Top 10 Reasons It Makes Sense That St. John Paul II Loved 'Princess Bride'

10/22/2014 Comments (5)

The news is terrible, the future worrisome. What better time to relax with Princess Bride?

In his new book about the making of the movie Princess Bride, Cary Elwes reveals some surprising fans the 1980s comedy-adventure movie has won. Elwes starred as Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts — and happens to be a practicing Catholic, too.

First: John Gotti. Director Rob Reiner encountered the boss of the Gambino crime family at a New York restaurant, and the Mafioso (in a far different accent from Inigo Montoya’s from the movie) called out “Hey! You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Second, from mobster to saint — Pope John Paul II. When Elwes met him at the Vatican (who, ironically, he would later...READ MORE

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Discernment: What It Does and Doesn't Mean

10/21/2014 Comments (18)

This year, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to give a decision over to God -- how to discern what God wants us to do, when we have a choice before us. It's one of the more widely misunderstood areas of our practical spiritual life, and I'm still figuring out what it means to live this way. Here are a few things I've figured out about what to expect when I pray for guidance in a decision:

 

It doesn't mean: You're no longer responsible for your behavior or your behavior's consequences. Prayer is not divination, where you split open the dove before the battle, and then become enemies with Athena if you lose. When we pray about something, that doesn't absolve us from using our...READ MORE

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God's Law vs. God's Mercy?  Never

10/21/2014 Comments (14)

I have noted lately some general confusion on the distinctions between God’s mercy, His law (Church doctrine and law), and His Justice.

Some people seem to equate God’s law, as presented in the decalogue and Church law, as being about God’s justice. Unfortunately, this is the way that certain members of the Church hierarchy have chosen to frame the discussion.  Consequently, some people have come to believe that God’s law (Doctrine) is somehow in opposition to God’s mercy.  Heavens no!!

God’s law is all about mercy, about love, and about truth.  Church law, as revealed in Her doctrine, is never about justice in the sense of punishment or paying for your crimes.  Rather it is only about...READ MORE

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Marriage — The Silver Bullet for a Strong Society

10/20/2014 Comments (79)

The topic of divorce and remarriage has become one of great import at this month’s Synod of the Family. But while the bishops continue to discuss how to best evangelize families, especially those that are hurting, I hope they keep in mind that the Church serves families best when it promotes the beautiful and Godly image of marriage, not to mention the spiritual, emotional, physical and material benefits to all involved when we take the plunge and stay the course.   

Education and encouragement regarding the sanctity of marriage is needed now more than ever, because it seems that many young adults have been giving it the cold shoulder. A couple weekends ago, The American Heritage...READ MORE

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It Didn't Go Out With Vatican II

10/19/2014 Comments (78)

My pal Dave is a convert like me. When he first began looking at the Church he often had conversations with confident, relaxed, and well-meaning lay Catholics who would assure him that this and that "went out with Vatican II".

"How about those doily thingamabobs on women's heads?" he'd ask.

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"Latin?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"The Immaculate Conception?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"The doctrine of the Trinity?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

It was at this point that Dave paused and began to realize that even he, as little as he knew about Catholicism, was reasonably sure that the doctrine of the Trinity had not "gone...READ MORE

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Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

The synod fathers agreed with a 2/3 majority to all 62 paragraph in synod report except those on communion for the divorced and “remarried” and on welcoming homosexuals.

10/18/2014 Comments (79)

VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority.

The final document of the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod on the family contains 62 points and the voting numbers for each of these was published. The most contentious paragraph, on allowing some remarried divorcees to receive communion after a period of penitence, received 104 votes in favor and 74 against.

A second paragraph on divorced and remarried persons, spiritual communion and a call to...READ MORE

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Unfortunately 'Unwind' Isn’t Really So Far-Fetched

10/18/2014 Comments (9)

My niece introduced me to the Unwind series of books last year after she had to read the first book in school. I found them so engaging and wonderfully written that I have since gone on to read them all.

Imagine that abortion was outlawed. There was a huge war (seemingly a sort of civil war). The flip side, according to the storyline, is that between the ages of 13 and 18, parents and guardians can have teens “unwound,” which is a sort of deconstruction of their body, though all the parts are have to be 90% or more repurposed, such as in transplants for others. 

This solved two problems, according to the book’s government: that of the “feral” teens who were causing problems and wreaking...READ MORE

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St Luke: 10 things to know and share

10/17/2014 Comments (11)

Who was St. Luke and what debt do we owe to him? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

October 18th is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist.

Who was he and what do we know about him?

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

 

1) Who was St. Luke?

St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture:

  • In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.”
  • In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.”
  • And in Philemon 23-24, Paul writes: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.”

Since Luke is mentioned in three letters, we can infer that he was a...READ MORE

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