Thuggery Under the Banner of Tolerance

04/08/2015 Comments (367)

I long believed that the oft-discussed tolerance and compassion of secularists were remnants of Christianity or even seeds of the faith which given proper care could be guide those touting those values towards the faith. But I don't think I think that's the case anymore.

While being wrong is nothing new to me, this is especially painful in that I believed tolerance and compassion could bring secularists and Christians together, now I believe they will tear us apart further. In fact, the tolerance and compassion that I believed would bring us together is being used as a cudgel to attack Christians.

One must only look to the "tolerance" of those fighting religious freedom laws in Indiana. A...READ MORE

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I Don't Know Nothin' About Raisin' No Babies, Apparently

04/07/2015 Comments (26)

"Assume I don't know anything." This is what I always tell the nurses in the hospital when I have a new baby. And I'm not just being modest or cute or something. I have picked up a few things about caring for babies in the last seventeen years (SEVENTEEN YEARS); but there are a few things that I will never, ever learn.  For instance:

1. That baby is asleep. Sleeping babies breathe very shallowly. If you really, really feel the need to freak out over whether she is breathing or not, you can slowly, quietly go in real close and listen, and you will be able to tell if she is breathing. It is not medically necessary to swoop down upon the child, hear her gasping with fright, and then clasp her...READ MORE

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Death and Laughter

04/06/2015 Comments (6)

"If April showers bring May flowers," I asked my four-month-old son as he lay on my chest, "what do May flowers bring?"

I waited for a reply but four-month-olds are uncommonly reticent about speaking, so finally I was compelled to answer my own riddle.

"Pilgrims!" I cried with glee.

My wife Janet lay there next to me, propped up on one elbow and rolling her eyes. The only thing worse than a dumb joke is a dumb joke you've heard before. So I sat little Luke up on my chest and said, "I don't know, Luke. I thought it was a good joke. What did you think?"

He instantly barfed on me.

Janet fell over backward laughing and eventually slid off the bed in her convulsive hysteria. It was several...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' Address

04/05/2015 Comments (10)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ is risen!

Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!

Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of his divine glory, emptied himself, took on the form of a slave and humbled himself even to death, death on a cross.  For this reason God exalted him and made him Lord of the universe.  Jesus is Lord!

By his death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation.  This is the path which leads to glory.  Only those who humble themselves can go towards the “things that are above”, towards God (cf. Col 3:1-4).  The...READ MORE

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8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

04/04/2015 Comments (15)

Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Here are 8 things you need to know.

The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.

What happened on this day?

Was Jesus' resurrection a real, historical event?

How does the Church celebrate this day?

Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Here are 8 things you need to know.


1. What happened on Easter?

Among other things:

  • The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body.
  • They saw angels, who told them he wasn't there.
  • They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn't believe them.
  • Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to see the tomb and found it empty.
  • Mary Magdalen, in particular, had an encounter with the risen Christ.
  • So did the...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Easter Vigil Homily

04/04/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is the official Vatican translation of Pope Francis’ Homily at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday evening.

Tonight is a night of vigil.  The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps 121:4), to bring them out of slavery and to open before them the way to freedom.

The Lord is keeping watch and, by the power of his love, he is bringing his people through the Red Sea.  He is also bringing Jesus through the abyss of death and the netherworld. 

This was a night of vigil for the disciples of Jesus, a night of sadness and fear.  The men remained locked in the Upper Room.  Yet, the women went to the tomb at dawn on Sunday to anoint...READ MORE

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12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday

04/03/2015 Comments (4)

On Holy Saturday the earth waits in stillness for the Resurrection of the Lord. Here are 12 things you need to know about it.

Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell."

Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event.

What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it?

Here are 12 things you need to know.


1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday?

Here on earth, Jesus' disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested.

Luke notes that the women returned home "and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56).

At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept watch over the place to make sure that the disciples did not steal Jesus' body.

Meanwhile . . .


2. What happened to...READ MORE

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Via Crucis at the Colosseum With Pope Francis

04/03/2015 Comments (1)

On Good Friday, Pope Francis led the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the Colosseum in Rome. 

The meditations for the 14 Stations of the Cross were written this year by Mons. Renato Corti, Bishop Emeritus of Novara in Italy, and can be read here.

Here below is the meditation of Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross

O Christ crucified and victorious,

Your Way of the Cross is the summary of your life,

the icon of Your obedience to the will of the Father,

and the realization of your infinite love for us sinners.

It is the proof of Your mission.

It is the final fulfillment of the revelation and the history of salvation.

The weight of Your cross frees us...READ MORE

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