Waiting for 60 Minutes to Help Us “See” the Unborn Child

03/10/2016 Comments (21)

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I agree with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley. And I hope he eventually thinks through all the ramifications of what he stated last year in an important interview about his decision to air what CBS has characterized as the program’s “most disturbing footage in its 47-year history” related to the mass killing of Syrian men, women and children with sarin gas.

Pelley stated:

We wanted the world to see what this was, in all of its ugliness. They killed more than a thousand people, 400 children! You can read about that all day, but if you don't see it, I don't believe the impact truly hits you…Our hope was to put together all of the available evidence in one place, in one story, so people could truly...READ MORE

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Did You Know That Jesus Had No Faith?

03/10/2016 Comments (15)

The Christ Pantocrator of the Deesis mosaic (13th-century) in Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)

Answer this question: "Did Jesus have faith?" Most will respond with an enthusiastic, "yes!"

I think many of us would naturally respond likewise. The answer is actually the opposite, and I’ll explain why, but first we have to understand the person of Jesus.

Jesus has two natures. That might be news if you're a Jehovah's Witness, but it should be nothing new to Catholics. Jesus has a divine nature (that of God) and a human nature (that of man). These two natures had to be joined in some way. This question, where the two natures are united, earned many heretics their reputation. Some were even punched in the face. (I'm thinking of you, Arius.) The answer is that Jesus' two natures are...READ MORE

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Pope's Ambassador to Mexico to Be New Nuncio in Washington?

03/10/2016 Comments (4)

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico.

If media reports are correct, Pope Francis is expected to appoint a close ally, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, as his new ambassador to the United States.

Veteran Vaticanist Sandro Magister reported today on his blog Settimo Cielo that French papal diplomat, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, is to be “imminently” promoted to the nunciature in Washington D.C., replacing the current apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who has reached the usual retiring age of 75.

The appointment of “Bergoglian” Archbishop Pierre, 70, is a crucial one given the influential role of the apostolic nuncio in helping to select bishops of the country he serves.

Although the Vatican has yet to make any...READ MORE

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Praying With Your Children, Church and State, Music Has Long Spoken To Me, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Praying With Your Children by Karen Reep of Catholic Stand link to read.

Praying With Your Children – Karen Reep, Catholic Stand

Louis de Montfort, a Saint Whose Life was the Stuff of Hollywood – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The Sensitive Child and Lent – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

Canons, Monsignors, and the Institute of Christ the King – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Music Has Long Spoken To Me – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand

What Should We Do About Natural Law? – James Kalb, The Catholic World Report

A Studied Indifference to Evil: Catholics Supporting Bernie Sanders? – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

750 Years Later, The Summa Theologica Still Influences – Barry Hudock, O.S.V. Newsweekly

15 Times Our Kids Were Better...READ MORE

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6 Judges On President Obama’s Shortlist for U.S. Supreme Court

03/10/2016 Comments (8)

Would President Obama actually nominate a “moderate” jurist to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly last month?  

Activists on both sides of the partisan divide may question that possibility, but when the White House released a shortlist of nominees, media outlets from Fox News to the Washington Post described them as “moderates.” Yet, as the Post notes, the nominees have almost no record of ruling on hot-button issues, so its tough to know for sure how they will vote, if confirmed.

“The White House is considering nearly half a dozen relatively new federal judges for President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court, focusing on jurists with scant dis­cern­ible ideology...READ MORE

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J.R.R. Tolkien and St. Augustine Knew That We Are Exiles

03/09/2016 Comments (2)

Sometimes we need to read a little fiction to gain spiritual insights into who we are and why we are here. Such was the case when I stumbled upon this passage from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarilion:

“Therefore [Iluvatar] willed that the hearts of Men should seek beyond the world and should find no rest therein.”

This short passage possesses such immense truth in regards to the very core of what it means to be human. It echoes (and could have been influenced by) one of St. Augustine’s most famous quotes:

For you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”

Both Tolkien and Augustine describe how men were created by God and were made to find fulfillment...READ MORE

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If We Clean Our Computer Files, Shouldn’t We Clean Our Spiritual Files as Well?

03/09/2016 Comments (1)

Computer geeks tell us that, for optimal performance, we should clean up the files on our computers on a regular basis.

Dump the old emails. Disable or uninstall the programs and apps you never use. Get rid of the blurry photos. Weed out defunct contacts. The point is to dispense with anything that is no longer useful to you. Basically, it boils down to de-cluttering in the digital sphere.

It would do us good to do the same in the spiritual sphere.

I know a number of folks, including myself, whose spiritual files are a considerable mess. We have scads of prayer books and devotionals on our shelves, tucked in dresser drawers and sitting on our nights stands. That’s not a bad thing, but we...READ MORE

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Divine Mercy for Everyone?

03/09/2016 Comments (6)
I love the image of Divine Mercy devotion. I’m delighted by Pope Francis’ emphasis on mercy. I think the Year of Mercy is a great idea. The new church we’re building will house the Divine Mercy shrine of the Southeast. It will feature images and relics of the two saints of Divine Mercy—St. Faustina and Pope St. John Paul II,  but I wonder if our own society sometimes hears our emphasis on mercy and gets the wrong end of the stick.
 
Rather than Divine Mercy maybe we need to remember Divine Justice, because there is no Divine Mercy without Divine Justice. Furthermore, hasn’t the Church in America emphasized nothing but mercy for a long time now? 
 
I should say we have emphasized a false...READ MORE

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