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Light Your Lamps for Life in the Coming Darkness of Death

Light Your Lamps for Life in the Coming Darkness of Death

May 15 15 • 1 comment

There are dark days ahead for sick, disabled and depressed people in Canada. The Supreme Court recently struck down the nation’s laws against assisted suicide. The high court’s judges unanimously supported this terrible decision. What sort of society helps suicidal people kill themselves?! The high court defined the scope of assisted suicide to include an […]

U.S. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

U.S. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

May 14 15 • 0 comments

The United States House of Representatives has passed a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, ending four months of often vitriolic debate among Capitol Hill Republicans and pro-life activists about the contentious piece of legislation. The bill passed 242-184, largely along party lines, with one member voting present. Four Republicans broke ranks and voted […]

Getting to Yes: Courtship, Not Just Dating

Getting to Yes: Courtship, Not Just Dating

May 14 15 • 0 comments

When my family migrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1986, I didn’t want to go. I wanted to finish college at home and settle down with whomever God picked out for me to marry, after a courtship of at least five years. But God laughed at my plans. I met my future […]

The Power of the Spirit

The Power of the Spirit

May 13 15 • 0 comments

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” With those words to the apostle Thomas, Jesus bestowed a wonderful blessing upon all of those disciples who chose to follow him yet never actually heard him preach a sermon or saw him heal a leper. While walking the earth, our Lord had contemporaries whom […]

Poem: "Polka Dotted Women"

Poem: “Polka Dotted Women”

May 13 15 • 0 comments

Polka Dotted Women Polka Dotted Women. Patiently enduring. Polka dots pasted Over holes, Over dreams dissolved, Over a soul. Polka dots, pink, Distract me, you, Her. Pink polka dots Pinpoints of love Splashed across Her. From me, you, Him. Holes filled with memories: Love well lived. Well loved women. Love lives on through Polka dotted […]

Our Lady’s Three Rosaries

Our Lady’s Three Rosaries

May 13 15 • 1 comment

In her apparitions to the shepherd children at Fatima, Mary revealed herself as the Queen of the Holy Rosary and encouraged the daily recitation of the rosary. This devotion to the Mother of God has been recommended to the faithful for centuries. In fact, when one is attached to habitual sin, oftentimes in the confessional […]

Police Brutality Happens Every Day in China

Police Brutality Happens Every Day in China

May 13 15 • 0 comments

“Just a few days ago, I got a case involving a man who was disabled due to a severe beating by local government personnel just because his sister-in-law had had an additional baby without a permit.” — Chen Guangcheng On April 30th, Congressman Chris Smith chaired a hearing on population control in China in the U.S. […]

The Commitment Differences: 5 Reasons Faith-Filled Marriages Work

The Commitment Differences: 5 Reasons Faith-Filled Marriages Work

May 12 15 • 0 comments

Countless articles, memoirs and studies explore why so many marriages in our society deteriorate and ultimately fail. Just recently, a blog post at USA TODAY by Anthony D’Ambrosio gained attention for identifying the top five reasons that marriages don’t work: intimacy issues, financial strife, failure to truly connect, desire for attention, and an obsession with […]

The Fifth Gospel: Acts 10:25-48

The Fifth Gospel: Acts 10:25-48

As an avocational historian I spend a lot of time thinking about the past. The days gone by fascinate me and I often wonder what it was like for people who lived in earlier times. Saint Peter writes in his second epistle that, “There is no time with God: a single day: a thousand years: […]

Babies "Incompatible With Life"

Babies “Incompatible With Life”

May 12 15 • 0 comments

The Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care recently came to my attention. It is very short, stating: As medical practitioners and researchers, we declare that the term “incompatible with life” is not a medical diagnosis and should not be used when describing unborn children who may have a life-limiting condition. We acknowledge that there exists no […]

The Road to Traditionalism in the 21st Century

The Road to Traditionalism in the 21st Century

May 12 15 • 0 comments

Dear Kevin, Thanks for indulging me in my desire to lure traditionalists into ordinary form parishes. While you may disagree with this being a workable solution to the liturgy wars, I hope at least that it starts a conversation about how we should improve relations between traditionalists and the wider Church. Now in your last […]

The Powerful Humility of Mothers

The Powerful Humility of Mothers

May 10 15 • 0 comments

God gives mothers whatever good they ask for their children. Why? Because they are humble. They are living signs of humility and only the humble are filled with God. Jesus also gifts mothers with a share of His sorrows and passion to be applied to the salvation of their children. “It makes me happy to suffer for you, […]

Upside

Upside

May 9 15 • 0 comments

The last month has, at times, been a blur. After being hit by a car on my bike just over a month ago, I have had to look at life through a different lens. Is there really an “upside” to tragedy? Indulge me as I reflect on the lessons I believe God is trying to […]

Poem: "What is My Calling?"

Poem: “What is My Calling?”

May 8 15 • 0 comments

What is My Calling? O Father, my heart cries out to you, And yet it is as though you don’t hear me. Why, O my God, does this burden rest upon me? Of what merit will it be for my salvation? I ask O my God that you reveal to me Your will. What is […]

May is Mary’s Month: The Scriptural Foundation for Marian Devotion

May is Mary’s Month: The Scriptural Foundation for Marian Devotion

May 8 15 • 0 comments

On May 1st the Church celebrated the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. May 1st also inaugurated the Month of Mary. The memorial of St. Joseph almost seems fitting as we begin a month dedicated to Mary because we remember how St. Joseph provided for the Holy Family as a carpenter. To celebrate St. Joseph […]

Iraq: 'We Priests and Nuns Will Be the Last to Leave'

Iraq: ‘We Priests and Nuns Will Be the Last to Leave’

May 8 15 • 0 comments

By Oliver Maksan “At night we often hear gunfire. But luckily we are quite a bit away from the fighting,” Father Steven says. In fact, the town of Alqosh is only 10 miles away from the front line, where the heavily armed Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS fighters are facing off. When the weather is […]

Movie Review: Ex Machina

Movie Review: Ex Machina

Ex Machina, an updated story on Artificial Intelligence, is a new science fiction classic, with all the bells and whistles of today’s filmmaking, but without a terribly new conclusion about the human or moral ramifications of A.I. A megalomaniac computer scientist (Nathan) has created a top-secret female robot (Ava) and invited a computer coder (Caleb) […]

Love Unlimited

Love Unlimited

Some people seem to think that the Catholic Church is just another multi-national corporation, Catholicism, Inc., with the Pope as CEO.  Obviously, this view is a bit skewed, but is not totally off-base.  The Church is in fact an international organization.  That’s actually one of the meanings of the word “Catholic”– this church is no […]

Whatever the Cost

Whatever the Cost

May 7 15 • 2 comments

A year ago, I wrote an article challenging the American Church to do more in the face of religious persecution of our Christian brethren abroad. At that time, the kidnapping of 276 young school girls by the Islamist group Boko Haram had captured the world’s attention. I wrote the following: “That so many Christians in […]

Science Run Amok

Science Run Amok

May 7 15 • 1 comment

Sometimes reports impacting respect for the dignity of the human person appear to have been written by Rod Serling, creator of the 1950’s television series The Twilight Zone. For example, in China it is reported that scientists are editing the genomes of human embryos. The research has been roundly criticized by Marcy Darnovsky of the […]

St. Paul:  From Satan's Apostle to Christ's Ambassador

St. Paul: From Satan’s Apostle to Christ’s Ambassador

His name was Saul. In his young and undiscovered days, before he became Paul the Apostle, he worked as lead prosecutor for the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court in Jerusalem.  In those days Saul was eager to make a name for himself, to kill or to die to obtain notoriety. “Someday,” he thought, “I’m going […]

Jesus, May You Increase

Jesus, May You Increase

May 6 15 • 1 comment

Billboards around St. Louis recently are showing a new advertising slogan for a franchise of gyms: “What Will Be Your Legacy?” Nothing against people who enjoy working out and lifting weights — which I should do more often — but my idea of a real legacy to leave my family and friends has nothing to […]

Hang Up the Phone and Play!

Hang Up the Phone and Play!

May 5 15 • 1 comment

It was Saturday afternoon and the sun shone brightly in the sky. After so much rain recently, my children were excited to be outside enjoying the warmth on their backs. The windows were up and I could hear them playing with the neighborhood kids. Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com. Squeals of delight, shouts of “tag, you’re it!” […]

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

May 5 15 • 1 comment

Throughout more than thirty years with degenerative multiple sclerosis there have been horrible times with the disease that dragged me to deep levels of sickness I did not think were possible. The terrors often came in the darkest nights when exhaustion was at its greatest and I was at the end of my tether emotionally […]

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