How to Respond When Someone Says That the Gospels Are Just Myths

01/08/2016 Comments (8)

(“Portrait of St Mark from The Four Gospels”, CC BY-4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Your local aggressive atheist might protest, “Don’t you know the gospels are all just a myth!”

In one sense they are correct. The gospel story does operate like a myth. But before readers gets upset we have to ask what a myth really is.

Most people do not have a very good understanding of myth and how it works.  They use the term “myth” to indicate a funny fairy tale about gods and goddesses that simple people made up long ago. 

To be fair, this is one definition of the word “myth”. The most popular usage of “myth” is that it is a fabricated tale. It is a fiction. At worst it is simply a lie which gullible people believe and manipulative people promulgate. For those who are only...READ MORE

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Motherhood is a Gift From Heaven

01/08/2016 Comments (2)

Hans Looschen (1859-1923), “Mutter mit Kind und einer Puppe”

I used to do it myself, of course.

As a young mother, I’d look at older moms and sigh, lamenting not being able to do all that they could do.

“I wish I could be like that,” I’d say to myself. “Then I could do XYZ like she does.”

I never gave a thought to the fact that the older woman I was admiring also had to put in her time, so to speak, as a young mom. She too had little ones who needed her round the clock throughout the week. She too had to wipe snotty noses and change god-awful smelly diapers. She too had to give up precious sleep to nurse infants and care for sick kiddos in the middle of the night.

But I never thought about that when I was younger.

Truth be told, there are many...READ MORE

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“As Iron Sharpens Iron”: Bishop Orders Men Into Spiritual Combat

Men must courageously "Step into the Breach" to save their families, themselves, and ultimately Christian culture and society.

01/08/2016 Comments (28)

There is a crisis in our society — a crisis in masculinity. Men need to man-up and save their families and themselves from destruction of not just the physical but the spiritual kind — their very souls.

So emphasizes a wake-up call for men in a new short, challenging and inspiring film called “A Call to Battle — a short film on ‘Society’s Crisis in Masculinity.’” This film on YouTube is another clarion call, like a bugler signaling men to charge into the fray, from the Diocese of Phoenix.

It directly grows out of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation to Catholic men released last Sept. 29. He gave it the perfect title: Into the Breach.

In a no-nonsense way, Bishop Olmsted...READ MORE

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Agreeing Where We Agree

01/07/2016 Comments (28)

The gospel has always been a challenge, not only because it humbles the powerful by "casting down the mighty in their arrogance" but also because it welcomes the outsider and affirms whatever can be affirmed in common with him in the hope that grace will be able to build on that and bring those in partial union to full union.

Case in point:

John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.” (Lk 9:49–50).

John had definite ideas of who was in and out. Jesus blew them to pieces by pointing out that just because somebody was not...READ MORE

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An Urgent Warning About the Future of the Traditional Latin Mass

01/07/2016 Comments (170)

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In this post I want to summon my fellow Catholics who love the Traditional Latin Mass to a greater appreciation of their obligation to evangelize. I sense that the Traditional Latin Mass has reached its peak in terms of numbers attending, though I admit to having only anecdotal evidence. Further, I believe that not only are the numbers attending the Traditional Latin Mass not growing, they may begin to decline if we are not more urgent. I would like to begin with a story from my early priesthood to make a general point, and then apply it to us who love the tradition.

Some years ago when I was assigned to a parish, the archdiocese explained to me that one of my first tasks would be to close...READ MORE

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Let the Grouchy Lady Come To Me

01/06/2016 Comments (60)

Tommy Tighe sets us up nicely for a little twist in his essay, A Letter to the Lady Annoyed By My Kids at Mass. He starts out with a complaint I've heard a thousand times -- a legitimate complaint, but maybe somewhat overplayed: Hey, fellow Catholic. I'm just here being pro-life, walking the walk, doing what Jesus told us to do, letting the little child come unto me, and you mean Catholics were mean to me!

Here's how he begins:

[L]ast Sunday you felt inspired by the Holy Spirit (I’m assuming) to let me know that I was handling the situation all wrong.

Didn’t I know there was a crying room where I could let my children be as crazy as they want to be? Could I take the screaming baby...READ MORE

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Little Sisters’ Case "Not Nearly as Complicated as Government Would Like it to Be"

01/06/2016 Comments (7)

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In 2014, Hobby Lobby won its legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate in a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now, during this term, the Little Sisters of the Poor will get their day before the high court. The date for oral arguments has not been set, but the Little Sisters' chief advocate, former solicitor general Paul Clement, swept aside all the government's arguments in a blazing and brilliant brief filed this week that spells out the merits of the Little Sisters' case. 

Catholics who are rooting for the Little Sisters, but find it tough to sift through the legal arguments and terms, should take a few moments to read the summary posted below. ...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Church Must Reflect Light of Christ for 'Countless Restless Hearts'

01/06/2016 Comments (4)

"Countless" people are restless, looking for the light of Jesus, and it is up to the Church to reflect Christ's light, drawing out the "desire for God in every heart", Pope Francis has said. 

In his homily on the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, which the Vatican and Italy celebrate today, the Holy Father said the Magi "represent the men and women throughout the world who are welcomed into the house of God."

The Pope said that like the Magi, "countless people, in our own day, have a 'restless heart' which continues to seek without finding sure answers – it is the restlessness of the Holy Spirit that stirs in hearts. They too are looking for a star to show them the path to Bethlehem."...READ MORE

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