The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

Rome, Italy, Dec 30, 2019 / 06:40 pm (CNA).- As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal.

“Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment strive to bring him closer to his Immaculate Mother, so that he have recourse to her in all difficulties and temptations,” Kolbe said of the Miraculous Medal.

“This is truly our heavenly weapon,” the saint said, describing the medal as “a bullet with which a faithful soldier hits the enemy, i.e. evil, and thus rescues souls.”

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‘Made for Mission’: Student Leadership Summit kicks off in Phoenix

Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 30, 2019 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- Thousands of Catholics from across the nation are gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, this week for SLS20, the biennial Student Leadership Summit hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). 

The conference, which is being held under the theme “You Were Made For Mission,” opened on Dec. 30 at the Phoenix Convention Center, beginning with a Mass and keynote addresses from author and musician Emily Wilson, and Fr. Mike Schmitz. Fr. Schmitz is chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and leads the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth.  

Over the next four days some 9,000 Catholics will attend keynote talks and small-group sessions about missionary discipleship. There will also be daily opportunities for Mass, adoration and confession. 

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Insight from Fr. Longenecker about about a devious tweet by a priest. Wherein Fr. Z also rants.

Over at his place, Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a post which challenges, by asking, whether every family is a “Holy Family”.  He has reacted to some unfortunate tweets by a priest of the Diocese of Lexington, Fr. Jim Sichko.  Sichko wrote on Twitter:

Not good.  A “family” that is founded on sodomy is not a “family” and it is not holy.  Using that term, “family” in such a context is corrosive.

Sichko throws some other confusing terms in, like, “sanctioned… unlicensed”.  Who knows what he means.

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What people with intellectual disabilities can teach us about friendship

South Bend, Ind., Dec 30, 2019 / 03:38 pm (CNA).- When French Catholic Jean Vanier brought two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in his home, he did so more out of a sense of religious duty than anything else.

But as time went on, he began to realize that what the men needed was not help, but friendship. In the founding of his L’Arche (The Ark) homes for people with intellectual disabilities, friendship became the pillar of what those communities were and are all about.

“In short, Vanier had discovered they shared a common world,” Professor Stanely Hauerwas said in his keynote address last month at the University of Notre Dame’s annual conference sponsored by the De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

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