproducido entre el artista y las religiosas de la Compañía de santa Teresa (STJ),  con motivo del…

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The flower of Jesse will blossom! :: Reflections on praying about my vocation at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

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Good stuff.

Originally posted on Walking The Way of Beauty:

“A shoot will spring forth from the stock of Jesse, and a flower will blossom from his root. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord. This feast is one of my favorites especially since my pilgrimage to the Holy Land last December. One of my 3 favorite locations that we got to visit was the Basilica of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The church even though it is quite modern is very traditional through the way in which it teaches the faith and teaches about the Annunciation.

I think that the first place to start is to go from the top down of the Basilica. The dome is made to look like a giant Lilly bud which is turned upside down, showing that it is coming down from Heaven. The Lilly is an ancient symbol for…

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Pastoral Sensitivity and the Salvation of Souls :: Quote post

Originally posted on Walking The Way of Beauty:

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In our Theology of the Mass class we have been discussing the changes brought about over time in our understanding of the Mass. How the Rites have developed and we are now discussing chanfes from the Second Vatican Council and the differences in dogma, doctrine, and the like. Through our discussions before and after class I have been constantly reminded of the need for pastoral sensitivity. (Comes from Sacrosanctum Concilium and other documents.) I saw this quote the other day from Canon Law and found that  it fits well. The whole purpose of everything we do as a church, as ministers of the Church and Christ, and as bearers of the Gospel must always be for the salvation of souls.

the salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church, is to be kept before one’s eyes.” [Canon Law # 1752]

The Supreme Law of the…

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Christmas Miracle: an escape from Nazis on Christmas Eve

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Fania Paszt - Photo courtesy of St. Anthony Messenger Fania Paszt – Photo courtesy of St. Anthony Messenger

In the Dec. 14 issue of St. Anthony Messenger, a rabbi and the magazine’s editor recount the story of a Christmas miracle that happened to a young Jewish woman.

The woman was the mother of the article’s co-writer, Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He tells the story of Fania Paszt’s harrowing escape from Nazis which began in August 1942, when she was almost 20 years old and was one of the last survivors of the Lutsk ghetto in Poland.

“No one could ever know why she was spared and her parents, her brothers, and other family members were so brutally murdered. Catholics and evangelical Christians, farmers and peasants, each arriving at a precise lifesaving moment, hid her in attics, cellars, chicken coops, and the flue of a country…

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A Whirlwind of Awesomeness

Originally posted on To Walk In His Footsteps...:

Today had by far been one of the best days! Let’s do a quick run down of what we have accomplished today and then I will explain them in more depth. I will also cover what we did yesterday.

5am – Morning Mass in the Chapel of the Tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…WOW

9:30 am – Day officially starts

Visit to the Western Wall

Visit to Church (Shrine) dedicated to the Dormition of our Lady

Visit to the Coena Domini (Upper room, site of the Last Supper)

Visit to the Church of St. Peter in Galicantru (Also, amazing)

Impromptu visit back to Bethlehem for lunch and to visit a gift shop (Co-Op)

Back to Hotel

Group leaves for Ecole Biblique (Dominican Bible School…more info later)

Recently: Farewell Dinner at Hotel with Fr. Peter Vasko OFM

Courtyard of Church of the Holy Sepluchre, upon our arrival Courtyard of Church of the Holy Sepluchre, upon our arrival

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We give our “Yes” with Mary…

Originally posted on To Walk In His Footsteps...:

Wow! Today we visited the Church of the Annunciation. After Mass at St. Joseph’s church, located above his carpentry shop and next door to the Church of the Annunciation, we went to visit the Basilica (Church of the Annunciation) and spent an hour in prayer on the property. Kneeling, above the cave of Mary, I just started crying. This place, where Christ became flesh and dwelt amongst us, was full of such peace, and prayerful silence. Oh, how glorious it was! Mary, in her humility, gave her fiat here. It was here that she gave her “yes” to God, inviting him to work in her life and bear his son. The immense peace we experienced from being the only ones present in the Basilica and praying over the mystery of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us was a moment I will remember forever.

10806262_10205530773885614_7380894641168802582_nThe Basilica of the Annunciation…

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