Friday, April 28, 2017
The Contradiction of “Pro-Choice but not Pro-Abortion”:
"Our beloved Holy Father calls us to let mercy temper our conversations about publicly sanctioned offenses against the 5th, 6th and 9th commandments, particularly abortion, and indeed there is great wisdom in this. This beautiful call should not be misinterpreted as a “softening” of Church teaching on this most vital and basic issue, but a …
Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?:
"It’s not politically incorrect to believe in God. Just so long as you acknowledge that all are God’s children, and that there are many, equally honorable paths to the Most High. After all, that’s only fair. How conceited it would be to claim that your way is the only way. There is nothing really new …"
Scripture Speaks: On the Road to Emmaus:
"A Scripture lesson by a mysterious Stranger on a dusty road prepares two disciples to recognize the Risen Jesus in the breaking of bread; what did they learn? Gospel (Read Lk 24:13-35) Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus appeared to two “downcast” (Lk 24:17) disciples on Resurrection Day, He didn’t do the very thing that …"
Thursday, April 27, 2017
How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God:
"How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated …"
Learn to Heal Painful Memories:
"Sometimes people get stuck when they try to get over their anger or to forgive. They can’t seem to erase the terrible memory. A key way to deal with this is called healing of memories. Dennis and Matthew Linn have studied the whole process of healing memories, and they suggest that there are five stages …"
A Light in Darkness:
" At the Saint John Paul II Shrine, just up the road from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, a series of exhibits chronicles the life of the holy Pontiff and his significance for the Church and the world. The first room, which gives an overview of the chronological tour from his birth in …"
"Zita lived in the thirteenth century near Lucca, in Tuscany. She was reared in a devout Catholic family and was a joyful person. When she was twelve years old she went to live with and serve the Fatinelli family of Lucca. Because Zita was so humble and sweet natured as well as very pious, she …"
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Model of Perfect Motherhood—and we know so little about her:
"When I was working at an evangelical university, there were countless devotions and sermons about the Proverbs 31 woman. She was the source of inspiration for wives and mothers, while Mary was presented (if at all) simply as a woman that let God work through her, just as He does through us all. Before coming …"
The Eucharist Calls to All of Us:
" I am a reluctant church-goer. Even now, after all I’ve learned and come to believe about the nature of God, it is sometimes still a massive act of will to drag myself out of bed Sunday morning, and get my sorry self to Mass. Add the daunting prospect of clothing six children and finding matching …"
Easter Joy: Eight Days Later:
"Christ is Risen! Such joy we have known! “We have seen the Lord!” (John 20:25). Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and to those in the tombs bestowing life. Darkness and death and every sorrow have been extinguished by Christ our light and our life and our joy. Rising up …"
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Catholic Gentleman, Farming, and the Benedict Option: A Conversation with Sam Guzman:
"With the release of Rod Dreher’s highly-anticipated book, The Benedict Option, many Catholics are having a conversation about how best to raise their families and form healthy communities. What may surprise many is that such a project has been underway in the Catholic world for decades. Today, Michael welcome back Sam Guzman of the Catholic Gentleman …"
Rejoicing in the Risen Christ:
"Saint Thomas Aquinas makes this very important assertion: every person is searching for happiness. This may appear to be a common sense statement. However, we must then ask, Why is it that so many people, today more than ever before, have long faces, open up their mouths to gossip and criticize and condemn, suffer despair …"
St. Mark (Evangelist):
"Most of our knowledge about St. Mark, author of one of the four Gospels, comes directly from the New Testament. It is possible that the unnamed young man present at Jesus’ arrest (Mark 14:51-52) was the evangelist himself; Mark is mentioned directly in several places in the Acts of the Apostles. He was the son …"