We bind ourselves to the One who, in the binding, sets us free

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Our own Melissa Musick writes for The National Catholic Reporter about her niece, Becky, who was “nothing” and became Jewish. More after the jump. Pope Francis has encouraged us to learn more about Judaism. Read it here: We bind ourselves to the One who, in the binding, sets us free

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Feast of St. Edith Stein

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St. Edith Stein

“Those who remain silent are responsible.”

Yesterday, Aug. 9th, was the Feast of St. Edith Stein (Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) who died in the Holocaust. Edith Stein grew up in a Jewish home, the youngest of 11 children, and received her doctorate in philosophy in 1915, despite the fact that women were not granted professorships at the time. She wrote, “There is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.” After reading St. Teresa of Avila‘s writings she concluded, “this is the truth” and converted to Catholicism. Several years later she became a Carmelite nun. Learn more about her incredible life and thought from the Vatican’s website here: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Edith Stein ((1891-1942).

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TCC Playlist: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

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Norman Greenbaum
Norman Greenbaum wrote and recorded “Spirit in the Sky” in 1969 after watching Porter Wagoner sing a gospel song on television. Despite being Jewish, he wanted to try his hand at writing gospel too. “Spirit in the Sky” reached number three on the U.S. Billboard chart, and Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.  To us, it just sounds like summer. Listen here:

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Feast of St. Jeremiah

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mother and child Once again we have our Eastern Rite brothers and sisters to thank for reminding us of the saints of the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Byzantine calendar, today is the feast of St. Jeremiah. Learn more from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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