#WhyWeMarch: Scenes from 2015’s National March for Life

01/23/2015 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — The national March for Life in D.C. is not only a pro-life story, but a Catholic story. Amid the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered in Washington to show their solidarity with the unborn child on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the vast presence and diversity of the Catholic Church could be seen.

Each one came with their own reason for why they marched, and they show a cross-section of the Church that is young, vital, and engaged with their faith and the Church’s teachings on life and human dignity.

Marchers could be seen streaming into Union Station on their way to the March’s rally at the Washington Mall, such as this group of Catholic families from Our...READ MORE

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Christ vs. the Power of Now

01/22/2015 Comments (12)

I have a lot of sympathy for New Age folks. Not sympathy with their ideas (if one can use such a strong word as “idea” for the quicksilver emotionalism and muddy mixture of suburban folk religion that is the New Age), but sympathy with the elemental movements of the heart that seem to animate much of the New Age. I myself was a pagan at one time. That is not to say I was a Wiccan, nor that I painted myself with woad and sat naked, pounding drums in some Men’s Circle. Rather, I was raised in the suburban garage band culture of Wayne’s World, darkening the door of a church perhaps five times in my life, unbaptized, clueless about the gospel, filled with superstitious fears...READ MORE

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Can End Abortion

01/22/2015 Comments (8)
courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

– courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

The March for Life 2015 may be over, but keep praying to end abortion. One of the most powerful prayers is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

That is right from St. Maria Faustina’s experience and teaching.

It’s time to realize the circumstances for which St. Faustina received the chaplet and how they tie into our present day.

So remind Divine Mercy for America’s initiators and directors, Joan and Dave Maroney, remind us. They are the founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception based at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

“Many are unaware that the Lord originally requested this prayer, in...READ MORE

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March for Life, In Person or In Spirit

01/22/2015 Comments (2)

Today is the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the supreme court decision which ruled that a woman's constitutional right to privacy includes her right to have an abortion. The annual March for Life in D.C. is underway, where the estimated half-million marchers will no doubt magically diminish into "thousands" on the evening news. 

As massive as the crowds of pro-lifers are, there are even more of us at home, commemorating this dreadful anniversary in various ways.

The USCCB has called for a day of fasting and abstinence from meat today, and has laid out a nine-day schedule of prayers and suggestions for acts of reparation. Today, which is day six, the focus is on "each person suffering...READ MORE

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Just in Time for the March for Life, GOP Punks Out on Abortion

01/22/2015 Comments (26)

This is deflating. Here I am running out the door to head down to Washington D.C. for the March for Life and I read that the House GOP dropped plans to debate a bill that would make late-term abortions illegal. The whole thing was sort of a show anyway since President Obama was going to veto it anyway. But that's the thing. Republicans don't even dare to bring up a show vote on abortion.

This on the day before the March for Life just shows why we can't get anywhere. According to polls, banning late-term abortions is supported by something like 70 or 80 percent of people. That means it would actually be good politics to raise this issue. But instead, they punk out on the unborn.

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Archbishop Gänswein: Francis and Benedict Don't Differ on Divorce-Remarriage Issue

01/22/2015 Comments (3)

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has given an interesting interview to the German newspaper Die Zeit, during which he fields some very direct and pertinent questions about serving under Pope Francis.

In particular, he says there is no difference between Francis and Benedict over allowing communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household, who also continues to serve as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s private secretary, is in a privileged position and so able to shed some light on the inner workings of Francis' pontificate – although he insists he is unaware who the Holy Father’s closest advisers are.

In the interview, which was translated from the...READ MORE

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Seeking Nourishment: Things to Be Sought Part II

01/21/2015 Comment


Earlier this month at SEEK2015, a conference put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, I chatted with a variety of interested folks about what college students seek or should seek to build up their faith lives.  I asked for something tangible and in my first post, I looked at: good friendships, guidance from a priest, relief from moral corruption and hope.

The following responses to what college student should seek point to spiritual nourishment and sustaining the regimen.

Prayer.  “Before any and everything else, prayer is the most important,” Jordan Roberts, a student originally from Montana told...READ MORE

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When the Phrase “Life Is Important” Becomes More than a Theme Song

01/21/2015 Comments (2)

Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will converge in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. If this year is anything like past years, it will be an event that’s largely ignored by mainstream media, except for the five people who are in favor of abortion.

It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion and really changed a lot of things in this country. In fact, there will be hundreds of thousands marching and walking across the country in support of life. You can also pray along with the 9 Days for Life if you’re not in a position to 

But sometimes, having a face, a story, a NAME, makes it all real in a different way. It makes the theory into...READ MORE

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