We Embody Christ By Caring For the Sick, and By Enduring Our Sickness

05/26/2016 Comments (3)

Ilya Repin (1844-1930), “Raising of Jairus’ Daughter”

My God, I do not want to be a Saint by halves.
I am not afraid to suffer for Your sake.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux

What makes Catholic healthcare “Catholic?” Many would say it’s the Catholic tradition of moral decision-making that the Church has refined and relied on throughout its long history of caring for the sick. You want an abortion? You want to put grandma out of her misery? How about a sex change operation? Don’t plan on accomplishing any of those things at a Catholic facility. And if you want a catalog of other medical interventions that Catholic outfits refuse to offer, you need look no further than the USCCB’s Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services...READ MORE

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Why Is This Non-Catholic Scholar Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History and More Links!

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05/26/2016 Comments (1)

Click on Why Is This Non-Catholic Scholar Debunking “Centuries of Anti-Catholic History”? by Carl E. Olson of The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report link to read.

Downsizing the Domestic Church – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

Why Is This Non-Catholic Scholar Debunking “Centuries of Anti-Catholic History”? - Carl E. Olson, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Giving Preference to Christian Migrants – Filip Mazurczak, Crisis Magazine

Martyr Executed by French Revolutionaries Set for Sainthood – David V. Barrett, Catholic Herald

“The Latin Mass of Years Gone by Is Becoming More Popular Again” – Fr. Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Should Christians Apologize for the Crusades? - Bruce P. Frohnen J.D., Crisis Magazine

The History, Enemies, and Importance of Natural Law – The Catholic World Report

How Often Does Rape Actually Result in...READ MORE

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Witold Pilecki, the Heroic Polish Spy Who Volunteered to Go to Auschwitz

05/26/2016 Comments (5)

(Via Wikimedia Commons)

A recent headline read, “The Holocaust: Many Villains, Few Heroes.” There is, however, one Holocaust hero few people know about: Witold Pilecki. Pilecki not only volunteered to go to Auschwitz, but he lived to tell the world about it.

Auschwitz is not far from Krakow, only thirty-five miles west of the city. Although Auschwitz-Birkenau and Oskar Schindler of Schindler’s List are featured in City of Saints, Weigel and I did not discuss the man that many consider to be one of the greatest wartime heroes.

Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) knew something terribly wrong was happening at Auschwitz, but there was no way to confirm it short of eyewitnesses. He volunteered to get arrested and report back...READ MORE

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4 Shocking Things I Discovered This Week

05/25/2016 Comments (3)

Hot coffee, iced coffee and soft drinks sold from a vending machine in Japan (via Wikimedia Commons)

Just last week my family moved to Japan. Pretty far from our cozy suburbia in Nebraska. We’re not even on mainland Japan; we’re living on an island over 250 miles south of the mainland called Okinawa. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

While I have been in transition I have discovered a few things that have seriously shocked me. We cannot believe in pure evil, but these things come drastically close to convincing me. Here they are:

1. Hunting and killing of Albino-born children and adults

This is horrifying. Not just because it involved murder, but because it involves the murder of not even a race or a religion, but of a set of people who were born with one very rare and unpreventable condition...READ MORE

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Jesus is Not Your Best Buddy

05/25/2016 Comments (22)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “Christ Driving Out Money Changers From the Temple”

I remember singing that sweet old gospel song, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and I’m not denying that Jesus is our friend and brother, but there is something a bit disconcerting about being too comfortable with Jesus. He might be the good shepherd and gentle Jesus, meek and mild, but he’s the shepherd is also the judge and while he’s mild, there is also something wild about him.
Aslan is not a tame lion and Christ the Tiger is not a cuddly kitten.
I’m not sure where in the New Testament it indicates that Jesus is our best buddy. When I read the gospels he certainly went to parties, was sociable and was very popular, but he is always treated either with extreme respect or with...READ MORE

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When Self Care Is About Other People

05/25/2016 Comments (8)

In devout circles, it's common to speak of putting oneself third: God comes first, and then we serve anyone who needs us, and finally, we tend to ourselves. It's a good formula, and a much-needed check on the aggressive selfishness of our age. 

At the same time, there's a subtle temptation that comes with putting oneself last. We forget that, as members of the body of Christ, there's not really any such thing as "just me." We are all thoroughly intertwined with each other. It really doesn't do the head any good when the arm is bleeding unchecked. The heart doesn't appreciate it if you ignore an infection in the foot. For better or worse, we're stuck with each other, and we must be sure...READ MORE

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Holy Beer, Encyclicals on Film, Usury and Money-Lending and More!

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05/25/2016 Comment

Click on Holy Beer! via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read.

Holy Beer! – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand

What the Bathroom Wars are Really All About – John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

Work, Play, and Science – Nicene Guy, Ignitum Today

Sam Gregg of Acton: Medieval Distinctions on Usury and Legitimate Forms of Money-Lending – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand – John McNichol, Catholic Stand

What We Can Learn from the Guilds – Russell Sparkes, The Distributist Review

Farewell, Social Media – Leroy Huizenga Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

Confessionals are No Longer Torture Chambers and the Pope Must Know It – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald...READ MORE

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9 Deacons Who Were Also Saints

05/25/2016 Comments (5)

“The Stoning of Saint Stephen”, attributed to Luigi Garzi (1638-1721)

A dozen years ago I read and edited a manuscript by Deacon Owen F. Cummings, D.D., entitled Deacons and the Church. It contained a short (very short!) chapter on “Deacons for Deacons”. However, I thought there was (or could be) more to this and asked him to tease this out, which became a small book called Saintly Deacons.

The book may be small and their number may not be too large, but the deacons who have become saints or led especially saintly lives have had an immeasurable impact on the Church:

1. St. Stephen (1st century A.D.). St. Stephen was the Protomartyr, the first to die a martyr’s death for the Christian faith. We can read all about the passion of St. Stephen in the Acts of the...READ MORE

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