Welcome home, Abby Johnson

Unplanned by Abby Johnson, available from Ignatius Press

If reports are true, Abby Johnson will be entering into full communion with the Catholic Church at this evening’s Easter Vigil Mass.

Johnson is the former abortion clinic administrator turned pro-life activist, who recently penned the book Unplanned. A news release from the USCCB entitled Thousands around the country will join Catholic Church at Easter includes her as one prominent new Catholic:

In the Austin, Texas, area, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and author of the bestselling book “Unplanned,” is getting ready for yet another “unplanned” conversion that will bring her into the Catholic Church. In September 2009, Johnson was asked to hold the ultrasound probe during an abortion. In the monitor, she saw the baby struggle to get away. This experience, and her unease with Planned Parenthood’s emphasis on increasing abortions, gave her the courage to leave her job and undertake a journey of conversion. She went to the Coalition for Life’s office down the street, a Christian pro-life organization whose members were a constant, prayerful and peaceful presence outside the clinic. There she received practical help as she navigated joblessness, legal problems with Planned Parenthood and broken friendships. Her pro-life advocacy also met the disapproval of her pro-choice church. Many of her new friends are Catholic, and through them she has learned about the faith. She and her family will join the Church at Easter, along with 911 others in the Austin Diocese.

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Easter Bunny Sighting

Is it the Easter Bunny…or Bigfoot? Enjoy!

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Jimmy Akin’s annual Lent Fight Update

I’m a few days late posting this link, but thought it might be worthwhile:

http://www.jimmyakin.org/2011/03/lent-fight-update.html

Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers provides a great guide for various Lent questions. Enjoy!

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Preblessed Food

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What Christmas is All About

Still one of the greatest scenes of any television Christmas special: Amidst all the worldly commercial and materialistic distractions of the season, Linus reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. He reads from the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:8–14 KJV)

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Merry Christmas to all!

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Where’s the line to see Jesus?

A great video for the season. Enjoy!

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Blessed Chiara Luce Badano

Chiara Badano

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Chiara “Luce” Badano, who very well could be the first canonized saint from Generation X. Read about her inspiring life here.

Chiara was born Oct 29, 1971 and died of bone cancer on Oct 7, 1990. The Italian teenager was beatified by the Catholic Church very recently, on Sept 25, 2010.

Blessed Chaira Badano, pray for us!

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Religion Survey: See how you do

Survey: Americans don’t know much about religion – Yahoo! News:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_religious_literacy_poll

At the end of the article, there is a link to a questionnaire (not the full 32 questions mentioned in the article, but an excerpt of 15 questions). See how you do:
http://features.pewforum.org/quiz/us-religious-knowledge

I’d share that I got 15-out-of-15, but that might come across as “Pride”…one of the seven deadly sins! :-)

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Free EWTN Radio for iPhone (Part 2)

iPhone ScreenshotJust over a year ago, I posted about one way to get EWTN Radio on your iPhone using the Time Shift Radio app. But lately, that app hasn’t been successfully connecting to the Guadalupe Radio Network. Thankfully, a caller on Catholic Answers Live (which oddly enough I wasn’t hearing live, but via podcast) was identified as listening via iCatholicRadio. I was not familiar with this service, so I decided to check it out.

iCatholicRadio is an iPhone app that not only delivers streaming audio of the EWTN Radio signal, but also offers a helpful link to the EWTN schedule. And best of all: It’s FREE! Get it today!

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Newly Found 4th Century Icons of the Apostles

A FoxNews.com/Associated Press article reports that a recently discovered ceiling painting from the 4th Century may be the earliest known renderings of the Apostles Peter, Paul, John and Andrew. Cool stuff.

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