Kavanaugh’s friends describe man of humility, service, faith

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2018 / 03:04 pm (CNA).- Long-time friends and associates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh say he is a sincere Catholic, committed to living the tenets of his faith.

Last week, President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to serve as Associate United States Supreme Court. In a short speech following the announcement, Kavanaugh highlighted his commitment to his faith and his family.

“I’ve known Brett – Judge Kavanaugh – for 20 years,” Shannen Coffin, an attorney in Washington, D.C., told CNA. “He’s a very smart person, but he’s a regular guy, too. He’s a devoted father, and spouse.”

Judge Kavanaugh has

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India to investigate Missionaries of Charity childcare homes after scandal

New Delhi, India, Jul 17, 2018 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development announced Monday that it has instructed states to inspect all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity.

The move comes after several children were allegedly sold by an employee of Nirmal Hriday, a Missionaries of Charity home for unwed mothers in Jharkhand state.

Maneka Ghandi, women and child development minister, added July 16 that all childcare and adoption institutions must register with the Central Adoption Resource Authority within the month.

Earlier this month two women affiliated with the Missionaries of Charity, one a religious

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The Child as Window in At the Back of the North Wind

In George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind, a child sleeping in his cozy bed at night hears the voice of the North Wind speaking to him in the appearance of a beautiful woman with dark eyes and black hair streaming in all directions. Entering through a window by Diamond’s bed, the whispering North Wind invites the boy to follow her in her travels at night. Reluctantly agreeing to leave the comfort of his warm bed to go into the cold night, Diamond finally says “Yes,” explaining, “Well, please, North Wind, you are so beautiful, I am quite

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Why Apps Cannot Replace Temperance in Preventing Suicide

In a fast-paced world, everyone wants everything instantly and effortlessly. That desire is part of a culture in which happiness and pleasure are expected yet not always delivered. When people inevitably fail to obtain all that they want, they suffer from stress and depression. No one should be surprised that they also want instant relief or that there is an explosion of therapy apps that try to provide it.
Therapy apps are becoming increasingly popular among those who need help. Indeed, the market is huge. Nearly 20 percent of adults suffer from mental illness, half of whom seek help. About 35

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My Encounter with Light in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

When Jesus told his disciples, “I am the light of the world,” he was saying something deeply profound about himself. In fact, my academic background in physics convinces me that nothing in the material universe reveals as much about the divine nature.
Most of us think of light as a source of illumination that renders the material world visible. We also think of light, metaphorically, as illumination to truth and rational argument.
But light is more than illumination; it is a source of life. In the late 1700s it was discovered that the carbon food cycle depended on photosynthesis. Thus, biological life

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How Artists Create a Dynamic of Prayer Through Style and Content in Sacred Art

As I described last week, praying with sacred art is not difficult if it is practiced regularly, and if the art is well chosen. Some holy images are created so as to promote good prayer, by artists who understand deeply what prayer is and how visual imagery can nourish it. In this article, I will consider how artists working within the three liturgical traditions of the Church – the iconographic, the Gothic and the Baroque – have employed the visual vocabulary of style to this end. I should point out that this analysis is my own. I cannot cite accounts

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Dominican Rite Books for Sale

A reader of this blog has asked me to let other readers know that he is offering some Dominican Rite books for sale.The prices listed are the opening price. He will entertain bids for that price or above until 6:00 p.m. July 21, 2018. You should send your bid to him at monsmellis@protonmail.com.He will keep those interested informed of higher bids by return email so that potential buyers can make higher bids if they wish.In my opinion, the items are in good condition given their age and the opening prices reflect what seems common in used-book offerings for these items. 

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