By Edward Pentin, EWTN News - As secularism spreads in the West, the number of churchgoing faithful dwindle, and diocesan funds dry up due to sex-abuse claims and other causes, what should be done with the consequent effect of an ever-increasing number of closed churches and sacred places?... This was the subject of a Nov. 29-30 Rome conference that brought together bishops and specialists from 23 European countries and some from North American and Oceania.
By Diana Takouhi Kilarjian, Crisis Magazine - I emerged from the womb thrilled to be a girl! I tell you, I came into the world wearing the sweetest little dress with black patent leather shoes and a matching handbag. Like the surprise and exhilaration and gratitude one feels at being chosen for the most favorite part in the school play, from my earliest recollections, I had this sense of being feminine, of being different from my brothers...
By Marcus Grodi, Founder/President, The Coming Home Network - Often I’ve been asked what are the most common reasons that non-Catholic Christians become Catholic Christians—or why they should. My Staff and I could make a long list, with authority, truth, and beauty being at the top. But truly, the real reason, and the one most common and important thread that runs through all the conversions I have heard or read, is the mysterious work of grace.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - One of the less-well-known Advent hymns is “Rorate Caeli Desuper” (Heavens, drop dew from above). It is a plaintive hymn that recalls our desperate need for a savior and concludes with consolations from God, who has heard our cries and hastens to save us.