Lazarus and the Rich Man

02/09/2016 Comments (7)

Some people speak of hell as something that can "befall" you--like a safe out of a third story window. You're just walking along, being a nice person and boom! You go to hell!

"I missed Mass this morning because I overslept and then had to work. Am I going to hell?" "Is so and so going to hell because he never heard the gospel?" "What if I don't remember something at confession? Will God judge me more harshly?" These and similar questions trouble the minds of many people. Christian theology is, among other things, aimed at attacking such notions with a very simple point: nobody goes to hell by accident.

Hell is a choice, a deliberate and sustained choice, to reject grace. Both Amos and...READ MORE

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We Need to Stop Saying That There Are 33,000 Protestant Denominations

02/09/2016 Comments (61)

“The Reformers” (German School of the Early 17th Century). Pictured: Bullinger, Zanchi, John Knox, Zwingli, Bucer, Matthew Parker, William Perkins, Melanchthon, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Theodore Beza and John Wyclif.

Recently—because read­ers can’t seem to stop telling me what to write about—someone sent me a link with the note, “Here’s some­thing for you to refute.” Some­how along the way I have become Mr. Refu­ta­tion. I can’t say how that hap­pened.

Any­way, the link was to an arti­cle writ­ten all the way back in 2007 by some­one named Dr. Glenn Andrew Peo­ples, whom I have never heard of. Dr. Peo­ples dis­putes the com­mon myth—for myth it is—that there are 33,000 Protes­tant denom­i­na­tions.

So appar­ently this par­tic­u­lar reader thinks Dr. Peo­ples needs to be taken to school—and I am just the one to do that—and shown that there really are 33,000 denom­i­na­tions; or what­ever the num­ber...READ MORE

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Can a New President Help Us?

02/09/2016 Comments (12)

Marine One arrives at the South Lawn of the White House (Photo Credit: PHC C.M. Fitzpatrick, via Wikimedia Commons)

Our melting pot of a country has degenerated into oil and water. Virtues are often mistaken for a hindrance and politics seem to be a race towards Armageddon.

At such a time in history, there is no real compromise since Christians must keep fighting evil and not compromising on good.  And so, campaign seasons are more desperate these days.  One of our biggest fears is that if we get another extreme pro-abortion president, our country’s moral decline will continue. Yet, a prolife president will face angry and determined forces.  Is it possible that there is a person who can actually lead our country away from abortion and other evils?  How can any one leader bring us together? 

Jesus and...READ MORE

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We All Know Padre Pio, But Who Is St. Leopold Mandić?

02/09/2016 Comments (5)

Pope Francis venerates the remains of Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandić in St. Peter's Basilica on February 6, 2016. (Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano)

The bodies of two saints now lie on view in the Vatican at the request of Pope Francis for the Jubilee of Mercy.  One is Padre Pio (St. Pio of Pietrelcina) who is the world-renowned stigmatic priest from Italy. The other is St. Leopold Mandić. Pope Francis asked the Capuchins to bring the relics of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold to Rome for Ash Wednesday and for the commissioning of the “missionaries of mercy.”
Most of us are familiar with Padre Pio, but who was St. Leopold?
St. Leopold was also a Capuchin priest like Padre Pio.  Born the youngest of 12 children in 1866 in the Montenegro area of Croatia, he was called Bogdan as a child. Throughout his life he suffered from severe...READ MORE

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9 Things to Know and Share About Ash Wednesday

02/08/2016 Comments (5)

Ash Wednesday is upon us, and Lent is about to begin. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .

Ash Wednesday is upon us again!

Here are 9 things to know and share . . .


1. What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent).

The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads.

According to the Roman Missal:

In the course of today’s Mass, ashes are blessed and distributed.

These are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous year [on Palm/Passion Sunday].


2. What does the putting on of ashes symbolize?

According to the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy:

125. In the...READ MORE

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NARAL Can't Win Against Ultrasound, Science and Common Sense

02/08/2016 Comment

(Photo credit: Madcapslaugh Ecografía, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

“Respect for human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child….While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained. Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” —Justice Anthony Kennedy (Gonzales v. Carhart, April 18, 2007)

The abortion industry and its apologists have tried for decades to persuade us that the baby in the womb isn’t a baby.  NARAL, for instance, took exception on Twitter to a Doritos ad that aired during the Super Bowl that, in their words, tried to “humanize” the child in a mother’s womb. A...READ MORE

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The Super Bowl Ad that Freaked Out NARAL

02/08/2016 Comments (23)

Any commercial that horrifies NARAL intrigues me. Well, Doritos did it.

Now, I can't imagine watching this commercial and being offended because it humanizes the unborn. Can you imagine being that crazy? But I guess if your entire living is based on the dehumanization of the unborn, you might understand? So here's the commercial which horrified NARAL:


NARAL responded quickly with gasps and accusations of Doritos being "sexist" and "humanizing fetuses."

#NotBuyingIt - that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50

— NARAL (@NARAL) February 8, 2016

The great Lila Rose responded:

Newsflash to @NARAL: human...READ MORE

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What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

02/05/2016 Comments (4)

Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885), “Ash Wednesday”

Here it comes.

THE question. The one that’s gnawing at your insides and filling your quiet moments with fret.

What are you giving up for Lent?

Well, perhaps it’s not as fretful to you as it is to me. If not, I’m happy for you. I fret because I never know what to give up and usually end up changing my mind three or four times before I finally decide.

What am I giving up for Lent?

For me, giving up the usual stuff—sweets, favorite foods, television or movies, for example—doesn’t work. I’m already on a restricted diet (have been for years and years) and I watch very little TV and only an occasional movie.

So, giving something up doesn’t mean all that much to me, Lent-wise.

Instead, I...READ MORE

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