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Join us this Wednesday, July 1st, during the Day of Remembrance and Healing for Cancer at the National Shrine of St. Jude. Pray for all those who suffer from cancer this Wednesday, and on the first Wednesday of every month, as we call upon St. Jude for the healing of cancer.

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Jupiter, Venus Converge in Brilliant Cosmic Show –

Stargazers and astronomers have been delighting this month in what may be one of the year’s most amazing celestial shows.

But starting Tuesday night, Jupiter and Venus will be so close in the night sky they’ll look like a double star, and they’ll be easy to see. While the planets may appear to be colliding, they’re actually far apart. Venus is 56 million miles from Earth, and Jupiter is 10 times farther out, at just over 550 million miles.


Venus, Jupiter and the moon are seen in the night sky over West Palm Beach, Florida, on June 18, 2015. (Photo Credit: Twitter/Viviana Marquez)

Since mid June, Jupiter and Venus, the brightest planets visible in the evening sky, have been converging nightly in the western sky, according to NASA. While stargazers have snapped photos for the last several days, the big event happens June 30.

For a clear view of this evening dance, you don’t have to wait until it’s completely dark, as the planets are extremely bright.

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Father Robert Spitzer addresses the alarming increase in Christians and Catholics who are embracing moral relativism in a series of profound discussions.

Fr. Robert Spitzer explains how natural law guides the human heart is to “do good and avoid evil” because it longs for eternal happiness in heaven.

Wednesday, July 1 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 4 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer explains that Christ’s exorcism ministry alerted us to the real presence of evil in the world, and how all are called to confront and combat it.

Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 11 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer explains the different levels of freedom that exist, from the lowest freedoms, focusing only on satisfying immediate emotional urges, to higher freedoms that seek to make virtuous contributions to society.

Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 18 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer explains the various degrees of ethics and reasoning, and how internalized virtue makes up the highest form of ethical judgment.

Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 25 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer demonstrates how love of God, love of neighbor, and love of goodness is the source of all virtue.

Wednesday, July 29 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 1 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer continues his discussion of the Four Loves: Storge (affection), Philia (friendship), Eros (romantic love) and Agape (self-sacrificial love).

Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 8 at 4:30 am

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As Fr. Robert Spitzer moves into discussing the Deadly Sins in greater detail, he addresses how envy and pride often lead the human heart into despair, and how practicing humility and gratitude can combat these vices.

Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 15 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer demonstrates how cultivating a forgiving, gentle, and generous heart helps counter the Deadly Sins of Wrath and Greed.

Wednesday, August 19 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 22 at 4:30 am

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Fr. Robert Spitzer discusses the Deadly Sin of Lust, and how human beings are called to elevate the notion of romantic love to higher, faithful calling that goes beyond gratification.

Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00 pm

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Morning Ppls.Howz your day going so far?

smile it's a beautiful day
Sometimes that isn’t easy is it? We may have health problems-we might wake up not feeling so well. Some of us have family problems that don’t seem to get solved. Some of us look at our country and the current POTUS and shake our heads in disbelief, even [justifiable]anger. I’ve had that feeling-i don’t like seeing the country that could very well be left to our children and grandchildren. I’m definitely nostalgic these days;wishing we had the country we had before it started to go off the rails. It didn’t start yesterday and it didn’t start with the election of Barack Obama.Let’s be honest,he topped it all but he’s just one part of the problem.I don’t know if we can get it back but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
I wish i could solve my family problems but i concluded some time ago it probably won’t happen.On the other I am very grateful for the solid marriage my husband and i have. It’s been a crazy ride but we landed.
We’re alive and kicking anyway. That alone is something to be grateful for and smile about. He went to the local store and bought a new coffee pot yesterday. We have coffee,creamer and sugar plus a new pot. Makes my day!
Our new gal is coming by today to fill out the stack of papers required to become his aide so I may not be back for a tad. I also pray the rosary at 11:30 a.m. It wouldn’t make much sense to begin an entry i couldn’t finish either-there’s 2 in the works and the plan is to wrap em up and post.
Meantime,kick off your day with a nice hot cup of coffee too and a big smile,k?
God willing,catch ya later on.

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I have enjoyed your coverage of the Vatican since i began watching EWTN.Joan’s Rome is wonderful.So i also have to wish you a blessed Birthday and many to come.

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How do I say thank you? Let me count the ways…..

I am speechless at the hundreds of emails and Facebok postings I have received in just a few hours wishing me a Happy Birthday! The messages have been long and short, wise and witty, marked by love, affection and friendship and glowing tributes to my work. I have heard from every corner of the earth, it seems, from longtime friends and from Facebook people I only know through correspondence – or perhaps not at all!  I have “received” cakes and cupcakes, virtual flowers and cards, musical tributes and several videos.

And I have received real flowers!

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I am moved and humbled by all of this!  When people say “God bless!” to me, I usually respond, “He really has!”  And He has blessed me – abundantly, in every way, with faith, family and friends.

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F-35 fighter jet nails Olympic-worthy ‘ski jump’ takeoff | Fox News

When a fighter jet takes off from a runway the same way that a skier launches gracefully off a jump, the result can be surprisingly beautiful.

Earlier this month, an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performed one of these Olympic-worthy launches at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The unconventional liftoff, which was a first for this kind of aircraft, was part of a series of trials designed to test the plane’s “short takeoff” abilities.

Known as the vertical and/or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) variant, the F-35B is designed to operate on aircraft carriers, which don’t have space for long runways. [Supersonic! The 10 Fastest Military Airplanes]

As for the use of a ski jump in the trials, it’s a British (and Italian) thing. The ski jump is similar to the takeoff ramp found on both the United Kingdom’s and Italy’s new aircraft carriers, which will soon be home to fleets of F-35B jets. The ramp — located at the end of the runway, at the bow of the ship — provides the aircraft with what experts call an “upward flight path.” In other words, this modified runway lets a plane that’s heavily loaded with weapons take off from the back of a boat without plummeting into the sea.

via F-35 fighter jet nails Olympic-worthy ‘ski jump’ takeoff | Fox News.

Open Letter to Charles Krauthammer,Science? @oreillyfactor

I agree with your analysis 99.9% of the time but I’m not sure we’re sympatico re the rise of secularism in the United States.You’re correct about secularism in Europe.The pews are getting empty.
As for the United States the rise of secularism has to do with the so called cultural revolution of the 1960’s. How on earth do people like Bill Ayers, Ward Churchill [and others like them] get into teaching jobs at a University? As the expression of the 60’s would say,that’s mind blowing.
Liberals flocked to the media,academia,entertainment and political office. Obama after all became ‘the man’ that the liberals of the 60’s had no respect for.
I don’t attribute the rise of secularism as much to science(it’s part of it-so you’re still correct to a point) as to the animals taking over the farm.
Let me back up though. You seemed to be suggesting on the O Reilly Factor a few weeks ago that the Church-meaning Catholic-was and IS- anti science. You cited the big dust up over Galileo. When you have a minute give this a read:
I would also check out this list:
If you don’t trust Wikipedia feel free to do a search of your own for a list of Catholic scientists,many of whom were clerics(usually Jesuit).
Here’s my favorite Jesuit,Fr Robert Spitzer.
The Proof for God from Contemporary Physics:

There’s my starting point, Mr Krauthammer, and then I’m going to delve into what i consider a very prophetic encyclical by the title of HUMANAE VITEA(HUMAN LIFE,1968)written by Pope Paul VI .
pope paul VI 1968
The third blog entry is going to delve into Pope Benedict the XVI and his writings on MORAL RELATIVISM.