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Animated characters appear in “The Lego Movie.” (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:46 AM
The year just past saw the release of a number of films whose celebrated cinematic quality was not matched by moral merit.
  • Oscar’s got nothing on us: The real best movies, family films of 2014
    The year just past saw the release of a number of films whose celebrated cinematic quality was not matched by moral merit.  
  • We live in a time of great confusion about marriage and family life. The eternal plan of the Judeo-Christian vision of the family has been rejected and has been reduced to mere personal contracts. In our culture, marriage and having (or not having) children are viewed as one choice among many for self-fulfillment. When situations or desires change, couples are free to opt out since they are the ones to determine the structure and meaning of marriage and family. 
  • ‘In the Back Pew’ Catholic family blog: Never alone on the Lenten journey

    It takes a lot of courage to enter into Lent, and then to be mindful that one has done so. I suspect it is a reason that many Catholics give up things like chocolate or Diet Coke; things that had become ubiquitous but required parts of our everyday life. Lent is designed to make our relationship with God the ubiquitous but required part of our lives. Even on day one, I hear friends say, “I really miss chocolate.” and I understand; but what we’re supposed to get from this journey, is to the point of recognizing, we should miss God even more than we miss our daily indulgences.

     
  • The very best wedding present
    Just a few short weeks ago I stood beside one of my best friends from childhood while she took her vows at a Catholic church in Virginia. It was a biting cold January day with wind that whipped across our faces and gave us that “I’m uncomfortable but I’m doing this because I love you” kind of grin that you sometimes see in posed pictures.  
  • At baptisms, pope urges prayers for moms who can't feed their kids

    As Pope Francis once again urged new moms not to be afraid to breast-feed in public, he reminded people to pray for the world's mothers whose poverty means they are unable to provide enough food for their children.

     
  • Five mysterious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
    I make up my own mysteries of the rosary. There, I said it. I am a rogue rosary prayer. Each day I pray the rosary when I exercise. However, when it’s a long workout and I forgot my audiobook, I continue saying the Rosary.  I have already said the mysteries of that day, so I think about other moments in the life of our Lady and blessed Lord. 

     
  • World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

    Mothers are indispensable to society and the Church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.

     
  • Mothers are indispensable to society and the Church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.  
  • At 75th anniversary dinner, Collins Funeral Home celebrates its legacy of faith and family
    Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. – a family owned and operated business that has served generations of Washington-area families – recently marked its 75th anniversary by paying tribute to its family legacy and by personally thanking its extended family of current and former employees and its business partners and community supporters.  
  • In the new year, 5 ways for your family to help humanity
    Pope Francis once said that the family is “necessary for the survival of humanity.” At each new year, we make resolutions for self-improvement.  Perhaps this year we should resolve not only to make ourselves healthier but also to make our whole family holier, healthier and happier. 
  • Resting on the Flight into Egypt
    Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Washington, a seated mother leans her head back and falls asleep, as she tenderly holds her infant son in her arms. This scene could unfold in any home with a mother and a newborn, but in this case, the tableau is featured in a bronze sculpture, “The Holy Family at Rest – the Flight into Egypt,” by artist Anna Hyatt Huntington that is displayed in the lower level of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 
  • Dec. 26, ‘Boxing Day,’ is the day when every toy gets played with, every box opened, and every treat tasted. Halfway through the day, the emptiness of stuff starts to sink in, even if you got something really cool. It doesn’t quite satisfy, because it can’t. As Catholics, we’re supposed to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, to feast on the joy of Christ’s birth from Dec. 25 through the feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6).  This tendency to look for the next thing, to try everything, trying to find pleasure as a substitute for joy is very common for everyone. So here are a few suggestions to make sure you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas even as you climb out from the mountains of boxes and ribbons the day after Christmas. 

     
  • There’s the baking, the tree trimming, the wrapping and suddenly it seems like Christmas all over. So much work and poof, it’s done. Christmas does not have to be anticlimactic. Follow these five ways to have the merriest Christmas and you will be fa-la-la-ing, ho-ho-ing,  and jing-jingling all through this joyous season.

     

     
  • The Drama of the Incarnation in Caravaggio’s Visual Homily
    As we prepare for the graces of Advent and Christmas we are invited into the drama of the Incarnation of God in human history. An exquisite painting by the Italian Baroque master painter, Caravaggio, entitled, "Rest on the Flight into Egypt," completed around 1597, offers a stirring visual homily for our contemplation during this sacred season.  
  • Review: ‘Donny & Marie’s Christmas at the National’ is a little bit country, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and a lot of fun

    Nostalgia can sometimes let you down, as Billy Joel noted when he sang, “The good old days weren’t always good.”

     
 
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