Pro-Lifers Must Entrust Our Efforts to Christ, for Abortion is Satanic

In the fight for the sanctity of human life, put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

08/26/2016 Comments (13)

Jean Fouquet, “The Trumpets of Jericho” (c. 1415-1420)

As I mentioned previously, an out-of-state abortion business is opening an abortion clinic a few blocks from my home parish. I am blessed to be part of a wonderful parish. It is full of people who love Jesus and who work for the good, including an end to abortion.

I believe that the fight for the sanctity of human life is more than a legal and political struggle. I think that it is a spiritual battle. We are dealing with what St. Paul described as “powers and principalities.”

Abortion has led our society into the pit of nihilism and degeneracy. It sets us against one another. Abortion is Moloch. It is Satanic.

That is what I meant when I spoke of Satanic influences. It is also what I was...READ MORE

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How Doing Things For God Can Drive Us From Him

08/26/2016 Comments (12)

Henryk Siemiradzki, “Christ in the House of Martha and Mary” (1886)

I don’t argue with God, but I did have a question for him. It would surface while preparing a meal. That is when the New Testament story of Martha and Mary occasionally crossed my mind. 

In Luke 10:38-42 at the home of Mary and Martha, we learn that Mary sat at the feet of Jesus soaking in his teachings while Martha was in the kitchen making preparations. “She went to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”

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This Anti-Christian Graffito May Be Earliest Depiction of Crucifixion

08/26/2016 Comments (3)

We are mocked in popular culture. We are attacked by the government. But this, as we know, is nothing new for Christians.

In fact, it's rather fitting that perhaps the earliest surviving depiction of Christ crucified might just be anti-Christian graffiti. Discovered in 1857, carved into a wall near the Palatine Hill in Rome, the graffiti is believed to have been drawn around 200 AD. The central figure of the drawing is a crucified figure with the body of a man and the head of a donkey or ass. To the left of the crucified figure is a man raising his hand in presumed worship. A mocking inscription accompanies the drawing which says "Alexamenos worshipping his God."

The donkey head must...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Blasts “Gender” Ideology, Unemployed Men Play Video Games, and More Links!

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08/26/2016 Comment

Click on Pope Francis Blasts “Gender” Ideology, Quotes Pope Benedict Emeritus: This Is the Age of Sin Against the Creator via Fr. Z's Blog link to read more.

Pope Francis Blasts “Gender” Ideology, Quotes Pope Benedict Emeritus: This Is the Age of Sin Against the Creator – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

America’s Lost Boys: Unemployed Men Play Video Games Instead of Work – Samuel D. James, First Things

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1) – Avellina Balestri, Catholic Lane

Tolkien Alternatives to the “Benedict Option” – David Michael Phelps Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

11 Reasons You Might Need to Go to Confession – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

After Fr. Hamel’s Murder, France Must Reconnect with Christian Culture – Joseph l’Huillier, Catholic Herald

The University of Notre Dame’s Deal with the Devil – William Dempsey...READ MORE

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Let Us Gather by the River: The Catholic Miracle on the Hudson

08/26/2016 Comments (4)

Thomas Creswick, “View on the Hudson River” (c. 1843)

A trip up the Hudson River is a voyage into Catholic America's history. The river has been blessed by the presence of many holy men and women who have sailed into its harbors and labored upon its shores. Some of them are recognized by the Church while the holiness of millions of others is known only by God.

The river's original European name was the St. Anthony River. A century before Hudson sailed up America's river, the Catholic navigators Giovanni da Verrazano (1485-1528) and Estêvão Gomes (1483-1538) piloted their ships along its shores and placed it under the patronage of St. Anthony of Padua. More likely than not, Verrazano and Gomez brought priests with them, so Mass was offered in...READ MORE

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New Sexual Revolution Requires Faithful, Parent-Centered Solutions

08/25/2016 Comments (6)

Catholic families need the Church’s help facing what amounts to a second “sexual revolution” in America. To that end, there are many good efforts to understand and rebuff the radical “gender ideology” and false ideas about sexuality, marriage and the nature of the human person that are taking hold in American society.

But a recently released sex education program promoted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, in its current form, is not what families need.

The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People was developed by married couples in Spain and has enjoyed the support of the Council and the Spanish bishops. It’s being presented as a work in...READ MORE

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In New Interview Benedict XVI Shares Motives for Resignation

08/25/2016 Comments (33)
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Benedict XVI speaking on the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination, June 28, 2016.

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In a new interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said he was prompted to resign because there were many commitments he was “no longer able to accomplish” as Pope, and that he was unable to take any more long-haul flights.

Speaking to theologian Elio Guerriero in an interview published in the Italian daily La Repubblica Aug. 24, Benedict XVI said after travelling to Mexico and Cuba in 2012, he “did not feel able to make such an intense trip as the World Youth Day of 2013 in Rio de Janeiro”.

St. John Paul II, he added, had established the World Youth Day program such that “the physical presence of the Pope was essential.”

Guerriero did not hold back from asking some searching questions...READ MORE

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Taking on the Homosexual Movement, How Abortion Movement Echoes Radical Slavery Rhetoric and More. .

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08/25/2016 Comments (1)

Click on Taking on the Homosexual Movement by Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D., of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

Taking on the Homosexual Movement – Stephen M. Krason Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

How the Abortion Movement Echoes Radical Slavery Rhetoric – Miles Smith, Public Discourse

Loving Our Neighbors On the Road – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

It Is Important that Pilgrims Take Their World Youth Day Experience Beyond Kraków and Into Their Daily Lives – Daisy Powles, Catholic Herald

Visitation: Seeing Christ in Others and Bringing Christ to Others –  Stephanie H. To, Catholic Stand

List of Members of Vatican’s Commission for Study of Women Deacons – Catherine Harmon, The Catholic World Report

French Secularists Having a Difficult Time Accepting that Secularism Is in Retreat - Pierre...READ MORE

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