God Designed Our Bodies to Reveal Things About Himself and His Creation

04/05/2016 Comments (24)

“The Creation of Eve”, attributed to Raphael Coxie (c. 1540-1616)

Our body is revelation because it comes from God with a specific design. Through it, God is teaching us; He is revealing His truth, just as He does in the whole of His creation and in the sacred Scriptures.

The notion that our bodies have anything to say to us, let alone teach us, is not popular today. Indeed, there seems today to be a great divorce of the human person from the body. For many moderns, the body is little more than a machine that can be redesigned and accessorized at will.

This mentality finds its most extreme form in the widespread sexual confusion of our day. It is a kind of resurgent Gnostic dualism in which one’s “identity” is something separate from one’s body. And...READ MORE

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No, the Limbo of Infants is Not Defined Catholic Dogma

04/05/2016 Comments (26)

Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), “Christ's Descent Into Limbo”

Last week a friend sent me this link, to an arti­cle on a Catholic site (of all places) that makes the false claim that the Limbo of Infants is a dogma of the Church—not a the­o­log­i­cally per­mis­si­ble opin­ion, but an actual dogma. The author, Kevin Kukla, is writing specifically about the eter­nal des­tiny of aborted babies. Of such children, he has this to say:

Any aborted baby will not be bap­tized. There­fore, he or she does not receive for­give­ness for orig­i­nal sin. There­fore, he or she is not wor­thy to go to Heaven, sadly.

This is the first indi­ca­tion that the the­ol­ogy of the arti­cle is amiss. No one is “wor­thy” to go to Heaven, and the sacra­ments do not make us...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention Video for April Released

04/05/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for small farmers in his latest monthly prayer intention video.

In the short clip released for April, the Holy Father calls for a “just compensation” for small farmers’ “invaluable work.” The prayer intention is also aimed at helping people recognize the contribution of farmers to all mankind.

It matches the Pope’s “universal” prayer intention for this month (“That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor”). His “evangelization” prayer intention is that “Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.”

Since January of this year, the Pope has broadcast his monthly prayer...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Joins Instagram and Gains 1.5 Million Followers, Last Act of Mercy and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/05/2016 Comment

Click on Pope Francis Joins Instagram and Gains 1.5 Million Followers by Catholic Herald link to read.

Purgatory: God’s Last Act of Mercy – Allison Low, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Joins Instagram and Gains 1.5 Million Followers – Catholic Herald

The Transcendent Joy of Etty Hillesum – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

American College of Pediatricians Calls Transgender Ideology “Child Abuse” - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

“I Ain’t Much, Baby. . . But I’m All I’ve Got” – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Gender Reassignment Surgery: The Questions That Still Need Answers – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Book Review: The Walls Are Talking by Abby Johnson with Kristen Detrow – Doug Johnson, Epic Pew

Pedilavium: Now Year-Round During Year of Mercy and More. . . – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr....READ MORE

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The Biggest Problem Pro-Aborts Have is…Talking

04/04/2016 Comments (11)

There's a reason pro-abortion folks attempt to shut down all debate. It's not that they're afraid what pro-lifers will say, it's that they fear what they themselves will say.

You see it's almost impossible to carry on a rational conversation about abortion from the pro-choice side. Look at Hillary Clinton's response to a question about personhood and constitutional rights.

In defending the indefensible, Clinton said, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights."

Whoops. That's a pro-abortion no no. Can't say "unborn person." You see, that gives up the game. If you admit they're a person then should have rights.

And then on top of that, Hillary said "that doesn't mean we don't...READ MORE

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When were the apostles born?

04/04/2016 Comments (4)

Let's put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .

Wouldn’t it be neat to know more about the apostles?—like when they were born?

How about members of Jesus' family?

It turns out, we can figure that out with more reliability than you might suppose.

Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .


A Key Insight

I was a child in the 1970s. It was a tumultuous time. It followed the youth rebellion of the late 1960s, and there were many, similar youth rebellions and protest movements in different parts of the world in the ’70s.

Listening to TV and radio reports of everything that was happening, I couldn’t help but notice that—over and over again—the people involved in these movements were young. It didn’t matter where...READ MORE

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Thomas's Doubt, and Ours

The complex figure of the "doubting" apostle.

04/04/2016 Comments (7)

The Incredulity of Thomas (L. Mazzolino, 1522)

At my grandfather’s urging, his first four male grandchildren were named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This was a peculiar request for a man who never went to church, but it was honored, although any hope these namesakes would have lives of good faith was to remain unfulfilled. Long after the fact, male grandchild number five came along, and having exhausted all the evangelists they moved on to the other apostles. Thus, I wound up as Thomas. 

As a young man I liked the cut of St. Thomas. Here was a man who needed to see things with his own eyes. None of this “accepting things on faith.” He knew what kind of pre-pentecost slackers his fellow Eleven were, arguing over who was greatest in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Receives SSPX's Bishop Fellay in Private Audience

04/04/2016 Comments (7)

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

– YouTube

Pope Francis held a private and informal meeting with the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X at the weekend, fueling expectations that an agreement on canonical status for the Society could be achieved soon.

In a statement, the SSPX said the Holy Father received Bishop Bernard Fellay and the Society’s second general assistant, Father Alain-Marc Nély, at the Pope’s Domus Sanctae Marthae’s residence on April 1.

It added that Pope Francis “had wanted a private and informal meeting, without the formality of an official audience”. The meeting lasted 40 minutes and “took place under a cordial atmosphere,” the statement said.

“After the meeting, it was decided that the current...READ MORE

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