Who Do We Really Mean That Jesus Is?

09/15/2015 Comments (7)

Last Sunday, we read how Jesus put his disciples on the spot

Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?” 
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.” 
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?” 
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.” 

Peter answered the question right; but in the very next paragraph, he shows that he's not yet willing to put that answer into action. He says that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one, the savior, the one who came to suffer and die for them. He knows this from the prophesies he would have studied, and from Jesus' own words; but when it becomes evident that Jesus...READ MORE

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Seven Swords Pierced the Immaculate Heart of Mary

09/15/2015 Comments (4)

Fresco of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin, by Tempesta and Circignani, Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome.

On September 14, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, in commemoration of our Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion and in gratitude for the gift of our salvation attained by our Lord’s suffering.

It’s only right, then, that the day after – September 15 – we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, during which we honor Mary for the terrible suffering she endured in witnessing her Son’s brutal murder.

This feast day is like a “mini-Lent” for me, and I observe it is such. During Lent of the Liturgical Year, we fast, pray, and do good works as means of repentance and sorrow for the suffering that we caused our Lord by our sinfulness.

Well, our...READ MORE

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Will Gov. Jerry Brown Legalize Assisted Suicide in California?

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Will Jerry Brown, the famously idiosyncratic governor of the Golden State, sign or veto the assisted suicide bill passed by the  state legislature on Sept. 11?

Brown has not signaled his position on the issue. But he has criticized the legislature's end run around the normal process for vetting and debating legislation -- especially a bill that will mark a radical break with how California physicians have approached end of life care.

The bill's opponents hope Brown will take a dim view of the legislature's decision to set aside  a critical discussion about a looming problem with healthcare for the poor in order to fasttrack an assisted suicide bill -- not the most reassuring message to...READ MORE

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Sharing in Mary's Sorrow

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"Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion." - Liturgy of the Hours

Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a bit but I felt like I needed it to permeate my day. I remembered, years before, a moment of profound sorrow in Mass on this day. Tears flowed in abundance with shame as I recalled how I had held the teachings of the Catholic Church about Mary in derision - how I held her memory in derision. Today I wanted to, in some small way, make up for my past failures and better honor her.

As I began my rosary it occurred to me that I could pray the Sorrowful...READ MORE

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Body of St. Maria Goretti Arriving in the U.S.

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St. Maria Goretti has arrived in the USA for her “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” a tour that will run through 18 states. (See the tour stops and dates here.)  In Part I we looked at the reasons, hopes and expectations for the pilgrimage of this youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church. Now it’s time for a few more fascinating details and insights generally not well known.

Father Carlos Martins, the Director of the tour, shared a number of these additional facts and insights. A member of the Companions of the Cross, an order with the charism and mission of evangelization, he is an expert biographer of St. Maria Goretti.

As the Director of the Treasures of the Church, a ministry that...READ MORE

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Living Pro-Life is a Blessing That Asks Much of the Blessed

09/14/2015 Comments (5)

John Bridges (1818-1854), "Christ Healing the Mother of Simon Peter’s Wife"

I woke with a jolt — one of those soldier-coming-awake-in-a-foxhole snaps from dream sleep to full awake without a step between.

The house was quiet and dark. 

I hauled my tired self out of bed and walked down one hall and then the next hall and yet another hall until I came to Mama’s bedroom, flipped on the light and looked at her bed. Which was neatly made up and empty.

Panic is the word, but it’s inadequate. Think baby-missing-from-the-crib-in-a-silent-house, think every nightmare of bungled love and responsibility pounding straight down with one slam.

I ran through the house, yelling for her.

Nothing.

Then, I noticed that the pillows on the sofa were laid out flat in a row that...READ MORE

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Courage International to Hold Pre-Synod Conference in Rome

09/14/2015 Comments (17)

Main lecture hall of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas - By Schtone [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Are same-sex relationships a concern for the family? Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International, believes that they are; and that is why the Courage apostolate has planned a one-day conference “Living the Truth in Love” at The Angelicum in Rome on October 2, just two days before the Ordinary General Synod of Bishops on the Family convenes.

Courage's first Rome conference will address the pastoral needs of men and women who experience homosexual tendencies. “We hope that many Synod Fathers will attend the conference,” Father Check told The Register, “and that this new project, 'Truth and Love', will be of continuing service to the Church.” 

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Blatchford or Chesterton?  You Choose

09/13/2015 Comments (11)

It is common knowledge in our secular culture that the Catholic Church is "anti-choice" and that the only hope for a truly liberated future is to trust to the forces of scientism, birth control, and rational materialism to crush the Dark Age superstition of a Church that shackles the minds and souls of free people everywhere.  But an average Millennial American, climbing into Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine and setting the dial for 1903 London, might be in for a few surprises if he peeked in on one of the grand-daddies of this sort of secular utopian thinking, Robert Blatchford.  To do so would provide many people with a startling revelation of how just how far worshippers of Progress have...READ MORE

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