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Can Infatuation ever yield to a Holy Marriage; must we be in-love ?

Love is beautiful as well as those emotions and passions which accompany it. I decided to separately treat the case of true love and infatuation because it may …

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30 Sep 2016 News No comments

First ever Catholic Night hosted by LA Dodgers

On Sept. 2, Dodger Stadium served as the center of a massive Venn diagram of local Catholics and lifelong fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the ballpark hoste…

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28 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

God's love is for everyone – and it's dangerous to think otherwise, Pope says

At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God’s love and works to only a certain g…

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31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis …

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09 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (7)

ISLAM is the RELIGION OF PIECES - Here is a list of consecutive terror attacks in 30 days

Islam, the "religion of peace" has killed over 1,000 people and injured nearly another 2,000 in the past 30 days alone. The peaceful religion of Islam makes one…

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How Pope Pius XII Protected Jews

The twentieth century was marked by genocides on an monstrous scale. One of the most terrible was the Holocaust wrought by Nazi Germany, which killed an estimat…

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The shocking NEW reason why young people are leaving church

It's a surprising find, but it's also true. Americans are giving up on God. A Pew survey reveals that half of the people who have quit going to church no longer…

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12 Dec 2015 News Vatican No comments

The New Marriage Annulment Law activated

The Newly modified processes on the canonical annulment for marriage completed at the 2015 Synod Meeting and announced around September this year (2015), was pu…

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12 Aug 2016 Americas Europe News United Kingdom USA Vatican No comments

'Mercy, both in Jesus and in us': Pope Francis speaks of God's mercy

Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Speaking about a bishop …

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Iconic Lesson

Icons have long fascinated me, and I have often heard how they are written and not drawn, and how they require spiritual discipline to produce. But it was not until I read Michael Schrauzer’s excellent essay on iconography (Eyes to See, July/August 2007) that I gained any real understanding of what those notions meant: that an icon is “not the invention of painters, but the result of the . . . approved tradition of the Church”; that an iconographer “must be humbly obedient to the tradition he has received,” a tradition “that is the equal of written Tradition, or Scripture.” It was not until I read Schrauzer’s essay that I understood the point of the abstracted imagery, the way the iconographer seeks to portray “a supernatural reality that transcends time and space” by eliminating shadow, portraying multiple events simultaneously, flattening images, etc. And it was not until sheread the essay that my wife Deirdre found a way to explain her initial distaste toward and gradual warming to iconographic images. What struck her as odd from an aesthetic sensibility eventually became attractive as a spiritual one.

Schrauzer’s essay was remarkably clear, expressive, and illuminating, and we are both grateful to have read it. Schrauzer closed by noting that “there is much more to be said about icons.” I sincerely hope that he will take up the task in future issues of This Rock.

—Matthew Lickona
La Mesa, California

Cristeros’ Legacy

I thoroughly enjoyed Christopher Check’s piece on the Cristeros uprising in Mexico. It always amazes me to consider that even in an overwhelmingly Catholic country such as Mexico, the remnants of the Constitution of 1917 and Calles Law of 1926 had an effect even to recent times. As with all persecutions, the Holy Spirit bears fruit. One of the most inspiring fruits of the Cristeros was that of Fr. Marciel Maciel, LC of Cotija. In reading the history of the Legion, it

is clear that martyrs like Joe Sanchez del Rio had a tremendous impact on Fr. Maciel. We witness the fruit of that with over 600 priests and 2,500 seminarians faithful to the Church and the Holy Father and a lay movement (Regnum Christi) that requires of its faithful a life of

charity, prayer, and apostolate. Having had my life changed by my experience with these Legionary priests, brothers, and consecrated men and women I can only thank God for the witness of Jose Sanchez del Rio and the others willing to die for their faith. Viva Cristo Rey!

—Earl Scott
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God’s Face—and Feet

I liked the September issue of This Rock, especially that you saw fit to include a close-up of the face of Jesus from the Call of Matthew from the church of St. Louis of France in Rome (Eyes to See, September 2007). I have long loved and admired that painting for the intensity in the gaze of Jesus. You get to see his bare feet in the full painting, though, which makes him look even tougher.

—Alexander Schimpf
Via e-mail

A Contrarian Grammarian

Someone needs to take Pete Vere and the editor who handled his article to the woodshed (“Keep It Together,” September 2007). There they should write 500 times the following mantra: “It’s immune to, not immune from.”

—[B.M. Hugues]


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