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A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria

A Cry for Help from Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo, Syria

Aug 5 16 • 0 comments

By Marta Petrosillo  NEW YORK—“The situation is a complicated and we are hearing many contradictory stories. The only truth we do know is that the people here are suffering and dying.” The words are those of Sister Anne-Françoise, a French religious of the Enclosed and Apostolic Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Aleppo, Syria. She spoke by […]

Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview

Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview

Lianna Rebolledo was 12 years old when two men kidnapped her while she was walking to a local shopping mall. Nine months later she gave birth to a baby girl.  Today she travels to shelters all over Latin America giving hope to girls pregnant from rape by sharing her story. I sat down with Lianna […]

Self-Regulation Science Doesn't Work

Self-Regulation Science Doesn’t Work

Aug 4 16 • 2 comments

Scientists love to give themselves “ethical guidelines” — only to “reevaluate” and revise those guidelines when they are no longer convenient. A perfect recent example of this came this May when scientists in two separate studies reported keeping embryos alive, healthy and developing for 12-13 days. In both studies the embryos grew autonomously and began […]

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)

Aug 3 16 • 0 comments

Game of Thrones, the wildly popular HBO series based off of George R.R. Martin’s high fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, is a presently unavoidable part of popular culture. Praised for its high production values, including acting, costuming, setting, and cinematography, and dubbed one of the “epic sagas of our times”, the […]

Get the U.S. Out of the United Nations Population Fund

Get the U.S. Out of the United Nations Population Fund

The U.S. Government wastes billions on programs and initiatives that American taxpayers don’t want and certainly don’t need. But no example of government waste is more disgraceful than the tens of millions of dollars handed over each year to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—an organization that for decades has been working hand-in-glove with China’s […]

Poem: "Here I am, Lord, ready"

Poem: “Here I am, Lord, ready”

Here I am, Lord, ready to listen, ready to pray, ready to watch You and be amazed, ready to thank You and give You praise. Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

Christian Responses to Medical Killing

Christian Responses to Medical Killing

Aug 1 16 • 0 comments

A monstrous notion has become law. Assisting in the suicides of sick and disabled Canadians is legally permitted. It is now a new right — the right to death. The pied pipers of this new right use misleading euphemisms such as medical assistance in dying (MAID). A more accurate, precise and honest description of this […]

Augustine: Father of Heresies or Truly Catholic Doctor?

Augustine: Father of Heresies or Truly Catholic Doctor?

Many Protestant rebels from Luther forward placed mistaken reliance on the works of St. Augustine of Hippo as providing a patristic Fathers-of-the-Church warrant for their new teachings and heresies. Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and other adherents of the Augsburg Confession (a document that set forth the beliefs, including some heretical beliefs, of Lutherans and others) employed […]

Poem: "Unknown Martyr"

Poem: “Unknown Martyr”

Jul 29 16 • 0 comments

Unknown Martyr Each night, she scrubs tile floors after waiting tables all day: her hands and knees raw, exhaustion bringing her one day closer to death. Her only thought, a son and daughter— how to keep them fed with a roof over head, how to survive another month, how to pray in the midst of […]

Movie Review: <em>Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism</em>

Movie Review: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

I’m going to call the latest documentary on John Paul II an “almost perfect documentary.” The title is: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism. Why is it almost perfect? Because it’s Rolls Royce super-classy in every way. The production values are off the chain, the august interviewees always on point, […]

World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: 'The Gospel Heals'

World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrim Confronts Addiction: ‘The Gospel Heals’

Jul 27 16 • 0 comments

By M. Z. de la Morena NEW YORK—Just a few years ago, if anyone had told Miguel that he would be speaking to Pope Francis in front of thousands of young people in Poland—telling the story of how he overcame his addiction to drugs—he would never have believed them. But that is exactly what Miguel […]

Celebrating the Bloodlust

Celebrating the Bloodlust

Jul 27 16 • 1 comment

When the United States Supreme Court handed down its pro-abortion ruling on June 27 of this year, pro-death groups across the land celebrated. The Court basically struck down two provisions in a Texas law because, in its words, the pro-life restrictions created an “undue burden on abortion access.” Thus the macabre champagne toasts and the […]

Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book

Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book

Jul 25 16 • 0 comments

When Pope Francis spoke to the UN last September he warned about what he called “ideological colonization.” By that he meant the attempt to import or impose a vision of human sexuality at odds with traditional peoples. The African Bishops have repeatedly warned about how traditional way of life is under pressure from ideological colonization. […]

Poem: "on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom"

Poem: “on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom”

Jul 23 16 • 0 comments

on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom beauty in itself is a useless thing like the lilies of a summer’s field or the light of a winter’s moon useless, too, was your priesthood toward the salvation of even one english soul yet such beauty was not lost after the seeds of your severed body were buried for […]

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

Jul 22 16 • 0 comments

“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to […]

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

Jul 21 16 • 0 comments

We have all heard it, yet most of us would not be able to name it. The term polyphony (from the Greek for “many sounds”) is used to describe music that employs simultaneous yet independent melodies. This can occur in secular or spiritual songs, and the spiritual realm includes both sacred music (typically using a […]

Movie Review: <em>The Secret Life of Pets</em>

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

With a juicy, promising title and a screen populated with adorable, fuzzy furballs of varied shapes and sizes, the animated smash hit: The Secret Life of Pets is a fun Summer escapade for all ages. The different personalities of species and dog breeds are, well, typecast. The goofy guinea pig, the self-involved cat, the excitable […]

New Report Shows Which Countries are Best for the Family

New Report Shows Which Countries are Best for the Family

Jul 20 16 • 0 comments

A new report demonstrates to policy makers which countries are best at helping traditional families and which are failing. The UN acknowledges the traditional family structure of a married mother and father raising their children as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.”  A growing body of social science research affirms that individuals thrive […]

Poem: "A Bard’s Prayer"

Poem: “A Bard’s Prayer”

Jul 19 16 • 0 comments

A Bard’s Prayer “As an author and artists who greatly appreciates the Celtic Bardic tradition, I felt inspired to write this prayer for those who seek to enlighten through their art.“ Let me catch the flame Golden, glittering, glaring So my fingers may glow as I hold the pen Let me taste the wine Sweet, […]

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Murder, USA: Is It Really As Bad As We Think?

Jul 16 16 • 2 comments

Murder rates have fallen dramatically.

Poem: "Empty"

Poem: “Empty”

Jul 16 16 • 2 comments

Empty You eat from my table, And leave me nothing. Then you lay upon my form This weighty cauldron, Dank and empty. It presses mightily, Withholding air that gives rhyme and reason to life Destroying my frame. I show you the door But you raise your brow and smirk Then folding your arms, you lean […]

Fill Your Hands to Love; Empty Your Hands to Pray

Fill Your Hands to Love; Empty Your Hands to Pray

Jul 15 16 • 0 comments

One of my favorite saints, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower, often wrote of appearing before God with empty hands, both from the standpoint of having used all of the graces and opportunities to do good works but, also, perhaps, as an expression of intrinsic humility in that we can never fully do enough […]

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

Our relationship with our biological parents influences our happiness long after we’ve flown the nest. So says a new study showing how those raised by same-sex parents experience significantly more depression, obesity, and other problems in young adulthood than their peers. In the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood, […]

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

Jul 13 16 • 1 comment

If you were ever in search of a film to spur your church community into pro-life action, a new film called Voiceless may be just the ticket. “Voiceless is a call to the church,” said Jason Jones, co-executive producer of the film. “Now more than ever as we see no relief from our judiciary or […]