Alone: The decline of the family has unleashed an epidemic of loneliness. – Christian Article

Americans are suffering from a bad case of loneliness. The number of people in the United States living alone has gone through the studio-apartment roof. A study released by the insurance company Cigna last spring made headlines with its announcement: “Only around half of Americans say they have meaningful, daily face-to-face social interactions.” Loneliness, public-health experts tell us, is killing as many people as obesity and smoking. It’s not much comfort that Americans are not, well, alone in this. Germans…

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St. Stephen of Sweden: Of Odin, Evangelism, and the Ascension – Christian Article

“The blood of Christians is seed.”~ Tertullian We re-watched Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the other night. What a fun ride – lots of laughs, lots of fun amid the wreckage and (bloodless) carnage. It’s representative of the best in superhero films – the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously, and their characters don’t either. Thor and his movies are particularly enjoyable, however, because of the cognitive dissonance: You’d expect a guy named “Ant-Man” to be self-deprecating and goofy; you wouldn’t…

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Facing Natural Disasters? Pray to St. Medard, Patron Against Bad Weather – Christian Article

Bad weather is literally storming our country, so we need a powerful prayer against it! St. Medard (or St. Medardus) is the patron saint against bad weather. He was a bishop of Vermand, France in 530, and was one of the “most honored bishops of his time.” According to legend, after praying for protection from the rain, an eagle hovered over him. This is why the Church considers him the patron saint against bad weather. Below is a prayer asking…

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Reflecting on the Visitation through Art – Building Catholic Culture – Christian Article

Art enables us to engage in visio divina, a visual contemplation of the Scripture. Each artist attempts to capture particular details and when we put a few works side by side, we can contrast them to discover the elements of the story they emphasized and illuminated. Raphael, Visitation ,1517 Raphael draws out the connection to John the Baptist, adding another element of narrative with Jesus’ Baptism occurring in the background. Many scholars have connected this passage to David’s procession of…

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Fertility paradox in male beauty quest – Christian Article

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep a full head of hair can damage fertility. It has been named the Mossman-Pacey paradox after the scientists who first described it. They say it causes a lot of heartache in couples struggling to conceive. “I noticed some men coming in to…

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Still Plenty Fallible: John XXI and the True Gift of the Papacy – Christian Article

When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man.~ G.K. Chesterton Don’t look now, but there’s a pontiff missing. Maybe two. Take a look at any reliable list of popes and tally those who took the name of John. You’ll come up with a count of 21, and yet the last bona…

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Abortion is Never the Answer That Women and Families Seek – Christian Article

COMMENTARY: Like the Annunciation, the Visitation is a feast on which we should ponder the deeper meaning of human life in the womb. May 31 is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on which, among other things, we ponder the in utero interaction between Jesus and John the Baptist. Mary, a few days pregnant with her Creator, visits her elderly cousin Elizabeth, six months pregnant with the forerunner of the One through whom all things were…

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Here’s why you shouldn’t get angry when interrupted during prayer –Aleteia – Christian Article

Setting aside time for prayer is often a difficult task. Especially for those who are married and have children, carving out 15 to 30 minutes for quiet prayer time can be almost impossible. Even when we do set aside time for prayer, little hands and voices inevitably interrupt it. For example, you may decide that tomorrow you will wake up one hour early to spend the morning reading a good spiritual book or simply rest in quiet meditation. You wake…

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‘Babies are not babies until they are born’ — GetReligion – Christian Article

Last week, NPR released a memo on coverage of abortion and abortion opponents that sounds like something out of a Planned Parenthood propaganda manual. But this was a style guide to shape news coverage on America’s most influential radio network. It was journalism policy in reaction to recent events involving a “fetal heartbeat” law in Georgia and an abortion ban in Alabama. Question: What sane editor would unveil such insider advice that’s going to enrage people? I know NPR isn’t…

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Is Sexual Autonomy Worth The Cost To Human Lives? – Christian Article

The advice column over at The Cut has published a letter that is some version of a complaint I’ve heard for years from numerous women: “I have been on nearly 40 first dates in the past couple of years since I’ve been single. At first, casual dating was exactly what I needed. I tried casual relationships a handful of times with guys I had chemistry with, but I realized that they just made me feel bad about myself. I was…

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SDG Reviews ‘Aladdin’ – Christian Article

Will Smith stars in Disney’s latest live-action adaptation. Steven D. Greydanus Aladdin is fine. Everything’s fine. How could it be otherwise? It’s the story you know already, almost exactly. They say the lines and sing the songs, the same songs, almost exactly. It’s a good story, and they’re good songs. There are no spoilers in this review because how could there be? When you take your kids to Disneyland and they stand in line to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine,…

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A Solution for Loneliness – Scientific American – Christian Article

I was riding a bus recently and noticed an older man sitting outside a coffee shop on a busy sidewalk. He had set up a chessboard on the table in front of him, and he watched as people passed by, mostly engrossed in their phones. His eyes kept jumping from person to person, searching for someone to notice and join him for a game of chess. Right before the traffic cleared and my bus moved on, he reached over to…

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Tim Conway was a kind soul, with a gentle sense of humor. Maybe his faith played a role in that? — GetReligion – Christian Article

If you are of a certain age, then you know that there was a decade or two in which Tim Conway was the funniest man alive. If you looked into the details of his life and personality, then you knew that he was more than that. Watching The Carol Burnett Show was one of the few pop-culture rituals in the Southern Baptist preacher’s home in which I grew up. Conway was the star of the show, as far as I…

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Pivonka appointed Franciscan University president – Christian Article

Steubenville, Ohio, May 22, 2019 / 09:58 am (CNA).- Franciscan University of Steubenville announced that Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, has been appointed the university’s seventh president. “It’s both humbling and an honor to be chosen to lead Franciscan University of Steubenville,” Pivonka said in a May 22 statement. “Over 30 years ago, I first arrived at Franciscan as an undergrad and received an outstanding education as well as life-changing spiritual formation as part of a dynamic, Catholic intellectual and faith…

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Despite religious freedom concerns, House passes Equality Act… – Christian Article

The House of Representatives passed the controversial Equality Act on Friday, amid heated opposition from those who argue it would pose serious threats to critical constitutional freedoms. “This bill undermines human dignity by threatening the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (null) Read Full Article

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See the facial reconstruction of a man who lived 1,300 years ago – Christian Article

Adelasius Ebalchus has a decidedly Latin name for a man who lived in Switzerland around 700 A.D., centuries after the western Roman Empire fell apart. That choice of name was deliberate, explains Mirjam Wullschleger of the Solothurn state archaeology department. It was at this time that Germanic peoples were moving into the Swiss Plateau in the country’s north, changing the language and culture of the remnant Roman empire to that of the German-speaking Alemanni tribe. Adelasius’ name, and most of…

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Opinion | From the Ashes of Notre-Dame – Christian Article

The Catholicism of today builds nothing so gorgeous as Notre-Dame in part because it has no 21st-century version of that grand synthesis to offer. The reforms of the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council and everything after, have left the church partially and unsuccessfully transformed, torn between competing visions of how to be Catholic in modernity, competing promises of renewal and reform, competing factions convinced that they are the firefighters inside Notre-Dame, and their rivals are the fire. I belong to…

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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater – Building Catholic Culture – Christian Article

Giovanni Battista Draghi (1710-36), known simply as Pergolesi, died far too young. It may be fitting, therefore, that he is known for his musical setting of the Stabat Mater, the hymn we know mostly from the Stations of the Cross. Its emotional and spiritual power may derive, in part, from its completion just before Pergolesi died of tuberculosis. Pieta, Bougeureau (1876) The Stabat Mater (the mother stood) is a liturgical poem that originates from the 13th century. “At the Cross…

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Photos: The Devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral – Christian Article

Earlier today, smoke was observed billowing from the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral, in central Paris; it was undergoing renovation work. The smoke grew and was followed by flames, which consumed the roof and caused the central spire of the cathedral to collapse. The gothic cathedral is visited by millions of tourists and locals every year. Authorities report no injuries or deaths at the moment, and have tentatively linked the fire to the renovations, which were due to have been completed…

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The Great Holy Week Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral – Christian Article

Onlookers, some holding rosaries, kneel and pray on the pavement as flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) The fire, which began early Monday evening, sent flames and huge clouds of gray smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in horror. 1. A picture taken on March 27, 2019, shows scaffolding during the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)   2. Workers of the Socra art conservation…

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I Worshipped the Goddess of Reason — Until I Met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame – Christian Article

People stand on the banks of the River Seine as flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) I Worshipped the Goddess of Reason — Until I Met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame By the time the trip was over, I knew for certain that I needed to be baptized and start to live a Christian life I am watching Notre Dame Cathedral burn on television from my living room…

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‘Holy Stairs’ Reopen to Pilgrims – Christian Article

The faithful can trace the sacred steps of Christ this Holy Week, in their original state. (EWTN Rome photos) The 28 well-worn marble steps that are said to have been traversed by Jesus during his passion were uncovered in Rome April 11 following a restoration project. ROME — For the first time in almost three centuries, the stairs that Jesus is said to have climbed to receive his death sentence from Pontius Pilate are accessible to pilgrims in their original…

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Chinese Authorities Raze Catholic Church Building, According to Video – Christian Article

Catholic religious paintings and Bibles are displayed behind bars at an underground Catholic church in Jiexi county in south China’s Guangdong province March 27. A group that monitors Christianity in China says the government is ratcheting up a crackdown on congregations in Beijing and several Chinese provinces, destroying crosses, burning Bibles and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith. Churches have also been razed. (AP photo/Andy Wong) News casts further doubt on the communist government’s willingness to be conciliatory…

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Unplanned Peace on the Sidewalk at the Abortion Clinic – WE’RE LATE FOR CHURCH – Christian Article

There are those rare, fleeting moments in family life where all is strangely calm and even peaceful. Amidst the chaos of continual spats, boundless horseplay, jockeying for position, and a whole lot of random noise, quiet contentment is like a refreshing, cool rain after a stretch of oppressively, sticky-hot weather. I can probably count those occasions on both hands. Don’t mistake me. It is not the stillness that occurs after a trip to the library when we are all happily,…

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