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Poem: "Flowers Without Fruit"

Poem: “Flowers Without Fruit”

Flowers Without Fruit Prune thou thy words; the thoughts control That o’er thee swell and throng;– They will condense within thy soul, And change to purpose strong. But he who lets his feelings run In soft luxurious flow, Shrinks when hard service must be done, And faints at every woe. Faith’s meanest deed more favor […]

Do Protestant's and Catholic's Believe the Same "Gospel"?

Do Protestant’s and Catholic’s Believe the Same “Gospel”?

Apr 8 16 • 3 comments

In an article called “The Gospel for Roman Catholics” put out by the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) the claim is made that Roman Catholics lack a fundamental understanding of the true and undefiled gospel of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Lord’s Prayer a “Summary of the Gospel” (CCC 2761) and Pope […]

The Great Unaddressed Human Rights Issue of Our Day

The Great Unaddressed Human Rights Issue of Our Day

Apr 7 16 • 0 comments

Moments after speaking before a sea of families in Rome about the dangers of commercial surrogacy, an Italian reporter asked why I was being so vocal in a country where it is already illegal. Isn’t that like preaching to the choir, she wondered? While the notion of speaking to hundreds of thousands of people who […]

Superman v. Batman: What Might Have Been

Superman v. Batman: What Might Have Been

While the consensus is that Superman v. Batman was a major disappointment, my feelings are more mixed. Was it a terrible movie or simply a failure to live up to expectations? The movie was entertaining in many respects. It was visually stunning. It provided us with one of the best depictions of Batman/Bruce Wayne to […]

Last Days and the Resurrection of the Dead, Part II

Last Days and the Resurrection of the Dead, Part II

Apr 6 16 • 0 comments

In my last article, Last Days and the Resurrection of the Dead, Part I, I discussed  Andrej Grib’s proposition that there would be a “Big Crunch”, the universe disappearing in a singularity. Grib, in his article about this and quantum logic, referred to that Big Crunch being an “Omega Point”, proposed by the Jesuit paleontologist […]

USAID Needs to Warn Women of the Dangers of Depo-Provera

USAID Needs to Warn Women of the Dangers of Depo-Provera

Apr 6 16 • 0 comments

Jonathan Abbamonte also contributed to this article. Despite mounting evidence of serious side effects associated with the use of injectable contraceptives, international aid programs continue to indiscriminately distribute Depo-Provera under various brand names worldwide. Indeed, a coalition of family planning partners including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates […]

Holy Spirit, Inspire Me to Speak

Holy Spirit, Inspire Me to Speak

Apr 5 16 • 0 comments

Holy Week and Easter Sunday, the 2016 versions, are in our rearview mirror. That means we are in the midst of the Easter Season – a.k.a. Eastertide or Paschal Time. To exemplify the importance the season holds on the Church liturgical calendar, Eastertide lasts 50 days, longer than both Lent and Advent. St. Athanasius reckoned […]

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Surrendering to ISIS is the Only Way to Defeat It

Apr 4 16 • 1 comment

Unlike our leaders, ISIS doesn’t confuse victory and defeat.

Poem: "It Takes Families To Raise A Village"

Poem: “It Takes Families To Raise A Village”

Apr 4 16 • 0 comments

It Takes Families To Raise A Village Men with guns surround the powerists’ vehicles. Mothers, loving, unseen behind bulletproof glass, Their children laughing above run-flat tires, Dark vehicles in caravan, racing through red lights, Unimpeded. Happy on the way to school. The mothers talking, motherly, About goodness, and love, and Daddy and cousins. The mothers […]

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 1 16 • 0 comments

Easter Sunday is not the end of our Easter celebration.  After forty days of preparation with Lent, and the Easter Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, it is easy to miss looking ahead on the Church’s liturgical calendar. This is, after all, the climax of the Christian year with the celebration of the Passion, […]

Genetically Engineered Language: Propaganda Colors Public Perception

Genetically Engineered Language: Propaganda Colors Public Perception

Apr 1 16 • 0 comments

A recent headline in the United Kingdom’s Independent shouts that the first genetically modified human embryos could be created in Britain in just a few weeks. The article by Steve Connor reported that scientists have submitted a proposal to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the government’s fertility regulatory body, asking to edit the genes of […]

Pope Reaches Out to Pakistan Bomb Blast Victims

Pope Reaches Out to Pakistan Bomb Blast Victims

Mar 31 16 • 0 comments

By John Pontifex NEW YORK—Victims of the Easter Sunday Pakistan bomb blast have received a personal message of sympathy from the Pope.  Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore described how he was going from bed to bed visiting the wounded in a local hospital when he received a call on his mobile phone from Vatican officials […]

Poem: "Beside my desk, seashells"

Poem: “Beside my desk, seashells”

Beside my desk, seashells Show evidence of life outgrowing the old self and discarding hard protective layers that once encompassed vulnerabilities. Praise the Lord! You have risen from the grave condition of mankind and found Yourself, buoyed in the Spirit but anchored in us, Your blessed Body on earth. © 2016, Mary Harwell Sayler

Sweet Spanish-Language Book Teaches Children Why We Pray

Sweet Spanish-Language Book Teaches Children Why We Pray

Mar 30 16 • 0 comments

It was my pleasure to introduce my kids to Kimberly Cook’s delightful little book Mami, Mami, Cuando Rezas — the Spanish-language translation of her book Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray. It provided me with the perfect opportunity to make headway on my New Year’s resolution to teach our kids more Spanish! Mami, Mami, Cuando Rezas […]

Canada’s Demand for Death

Canada’s Demand for Death

Mar 30 16 • 0 comments

I spent this past weekend in Montreal, Canada, where despite the expected joie de vivre that Francophone cultures are prone to celebrate, the province of Quebec seems to be spending more time and energy focused on death rather than life. Last year the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the country’s ban on physician assisted suicide […]

The Endless Ages of Purim

The Endless Ages of Purim

Mar 29 16 • 0 comments

Every age carries within it the seeds of its ruin.

Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case

Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case

Mar 29 16 • 0 comments

Less than a week after it heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of asking for additional information, telling both sides to discuss alternative ways to avoid forcing religious women to provide services against their faith. “This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court […]

Remembering an Old Friend who Saved Lives

Remembering an Old Friend who Saved Lives

Mar 29 16 • 1 comment

“I’ve been served with a restraining order. I need a lawyer. Will you help me?” I answered the call one evening in 1989. I said yes and, as it turned out, from that point forward I have been active in the pro-life movement. The caller was Chuck Pelletier, founder of the local pro-life center here […]

Movie Review: Miracles from Heaven

Movie Review: Miracles from Heaven

Miracles from Heaven is a disruptive new God film from the folks who brought us Heaven Is For Real. There are many similarities to the two films. Each film is about a miracle experienced by a child. Each child has an out-of-body encounter with heaven and God, and comes from an already-believing family. Each film […]

Bigotry Towards Catholics Showcased at the UN During Holy Week

Bigotry Towards Catholics Showcased at the UN During Holy Week

Mar 29 16 • 0 comments

Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D also contributed to this article. Holy Week did not deter an open attack sponsored by the government of Finland on the Catholic Church and religious teaching on family and sexuality at an event at the United Nations last week. Finland’s government screened a documentary on an aid worker determined to confront Catholic […]

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The Perils of Cooking Intelligence

Mar 28 16 • 0 comments

From Vietnam to ISIS

Book Review: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

Book Review: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

One of the hardest things for a parent of a child with special needs is getting that child’s (and his or her own) religious needs met. Kathy Labosh, the parent of two children on the autism spectrum, knows first hand how difficult that battle can be, and she set out to do something about it. […]

The Glory of the Resurrection

The Glory of the Resurrection

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work. The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared. One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote. Yet it was not like Him to be stingy. He […]

Simon of Cyrene and the Scandal of the Cross

Simon of Cyrene and the Scandal of the Cross

And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross (Mark 15:2). And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry behind […]

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