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Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

October 20, AD2014 1 Comment
Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

St. Augustine wrote of two cities that men on earth have built. “Two cities have been formed by two loves,” he said. “The earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.” I would like to write about the […]

Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

October 20, AD2014 6 Comments
Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

When I first saw him on television, I didn’t care for him; the grey-bearded monk in his Franciscan habit. He seemed to represent most of what I didn’t like about the Catholic Faith—the ancient religion with its medieval beliefs and rules.  Besides, I was into one of the newest religions, A Course in Miracles, which […]

Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

October 17, AD2014 30 Comments
Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

A while back on my personal blog, I presented a secular view of suffering. I posited that, for the secular left, suffering is seen as worse than sin or death. Suffering has no meaning, and the goal becomes maximizing pleasure and avoiding pain. There is a very different view of suffering on the Catholic side o’ town. […]

Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

October 17, AD2014 12 Comments
Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

I’ve traversed the murky waters of the reportage going on concerning the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for the past week or so. There have not been many breaths of fresh air in the smog of blogdom, as far as I can see. On the other hand, the vitriol is plentiful. What finally threw me […]

Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

October 13, AD2014 4 Comments
Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

“Riding one day in the plains below Assisi, he met a leper whose loathsome sores filled Francis with horror. Overcoming his revulsion, he leapt from his horse and pressed into the leper’s hand all the money he had with him, then kissed the hand. This was a turning point in his life. He started visiting […]

Satan Speaks!

October 11, AD2014 72 Comments
Satan Speaks!

Author’s Note: The following letter is correspondence from a tempter demon on earth to the father of lies, Satan. Everything that Satan says in reply may or may not be truthful, for sure. Dear Satan: My human is too humble. What can I do to instill a sense of pride into his psyche? Very Respectfully, […]

Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

October 11, AD2014 19 Comments
Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

It is easy to become self-righteous, or defensive, when a Christian feels attacked by atheists. However, indignant arrogant rants that bludgeon others with the ‘truth’ treats the unbeliever as an object and not an intelligent person who is also loved by God.  When I am  secure in the Love of God, I can love and respect […]

“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part II: The Moral Responsibility of Evil-Doers

October 10, AD2014 15 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part II: The Moral Responsibility of Evil-Doers

British woman who joined ISIS calls for beheading of Christians Headline, Christian Today, September 1st, 2014 New York man charged with hate crimes for seven ‘knockout’ assaults Headline, CNN Justice, January 6, 2014 Homegrown jihadist shoots N.J. teen 8 times, calling it a ‘just kill’: report Headline, Washington Times, September 18th, 2014 Scandal of the […]

Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

October 8, AD2014 34 Comments
Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

Every year, as October comes around, many breast cancer victims like me find themselves inwardly groaning. How can efforts purportedly for our benefit be so tragically off the mark, and even immoral? Yet every year, it seems that the public is somehow transported into a fake pink world of good intentions. Instead of telling you […]

I Didn’t See It Coming

October 8, AD2014 43 Comments
I Didn’t See It Coming

Am I the only one that did not see this coming? This week, on Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand appellate rulings in favor of same-sex “marriage.” I did not realize the keg of dynamite had been lit and was just waiting for the Supreme Court to allow the explosion of same-sex marriages […]