Pray for the Graves Family, Victims of the Disney Alligator Attack

06/20/2016 Comments (2)

Two-year-old Lane Graves was killed at Disney's Grand Floridian on June 14. (Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” – Prov. 3:5

This Bible verse came to my mind after seeing what happened to two-year-old Lane Graves at Walt Disney World last week.

On the evening of June 14, an alligator grabbed Graves off the shore of a lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Lane’s father, Matt Graves, desperately wrestled with the alligator to save his son’s life, but could not retrieve him from the animal’s grasp. Thankfully, authorities found his body fully intact. The autopsy revealed that he died from drowning and traumatic injuries.

The Graves’ are parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and...READ MORE

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Taking Another Look at Pascal’s Wager

06/20/2016 Comment

Taking Pascal’s Wager: Faith, Evidence, and the Abundant Life by Michael Rota, a Catholic philosophy professor, is an interesting consideration of whether one should choose to live a Christian life. Written for readers who have no formal training in philosophy or theology in a very accessible format, Professor Rota presents, in this newly released book, Blaise Pascal’s seventeenth century argument, which we now know as “Pascal’s Wager.” Pascal originally intended the wager to be for people who do not have a firm belief in God or are wavering in their faith.

Professor Rota makes this offer again in light of recent studies and evidence, and he begins his book by presenting his readers with...READ MORE

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St. Thomas Aquinas is Right: The Crucifixion Should Disturb You

06/20/2016 Comments (3)

Adriaen Backer (1635/1636-1684), “The Elevation of the Cross”

Last week we discussed the three pivotal moments in salvation history, which are truly built around the life of Christ. They are the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.

Having discussed the Incarnation from the point of view of St. Thomas, pointing out how completely ridiculous it was for God to choose to become man, we move to the next disturbing teaching within our faith, the Crucifixion. And it is just that: disturbing!

Why should the Crucifixion disturb us? Well, it seems to sanctimoniously destroy our faith, and I guarantee for those days up until He appeared to them once more, this is what the Apostles and other believers felt.

Just like I mentioned with the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' 6th Surprise Mercy Visit: Elderly and Suffering Priests

06/20/2016 Comment
Rome Reports

Pope Francis greeting ill priests at a center in Rome.

– Rome Reports

Pope Francis made his sixth “Mercy Friday” visit last week when he greeted elderly and infirm priests in two communities in the diocese of Rome.

The Holy Father left the Vatican at 4 p.m. June 17 to visit first the Monte Tabor community, home to eight priests formerly from different dioceses, suffering from various forms of illness.

Accompanying the priests is a permanent deacon, Ermes Luparia, a former Italian Air Force colonel who is now a specialist in psychology and has dedicated himself to the service of companionship in the spirit of the Salvatorian Fathers. The Pope met with the priests in the chapel, listened to them and prayed with them, the Vatican said in a statement.

It also...READ MORE

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Pray For Those Who Blame Christians For the Orlando Massacre

06/20/2016 Comments (15)

Participants exchange the Sign of Peace during a June 16 prayer service for victims of the Orlando massacre. (Alexey Gotovskiy/Catholic News Agency)

We live in a confused country in which We the People are holding solid while our leaders flake off in all directions. After the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the American people responded as they always do: with decency, generosity and kindness.

Lines of good people willing to give their blood for the victims formed at blood banks. Churches opened for prayer, and donations for the victims began coming in. At the same time that the American people were doing all the right things, a small number of those who hold positions of leadership went off the rails and made statements that were both irrational and viciously bigoted.

We the People were subjected to what can only be...READ MORE

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The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others and More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2016 Comment

Click on The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others by Anita Boniface of Catholic Herald link to read.

The Catholic Charity Inspiring People to Find a New Direction and Help Others – Anita Boniface, Catholic Herald

Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, Vocation of the Family – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Servant of God Dorothy Day: Patron for Post-Abortive Mothers – Joe Kral, Truth and Charity Forum

Catholic Social Doctrine Could Save the Day – Mark and Louise Zwick, The Distributist Review

The Priest Who Forgave His Islamist Torturers – Robert Ewans, Catholic Herald

Iraqi Refugee Children Make First Communion in Erbil Camp – Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

Support Josephine Rose, Diagnosed with Leukemia – Robert Barbry II, epicPew

For Iraq’s Christians, What...READ MORE

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Sacred Tradition is the Mother of the Bible

06/20/2016 Comments (4)

Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825), “Saint Matthew the Evangelist”

It's still a jolt for some people to realize this, but the Bible did not fall down out of the sky, leather-bound and gold-monogrammed with the words of Christ in red, in AD 95.  Rather the canon of Christian Scripture slowly developed over a period of about 1500 years.  That does not mean, of course, that Scripture was being written for 1500 years after the life of Christ.  Rather, it means that it took the Church some fifteen centuries to formally and definitively state which books out of the great mass of early Christian and pseudo-Christian books constituted the Bible.

The process of defining the canon of Scripture is an example of what the Church calls "development of doctrine".  This...READ MORE

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“We Are Greatly Blessed” For the Gift of Fatherhood

06/19/2016 Comment

Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656), “Childhood of Christ”

Each November, for more than a decade, my father coordinated the annual “Scouting for Food” program in the small town where I grew up. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would drop off empty grocery bags at each house in town, and then a week later, collect bags filled with food for the poor.

My father arranged the assignments, and then compiled, organized, and distributed the food to food banks. He’d also quietly drop off large boxes of food on the porches of struggling families in our town. We weren’t rich ourselves, but he’d often purchase turkeys or hams to go along with those boxes.

Because blocks would be missed, or we’d not have enough Scouts, my father and I annually dropped off and...READ MORE

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