‘Eternal joy’: Sister Lucia Maria professes perpetual vows with Pierced Hearts

Sister Lucia Maria Sol, SCTJM, embraces her aunt, Sister Ana Margarita Lanzas, the vicar general of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, after professing her perpetual vows on Aug. 22 in Miami. (Provided photo)

At Peoria Notre Dame High School she is known as Sister Lucia Maria Sol, but her full religious name is Sister Lucia Maria of Eternal Joy. From her smile and easy laugh, it’s easy to see where she comes by that. In fact, it’s impossible to walk away from her without wanting to give your […]

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Sister Lea’s love for, knowledge of Sheen leads to appointment as vice postulator

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, is pictured with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at the Diocese of Peoria's Sheen Museum. Sister Lea has been named vice postulator of the beatification and canonization cause of the radio and television evangelist and author. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Humbling” is the word Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, uses to describe her appointment as the vice postulator of the cause for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. That she was able to come up with that word is remarkable since she admits to being “totally speechless” when she received the news. “It’s a […]

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“Queenpins” (STX)

Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Kristen Bell star in a scene from the movie "Queenpins." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/STX Films)

By Catholic News Service Amusing yet morally flawed fact-based caper comedy written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. Strapped for cash, a suburban housewife (Kristen Bell) and her best friend (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) strike on the idea of collecting and selling coupons for free products, a scheme they undertake on such a large scale […]

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Answer the invitation to take up our cross and be a person for others

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 12 Isaiah 50:4c-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 This Sunday’s Gospel gives us a lot to think about. It illustrates how the Evangelists shared the events of Jesus’s life in various ways in order to clarify the message. It also illustrates that people […]

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Poetry compilation leads to encounter with God via creation’s beauty

"The Wisdom of Wild Grace" is a compilation of poems by Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner.

Reviewed by Katie Faley Sometimes beauty is easy to see, and sometimes it just isn’t. Christine Valters Paintner, in her compilation of poems “The Wisdom of Wild Grace,” takes the beauty of creation, the wild world made by the hand of God, and puts it into words. Even though this poetry does not explicitly note […]

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Disney)

Tony Leung and Fala Chen star in a scene from the movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Marvel Studios)

By Catholic News Service Sprightly wit paces the elegant martial-arts showdowns in this Marvel Comics-derived adventure, directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton. To the amazement of his best friend and co-worker (Awkwafina), a mild-mannered, ambitionless San Francisco parking valet (Simu Liu) turns out to be the superhero of the title, trained from his youth […]

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Texas’ 6-week abortion ban is law after Supreme Court fails to block it

"As we navigate these days to come," writes columnist Lindsey Weishar, "may we be unafraid to pour out upon others the mercy, gentleness, and compassion our Lord unceasingly shows us." (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

(This story was updated on Friday, Sept. 3.) By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a late-night decision Sept. 1, the Supreme Court ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. The 5-4 vote, issued with a one-paragraph unsigned opinion, said the challengers to the Texas law […]

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