Pope Francis on the Divorced and Remarried: 10 Things to Know and Share

08/05/2015 Comments (89)

Pope Francis recently made remarks on the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment.

His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation.

They also attracted attention because he stressed that people in this situation are not excommunicated.

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .


1) Where did the pope make his remarks and where can I read them?

He made them at his Wednesday general audience on August 5, 2015. They are part of a series of catecheses he has been doing on the family.

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The Pro-Life Movement is a Battle, But It's a Battle of Love

08/05/2015 Comments (8)

Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), "Findelkind"

The abortion debate has taken center stage this summer and the videos released on the activities of Planned Parenthood have shed new light on this hot topic. It has allowed all of us to reflect upon the core issue behind a woman’s right to choose and to reexamine our approach.

At this point in the history of America abortion is the most hotly debated political and moral issue of our times. Yet when it all boils down, what is the woman’s right to choose all about? In the end, it should be formulated as such: does a woman have the right to kill her child?

With advances in technology, especially ultrasound, we now know when life begins: conception. The issue of when a human life begins is no...READ MORE

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AP Poll Asked the Wrong Questions

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A poll released by Associated Press on July 18, showed the lowest support for redefining marriage since they started their current polling methodology in 2013. The poll was conducted during the second week in July, less than three weeks after the US Supreme Court issued its landmark decision that redefined marriage across the country.

Only 42 percent either supported or leaned toward making it legal for same-sex couples to marry compared to 48 percent in April. The poll also indicated that people were split on whether or not the Court should have redefined marriage in the first place, 39 percent approving and 41 percent disapproving.

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Why You Need Spiritual Food

08/04/2015 Comments (4)

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), "La última comunión de san José de Calasanzque va antes el huevo o la gallina"

Every third summer, the Catholic lectionary provides a series of readings for Sunday Mass from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. This is the magnificently crafted chapter in which the evangelist's Eucharistic theology is most fully presented. It is a curiosity of John's Gospel that the Last Supper scene includes no "institution narrative," which is to say, the account of what Jesus did with the bread and cup the night before he died. But as many scholars have indicated, the Eucharist is a theme that runs right through the entirety of the Gospel and which finds richest expression in the famous chapter six.

I won't focus in this essay on the great issue of the real presence —"My flesh...READ MORE

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10 Important Things to Be Happy About Today

08/04/2015 Comments (11)

Bad news? There's plenty. There's also plenty to be happy about today. Here are ten good things in the news right now:

1. Today is the feast day of John Vianney, the Curé of Ars. He tended not to notice how ratty his clothes were getting, because he was so busy taking care of his flock, hearing confessions for eleven hours a day, spending his free time with orphans and at adoration.  He often had supernatural knowledge of the private state of people's souls. But my favorite story is when some disgruntled parishioners circulated a petition to the bishop to have him removed as pastor for being " incompetent, lazy, ineffective, [and] driving people away."

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New Hot Meme: Planned Parenthood Reduces Abortion

08/04/2015 Comments (73)

Planned Parenthood reduces the number of abortions!!! That's what you'd be led to believe if you were watching or reading the mainstream media. But hey, you'd also think that the killing of a lion and the destruction of a robot in Philadelphia were national tragedies. (Funny how a robot getting its arms and legs ripped off is a national story but the dismemberment of humans is virtually ignored.)

But saying Planned Parenthood reduces abortions is like saying cigarette companies reduce the number of smokers because, hey, smokers die every day from smoking so clearly they're working hard to reduce the number of smokers! Or that Hillary is working hard to prevent future violence against...READ MORE

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10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration

08/03/2015 Comments (2)

"The Transfiguration" by Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo

This Thursday commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration.

This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean?

Here are 10 things you need to know.


1. What does the word "transfiguration" mean?

The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans- ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). It thus signifies a change of form or appearance.

This is what happened to Jesus in the event known as the Transfiguration: His appearance changed and became glorious.

Before looking at the Transfiguration itself, it's important that we look at what happened immediately before it in Luke's Gospel.


2. What happened right before the Transfiguration?


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What Is the Source of This Darkness of Our Times?

08/03/2015 Comments (26)

"The Ninth Plague: Darkness" by Doré

Scripture consistently uses the term “darkness” to refer to that which is contrary to God's order and truth. Even in the very opening lines of Genesis the world is described as kind of primeval emptiness and without form or order: The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep (Gen 1:2). But, Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light (Gen 1:3) and thus order began to be introduced. God spoke his word successively, and from this word there came order, from raw elements came that which was rational, orderly, and life-giving. 

It began with the first word, “Let there be light.” 

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