Saturday, December 31, 2022

Eighteen missionaries killed in 2022 -Dec 30th, 2022

 Eighteen missionaries killed in 2022 https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/46214


Source: Fides

Fides reports that 18 missionaries are known to have been killed in 2022. They were: 12 priests, one religious man, three religious women, one seminarian and one lay person.

The highest number of missionaries killed was registered in Africa, where nine missionaries lost their lives (seven priests and two religious sisters). In Latin America, eight missionaries were killed (four priests, one religious man, one religious woman, one and seminarian and one lay person). In Asia, one priest was killed.

In the last few years, Africa and America have alternated in first place in this tragic ranking: America for eight years from 2011 to 2021 and Africa for three years (2018, 2019, 2021). From 2001 to 2021, 526 missionaries have been killed worldwide.

The little information on the life and circumstances that caused the violent deaths of these 18 men and women missionaries offer us images of daily life, even if in particularly difficult contexts, marked by violence, poverty, lack of justice and respect for human life. Other people who were with them often shared the same fate as the missionaries. Priests killed while they were going to celebrate Mass with the community they led, to break that bread and consecrate that wine that would have been food and life for so many faithful. A religious woman doctor killed at the diocese health center, ready to save the lives of other people, and who knows how many she had already saved in the past. A missionary killed during an assault on the mission: instead of thinking about saving her own life, she was concerned about the safety of the girls housed in the dormitory. Another layman, a pastoral worker, killed on his way to the church to lead a liturgy of the Word for the faithful of that area, who did not have a resident priest.

Witnesses and missionaries of life, with their lives, which they offered up to the end, out of gratitude. As Pope Francis wrote in his Message for World Mission Day 2022, "the disciples are urged to live their personal lives in a missionary key: they are sent by Jesus to the world not only to carry out, but also and above all to live the mission entrusted to them; not only to bear witness, but also and above all to be witnesses of Christ. The essence of the mission is to bear witness to Christ, that is, to his life, passion, death and resurrection for the love of the Father and of humanity".

Names of murdered missionaries by continent

AFRICA

n Africa, nine missionaries were killed: seven priests, two religious women.

Nigeria: Fr Joseph Aketeh Bako, parish priest of St John's Church in Kudenda, in the local government area of Kaduna South, Kaduna State, was kidnapped by armed men who had attacked the rectory; he died while in the hands of his captors, between April 18 and 20, 2022. Fr Vitus Borogo, was killed on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Kaduna Prison Farm during a raid by armed men. Fr Christopher Odia Ogedebbe was kidnapped and killed during the armed confrontation between police and kidnappers, on Sunday, June 26, 2022, as he was preparing to celebrate Mass at St Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Edo State, where he was parish priest. Fr John Mark Cheitnum was kidnapped on July 15, 2022 from the rectory of Christ the King church in the city of Lere, Kaduna State, diocese of Kafanchan, and was brutally killed on the same day of the kidnapping.

DR Congo: Fr Richard Masivi Kasereka, a Congolese religious of the 'Caracciolini', was killed on February 2, 2022 in eastern DR Congo, by armed men, as he was returning to his parish after celebrating the World Day of Consecrated Life. Fr Godefroid Pembele Mandon, was shot and killed in the night between August 6 and 7, 2022, in the parish of St Joseph Mukasa, in Kikwit, by armed bandits who had attacked the church. Sister Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki, of the Congregation of the Petites Soeurs de la Présentation de Notre Dame au Temple of Butembo, was killed along with other people, during an assault that took place in the night between October, 19 and 20, 2022 in the village of Maboya, in North Kivu province.

Tanzania: Fr Michael Mawelera Samson, of the Missionaries of Africa, originally from Malawi, disappeared on June 10, 2022 from the youth centre of the church in Mbeya, Tanzania, where he worked. His body was found on the bed of the Meta river, in Sabasaba, on the morning of June 11.

Mozambique - Sister Maria De Coppi, an Italian Comboni missionary, was killed in the assault on the mission of Chipene, in the province of Nampula, diocese of Nacala, in the night between September, 6 and 7, 2022. The attackers destroyed the mission facilities, and Sister Maria was shot in the head and died immediately.

AMERICA

In America, seven missionaries were killed: four priests, one religious man, one religious woman, one seminarian, one layman.

Mexico - The body of Fr Jose Guadalupe Rivas, of the Archdiocese of Tijuana, was found on May 16, 2022 on a ranch in Tecate, where he used to spend some time to rest. And he was killed together with another person, their bodies showed traces of violence. Jesuits FrJavier Campos and Fr Joaquín Mora were killed by armed people, on the afternoon of June 20, 2022, in the church of San Francisco Xavier in Cerocahui, in the Tarahumara region of Chihuahua. Seminarian José Dorian Piña Hernández, of the diocese of Zacatecas, was killed on the night of December 27 during an attempted armed robbery.

Honduras - Pablo Isabel Hernández, layman, leader of the Lenca indigenous group, in western Honduras. Delegate of the Word of God, pastoral worker, was killed on Sunday, January 9, 2022 by unknown men who shot him in the back as he went to lead a celebration. Fr Enrique Vasquez's body was found north of San Pedro Sula, on the night of Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in his car, in a suburban area of Santa Cruz de Yojoa, where he had gone to visit his parents, but without arriving at destination.

Bolivia - Friar Wilberth Daza Rodas OFM, was killed in the night between Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022, and Sunday 17, Easter, by thieves who entered the church of San Francisco, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Haiti Sister Luisa Dell'Orto, Little Sister of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld, was killed on June 25, 2022 in Port-au-Prince, most likely the victim of an attempted robbery. Sister Luisa was committed above all to the service of street children for twenty years.

ASIA

In Asia, one priest was killed.

Vietnam: Fr Joseph Tran Ngoc Thanh, a Vietnamese Dominican priest (OP), was stabbed to death while listening to confessions in the parish of Dak Mót, diocese of Kon Tum, by a mentally unstable man.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Francis: The Pope Who Wept before the Virgin (and Before the Eyes of All) - ZENIT

 Francis: The Pope Who Wept before the Virgin (and Before the Eyes of All) - ZENIT - English https://zenit.org/2022/12/10/francis-the-pope-who-wept-before-the-virgin-and-before-the-eyes-of-all/?eti=7900

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

How Dante Must Conquer Lust in 'The Divine Comedy'

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Digital Disciple: Carlo Acutis and the Eucharist

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Monday, December 5, 2022

9. Fratelli Tutti Audiobook - Chapter 3, Part 3 - Vatican News

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Friday, December 2, 2022

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Eucharist in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

 Why Catholics Believe in the Real Eucharistic Presence, Beautifully Explained in Infographics https://www.churchpop.com/2022/01/27/why-catholics-believe-in-the-real-eucharistic-presence-beautifully-explained-in-infographics/ 


Eucharist in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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1106. "Together with the anamnesis, the epiclesis is at the heart of each sacramental celebration, most especially of the Eucharist:  You ask how the bread becomes the Body of Christ, and the wine . . . the Blood of Christ I shall tell you: the Holy Spirit comes upon them and accomplishes what surpasses every word and thought . . . Let it be enough for you to understand that it is by the Holy Spirit, just as it was of the Holy Virgin and by the Holy Spirit that the Lord, through and in himself, took flesh. [St. John Damascene, De fide orth 4, 13: PG 94, 1145A.]"


 


1324. "The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life.' [LG 11.] 'The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.' [PO 5.]"


 


1327. "In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: 'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.' [St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4, 18, 5: PG 7/l, 1028.]"


 


1329. "The Lord's Supper, because of its connection with the supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem. [Cf. 1 Cor 11:20; Rev 19:9.]  The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meat when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread, [Gal 3:27 .] above all at the Last Supper. [Cf. Mt 26:26 ; 1 Cor 11:24 .] It is by this action that his disciples will recognize him after his Resurrection, [Cf. Lk 24:13-35.] and it is this expression that the first Christians will use to designate their Eucharistic assemblies; [Cf. Acts 2:42, 46 ; Acts 20:7, 11.] by doing so they signified that all who eat the one broken bread, Christ, enter into communion with him and form but one body in him. [Cf. 1 Cor 10:16-17.]  The Eucharistic assembly (synaxis), because the Eucharist is celebrated amid the assembly of the faithful, the visible expression of the Church. [Cf. 1 Cor 11:17-34 .]"


 


1336. "The first announcement of the Eucharist divided the disciples, just as the announcement of the Passion scandalized them: 'This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?' [Jn 6:60 .] The Eucharist and the Cross are stumbling blocks. It is the same mystery and it never ceases to be an occasion of division.  'Will you also go away?': [Jn 6:67 .] the Lord's question echoes through the ages, as a loving invitation to discover that only he has 'the words of eternal life' [In 6:68.] and that to receive in faith the gift of his Eucharist is to receive the Lord himself."


 


1340. "By celebrating the Last Supper with his apostles in the course of the Passover meal, Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning. Jesus' passing over to his father by his death and Resurrection, the new Passover, is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the Church in the glory of the kingdom."


 


1355. "In the communion, preceded by the Lord's prayer and the breaking of the bread, the faithful receive 'the bread of heaven' and 'the cup of salvation,' the body and blood of Christ who offered himself 'for the life of the world': [Jn 6:51.]  Because this bread and wine have been made Eucharist ('eucharisted,' according to an ancient expression), 'we call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.' [St. Justin, Apol. 1, 66,1-2: PG 6, 428.]"


 


1356. "If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion: 'Do this in remembrance of me.' [1 Cor 11:24-25 .]"


 


1359. "The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of creation. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ.  Through Christ the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for all that God has made good, beautiful, and just in creation and in humanity."


 


1360. "The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all 'thanksgiving.'"


 


1365. "Because it is the memorial of Christ's Passover, the Eucharist is also a sacrifice. The sacrificial character of the Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution: 'This is my body which is given for you' and 'This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood.' [Lk 22:19-20.] In the Eucharist Christ gives us the very body which he gave up for us on the cross, the very blood which he 'poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.' [Mt 26:28 .]"


 


1367. "The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: 'The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.' 'In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.' [Council of Trent (1562): DS 1743; cf. Heb 9:14, 27.]"



1368. "The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ's sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.  In the catacombs the Church is often represented as a woman in prayer, arms outstretched in the praying position. Like Christ who stretched out his arms on the cross, through him, with him, and in him, she offers herself and intercedes for all men."


 


1369. "The whole Church is united with the offering and intercession of Christ.  Since he has the ministry of Peter in the Church, the Pope is associated with every celebration of the Eucharist, wherein he is named as the sign and servant of the unity of the universal Church. The bishop of the place is always responsible for the Eucharist, even when a priest presides; the bishop's name is mentioned to signify his presidency over the particular Church, in the midst of his presbyterium and with the assistance of deacons. The community intercedes also for all ministers who, for it and with it, offer the Eucharistic sacrifice:  Let only that Eucharist be regarded as legitimate, which is celebrated under (the presidency of) the bishop or him to whom he has entrusted it. [St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Smyrn. 8:1; SCh 10, 138.]  Through the ministry of priests the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful is completed in union with the sacrifice of Christ the only Mediator, which in the Eucharist is offered through the priests' hands in the name of the whole Church in an unbloody and sacramental manner until the Lord Himself comes. [PO 2 # 4.]"


 


1374. "The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique.  It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as 'the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.' [St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 73, 3c.] In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.' [Council of Trent (1551): DS 1651.] 'This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.' [Paul VI, MF 39.]"


 


1378. "Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. 'The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.'[Paul VI, MF 56.]"


 


1384. "The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: 'Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.' [Jn 6:53 .]"


 


1396. "The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church.  Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ.  Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body - the Church.  Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism. In Baptism we have been called to form but one body. [Cf. 1 Cor 12:13 .] The Eucharist fulfills this call: 'The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread:' [1 Cor 10:16-17.]  If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament that is placed on the table of the Lord; it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you are you respond 'Amen' ('yes, it is true!') and by responding to it you assent to it. For you hear the words, 'the Body of Christ' and respond 'Amen.'  Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true. [St. Augustine, Sermon 272: PL 38, 1247.]"


 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Keeping the Martyrs Alive

 Keeping the Martyrs Alive https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20121130_1.htm

Monday, November 28, 2022

Viewpoint: Assisted dying in an economy that kills

 Viewpoint: Assisted dying in an economy that kills https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/45998

Booking: Catholics in Britain under King Charles

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UK court rules babies with Down's syndrome can be aborted up to birth

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Blood grown in Lab-Brave New World

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In a 1st, two people receive transfusions of lab-grown blood cells http://sbne.ws/r/LeXX

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

02-11-22 HOMILY - Vatican News

 021122 HOMILY - Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/podcast/the-voice-of-the-pope/2022/11/021122-homily.html

Monday, October 24, 2022

The heroic sacrifice of the Discalced Carmelites of Compiègne

 The heroic sacrifice of the Discalced Carmelites of Compiègne - Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2022-10/sisters-project-france-reign-terror-carmelites-compiegne.html

The Deadly Sins by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. | Sep 30, 2017 |

The Deadly Sins

 https://blog.magiscenter.com/blog/the-deadly-sins

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Act of Contrition and NICENE CREED


 

NICENE CREED

Visiting the Desert Nuns | Outside the Friary-https://desertnuns.com/vocation-information/a-day-in-the-life/

We used to call them hermaphrodites

 

We used to call them hermaphrodites

https://www.nature.com/articles/gim200711


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obando_Fertility_Rites

Images of the three saints above the altar of Obando Church: Our Lady of Salambáo is in the centre, flanked by St Paschal to her right and St Clare to her left.

The fertility rites were initially done in honour of the anito Diyan Masalanta, the Tagalog goddess of love, Lakapati, the Tagalog fertility deity, and Bathala, the supreme deity of the Tagalog people. The rites were performed within the vicinity of a dambana. When the Spanish arrived, they forcibly converted the natives to Roman Catholicism and changed their religious beliefs regarding the fertility rites.[2]

Festivities[edit]

The rites are observed in a triduum: 17 May for St. Paschal Baylon, 18 May for St. Clare of Assisi, and 19 May for Our Lady of Salambáo. Each of the three days usually begins with a morning Mass said by the parish priest. A procession, held immediately thereafter, consists of the three saints' images followed by bands playing instruments made of bamboo or brass, and devotees who dance the fandango while singing the hymn, Santa Clara Pinung-Pino (Saint Clare, Most Refined). The image of each saint leads the procession on his or her designated feast day.

The rites, especially the fertility dance, are popular with pilgrims from all over the Philippines, most of whom supplicate the triad of saints for a child, a spouse, or general good fortune. Throughout the three days, devotees joyously dance in the streets as a form of prayer, asking for the spirit of life to enter into the wombs of women.

The patron saints[edit]

Images of the three saints above the altar of Obando Church: Our Lady of Salambáo is in the centre, flanked by St Paschal to her right and St Clare to her left.

Saint Clare[edit]

St. Clare of Assisi is the oldest saint declared patroness of Catanghalan (the town's former name), her image first enshrined the chapel built by missionaries of the Order of Friars Minor in the town. St. Clare was a 13th-century Italian nun, who founded the Poor Clares according to the rule and teachings of her contemporary, St. Francis.

St. Clare became the patroness of good weather because her Spanish name, Clara, also referred to clearer skies after a storm. This formed the basis for the Filipino custom of offering chicken eggs to St. Clare to ensure good weather, as the Spanish word for egg white or albumenclaro, is also a pun on her name. Devotees participating in the rites would sometimes hold eggs as they sway to the fandango.

The introduction of St. Clare by Spanish Franciscans as a replacement for pre-colonial Tagalog gods, especially the deity of conception Diyan Masalanta, transformed the old, animist Kasilonawan dancing ritual into the offering of the fandango to the saint to prevent or cure sterility in women. Eventually, St. Clare evolved into the patroness of individuals seeking a mate and to have children, particularly daughters.

Santa Clarang Pinong-pino[edit]

  • "Santa Clarang pinong-pino / Ako po ay bigyán mo / Ng asawang labíntatló / Sa gastos 'di magreklamo!"
  • ("Saint Clare, most refined / Unto me bestow / Spouses, thirteen in all / For the expense, I shan't complain!")
  • A variation: "Santa Clarang pinong-pino / Ang pangakò ko ay ganitó / Pagdatíng ko sa Obando / Sasayáw ako ng pandanggo."
  • ("Saint Clare, most refined / My promise is like so / When I arrive at Obando / I shall dance the fandango.")

Saint Paschal[edit]

During the 18th century, the Franciscan missionaries built the town church and introduced the veneration of Saint Paschal Baylon. His surname, Baylon, was taken to mean "one who likes dancing", ultimately derived from the Spanish bailar, the verb form of "dance". Like St. Clare, he also became the patron saint of fertility, wealth and abundance.

An anecdote tells of how a childless couple from the neighbouring town of Hagonoy met a youth selling crabs. The young man told the couple to visit Obando and participate in the rites to ameliorate their condition. Upon entering Obando Church, the couple were amazed by the sight of Saint Paschal's image, for its face looked exactly like the young crab vendor. This is the origin of St. Paschal's patronage of childless couples who wish to have children, particularly sons.

Our Lady of Salambáo[edit]

On 19 June 1763, the image of Our Lady of Salambáo (formal title: "Our Lady of Immaculate Conception of Salambáo"), was the last saint whose cultus was introduced to Obando. Legend tells of three fishermen named Juan, Julián, and Diego dela Cruz caught the Virgin Mary's image in their salambáw, a fishing net supported with bamboo crosspieces and mounted on a raft.

They were fishing at a place known as Hulingduong, Binwangan (now part of Malabon), and when they decided to bring the image to the neighbouring town of Navotas, their boat suddenly grew heavy and immobile. When they eventually decided to bring the image to Obando, their boat quickly lightened and became easy to paddle. This was taken a sign that the Virgin wanted to be enshrined in Obando Church. She is still venerated there as the local patroness of fishing and of good harvests.

Ban and post-War revival[edit]

During the Second World War, the church and a large portion of Obando were ravaged by fire; included amongst the damaged property were the images of the three patron saints. A few years after the war's end, both the Archbishop of Manila and the vicar of Obando Church forbade the fertility dance due to its pagan origins. During the prohibition, normal religious processions were still held on the triduum, but without the lively street dancing.

In 1972, parish priest Rev. Fr. Rome R. Fernández and the Komisyon ng Kalinangan (Commission on Culture) of Obando helped in having the ban lifted and in reviving the ancient dance ritual, which is still practised to this day.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Why Do the Sacraments Matter? (Aquinas 101)

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

 The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist—History and Evidence [Spitzer Scholarly Article] https://blog.magiscenter.com/blog/the-real-presence-of-jesus-in-the-eucharist-history-and-evidence

Friday, September 30, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Economy of Francesco Covenant: ‘Building an economy of the Gospel’

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Monday, September 19, 2022

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Consecrated Celibacy: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Calling

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

On Becoming a Saint

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Monday, August 29, 2022

When Did John Lose His Head?

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Pope Francis opens Holy Door of Celestinian Pardon in L'Aquila

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Don’t Talk to Your Children

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Surveys show that the average American receives some 5,000 external stimuli per day and spends more than eight hours a day in front of screens — television, computer monitors, cellphones, gaming consoles, and so on.

 

Surveys show that the average American receives some 5,000 external stimuli per day and spends more than eight hours a day in front of screens — television, computer monitors, cellphones, gaming consoles, and so on. 

Where in earlier ages people worked in their gardens, played an instrument, went fishing, read books, entertained guests, or engaged in conversation with family or friends, they have become passive and speechless consumers of canned content. These screens help produce a people that is losing its language. 

But more importantly, these people no longer see structures in their world but rather a bewildering juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated events. 

Vicarious living and proxy experiences are the deeper problem with our students’ loss of language.

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2010/loss-of-language-loss-of-thought

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Christ Reorients Webb

Christ Reorients Webb: Even a casual glance or two at the astounding images being released from the Webb Space Telescope, that penetrating eye in the sky, can rapidly lead one to a crisis of orientation, a disorientation of meaning, of personal identity, of individual existence.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

The State of Catholicism in England (Guest: Gavin Ashenden)

The State of Catholicism in England (Guest: Gavin Ashenden): Catholicism has a rich and turbulent history in England, and Catholicism has played an important role in England’s history. Today we’ll take a look at the current state of Catholicism in England with a special guest.

Friday, August 5, 2022

The Case Against Contraception

The Case Against Contraception: Contraception is very much in Church news again, so it is pivotal that we know why the Church has always prohibited artificial contraception.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

China’s new morality guidelines describe how to eat right, lower carbon footprints — and think just like President Xi

China’s new morality guidelines describe how to eat right, lower carbon footprints — and think just like President Xi https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/10/30/chinas-new-morality-guidelines-describe-how-eat-right-lower-carbon-footprints-think-just-like-president-xi/?tid=ss_tw https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/china-morality-xi-jinping-intl-hnk/index.html

Monday, July 25, 2022

The Wages of Sin is Also Disease

The Wages of Sin is Also Disease: By Austin Ruse - Monkeypox is the latest evidence exposing our culture's lie that homosexual behavior isn't dangerous.

What is Religion and Why Does it Matter? (Guest: R. Jared Staudt)

What is Religion and Why Does it Matter? (Guest: R. Jared Staudt): A proper understanding of religion transforms how we worship, how we serve others, and how we do theology.

The Metallization of Man

The Metallization of Man: With the metallization of man, the previous two effects, the commoditization of man and the mechanization of man, are then joined by the growth of a view of man as being nothing more than a collection of parts rather than a person with innate value.

The Priest in the Valley of Lazaruses

The Priest in the Valley of Lazaruses: By Kevin Wells - For two years a single American priest has worked seventeen-hour days to spiritually and mentally prepare teenage girls for what might await them in some of the most dangerous towns in the world.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Sr. Livia Ciaramella: A nun in prison to rediscover what was lost - Vatican News

Sr. Livia Ciaramella: A nun in prison to rediscover what was lost - Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2022-07/sisters-project-missionary-inmates-chaplain-livia-ciaramella.html

Monday, July 4, 2022

Celebrating Abnormal Behavior

Celebrating Abnormal Behavior: By Anthony Esolen - There is a good reason why things get worse and not better for them who celebrate the abnormal.

By What Authority? in a Nutshell

By What Authority? in a Nutshell: By Joseph Pearce - 'By What Authority' brings the period of the Tudor Terror to life in a way that is hardly possible in a non-fictional historical narrative.

Saints in Rome & Beyond!: The Visitation

Saints in Rome & Beyond!: The Visitation: The Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary - May 31 st Churches of Honor in Rome    Chiesa Nuova (The New Church) Via del Gov...

Saints in Rome & Beyond!: The Annunciation

Saints in Rome & Beyond!: The Annunciation: The Annunciation - March 25 th Churches of Honor in Rome Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Our Lady Above Minerva) Via del Beato Ang...

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Devastation of the Sexual Revolution (Guest: Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse)

The Devastation of the Sexual Revolution (Guest: Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse): The sexual revolution has wreaked devastation on our culture and our society. How do we recover and help the survivors?Link:• Ruth Institute Summit for Survivors 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

You WILL Comply!

You WILL Comply!: By Eric Sammons - The Rainbow Regime demands complete compliance in support of the Alphabet People.

Yes, It Can Happen Here

Yes, It Can Happen Here: By Regis Martin - If deathly totalitarianism happened to Germany—which, for all its vaunted progress and sophistication, could not prevent its falling into barbarism—it can happen here.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Brotherly Harshness in a World of Tribal Empathy

Brotherly Harshness in a World of Tribal Empathy: The race that does not accept respect for man from the time of his conception, is destined to an ignominious end, because it distorts the concept of love of neighbor, mistakes it with egoism, and cannot conceive the love of God at all.

The Original Groomer

The Original Groomer: Long before corporate America and the public school system were grooming children into adopting a rainbow way of life, Hugh Hefner was grooming generations into fornication and sexual debauchery.

Pope Francis: The Church is a ‘caravan of brothers’ on a journey - Vatican News

 Pope Francis: The Church is a ‘caravan of brothers’ on a journey - Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-06/pope-francis-the-church-is-a-caravan-of-brothers-on-a-journey.html

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Visitation and the Personhood of the Unborn

The Visitation and the Personhood of the Unborn: As abortion increasingly roils American public life, the feast of the Visitation refutes the false prophets within Christianity.

Behind the Motives of Mass Shooters

Behind the Motives of Mass Shooters: By Anthony Esolen - Most politicians are looking at the means or the opportunity behind mass shootings. Instead we need to change a culture that motivates such shootings.

Friday, May 27, 2022

It's Not a Gun Problem or a Security Problem

It's Not a Gun Problem or a Security Problem: By Eric Sammons - Both the Left and the Right's proposed solutions to school shootings will not solve the underlying problems, and will likely make things worse.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Special Saint for Our Time

A Special Saint for Our Time: By Regis Martin - St. Titus Brandsma stands out as perhaps the most compelling example for Catholics concerned about the threat of state-sponsored terror and tyranny.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Child Sacrifice Is Nothing New

Child Sacrifice Is Nothing New: Whether modern pro-abortion advocates realize it or not, in essence their attachment to the slaughter of the unborn is an allegiance to Moloch.