What is Salvation?

01/13/2016 Comments (8)

We Catholics often toss terminology around with the assumption that we all, of course, understand it and agree on its meaning. It is only when somebody (often it seems to be our children) asks "What do you mean by that?" that we find we don't really know what we mean.

One such commonly used, but little understood term, is "salvation." What do we mean by "salvation"?

Our very stammering at such a point-blank question shows something we don't mean. We do not mean salvation is "simple." Catholics are often embarrassed by this. We have grown submissive to bullies who like to attack us for taking the "simple message of Jesus" and (allegedly) "complicating it with dogmas, doctrines and...READ MORE

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Cardinal Rodriguez: Homosexual Lobby Exists in the Vatican

Honduran cardinal also rules out the Pope ever supporting same-sex 'marriage', saying the "natural law cannot be reformed".

01/13/2016 Comments (33)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

– Wikipedia

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has confirmed the presence of a homosexual “lobby” in the Vatican and revealed that Pope Francis is trying “little by little to purify it.”

The Honduran Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, who coordinates the Council of Nine cardinals advising the Pope on reform of the Roman Curia and Church governance, was responding to a question from a Honduran newspaper reporter who asked him whether there had been “an attempt to infiltrate the gay community in the Vatican, or a moment when that had actually happened?”

Cardinal Rodriguez replied: “Not only that, also the Pope has said there is even a ‘lobby’ in this sense. Little by little the Pope is trying to purify it.” He...READ MORE

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A Catholic Deacon in Post-Abortion Ministry

01/13/2016 Comments (1)

Deacon Mark Armamentos serves as a Catholic Deacon in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.  In the following interview, we discover that within his calling to the Deaconate, Rev. Armamentos found another very special invitation from the Lord.

How did you come to discover God's call to the Catholic Deaconate?

For a couple of years many people, from various ministries I was involved with, asked me if I considered being a deacon, to which I responded “no”. After a person had asked me a couple times about it, I said I would pray about it, but nothing further came of it.

During a weekend retreat for teenagers, I was giving a talk about sharing our faith with others and proclaimed to the...READ MORE

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Now Let Us Praise the Extraordinary Freedom of Catholic Life and Skin Care

01/13/2016 Comments (10)

If you heard some wild cackling last night, that was just me, lying on the couch and getting a little too much fun out of reading the latest exquisitely inane piece from Slate's Rebecca Schuman. 

“Radical Self-Care: Meet the feminist academics who love K-beauty” is the article that gave me so much pleasure. In it, Schuman explains that she likes to put a lot of fancy creams and things on her face to make her skin look good. At first she felt weird about it, because something something patriarchy, but then she realized it was actually the most radical feminist thing ever, because something something reasons something.

If you think I'm being unfair, I invite you to read Schuman's piece in...READ MORE

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What Would You Do If You Won the Powerball?

01/13/2016 Comments (7)

Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911), “Christ and the Rich Young Ruler”

Whoever wins the Powerball, I hope he or she is like Gerry Lenfest.

At the time of this writing, the Powerball jackpot is estimated at $1.5 billion, it’s the biggest Powerball ever, with no known winner. Yet, that is. It’s only a matter of time before someone picks the winning numbers.

I hear people talking about it wherever I go. Some have already purchased tickets, and some are still considering it. Whether or not they have tickets, it seems as though everybody is asking the same question.

What would I do with $1.5 billion?

H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest would know what to do with it. He’d give it away. That’s not just theory; Lenfest has already done it with his own fortune.

Lenfest is the...READ MORE

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How the New Testament Authors Said Mass and Prayed

01/12/2016 Comments (7)

Clues in the New Testament reveal how its authors said Mass and prayed.

Today we have standardized versions of the words of institution at Mass and of the Lord’s Prayer.

At least within a given language group and rite of the Church, you’ll find priests saying the words of institution and the faithful saying the Lord’s Prayer the same way.

But in the first century, things were not fully standardized.

Originally, the Christian community passed on the Jesus traditions orally, and this oral transmission gave rise to slightly different wordings that are preserved by the New Testament authors.

An interesting result is that we can tell something both about how the New Testament authors said Mass and prayed.


How First Century Christians Said Mass


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You Can’t Learn to Hit a Ball by Swinging a Bat

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Sidney Rosenzweig and Owen Kennedy play baseball in the summer camp of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Westmount. (Conrad Poirier, via Wikimedia Commons)

This year our family’s New Year resolution is to work on the virtue of Patience. Here is the definition prominently displayed on our small kitchen chalkboard:

“Patience is the capacity to accept delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”

Patience . . . the problem with asking God for help to grow in Patience is that practicing it necessarily includes opportunities to grow in it. There is no other way around it.

You can’t learn to hit a ball by swinging a bat. There has to be a ball to hit. Over and over again.

So how are we doing? We have hit a few fly balls, we missed a few, and we are working on our swing. In this effort we, as parents, have discovered the...READ MORE

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"The Revenant" and the Search for a Higher Justice

01/12/2016 Comments (3)
Spoiler Alert!
Alejandro Iñárritu's new film The Revenant is one of the most talked about movies, and for good reason. The opening twenty minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing. And the remainder of the film is so involving that this viewer at least felt physically sick as he followed the sufferings of the main character.
The story revolves around a fur trapper from the early 19th century named Hugh Glass (very convincingly played by Leonardo DiCaprio). After being nearly killed by a bear protecting its cubs (in the mauling referenced above), Glass is bandaged up and then...READ MORE

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