Prayers Aren't What They Used To Be

06/26/2015 Comments (18)

So often, prayers aren’t what they used to be. Prayers used to look to God and long for heaven. More commonly today, even when they look to God, they speak more of this earth and ask God to make it more comfortable. 

While Catholics do not pray aloud extemporaneously as often as Protestants, I have been in enough settings where the faithful do pray in this way — often at retreats and revivals, and listening to typical  Prayers of the Faithful — and I notice that many, if not most prayers, ask God to fix something here: “Fix my finances, Lord; fix my health; fix my situation at work; help people who are suffering; fix it all Lord!”

It is almost as if we were saying to God, “Make this world...READ MORE

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Of the Glory of Kings and the Killing of Cats

06/25/2015 Comments (1)

My friend, Dr. James Felak of the University of Washington, notes that life is full of broad proverbs that are both true and commonsensical, yet flatly contradictory and false if we try to make them into an all-encompassing rule of life. That's why everybody believes "haste makes waste" but also believes "he who hesitates is lost." That's why Scripture itself (Proverbs 26:4-5) puts two seemingly contradictory (and yet true) proverbs right next to each other:

Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.

And that same commonsense habit of mind is why the Catholic tradition has always been...READ MORE

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Abortion Drone to Launch June 27, Carrying Its Noxious Cargo Into Catholic Poland

06/25/2015 Comments (12)
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A coalition of feminist groups from several European nations has joined together this week to fly a drone across the border from Germany to Poland, to bring abortion to the women of that traditionally pro-life country.

The women's groups involved in the project are Women on Waves; Cocia Basia, a Berlin-based abortion support group for Polish women; Feminteka Foundation from Warsaw; and the 8th of March women's rights collective. (March 8 is celebrated in Russia and around the world as International Women's Day.)

You'd think, to read the coalition's publicity materials, that tear-stained young women were lined up along the border, rubbing their swollen bellies and gazing woefully into that...READ MORE

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Medjugorje and the Authentic Work of God

06/25/2015 Comments (61)

By Llorenzi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsAs I was making my way to the Catholic Church, I was deeply blessed by an encounter with a 17th century priest who taught me, through his writings, how to overcome aridity in prayer. This was a significant breakthrough for me and brought me tremendous relief. I developed an instant affinity to this priest and looked for other writings of his that might help me. By God’s grace, I didn’t find anything else about him until I became Catholic and discovered that his teachings were condemned by the Church.

The central lesson of this encounter was that God works through people and situations both because of them and in spite of them. In this case, once I received official word about the Church’s...READ MORE

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Waiting for a Medjugorje Decision: 12 things to know and share

06/25/2015 Comments (14)

We're getting near a Vatican decision on Medjugorje and there are new reports about what it will be. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

We are now in the period of waiting before the Holy See announces a decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje.

In recent days, several developments have emerged which people have examined to see what they might reveal about that decision.

One set of stories claims to know the decision reached by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What are the basic facts about Medjugorje?

Medjugorje is a town located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of the former Yugoslavia.

In 1981, several young people there began reported receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. This led to the development of a global movement around the...READ MORE

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Knock knock! Who's there? A Catholic.

06/25/2015 Comments (22)

Between my adequate-ish knowledge of scripture and our 175-pound mastiff, I think we've seen the last of this particular Jehovah's Witness. 

The woman who came to our door this morning had been here before (back when the dog was smaller and less ... avid), but I think she's finally chalked us up as a lost cause. She said that she had been raised Catholic -- that her own mother is a Eucharistic Minister in my parish. I hate to think what her catechesis was like! She was under the impression that Catholics don't read the Bible or think about what it means. I was able to persuade her otherwise, just by quoting a few lines of the Gospel that I've heard a thousand times at Mass; so at least...READ MORE

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Will Catholic Colleges Learn From Marian Court’s Closing?

06/25/2015 Comments (8)
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“We hide the word ‘Catholic’ from prospective students.”  So said a staff member at Jesuit Regis University in a widely-read Atlantic article last year.  Sadly, such an approach to marketing is no anomaly among Catholic colleges and universities, many of which are filling seats with students whose focus is on practical concerns and secular interests but not Catholic formation.  

Small Catholic institutions, however, do the greatest harm to themselves by downplaying what makes them unique.  They lack the resources of universities with top-notch facilities and dozens of majors to choose from.  Without hearing a strong case for Catholic education, many high schoolers are left wondering why...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Rules that Obamacare Subsidies Are Lawful Across the Nation

06/25/2015 Comments (12)

Today, an estimated 6.4 million people learned that their health insurance would not be disrupted, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down another landmark victory for President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

In a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court ruled that the use of federal subsidies in state exchanges across the nation is lawful. The opinion is here.

The practical effect of the June 25 ruling is that an estimated 6.4 million people who now receive health insurance subsidized by the federal government will not have their coverage threatened. The ruling also means that supporters of the Affordable Care Act can breathe a sigh of relief, as...READ MORE

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