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  • Holy Naming
    Post by Deacon Marques Silva, 5/22/2013

    “Thinking of names for your future children or grandchildren? How about considering a saint's name? May is typically a busy month for baptisms ? at least in my parish. Many are surprised to discover that the custom of given children a Christian saint's name may be traced back to the infancy of Christianity. It seems that people of what are now modern day France and Germany were among the first to begin this practice, which quickly spread throughout Europe. The name of Jesus has typically been held in reserve by almost all cultures, with the notable exception of the Spanish. ... ”

  • It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us.
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 5/16/2013

    “This verse, introducing the pronouncement of the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-30), is one of the most curious in Scripture. And one of the funniest: as if the Holy Spirit awaits or needs the approval of the Apostles. It is also an important verse, as it expresses the character of revelation. Like our Lord, revelation exists as a paradox. It is both human and divine: conveying divine truths in a human manner. And any attempt to "solve" this paradox, to separate or oppose these two dimensions, leads either to fundamentalism or modernism. ... ”

  • Justice for Babies and Turtles!
    Post by Sister Clare Hunter, 5/13/2013

    “Teaching high school Catholic morality classes, I always feared parent-teacher conferences. The first year, I braced myself for heated debates with parents concerning the issues of marriage, premarital sex, contraception, and abortion. Oddly, those issues never came up. What did keep coming up was the class where I said that humans have higher intelligence than animals, and animals don't make moral choices. In short, that human life is higher than animal life. That is what they wanted to debate. ... ”

  • The Church: Divine and Human
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 5/2/2013

    “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' (Mt 11:16-17). ... ”

  • Unveiling the Horrors of Abortion: the Kermit Gosnell Trial
    Post by Therese Bermpohl, 4/29/2013

    “Every so often a veil of lies is lifted, forcing us to look at the truth of a situation we may otherwise have chosen to avoid. This was the case back in the late 1990's when Americans were confronted with the gruesome truth about partial birth abortion, watching as Congress debated whether or not it was "needed" to preserve the "health of women." During those debates, the country recoiled, learning exactly how barbaric partial birth abortion really is. Those debates had such an impact that even today, many who self-identify as "pro-choice" are quick to say that they are not in favor of partial birth abortion. ... ”

  • It's A Baby
    Post by Dianne Phelan, 4/28/2013

    “The disconnect that people have is unbelievable. Read what Ron Paul said further down in the article. ( ... ”

  • Washing The Pill down with Organic Milk. . .and Other Mental Gymnastics
    Post by Sister Clare Hunter, 4/26/2013

    “I once had a conversation with a college student who was pretty disgusted about her perception that the Church ignores the protection of the environment and animals, but always talks about sexuality and tells people what to do or not do in the bedroom. "After all, God created everything and commanded us to take care of it, right?" She had a point. The conversation was typical, and one I have had countless times with all ages. It is a tennis match of their excellent points about contraception that truly sound plausible and logical, and my returns: ... ”

  • Gay Marriage Activist Comes Out About Truth Behind Equality Movement
    Post by Matthew Milhon, 4/19/2013

    “In a recent panel discussion at the Sydney Writers Festival the question was raised, "Why Get Married When You Could Be Happy?" Masha Gessen, a member of the panel and gay rights activist and author, laid out in stark detail her understanding of the goals of the "marriage equality" movement. Gessen says: ... ”

  • Christ, the Grain of Wheat
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 4/1/2013

    “At the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus places an image in the minds of the disciples to describe and explain the coming events: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit" (Jn 12:26). This one verse illuminates both the doctrine of the Paschal Mystery and how we are to live it. ... ”

  • How can I defend traditional marriage? Why should I?
    Post by Caitlin Bootsma, 3/26/2013

    ““At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.” ... ”

  • With Peter in Holy Week
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 3/25/2013

    “Given all the attention the successor of St. Peter has received recently, it is fitting to give particular attention to the first pope this Holy Week. Peter plays a prominent role ? both inglorious and also edifying ? in the drama of our Lord's Passion. From him we learn about both sin and repentance. ... ”

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