5 Things That Give Me Hope

07/28/2015 Comments (2)

Pierre Puvin de Chavannes (1824-1898), "L'Espérance"

The world is often a depressing place, as anyone living in it well knows.

Thank God for hope, which is...

1) Related to the joy of faith. 

What else increases my hope?

2) Hopeful reminders to put things into perspective, like a recent tweet from @Pontifex“When everything falls apart, only one thing sustains our hope: God loves us; he loves everyone!” Also, daily doses of hope @VerilyMag, like this

3) Holy people, like St. Thérèse’s parents, who show us how to live holiness within family life, and St. John Paul II — whose advice on being light and love in the world is increasingly timely: “Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love.” And his...READ MORE

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Of Baptismal Largesse and Healing Outside the Pool

07/28/2015 Comment

All pessimism has a secret optimism for its object.
G.K. Chesterton

“You have your swimsuit on,” my son Nicky observed. “Does that mean you’re going to swim?” 

“May-be,” I replied, adding a bit of upward lift to the second syllable. Nicky correctly interpreted this as an affirmation.

“Yes,” he hissed with a fist pump, and turning to Katharine, “Papa’s going to get in this time!” 

It’s been a chilly summer around here, and the first couple times I took the kids swimming I had no intention of joining them. They wore their suits and did the polar bear thing; I wore clothes and sat by the poolside with a newspaper. 

What was I thinking? 

Maybe I physically stayed out of the pool itself,...READ MORE

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Obama and UN Must Declare That ISIS is Guilty of Genocide

07/28/2015 Comments (13)

By Voice of America

Last week, former Congressman Frank Wolf — the House's most courageous crusader on religious freedom — and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative asked President Obama and the Secretary General of the United Nations to fully declare that the Islamic State’s actions against religious and ethnic minority populations in the Middle East is genocide.

In his letter, Wolf told the president and the UN Secretary General: 

Genocidal intent can clearly be seen in Islamic State’s ideology and mission which is directed towards the creation of a global caliphate that has been purged of every man, woman and child deemed to be an 'unbeliever' through either forced conversion or death. In Iraq, this...READ MORE

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How Long Should You Spend in Meditation?

07/28/2015 Comments (1)

How long should you spend in meditation? What if you don't have that much time? When's the best time for meditation?

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

The Sixth Counsel—Avoid Brevity in Meditation

This counsel does not much differ from the former, which, notwithstanding, is equally necessary. And this it is that the servant of God must not content himself that he has felt a little sensible consolation from meditation, as many do when they have shed a little dry tear, or felt a little comforting of the heart, that they have attained to the scope and end of this exercise. But they are far deceived; for even as to make the earth...READ MORE

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Ryan Anderson's 'Truth Overruled' is a Bold New Defense of Marriage

07/27/2015 Comments (33)

To hear the liberal news media tell it, those who seek to defend traditional marriage are old, worn out, and unreasonable. But, there’s a thirty-three year old in the nation’s capital who is – quite literally – running circles around that ideologically-charged rhetoric.

In 2012, Ryan T. Anderson, now the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, co-authored What is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense with Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis. When that book appeared in print, it catapulted Anderson into the national spotlight, landing him interview requests from shows like Fox News’ Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s The Ed Show with...READ MORE

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Yes, You CAN Raise Faithful Kids!

What are your chances of raising faithful kids? Answer these 5 questions.

07/27/2015 Comments (7)

For the Catholic parent, there is no more important task than communicating our faith to our children. That doesn’t just mean teaching our kids Catholic prayers and rituals. It means teaching them how to have a meaningful and personal relationship with God. How to think and act morally. How to love rightly and intimately. How to celebrate and live life as the gift that it is meant to be. And, ultimately, how to be saints — living witnesses to a life of grace.

As critical as this mission is, it’s understandable that many parents feel overwhelmed about the undertaking. Fortunately recent studies examining how faith is transmitted through family life is taking some of the mystery out of the...READ MORE

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Ross Douthat on Video: Organs Are Lucrative for PP Because Fetuses Are Human

07/27/2015 Comments (2)

Last week, after two undercover videos badly damaged Planned Parenthood's credibility with the public, the nation's paper of record stepped up to do some damage control.

"The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal," stated an editorial published by The New York Times. And within days, Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California, vowed to investigate the Center for Medical Progress — not Planned Parenthood, which also faces allegations that its abortionists alter their procedures to secure organs.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton criticised the videos as a "concerted"...READ MORE

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Obama DOJ to Investigate…the Center for Medical Progress

07/27/2015 Comments (21)

Videos by the Center for Medical Progress clearly shows top officials from Planned Parenthood discussing selling human body parts for profit, performing partial birth abortions, and discussing the destruction of the unborn in the most reprehensible and inhumane ways. So, of course, the Obama administration has decided to investigate...the Center for Medical Progress.

Politico reports:

While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that...READ MORE

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