Devotional Literature vs. Literalism

06/03/2016 Comments (3)

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), “Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures”

One great thing about being a humanities major is that it helps you to despise all the money you'll never make. Another great thing about it is that it prepares you for approaching religious literature in ways that, mysteriously enough, don't seem to occur to so many people with a background in "biblical studies" or "systematic theology" or whatnot. Not that these disciplines are bad, mind you. It's just that there are days when I wish people would let their hair down and not read every bit of Christian literature as though it is a term in a syllogism or a piece of evidence in a murder trial.

Take for, instance a man I know (we'll call him "Bob") who found a bunch of Marian prayers...READ MORE

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"I Will Go for Her." The Amazing Story of A Polish Martyr

06/02/2016 Comments (5)

Blessed Marianna Biernacka is described in many reports as leading a "simple" life. But it's my experience that there are really no simple lives. Marianna knew heartbreak. She knew fear. She knew backbreaking work. She knew loss. And she knew God's love.

Marianna was born in 1888. At the age of twenty she married a local man, Louis Biernacki. Together, they had six children, four of whom died shortly after birth. The only source of survival for the family was their family farm.

After the death of Louis in 1929, Marianna lived with her son Stanislaw. Stanislav eventually married a young woman, Anna Szymczyk, and they all lived together. Prayer and song were a large part of their lives....READ MORE

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A Portable Confessional, 'Judge Not', and Many More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/02/2016 Comment

Click on Ingenious Lights for Portable Confessional by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more!

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Full text: Cardinal Sarah at the National Catholic Prayer...READ MORE

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Give More Money for Heaven’s Sake!

06/02/2016 Comments (38)

(Image Credit: The Widow's Mite from “The Bible panorama”, via Wikimedia Commons)

Stop and think for a moment.

Why are we commanded (it’s not an option) to give sacrificially to the work of the Church?

Most people assume it’s because the Church has to pay the bills, the priest needs a salary, the church needs a new roof and we have to help the poor people. Yes and no.

We certainly do need money for mission, but there is a more profound and disturbing reason we are commanded to give.

In the Gospel a rich young man asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answers, “Sell all that you have and give to the poor.”

Look closely. The primary reason is NOT so the poor will have food and shelter. The primary reason for the command is that the man will be...READ MORE

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Instead of #LiveBoldly, Strive to #LiveHoly

06/02/2016 Comment

It's probably the timing that makes me extra upset.

Just as I'm in the midst of working with Mayo Clinic to find a reasonable solution for a recently-diagnosed cervical spine condition, I see this headline on Live Action News:

"People with disabilities do ‘live boldly’ — and they’re not better off dead"

Darn right.

The movie the headline is referring to is called, "Me Before You." I'm totally going to spoil the ending for you, but I really don't care because I'm hoping you boycott it anyway.

In the movie, a young woman, Louisa Clark, falls in love with Will Traynor, a wheel chair-bound quadriplegic whose mother has hired Clark to care for him. Traynor's mother is hoping that Clark can...READ MORE

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The Justice League of Medieval Saints and Their Basilica

06/02/2016 Comment

The high altar of the Vierzehnheiligen (Photo Credit: “Cajetan”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

If you were a kid, or had kids, in the seventies and eighties, you might remember the classic Saturday morning animated series Super Friends (1973-1986). The cartoon depicted the adventures of the Justice League, the DC Comics superhero team to which Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter belonged. The Justice League was an amazing collection of powerful men and women (and aliens) dedicated to promoting good and fighting evil in all of its forms. Each Justice League member had specific abilities and was called upon to perform a certain function for the good of the team and the world.

Very few people, Catholic or otherwise, would realize...READ MORE

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The Truth About Daycare

06/02/2016 Comments (27)

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently scripted a fictional debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Putting aside its pure entertainment value (Douthat has Trump’s verbal tics down pat), the column, “Make Family Policy Great Again”, raised the hot-button issue of child care.

Clinton has vowed to dramatically expand federal funding for child care in the hopes of making sure “kids get the best possible start in life.” But, as W. Bradford Wilcox writes at National Review, science doesn’t back up Clinton’s underlying rationale for such programs. Referring to a recent piece in Family Studies, Wilcox writes that “when young children, especially infants, spend lots of time in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Third Meditation for Priests

06/02/2016 Comment


Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,...READ MORE

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