4 Practical Ways to Implement Laudato Si

06/24/2015 Comments (4)

While the world seeks to analyze Pope Francis’ encyclical and place it into a political framework, it would be much more beneficial to read it and simply seek ways to live it in our everyday lives.

Pope Francis, being a professional “bridge-builder” (pontifex), gives us the opportunity to bridge yet another chasm that has developed in our fallen human world. With the rise of the technological age, we have distanced ourselves from nature and proudly profess how we have become its “master.” Pope Francis recognized the dangers of this type of world-view and wrote “Laudato Si” to teach us a more human approach to our God-given task of earthly stewardship.

Practically speaking, he gave us at...READ MORE

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So the Confederate Flag Should Come Down But Margaret Sanger Belongs on the $20 Bill?

06/24/2015 Comments (31)

The New York Times editorial board called for South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag because it's racist. They said:

State lawmakers who must vote on removing it need to do that now and show the nation they understand the pain this symbol of hate and brutality causes to this day.

So the reason for all the renewed controversy surrounding the flag is because the man charged with killing nine African-Americans in church was seen waving it in photographs. Ok. So any symbol with a strong relation to racism should not be celebrated by the government. Got it?

But last month the New York Times published an opinion piece that none other than Margaret Sanger should be on the $20 bill.

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A Book for Every Catholic Home: The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

06/24/2015 Comments (1)

“I don’t love NFP. I don’t think that it’s a magical cure-all that every couple must embrace in order to achieve full humanity. And I wish that I didn’t have to use it at all.”

With that, Simcha Fisher dives into a topic that, before now, was relegated to textbooks or back rooms, an air of mystery and eye rolling surrounding it. We have Fisher to thank for a book that breaks open the bedroom door and pulls back the curtain on Natural Family Planning.

But don’t say I didn’t warn you about the danger of snort laughing as you read it.

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning is a collection of Fisher’s essays on the topic of Natural Family Planning. This is not a book for tips on...READ MORE

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Has Etsy Banned the Sale of Sacramentals?

06/23/2015 Comments (16)

Etsy,the online marketplace for handmade goods, recently announced a change in its policy. Vendors can no longer sell healing, revenge, health, weight loss, or guaranteed love. The new policy says:

In general, services are not allowed to be listed or sold on Etsy. There are a few exceptions noted below that are allowed as they produce a new, tangible, physical item.

Any service that does not yield a new, tangible, physical item is not allowed (for example: tailoring, restoring or repairing an item, photographic retouching or color correction).

Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is...READ MORE

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Stem Cell Ambiguity: The Gordie Howe Case Highlights the Need for Clearer Terminology

06/23/2015 Comments (3)

Adult stem cells: They're the good kind, right? They come from tissue contributed by an adult donor, right?

Well, not exactly. This week, pro-lifers criticized the treatments administered to two prominent sports heroes, hockey great Gordie Howe and retired pro quarterback John Brodie, utilizing “adult stem cells” which were, contrary to earlier reports, drawn from an aborted fetus. 

Why the confusion? Well, back in February Dave McGuigan, vice president of Stemedica Cell Technologies, the San Diego biopharmaceutical company which developed and manufactured the biological compounds used to treat Howe and Brodie, assured the media that “only adult stem cells were used” in the injections....READ MORE

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Card. Kasper Was Right About One Thing: Synod Won't Alter Church Teaching on Gay Unions

06/23/2015 Comments (10)
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While media coverage of the Synod has stirred expectations in some quarters that Pope Francis could extend a measure of pastoral support to same-sex unions,  Cardinal Walter Kasper told EWTN's Raymond Arroyo in a June 11 interview that no such proposal would be on the table.

"The question is not what we say about homosexual unions," Cardinal Kasper told Raymond Arroyo. "The problem is how to help families when a boy or girl comes and has this attraction ... how to help them. And I think the council [synod], the council is a council about family; it’s a council about marriage and our Catholic understanding. Such a homosexual union is not a marriage and is not a family; and, therefore, I...READ MORE

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6 Things You Need for Prayer

06/23/2015 Comment

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them and growing closer to God as a result. Today's excerpt comes from the first chapter of the book, "Perspective on Meditation and Devotion."

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer

These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter...READ MORE

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Of Sanctity, Old Yeller, and the Plague: A Post-Father’s Day Retrospective

06/22/2015 Comments (2)

Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe.
C.S. Lewis

Years ago, following a family viewing of Old Yeller, I asked my kids what they thought the movie was about. The responses were what you’d expect: “Growing up,” and “Life on the frontier,” and, of course, “It’s sad – the dog dies.” After everyone had a chance to chime in, I made this observation: “I think it’s about fatherhood.”

“What? Fatherhood?” everyone objected. “No way! The father is gone most of the movie!”

It’s true. Fess Parker probably wasn’t paid much for his role as the dad, because he only appears in two brief scenes: Once, at the very beginning, as his character bids farewell to his family, and once at the very end...READ MORE

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