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Porn: In your home and available 24-7

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

The speaker started out with a warning: “Today we’re going to get into some really dark stuff.”
She wasn’t kidding. Mary Anne Layden, PhD, one of two keynote presenters at the annual Stewardship Conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Aug. 24, gave a no-holds-barred talk on the prevalence of pornography and its ease of availability to anyone of any age.
“Pornography used to be found in a shady store on a corner somewhere,” she said. “Now porn is mostly on the internet. It’s free and available 24-7.”
Dr. Layden is a psychotherapist and Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She termed pornography as the new “crack cocaine”. Like any addiction, pornography can create in an addict a desire to find more, and more sexually diverse, activities to meet his growing appetite (While women view porn, it’s far more prevalent among men.).

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New kinds of Christmas traditions

By Louise McNulty
Catholic News Service

Some people decorate their Christmas trees with shiny garlands, bright lights and family heirlooms. In Dover, Del., Carrie Doane, a young mother of three, says she plans to decorate her family’s tree with something better.
To teach her children a special way to celebrate the earthly birthday of Christ, she plans to decorate the tree with pieces of paper that each child will fill out with a good deed he or she has done. Then she’ll punch a hole and hang the “good deed” ornament on the tree.
“I’d give examples of things they can do without being asked. Or I’d describe someone else’s chore that they can offer to do,” she said. Doane also wants adults in her household to participate. They can contribute with a deed, such as not arguing back with someone who’s angry (even if they’re not right), do a chore the other spouse usually does or bring a latte to a friend who’s having a hard day.

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Mary’s gifts to Jesus and what we can learn from them

By Effie Caldarola
Catholic News Service

Few things are as popular today as genealogy. Everyone seeks to know more about their ancestry, and websites and television shows pique our interest and help us find that great-grandfather we never knew.
Despite the recent fad, genealogy has been important since ancient times, and it’s clear from Scripture that knowledge of ancestry was considered essential by the Hebrew people and by the Gospel writers who gave us a picture of Christ.
Matthew and Luke thought it important to take us through a long line of Jesus’ ancestors to place him within the context of human history. Although both writers give us Joseph’s lineage, we know that the person who gave Jesus his human makeup, of her body and blood, was Mary.
Mary is near and familiar to us as Catholics, and yet mysterious. Sometimes we yearn for her comfort and other times we puzzle about who she really was. Little is told of her in Scripture, and much of our beliefs about her come to us through tradition.

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Seeing the true Church means

looking beyond our borders

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Only six percent of the world’s Catholics live in the United States, therefore to “try to understand the global Catholic Church through the U.S. prism, doesn’t do justice to who we are.”
According to Senior CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen, Jr., who spoke at the recent Stewardship Conference, it’s important to peer through the fog that obscures our vision of the global Church. We can do this, in part, by taking a closer look at our new pope.
Allen, who was reared in Hays, spoke on “Pope Francis and Trends in the Global Catholic Church” at the Aug. 24 gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Allen has travelled with a succession of popes, and has been termed (by the London Tablet) as “the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs….”

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The Four Pillars of Stewardship

Have you ever seen the 1949 movie, “Samson and Delilah”?
If you recall, after Hedy Lamarr’s Delilah is rejected by Victor Mature’s Samson, the long-locked strong man of the Old Testament is blinded and tortured. Not only that, but Samson’s strength, which God gives him via his long hair, is removed when Delilah gives him a trim.
The final scene has the blind Samson tethered between two large pillars in an immense, public gathering. Unnoticed by the rabble, his hair has grown back, and with it, his strength, so he topples the temple, burying the rabble in rubble.

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Receiving the magical, miraculous gifts of Christmas

By David Gibson
Catholic News Service

Is there something magical in Christmas gifts? Children think so.
As if struck by a holiday contagion, children hunt feverishly, furtively among the packages under the Christmas tree during the last days before the big day, hoping to learn precisely what magic awaits them there.
But what adults learned over time and children have yet to discover is that the most magical gifts on Christmas are not hidden under the tree.
Consider the 4-year-old’s Christmas gift, finely crafted for Mom or Dad under a preschool teacher’s watchful eye. Parents celebrate these gifts excitedly.

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Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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