Don't be Afraid to Tell the Truth, God Can Take It

04/08/2016 Comments (3)

A man I know has grappled his entire life with self-hatred. And like salt in the wound, he has absorbed a notion which has only served to exacerbate all the suffering. Once, he told me, "I don't feel like I'm allowed to express any pain over how bad I hurt inside, because I'm a sinner and so anything I'm suffering is my fault anyway. That makes me angry, but then I think 'I can't be mad at God because being mad at Him suggests that He did something wrong, and since He's never wrong, it's wrong for me to be angry at Him.'"


Many of us, like my friend, are walking bottles of pain and frustration sometimes, terrified that if any of it gets seen by God, He will nail us.

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Chastity and the Cosmo Girl

04/07/2016 Comments (1)

When Helen Gurley Brown took over as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan in 1965, the magazine became a mouthpiece for the sexual revolution.  Cosmo, as it came to be known, reflected and promoted the values of Brown’s book, “Sex and the Single Girl.”  To this day the magazine is known for its suggestive covers, and articles that focus on sex, relationships, fashion, beauty, and more sex. 

So it was no small surprise when the magazine’s website recently included a feature piece that told the stories of three twenty-something women who’ve chosen to remain abstinent until marriage.  All of them, whose real names were changed, spoke openly about how faith informed their decisions. 

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7 Things I Learned From Gender-Neutral Cats

04/07/2016 Comments (12)

Julius Adam (1852-1913), “Zwei Kätzchen im Korb mit blauem Tuch”

We are better than earthworms and higher than sea stars and sea anemones. They are gender-neutral. We are male and female. “He created them male and female, and he blessed them and he named them Man in the day when they were created.” (Genesis 5:1,2).

Most of us never could have dreamed that one day a “he” or a “she” pronoun would become political.  Feminist language reformers from universities (where else?) began tackling gender specific words during the 1970’s.  It became verboten to use the word “man” to stand for people.  Job titles changed such as chairman to chairperson. I’m fine with giving a job a name that reflects the work regardless of gender.  But then Scripture was dragged in....READ MORE

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Alumni Day and the Domestic Church

04/07/2016 Comment

Recently I had the opportunity to go to my college’s alumni day. An annual event that many alumni look forward to, it is a pleasure to attend as often as possible. The day is filled with catching up with old friends, walking around campus, and hopefully getting an opportunity to see those one or two professors that were looked up to and remembered as “favorites.” 

My Alumni Day highlight is always the Mass offered by one of the priests of the college. Holding the attention of graduates from 1956 all the way to the class of 2016, Father Aelred, in a beautiful and reflective way, highlighted all of the mutual experiences that we, regardless of year, shared at our alma mater, our home....READ MORE

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How I Learned to Stop Nitpicking at Mass

04/07/2016 Comments (23)

A priest gives Holy Communion on the Feast of the Holy Family in St. Peter's Basilica on December 27, 2015. (Alexey Gotovsky/CNA)

While I was raised Catholic it was not until my sophomore year of college that I went to my first Extraordinary Form Mass (Traditional Latin Mass).* The guy I had a crush on really liked it, and once we started dating I began to attend it with him regularly. At first the EF Mass seemed strange and distant and I had to scramble to follow along I my missal, which happened to be my father’s 50 year old First Communion missal, or even know where the priest was in the Mass, but slowly I fell in love with the ancient liturgy.

As I studied for my Masters degree I took a required class on the Second Vatican Council while at the same time studied the history of the liturgy and the theology of the...READ MORE

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Christian Filmmakers Should Be Witnesses, Not Preachers

04/07/2016 Comments (11)

(Photo Credit: Carmelo Speltino, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

What is the purpose of Christian films? Are they meant to evangelize, inspire and transform the culture? Or are the best films the ones that “preach to the choir” with a message of “Jesus Saves?”

In the past 10 years there have been a landslide of Christian films, all of which are trying to replicate the enormous success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Since then there have been movies such as (to name only a few) Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), Courageous (2011), God’s Not Dead (2014), Heaven Is for Real (2014), Mom's Night Out (2014), Old Fashioned (2015), Do You Believe (2015), War Room (2015), and the latest, God's Not Dead 2.

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Island of Lesbos April 16

04/07/2016 Comments (1)

Refugees arriving in Lesbos on an overloaded dingy last September.

– YouTube/Channel4

Pope Francis is to visit the Greek island of Lesbos next Saturday, the Vatican has announced.

In a communique released this morning, the Vatican said:

"Accepting the invitations from His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Holiness Francis will visit Lesbos on Saturday 16 April, 2016. 

On the island, the Holy Father, His Holiness Bartholomew, and His Holiness Jerome II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, will meet with the refugees accommodated there."

Details of the visit are still being worked out, but its principal aim is to show support and solidarity for refugees in the front line of Europe’s migrant...READ MORE

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Easter Anguish in Pakistan, and How Catholics Can Help; Catholicism and Authority and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/07/2016 Comment

Click on Easter Anguish in Pakistan, and How Catholics Can Help by the Editorial Board of O.S.V. Newsweekly link to read more.

Easter Anguish in Pakistan, and How Catholics Can Help – Editorial Board, O.S.V. Newsweekly

The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: Authority – Brandon Schild, Catholic Stand

Notre Dame Faculty Call on University to Rescind Award to Pro-Abort Joe Biden – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Mother Angelica? – Chloe Mooradian, Epic Pew

23 Great Movies to Inspire Sacrifice – Vicki Burbach, Pelican’s Breast

The Right Kind of Fear, Not Doing the Will of God – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Revisiting Catholic Social Teaching – Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

So Who Is the Real “Reactionary” in Georgia’s Religious Liberty Vote? – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of...READ MORE

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