Catholic Boot Camp: Images of Eucharistic Adoration

Last week, Catholic Boot Camp introduced Eucharistic Adoration.  Here is a video that depicts it:

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Most adoration isn’t as striking visually as this; all adoration is as moving.

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“Your Chances of Divorce May Be Lower Than You Think”

The divorce stats that you hear are disheartening and undoubtedly contribute to the perverse logic that leads to cohabitation and, unsurprisingly, yet more divorce which continues the cycle.

Those stats are misleading.  In the State Of Our Unions 2007: The Social Health Of Marriage, a report prepared by the National Marriage Project, I found this nugget.  Half of all marriages end in divorce.  Well, maybe, not:

Your Chances of Divorce May Be Lower Than You Think

By now almost everyone has heard that the national divorce rateis close to 50% of all marriages.  This is true, but the rate must be interpreted with caution and several important caveats.  For many people, the actual chances of divorce are far below 50/50.  The background characteristics of people entering a marriage have major implications for their risk of divorce.

Here are some percentage point decreases in the risk of divorce or separation duringthe first ten years of marriage, according to various personal and social factors:

Percent Decrease Factors in Risk of Divorce

Annual income over $50,000 (vs. under $25,000) …………….–30

Having a baby seven months or more after marriage (vs. before marriage)…………….–24

Marrying over 25 years of age (vs. under 18) ……………………–24

Own family of origin intact (vs. divorced parents) ………………..–14

Religious affiliation (vs. none) …………………………………………–14

Some college (vs. high-school dropout) …………………………….–13

So if you are a reasonably well-educated person with a decent income, come from an intact family and are religious, and marryafter age twenty five without having a baby first, your chances of divorce are very low indeed.  Also, it should be realized that the “close to 50%” divorce rate refers to the percentage of marriages entered into during a particular year that are projected to end in divorce or separation before one spouse dies.  Such projections assume that the divorce and death rates occurring that year will continue indefinitely into the future—an assumption that is useful more as an indicator of the instability of marriages in the recent past than as a predictor of future events.  In fact, the divorce rate has been dropping, slowly, since reaching apeak around 1980, and the rate could be lower (or higher) in the future than it is today.

Matthew D. Bramlett and William D. Mosher, Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States, National Center for Health Statistics, Vital andHealth Statistics, 23 (22), 2002. The risks are calculated for women only.

Rose M. Kreider and Jason M. Fields, Number, Timing and Duration of Marriagesand Divorces, 2001, Current Population Reports, P70-80, Washington, DC: USCensus Bureau, 2005

 

Catholic Boot Camp: Good Website For Getting To Know The Catholic Faith

A friend of the St. Francis Men of Emmaus passed this along:

Check out this web site. Its easy to read but has lots of links to further deepen our knowledge of the Faith. Great tool for exploring with your children.

The website is called beginningCatholic.com.  It is easy to read and to navigate.  It is designed for people thinking about becoming Catholic and answers a lot of the basic questions, but would appear to be good for a refresher course.

 

Local Shroud of Turin Event

A Church Guy passed this along and it looks interesting:

A Vatican approved replica of the Shroud is now on display at the Ukranian National Shrine of the Holy Family.  Its website with all of the details is here.  Viewing details from the website:

The Shroud of Turin replica has been lent by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia to the Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington D.C. for display from March 6 through April 14, 2011. The exhibit will be open at the Shrine on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during this time period. Groups, or those that wish to arrange another time to visit, may contact the Shrine by telephone (202-526-3737) or e-mail (ucnsholyfamily@catholic.org) to arrange for visits.

An Article Worth Reading — “Shabaz Bhatti And The Stuff Of Saints”

The Catholic Thing published an article titled “Shabaz Bhatti and the Stuff of Saints.” It is worth reading.  Two excerpts to give you a taste:

He became Pakistan’s Minister of Minorities in 2008, the only Roman Catholic, indeed the only Christian in the cabinet, and one of few open minds in a government veering towards extremism. He took office in order to defend the “oppressed, down-trodden and marginalized” and to struggle “for human equality, social justice, religious freedom, and to uplift and empower the religious minorities’ communities.” He wanted, he said, to send “a message of hope to the people living a life of disappointment, disillusionment and despair.”

I have never heard the essence of Catholic social teaching expressed so eloquently.

Bhatti became an outspoken opponent of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which make[s] speech regarded as offensive to Islam punishable by death. He advanced religious freedom for Pakistanis of all faiths, among them Christians, Hindus, and Muslims.   . . .

He was gunned down by extremists while leaving his mother’s home on the way to another day’s work. Death threats began in 2009 after he spoke out about violence against Christians in Gojra Province. They escalated when he refused to back down about the much-abused blasphemy laws.

That is the kind of courage that inspires me.  It is real.  It is modern.  Wow.

But do we have what it takes? Yes:

We yearn for saints in the same way that we crave sacraments.We need to taste and see that God is good. God does not need us to confess aloud, to walk through the steps. We need it. We need to hear the words of absolution. We are physical, sensorial people, and we need the physical, sensorial good news that Christ has liberated us from our sins.

Similarly, we need examples of people who have lived lives worth living. We need to see that courage for Christ is still possible in a world that prefers not to notice; that a gentle man of conviction, raised in a middle-class home with four brothers and one sister in Lahore, Pakistan can become a saint.

Doesn’t this capture beautifully why we Catholics recognize saints — heroes of the faith — and use them to inspire and to strengthen us?

Here is a video:

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Greatness

What were you made for?

(c) CoryHeimann

“Mother Teresa And A Cheeseburger”

This is the title of the video from onebillionstories.com telling a wonderful story about Mother Teresa. Skip to 2:06 and enjoy.

(c) onebillionstories.com