Is the Catholic Response to 'Obergefell' to Obey the State, or to Disobey It?

07/24/2015 Comments (35)

Pope Leo XIII

Is the Catholic response to Obergefell to obey the State, or to disobey it?

That wise old sage Pope Leo XIII has left us a huge amount of little-known writing that often seems to speak directly to our own times. For example, this extract from the 1881 encyclical Diuturnum illud is worthy of greater familiarity:

15. The one only reason which men have for not obeying [their rulers] is when anything is demanded of them which is openly repugnant to the natural or the divine law, for it is equally unlawful to command to do anything in which the law of nature or the will of God is violated. If, therefore, it should happen to anyone to be compelled to prefer one or the other, viz., to disregard...READ MORE

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Is the Second Coming Necessary?

07/24/2015 Comments (14)

Ask any fan of Douglas Adams, "What is the meaning of the universe?" and you will be told: "42".

Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was an atheist. Indeed, Adams cheerily explains in a last collection of his work called The Salmon of Doubt how he not only lost his faith (such as it was) when he was 18 but how, much later, Richard Dawkins' books The Blind Watchmaker and The Selfish Gene Explained it All for Him. And the explanation is this: "The universe we observe," writes Dawkins, "has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pointless indifference."

And so, Adams is delighted to say that the...READ MORE

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What can American parents learn from a doll?

07/23/2015 Comments (25)

As the mother of eight daughters, I know a thing or two about American Girl Dolls (and mostly what I know is that they make wonderful gifts for someone with deep pockets to buy for my eight daughters!).  The dolls themselves are nice enough, if overpriced, but the accompanying books are a great, painless way to sneak some history into your kids' casual reading time. One of the nice things about the AG books is that, as far as I know, they have avoided controversy, and just convey undisputed historical facts without adding shades of interpretation.

Rumor has it that the newest historical doll will be named Maryellen Larkin, and she will be a 1950's girl. I came across a fan board, where one...READ MORE

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Our Biblical Heritage of Clarity and Confidence Must Be Regained

Blurry ambiguity cannot be our stance. We must regain the ancient and biblical stance of saving souls out of the Kingdom of Darkness and bringing them into the Kingdom of Light.

07/23/2015 Comments (17)

Christ Pantocrator from Hagia Sophia. By Dianelos Georgoudis [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

When one examines the biblical record of the New Testament authors there emerges in the portrait of the early Church a great clarity regarding the condition of this world, the need to be rescued from its grip, and to be sober about its influences. It is a clarity that is often lacking today, and many biblical texts that manifest such clarity unnerve many modern readers. 

Yet to the biblical authors there was nothing vague about the distinction between the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of Christ. St. Paul described the work of God has saving us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4). He says further, God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness, and has brought us into the...READ MORE

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Does God Want Everyone to Be Catholic?

The truth matters, and we need to respond accordingly. God is counting on us to spread the Word.

07/23/2015 Comments (46)

"St. Peter's in Rome", Gaspar van Wittel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

I have a question that I quite often ask Catholics, and judging by the responses I get when I ask, the vast majority of Catholics have never before thought about this question, or their answer to it.  That question is: Does God want everyone to be Catholic?  I am willing to bet, for many of you reading this, that question has never entered your mind. But it needs to, because it is such an important question. The answer to that question will determine a lot in regard to how you respond to the calls of the recent popes, including Pope Francis, for evangelization.

But, this is not just a question that is important for Catholics to pray and ponder over, it is a question for all Christians,...READ MORE

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Before You Enter the Pro-Life Arena, Prepare Yourself for Spiritual Combat

If you are an instrument — if you are His instrument — He will use you to save lives. You will do good.

07/23/2015 Comments (12)

"Christ and the Rich Young Man" by Andrey Mironov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

May the meditations of my heart
and the words of my mouth
be pleasing in Your sight,
oh Lord, my God and my Redeemer.
—King David

I was all set to write a post that would get right down to the nitty and the gritty of hardball, pro-life politics. I’m still going to do that. But not today. 

I try to pray the prayer above, which is an old, old prayer from the Psalms, before every speech I make, and before I put my fingers on the keyboard to begin writing. Sometimes, I get caught up in the moment and just start writing without praying. Those are the times when I have to go back and say, I’m sorry, I was wrong, I apologize

Because, you see, without God putting a brake on my inner jerk, I...READ MORE

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What Do You Do When Prayer is Dry or Feels Pointless?

07/23/2015 Comments (1)

What do you do when prayer is dry or feels pointless? How do you continue when it seems like God isn't there?

Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara

The Fifth Counsel—Persevere in Aridity

Amongst all counsels this is chiefly to be observed, that when in meditation we cannot presently perceive that sweetness of devotion we expect, not, therefore, to wax timid, or leave off from the exercise begun, but patiently, with longsuffering, expect the coming of our Lord: seeing it worthy of the excellency of the Divine Majesty, the utility and baseness of man’s condition, the importance of the business we have in hand to stay awhile before the...READ MORE

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Ashley Madison Hack: "Cyberterrorism" or Vigilante Justice?

07/22/2015 Comments (5)

By www.elbpresse.de (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This week, we learned that computer hackers are not only interested in exposing the dark secrets of U.S. foreign policy, or stealing consumers' credit information for profit. 

Some hackers seek to impose a kind of vigilante justice on the shadowy world of a dating website like Ashley Madison. The site is geared for people seeking extra-marital affairs, and it has an engaging pitch: "Life is short. Have an affair."

Here's an early report on the breach from KrebsonSecurity, a top site specializing in the ever-growing threat posed by cyberattacks.

Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have...READ MORE

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