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The Good News: The Convict & the Whiskey Priest — Two Reasons I Am a Catholic, & More Good News. . .

The Good News | October 31, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

“Go into all the world & share the Good News” Mark 16

DAILY READINGS

Today’s Mass Readings.

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SAINT OF THE DAY

Saint Wolfgang, Bishop

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THE CONVICT & THE WHISKEY PRIEST — TWO REASONS I AM A CATHOLIC

Matt D’Antuono shares how reading Les Misérables and The Power and the Glory deepened his understanding of God’s Providence, grace, and the Catholic faith. Mr. D’Antuono emphasize how literature and art can lead a person towards the Universal Good, but each person’s journey towards conversion is unique.


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ASSAULT AT SAN FRANCISCO CATHOLIC CHURCH LEADS TO POLICE PURSUIT, REPORTED PIPE BOMB

A physical altercation took place at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco after a person refused to consume the Host during Communion. The suspect fled the scene by punching the other person and carrying a potential pipe bomb. The church, which is overseen by the Salesians of Don Bosco of the Western United States, hasn’t located the Host yet, but no one was gravely injured.

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WIFE OF JORDAN PETERSON TO BECOME CATHOLIC: TAMMY PETERSON’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE POWER OF THE ROSARY

Tammy Peterson, wife of Jordan Peterson, is entering RCIA after finding God through her illness. She discovered prayer and the rosary while hospitalized and plans to join the Catholic Church on Easter after completing her RCIA training.

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CATHOLIC PRIEST WARNS OUIJA BOARDS LEAD TO ‘DEMONIC POSSESSION’

An exorcist priest cautions against using Ouija boards and other methods to communicate with the dead during Halloween season, as they can attract angels, demons, spirits, and souls that can affect our lives.

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“LIBRES”: A BIG-SCREEN GLIMPSE INTO THE HIDDEN WORLD OF MONASTICISM

“Libres” documents the lives of Spanish monks and nuns in cloisters, highlighting the paradoxical nature of their vocation. The film portrays the challenges that come with monastic life, while emphasizing how work and service are ways to move closer to God. The documentary also shows how monks and nuns actively intercede for the world.

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CANDY INFLATION HITS DOUBLE DIGITS FOR SECOND HALLOWEEN IN A ROW

Halloween candy prices in the United States have increased by an average of 13% this month compared to last October.

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40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER CAMPAIGN SAVES 202 BABIES FROM ABORTIONS

The 40 Days for Life vigils have saved 202 babies from abortion due to parents changing their minds after talking to on-site prayer warriors. In Iowa City, an anonymous person left roses and a note saying, “She chose life!” at the vigil site. Although the gift giver is unknown, the gesture was much appreciated. People can still get involved in the campaign and help women choose life.

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PAYING LESS TAX: THE TAX-LOSS HARVESTING ADVANTAGE

The graphic from New York Life Investments explains tax-loss harvesting, where investors can use their losses to reduce their taxes. Though no one likes losing money on investments, tax-loss harvesting can have a silver lining. The graphic also emphasizes on the need for a proactive approach throughout the year to reduce taxes effectively.

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ORDINATION OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH

Nate Guyear defends Jesus’ authority and opposes those who challenge the Church’s hierarchies, specifically in relation to women’s ordination. Mr. Guyear supports George Weigel and uses the Adam and Eve story. Changing the Church’s teachings and hierarchies is seen as tempting Christ while clerical assertions create chaos. Mr. Guyear trusts Jesus to protect the Church from heretical teachings and recommends prayer for clarity among the clergy.

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OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR BLASTS AG’S LAWSUIT AGAINST CATHOLIC CHARTER SCHOOL

Governor Kevin Stitt opposed Attorney General Gentner Drummond’s lawsuit, which was approved by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board against a Catholic charter school. The school aims to offer both academic and spiritual education but is charged with violating the constitution’s provision that bars public funding of religious schools.

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DEMOCRATS SEEK TO DISENFRANCHISE COLORADANS FROM VOTING FOR 2024 FRONTRUNNER

The objective is straightforward: Prevent the most popular Republican, who is also ahead of President Biden in the surveys, from appearing on the ballot.

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SUDDENLY ‘CANCEL CULTURE’ IS TERRIBLE

David Strom argues that the Left is hypocritical in its approach to “cancel culture” and accountability. While some people have faced consequences for using inappropriate language, students who support terrorism and genocide have not. Mr. Strom calls for the Left to be held accountable for its actions and principles.

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DEMOCRAT ATTEMPTS TO TIE SPEAKER MIKE JOHNSON TO MULTIPLE WHITE SUPREMACIST MASS SHOOTINGS

Rep. Summer Lee accused Mike Johnson, a Republican Speaker of promoting extremist and white supremacist ideologies, resulting in domestic terrorist attacks. However, his colleagues defended him, stating that he prioritizes traditional family values, the rule of law, and limited government.

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IF RED STATES DON’T WANT FEDERAL MEDDLING, THEY SHOULD REJECT FEDERAL FUNDING

Red states’ decision to reject federal dollars results in them having no obligations or conditions tied to the money from the government.

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OHIO ISSUE 1 WOULD ALLOW TRANS SURGERIES ON KIDS WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT

Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights is a coalition consisting of multiple organizations that aim to secure the right to abortion and reproductive decisions through a constitutional amendment in Ohio.

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NEW STUDY SHOWS ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE WHO VAXXED, GOT COVID WITHIN TWO MONTHS

Alex Berenson discusses how mRNA COVID-19 vaccine companies like Pfizer have decreased their research due to declining sales and worries about reporting negative trial results. Pfizer conducted a study that found negative effects when combining its COVID-19 vaccine with flu shots during the Omicron era, but it received little attention. Mr. Berenson criticizes the idea of stopping research to avoid unfavorable trial outcomes.

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PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FROM OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT SHRINE, MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY

Catholics for Catholics aims to provide easy access to nuns or monks for prayer requests, as this resource is no longer easily available due to various factors. The organization believes that prayer is essential for the soul and wants to reconnect people with these prayerful individuals who spend their lives in devotion.

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