Don’t Forget the Dead! Reviving Lost Spiritual Practices

09/03/2015 Comments (4)

Karol Tichy (1871-1939), "Elegy (Funeral)"

In an enormous cultural and spiritual shift, praying for the dead has shifted from a central Catholic practice to having a marginal role in our liturgical and personal lives.

If we do not pray for our departed loved ones (and also those whom we did not know) we do them an incomprehensible disservice and break the bonds of charity which are meant to keep the Church united in its three states: militant, suffering, and triumphant. Just as we receive great assistance from the Church triumphant through the intercession of the saints, so we must deliver assistance to the Church suffering by praying for the souls in purgatory.

The Catechism intricately connects the doctrine of purgatory to the...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Will Keep Losing, and Babies Will Keep Dying, Until We Do This

We need a clear-cut objective so that we can develop strategy and tactics that move our cause forward rather than sending it forever in circles.

09/02/2015 Comments (136)

“You will enter the continent of Europe and, in conjunction with the other Allied Nations, undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her Armed Forces.”
—Directive of General George C. Marshall to General Dwight D. Eisenhower

General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, gave his newly appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force something that pro-life people have not managed to develop in over forty years of fighting the culture war. He gave him a clear-cut objective.

The paragraph at the top of this post quotes the order that General Marshall gave General Eisenhower at the start of Eisenhower’s tour of duty as...READ MORE

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Beware the Error of Those Who Proclaim Mercy Without Repentance

Those who preach and teach mercy without repentance are deceivers, and are likely deceived themselves

09/02/2015 Comments (32)

As we prepare for the Year of Mercy, a blessed declaration from our Holy Father to be sure, permit me to express one concern. Fundamentally it concerns a flawed notion of mercy that is widespread in the world today, and also to some extent in the Church.

A simple way of describing the problem is to say that one of the great errors of our day is the proclamation of mercy without repentance, without reference to our sinful condition. So many pulpits have gone silent on sin! And therefore they are silent on the true glory of mercy and the astonishing gift that it is! Ah, mercy! Divine mercy! Perfect mercy! But only when we know and acknowledge our sins can this joyful cry be deep and...READ MORE

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Why Junípero Serra Matters Today

09/02/2015 Comments (36)

Statue of Junípero Serra in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. By Pimpinellus [CC BY-SA 4.0 (].

The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. — the first ever to take place on American soil — has generated, as I'm sure you know, a good deal of controversy. For his defenders, Padre Serra was an intrepid evangelist and a model of Gospel living, while for his detractors, he was a shameless advocate of an oppressive colonial system that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Indians. Even many who typically back Pope Francis see this canonization as a rare faux pas for the Argentine Pontiff. What should we make of all this?

It might first be wise to rehearse some of the basic facts of Serra's life. He was born in 1713 on the beautiful island of Mallorca...READ MORE

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Atheists Defeated in Battle Against "Big Mountain Jesus" WWII Memorial

09/01/2015 Comments (7)

(Read the original story here: Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers)

August 31 officially became a momentous day for the Whitefish, Mont. area and beyond.

“Big Mountain Jesus,” the historical World War II memorial, will remain solidly on its plot of ground in the Flathead National Forest high on Big Mountain. So went decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled that the memorial statue can stay just where it is on the ski slope.

Once again, the attack by a Wisconsin-based militant atheist group which fought to have the statue removed was repelled by yet another high court.

“Today’s decision rejects the idea that history and the...READ MORE

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Holy Year Gestures on Abortion and the SSPX: 12 Things to Know and Share

09/01/2015 Comments (22)

Pope Francis has just made dramatic gestures regarding abortion and the SSPX in the Year of Mercy. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

Pope Francis has just released a letter in which he made several announcements concerning the upcoming Year of Mercy.

This includes absolution for those who have procured abortion and the ability to go to priests of the Society of St. Pius X for confession.

These have raised a lot of questions, so here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What is the Year of Mercy?

Popes periodically dedicate a year to a particular theme. For example, Benedict XVI dedicated 2010 to priests and 2013 as a Year of Faith. Now, Pope Francis has devoted 2016 to the theme of mercy.

Designating such years are one of the ways that the popes call attention to particular themes and help people understand...READ MORE

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Should I Let My Kid Dress Like a Weirdo?

09/01/2015 Comments (35)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), "Claude Renoir in Clown Costume"

Last night, I told my kids, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out for the first day of school, so it will be easy to get ready on time!" This morning, I discovered that they heard me say, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out mentally, so we can spend the first morning frantically tearing through mountains of laundry in the hopes that your My Little Pony tank somehow miraculously found its way into a basket."

This is just the little kids, who more or less want to look like all their friends. I do have teenagers, too, and they are all deep into inventing their own styles. Yesterday on Connecting the Dots, a caller asked me and Mark Shea how to navigate kids' style choices, especially...READ MORE

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Pope Calls on All Priests to Absolve Repentant Procurers of Abortion

In Jubilee Year letter, Holy Father also says those who approach SSPX priests for Sacrament of Reconciliation will receive absolution

09/01/2015 Comments (31)

In a letter released today, Pope Francis has called on all priests during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to absolve those who have procured abortions if they seek forgiveness with a contrite heart, without special permission from a bishop.

He has also stated that anyone receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation from priests of the Society of St. Pius X during the Jubilee Year will receive absolution for their sins.

In the letter on the Jubilee addressed to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization which is tasked with overseeing the Holy Year, the Holy Father says he wished to focus on “several points” to help all...READ MORE

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