Teen suicide: how do we cope?

The tragic death of Michael Blosil, 18, son of Marie Osmond, the other day brings light to the sad reality of teen suicide. Noted by friends and family of the Osmonds, Michael had been battling the demons of depression.

The seriousness of the problem is seen in the statistics by the National Conference of State Legislatures:
19.3 percent of high school students have seriously considered killing themselves.
14.5 percent of high school students made actual plans for committing suicide.
900,000 youth planed their suicides during a

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What is penance?

Penance,
essentially, always requires a change of life: from sin to virtue, luke
warmness to fervor, fervor to sanctity. This interior change cannot be effected
without divine help
, but the Lord is not stingy in this regard, and even as he
is calling a man to penitence, he is offering the grace necessary for this
conversion.

For the Christian, to heed the call to do penance and to

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Pope Benedict’s monthly prayer intentions: March 2010

March 2010.jpgUnited in prayer to God the Father, we ask Him to hear the pope’s prayers for this month, especially,

 

The general intention

 

That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking account of the real needs of peoples,

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Dolan reviews the year with Diana Williams

“Up Close” with Diana Williams’ of ABC 7 in NYC interviewed Archbishop Tim Dolan on his first year as chief shepherd of the NY Archdiocese, the second largest in the USA. All of his joy on being a priest and a bishop comes through in the interview. Thanks be to God because we need Archbishop Dolan’s pastoral leadership and theological connection with Pope Benedict XVI. Watch the three-part interview: Parts 1, 2, and 3.

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Transfiguration Sunday: Listen to Jesus!

My heart has prompted me to seek your face; I seek it, Lord; do not hide from me.

 

The Church observes the Second Sunday of Lent. The following hymn incorporates the texts from sacred Scripture.

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Is a Strong Priesthood In the World’s Future? asks Massimo Camisasca

Massimo Camisasca.jpgOn February 26th Zenit published an article by Father Massimo Camisasca looking at what he considers to be the pillars (prayer & Liturgy) of priestly reform in the Catholic Church. Reading a bit of Church history recently there’s been a lot to consider when thinking about the state of the Catholic Church viz. the rise of Portestantism and then the decline of the Christian religion in some parts

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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