The decline of civilization, in one simple chart

Here, my friends, we have a chart illustrating the rot infecting the soul of the modern West. Or, at least, that fraction of the West represented by the English-language books written between 1800 and 1990 and contained in Google’s massive database. The blue line indicates the (decreasing) frequency with which the word “virtues” appears in …

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The Child Jesus

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Elaine Golden is seventeen and absolutely loves drawing. She focuses on religious art using pencils and charcoals, but tries many new things. You can check out more of her work at Drawing the Line. Please contact her through her website if you have requests or would like to own some of her art.[/author_info] [/author]

United in Prayer

  A letter from the Holy Father addressed to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan is circulating around the internet, and I thought it an appropriate reflection to share with our readers here at Virtuous Planet, as we recall the course of events, and the people’s lives forever changed ten years ago today: To my Venerable Brother The …

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About that PR thing

A lot of talk and postings that I’ve come across (here and on other sites) talk about improving the Church’s “public relations.”  That is, people are asking the question, “How can we improve the image of the Church in the world?”  While a certain amount of reflection can help communicate one’s views, to me Maybe …

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God Needs You!

Last month, my boyfriend’s grandfather died. The beauty of our Catholic faith never felt more exposed to me than with the passing of another believing soul from earth into eternity. I could not turn a corner in the grandfather’s house without seeing a crucifix. The family physically came together in fellowship- to eat meals, participate …

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