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Christians in a Dying Western Christian Civilization

Christians in a Dying Western Christian Civilization

Mar 3 15 • 0 comments

“Having turned away from the knowledge given by God, the Christian influence on the whole of culture has been lost. In Europe, including England, it took many years ? in the United States only a few decades. In the United States, in the short span from the twenties to the sixties, we have seen a […]

A Way Everyone Should Pray

A Way Everyone Should Pray

Mar 3 15 • 0 comments

Every once in a while, I catch a glimpse of what Jesus felt at times. For instance, I can understand a little of what he must have been thinking when his disciples asked: “Lord, teach us to pray.” He could have responded with amazement: “How can you not know how to pray? I have been […]

A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

Mar 1 15 • 0 comments

Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Everyone knows that Lent is about sacrifice.  So it’s fitting that the first reading in the second Sunday of Lent recalls one of the most famous sacrifices of all time. Here’s the background.  Abraham really only desires one thing–a son who will lead to descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky.   The only […]

Fire on the Mountain:  The Transformation of Peter

Fire on the Mountain: The Transformation of Peter

Lightning struck. Thunder clapped. The disciples of Jesus—Peter, James, and John—buried their heads in their arms. What is happening? What is Jesus up to now? Another manifestation of the Spirit. We already know that Jesus is God and on this night another affirmation. How could we forget? Throughout their three-year ministry with Jesus the Lord […]

Documentary on the Shroud Airs Sunday

Documentary on the Shroud Airs Sunday

All four gospels mention the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be that burial cloth. It is etched with the image of a man that was scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified, and lanced in the side. If it is real, it provides archeological evidence of the most […]

ISIS Said to Have Begun Executing Captured Syrian Christians

ISIS Said to Have Begun Executing Captured Syrian Christians

Feb 27 15 • 0 comments

By John Newton In a fast-developing, highly fluid story, there are now reports that ISIS has started killing hostages seized after it captures Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate—reportedly 15 kidnapped Christians may already be dead. In a message sent to Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 26, 2015, Iraq-based Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana […]

Decreasing the Surplus Population

Decreasing the Surplus Population

Feb 26 15 • 0 comments

The Dutch are killing themselves more than ever, but they feel OK about it. In the latest Newsweek cover story, Winston Ross pens a fairly balanced report on the current facts and rhetoric on euthanasia, both in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.  The facts reported in the piece are startling: In 2013, […]

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero and Me

Feb 26 15 • 0 comments

I barely met Archbishop Oscar Romero. As in the old Ben-Hur movies, where the heroes have a chance encounter with Jesus Christ in a melodramatic scene that has little to do with the plot of the movie, I brushed up against Monseñor in brief and transient episodes in my childhood. But someday, if God permits me, […]

Birth Control:  Ignorance Pays Their Salary

Birth Control: Ignorance Pays Their Salary

Feb 26 15 • 0 comments

Cramming the pillow I’d brought from home a little more to my left, I attempted to placate the cramp that was forming in my back. After years of slumbering on a waterbed, this rock hard hospital bed felt like a torture rack. There I was trying to create a bit of comfort and counting down […]

Knock, and the Door Will Be Opened for You

Knock, and the Door Will Be Opened for You

Feb 26 15 • 0 comments

If you’ve ever experienced the power of a novena, you can truly understand these words of Jesus told by St. Matthew in today’s Gospel . Novenas are often discovered out of despair, when your own attempts for a solution have failed. You discover one that fits your situation and you start praying like mad, knowing there […]

The FCC versus Internet Freedom

The FCC versus Internet Freedom

It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches.

Lent With Mary

Lent With Mary

Feb 25 15 • 0 comments

During Lent, we generally think about Jesus’ suffering and death. However, how often do we think about the suffering of his mother, Mary? A few days ago I stopped by the adoration chapel to ask Jesus what he wanted of me this Lent. The answer came back clearly: suffer and pray alongside the one who […]

On Brother Paul O’Donnell’s Death and ‘Being There’

On Brother Paul O’Donnell’s Death and ‘Being There’

Feb 25 15 • 0 comments

As news of the untimely death of Brother Paul O’Donnell spreads, there will be many remembrances by those who knew him well. Perhaps none more than Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo. Brother Paul distinguished himself, and the Church, by being the constant companion and supporter of the Schindler family as their severely brain damaged daughter, Terri, […]

How to Make Heaven Rejoice

How to Make Heaven Rejoice

Feb 24 15 • 0 comments

The silence truly had been golden. I hadn’t heard or spoken many words for a couple of days — save for at the Liturgy of the Hours in the chapel. The immersion in the silence had been one of the most special, holiest gifts I could receive. That had been one of the overriding reasons […]

Poem: "Baby Bump? Blob?"

Poem: “Baby Bump? Blob?”

Feb 24 15 • 0 comments

Baby Bump? Blob? The rulers have babies; The ruled, warts and blobs. Preborn ruler babies, ‘Til birth, sweet heartthrobs. The princess, with child; The peasants, cell masses. Children are frowned on For the low lower classes. Preborn white scion daughter, So good for the nation. Why not budding black blobs? Location, location, location. Anglo aristocrat […]

Obama and Post-American World

Here’s the Guy Rudy Is Talking About

Feb 24 15 • 0 comments

Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party No. 47544

Violent Population Control Continues in China

Violent Population Control Continues in China

Feb 24 15 • 0 comments

Contrary to recent reports, China’s population control policy still systematically enforces a policy of coerced abortion, sterilization, and child abandonment. The propaganda, coercion, and violence used by the Chinese Family Planning police continues to violate the rights of Chinese women, men, and their unborn children. In November 2013, the Chinese government changed the regulations to […]

The Hijacking of the Catholic Mind

The Hijacking of the Catholic Mind

Feb 24 15 • 0 comments

Dear William, In your last letter you expressed concern over fears a wave of polarization on the internet is hijacking the traditionalist movement, listing two individuals in particular.  Whether or not they are “traditionalists” (for reasons both have documented clear, they do not use the label, however they hold many views sympathetic to what your […]

Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions

Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions

The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children. The public has until Monday […]

Florist Lost Last Week.  So Did Religious Liberty.

Florist Lost Last Week. So Did Religious Liberty.

Feb 23 15 • 0 comments

In a decision that has significant implications for business owners who hold the historic view on issues of marriage and sexuality, a County Judge ruled on February 18th that it is illegal to refuse business for same-sex ceremonies if you are willing to provide business for any weddings at all. Superior Court Judge, Alex Eckstrom, […]

Awaiting Our Next George Washington

Awaiting Our Next George Washington

Feb 22 15 • 0 comments

“Boy, here’s something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we’ve been divided worse before.” “We were?” “Watch the History Channel series ‘Sons of Liberty.’ It dramatizes the heated arguments that took place among Colonial leaders, who had a lot to lose by declaring […]

Ode to Feminine Genius: Discovering Her Feminine Beauty

Ode to Feminine Genius: Discovering Her Feminine Beauty

Feb 20 15 • 0 comments

A few months ago, my oldest daughter turned thirteen. Having my firstborn become our first teenager seemed almost anticlimactic; an especially precocious child, Honor has always seemed far older than she is. On paper, she’s in the 7th grade, but most of her homeschooling is from high school and college textbooks. Her height (5’5?), poise, and ability […]

Four Things You Can Do To Help Stop the Creation of Genetically-Modified Kids

Four Things You Can Do To Help Stop the Creation of Genetically-Modified Kids

Feb 20 15 • 0 comments

At a time when more and more people are becoming wary of generically-modified foods in their diet, the United Kingdom is poised to begin creating genetically-modified children with the genetic material of three people, two women and one man; a genetic combination that could not occur naturally.And the way the UK goes, the United States […]

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