It Is Time to Pray For Our Country With a Fool’s Hope

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For more than 150 years, the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, has been the official patroness of the United States. (Image Credit: “Immaculée Conception”, Eglise Saint-Georges, Alsace, via Wikimedia Commons)

With the way the 2016 presidential election is going, things really do seem bleak when it comes to the direction of our country’s political future. Catholics are wondering is there any viable option of whom to vote for for president this autumn. My conscience will not let me vote for any of the two major parties. Neither likely candidate is worth the risk for my soul.

So, what is left for us? What can we do? I think the best analogy is that of a hobbit waiting on the edge of a battle that he cannot escape. He looks up at his friend the wizard, and asks if there is any hope.

There never was much hope, and there is just a fool’s hope now.

And I am ready to do something that seems foolish...READ MORE

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What to Say to That Bible Christian

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“Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch”, from the Menologion of Basil II (via Wikimedia Commons)

We had some fun with the eighth grade class this week. As they’re getting ready to go to high school here in the Bible Belt, I take a few sessions to teach them some basic Catholic apologetics. 

I began by explaining how Baptists and Bible Christians originated, why they believe in sola Scriptura and the best way to counter their most common challenges.

So often the secularists mock Christianity by pointing out that Christians don’t actually obey the Bible. They dig up verses from Leviticus banning pork and shellfish and calling for adulterers and witches to be stoned to death. Then they say, “Ha! Why do y’all use the Old Testament ban on homosexuality when you’re not willing to keep...READ MORE

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Teaching Children to Pray the Rosary in Small Steps

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I am not a teacher. Let me rephrase that: I am a terrible teacher. Ask any poor undergraduate who suffered under my lame attempts to impart knowledge. Indeed, my end-of-semester teacher evaluations were so poor I didn’t keep them, as they could only prevent me from ever teaching in the future. Mercifully, my future didn’t include teaching.

But as a father I am, by default and design, a teacher to our twins. And one thing I have to teach the twins is how to pray. In particular, how to pray the Rosary. This is not easy. Or maybe it is and I’m just as bad at teaching “How To Pray the Rosary” as I was at teaching “Introduction To Poetry” and “English Composition 101”.

That said, I think I’ve...READ MORE

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Buh-Bye Target, The Crusades: A Response to Islamic Jihad, and More!

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Click on Buh-Bye, Target! Why I’m Going Along With the Boycott by Kathy Schiffer of Seasons of Grace link to read more.

Buh-Bye, Target! Why I’m Going Along With the Boycott - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Eight Things You Should Know about the Armenian Genocide (Graphic Images) – Ruth Baker, Catholic Link

The Crusades: A Response to Islamic Jihad – Brian M. English, Crisis Magazine

For Christians in Aleppo, Syria, Life Remains a Struggle – ACN-USA News, Catholic Lane

St. Joseph the Worker and Communism - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Christians Are Demanding This Alternative to Health Insurance – Matt Hadro, epicPew

Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

King Abdullah II of Jordan Funds Holy Sepulchre Restoration Work – Giorgio Bernardelli,...READ MORE

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Father Daniel Berrigan and Non-Violence

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(Photo Credit: Thomas Good, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Last week Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. passed away at the age of 94. Though many younger Catholics might not remember him, Fr. Berrigan was one of the most provocative and controversial religious figures of his time. Standing in the tradition of principled non-violence proposed by Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and others, Berrigan led the charge against America's involvement in the Vietnam conflict and its ongoing participation in the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. He was most famous, of course, for his leadership of the "Catonsville Nine," a group of protestors who, in the spring of 1968, broke into a building and burned draft records with homemade napalm. To say that he...READ MORE

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Heroic Wartime Irish Priest Honored at the Vatican

Commemorative plaque unveiled to honor Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty whose heroism was portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie ‘The Scarlet and the Black’.

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Campo Santo Teutonico

Plaque honors Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty as a "tireless defender of the weak and oppressed."

– Campo Santo Teutonico

An Irish priest who saved thousands of Allied soldiers and Jews in World War Two and whose heroism was turned into a Hollywood movie has finally been honored at the Vatican.

A plaque to honor Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, who was instrumental in helping to rescue and protect an estimated 6,000 vulnerable people in Rome during the war, was unveiled on Sunday at a ceremony in the Campo Santo Teutonico within the Vatican walls. Sunday also happened to be the 71st anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The event, which included a special Mass at the Campo Santo Teutonico — the burial place and college for mainly German-speaking members of the various religious institutions in Rome — was “extremely...READ MORE

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Reckless and Ruthless Bullying of North Carolina May Destroy The Country

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North Carolina and the Obama administration are now at odds in a twisted and bizarre legal battle. The state is being accused of transphobic behavior akin to the old Jim Crow laws while the Obama administration is making an unprecedented power grab and attempting to bully their leftist secularist agenda into reality.

It started last week when the Obama administration sent a letter to the state's governor Pat McCrory demanding that he “not comply with or enforce H.B. 2,” also known as the bathroom law. The federal government is ordering a state not to enforce a state law. Or else. With the federal government there's always an "or else." In this case, Attorney General seems to be saying that...READ MORE

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Being Vegetarian for the Lord

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John 21:9-10: “When the disciples climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you just caught.’” (Painting by James Tissot, 1836-1902)

“The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.” ―G.K. Chesterton

I've always thought the reason people are vegetarians is simply because they haven't met the right pork loin yet.

My grandmother made a pork loin so delicious, it would drive a vegan animal rights activist to strangle a pig with his bare hands in the oft chance that my grandmother would cook it for him.

Though there are many times in Scriptures in which the Faithful are allowed to eat anything they wish (Gen 9:3, Acts 10:7-16), rules about eating certain kinds of meat later came into play. For example, after the Flood subsided, Noah was given permission to eat any meat as long as it was...READ MORE

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