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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.
  • Tips for picture perfect wedding photos and a stress-free day
    Many of the keys to having a successful wedding day, to getting wedding photos you truly love, and to enjoying the celebration of your marriage to the fullest are the same. Here are a few tips for ensuring that the photography at your wedding turns out as wonderful as the day itself. 
  • World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’
    A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.  
  • Men encouraged to emulate example of Jesus’s love and sacrifice
    Men should look to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for a clear image of what it means to be a man in today’s society, participants at a Catholic men’s conference were told March 14. 
  • Lansbury raises the roof and spirits in ‘Blithe Spirit’
    Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” – now on stage at the National Theatre – is sharp-witted, fast-paced drawing room farce that still manages to offer a satisfying evening of theater more than 70 years after it was first staged. Combine the well-written material with the outstanding performance of legendary Angela Lansbury and this production, which has played to sold out audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, is near perfection. 
  • Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents during family synod
    Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. 
  • 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. 
 
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