Bring on the Temptations!

06/18/2015 Comments (3)

"No one is tempted more than he is able to bear."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. This is Day 29 from the book.

To a Carmelite Nun
How to bear persecution.

. . . In order to profit and advance by means of persecutions and...READ MORE

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Carolyn Woo of CRS Previews Pope Francis's New Encyclical

06/17/2015 Comment

Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services. All photos below are courtesy of Catholic Relief Services. Photos show areas of the Philippines hit by some of the strongest typhoons on record, or drought stricken parts of Ethiopia due to changing weather patterns.

ROME — As one of the encyclical presenters for the Vatican, Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the international development and relief agency of the U.S. Catholic bishops, knows what’s coming with Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home. What she sees is a game-changer in the discussion on climate change and man’s impact on the environment.

The Vatican’s press office announced Monday that Woo will be one of four presenters when the Pope Francis’s encyclical is rolled out on June 18.

Speaking with the Register by phone from Rome, Woo speaks about the role private enterprise and individuals can play in addressing climate change, where multiple man-made factors may be at play...READ MORE

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Full Text and Guidance Map for Pope Francis' Encyclical 'Laudato Si'

06/17/2015 Comments (6)

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si was published today, the full text of which can be found here.

Here below are guidance notes on the document, issued by the Vatican.

Reflections on the document were also given at a launch at the Vatican today by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamo, Prof. John Schellnhuber of the Potstdam Institute, and Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services.  

Laudato si’: A “Map”

This text is a useful guide for an initial reading of the Encyclical. It will help you to grasp the overall development and identify the basic themes. The first two pages are an...READ MORE

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Randy Hain on His New Book 'Special Children, Blessed Fathers'

06/17/2015 Comments (2)

Randy Hain recently sent me an advance copy of his newly released book, Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ll tell you this: what I got was a great read.

The book’s made up of chapters written by fathers of children with special needs, ranging from autism spectrum to Downs Syndrome to other special needs.

And it. is. amazing.

It made me consider how often we women talk about these things. As a writer, I have an ongoing commentary in my head. But how often do we give voice to the men we love? How often do we listen to their perspective…for that matter, how often do we ask?

Randy has not only...READ MORE

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3 Ways America’s Work Ethic is Destroying Families

06/16/2015 Comments (38)
Gustave Courbet,

– Gustave Courbet, "The Stone Breakers" (1848). From Wikimedia Commons.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

This proverb does not have much resonance with Americans. In an age of numerous technological advances meant to save us time and energy, we find ourselves working more than ever. Instead of working fewer hours and taking more vacation, we have freely chosen to do the opposite.

We live by the “American Dream” where anyone can achieve anything if we simply “work hard enough.” Often it means “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” in order to realize your dreams.

While these maxims are not inherently bad, we have taken them to a new level and are working more and playing less. Unfortunately the family has been caught in the crossfire. As we...READ MORE

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They Just Exorcised the Entire Country of Mexico

06/16/2015 Comments (26)

Did you know that Cardinal Íñiguez of Guadalajara just exorcised the entire country of Mexico? 

Fr. José Antonio Fortea, one of several exorcists and demonologists present at the ceremony, told CNA 

 “the exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.”

The Spanish exorcist warned that “to the extent there is more witchcraft and Satanism going on in a country, to that extent there will be more extraordinary manifestations of those powers of darkness.”

What was your reaction when you read...READ MORE

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Let’s Call CHA What It Really Is: A Secular Trade Group

06/16/2015 Comments (19)

News flash! President Obama now believes that “every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity.”

The president said this in a June 9 speech to the annual meeting of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), and he even quoted Pope Francis that we are all called “to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness, and respect for every human being.” 

But apparently, it all depends on the meaning of the term “human being”, for Obama clearly does not believe unborn human beings deserve the right to live. And apparently “justice” does not include employers that have asked to opt out of his administration’s HHS requirement that they must provide employee insurance for...READ MORE

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$o Why Are Pro-Abort$ $o Mad that Abortion Rate$ are Falling

06/16/2015 Comments (66)

You would think the $ky was falling. But it'$ not, it'$ just abortion rate$. $o why are pro-abort$ $o up$et? You'd almo$t think they weren't being hone$t when they $aid they want abortion to be $afe, legal, and rare.

In recent days, there have been numerous articles and op-eds about why the abortion rates are falling. Pro-lifers point to recent pro-life legislation which has passed in many states as well as a burgeoning awareness that there might just be a baby in the womb, rather than a blob of tissue. Spoiler alert - they're right. Those are two very logical reasons. But these reasons are not good enough for pro-aborts.

You see, they can not credit pro-life legislation with reducing...READ MORE

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