Misc: Last Call for the Saloon Priest

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Fr. Peter Colapietro will be missed on 42nd St. in Manhattan where he is known for his goodness, his humanity, his former days as a bartender and a regular at Elaine’s bar, and of course saving Mickey Rourke’s life.  Read more (including the Mickey Rourke story) in The New York Times here: Last Call for the Saloon Priest

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TCC Films: A Model for Matisse

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A Model for Matisse A Model for Matisse is a short filmdirected by Barbara Freedwhich tells the story of the friendship between Sister Jacques-Marie, and the celebrated artist Henri Matisse. Their relationship began before she was a nun, when she started working for him as a personal nurse.  Soon after she began posing for drawings and helping him with his work. Eventually she joined a convent and played a central role in helping Matisse design the Chapelle du Rosaire, right before his death.  He considered the chapel to be his masterpiece. Matisse believed in God but didn’t consider himself a Catholic, and yet his friendship and love for Sister Jacques Marie inspired something in him.  The chapel is hyper modern, some of the art in the chapel is described by Sister Jacques as “scribbles” so this is an interesting film both about a beautiful friendship between an artist and his muse, and about modern art more generally.  See more photos and a link to the trailer after the jump:

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Misc: The Ties That Bind

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wedding rings Young adults in the US are marrying later and less often, and are increasingly having kids outside of marriage. Among women without a four year degree, 48 percent of overall births, and 58 percent of first births now take place outside of marriage, a trend which often has negative consequences for children.  The editors at America have some ideas for how to help encourage couples who are ready to make the commitment. Read their editorial here: The Ties That Bind

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Misc: My Abortion, at 23 Weeks

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19 weeks gestation

The photo above is of a fetus at 19 weeks. This distressing op-ed in The New York Times “My Abortion, at 23 Weeks” describes the author’s decision to abort one of her twins when she discovered he would be unlikely to live much longer.  The author writes, “We desperately wanted this child and would do whatever we could to save him, if his hernia was fixable and he could have a good quality of life.” Read more after the jump:

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TCC Video: Stephen Colbert Honors His Late Mother

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Lorna Colbert

Catholic Comedian Stephen Colbert eulogizes his mother, Lorna Colbert, who recently passed away at the age of 92.  She raised eleven children. Three of whom died.  “She knew more than her share of tragedy . . . but her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her not only the strength to go on but to love life without bitterness . . . We were the light of her life and she let us know it till the end.” Watch the entire remembrance and see photos of the Colbert family after the jump:

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