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  • Unmiraculous Miracles
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 6/14/2013

    “What does it mean when a miracle is not, well, miraculous? That is, when a miracle does not have the drama, excitement, or big production qualities that we might expect? Certainly, some miracles have plenty of drama ? voices from heaven, seas parting, fires descending, and so on. But we also know of simple, subtle miracles. Elijah, after all, encountered God not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire but in the still small voice (cf 1 Kgs 19:12). Indeed, the two most important miracles ? the Incarnation and the Resurrection ? are notable for their subtlety and hiddeness: the quiet of Bethlehem, the simple presence in the upper room. ... ”

  • So Which Is It, Mr. President?
    Post by Sister Clare Hunter, 6/13/2013

    “I heard two news reports on WETA the other day that made me want to throw something ? so like a good nun, I prayed. It wasn't necessarily shocking or surprising news, just ridiculously ironic. Here were the two most important things the good people of Metropolitan D.C. needed to know at 7:30 a.m.: In Paris, dogs and their owners marched for more off-leash space and access to public transportation; oh, and little girls can now buy the super-duper contraceptive Plan B at the drug store without adult notice or supervision. Why are we talking about dogs protesting in Paris but treating young women so carelessly? Seriously, is it me? ... ”

  • WSFI wins a key victory in North Chicago Suburbs
    LegalWorks secures agency decision rejecting objections and granting Raleigh Waiver to expand Catholic Radio - Post by Michael Dorner, 6/7/2013

    “It was a long, bitterly waged contest on the part of its competitors to keep BVM Helping Hands from keeping the CP awarded to it by the FCC several years ago, but it is now ended, with the FCC reaffirming its decision to grant BVM Helping Hands a construction permit and granted a modification of that construction permit to reflect superior power and antenna height with a new transmitter location. At the same time, it dismissed the objections of its competitors in its MX group. ... ”

  • Scout Troop Calls for Clarification of New Policy
    Scouting must not be morally ambiguous - Post by Stu Nolan, 6/3/2013

    “Everyone associated with Troop 1212 is deeply troubled by the recent vote of the Boy Scouts of America, which purportedly would allow, as of January 1, 2014, "open and avowed homosexuals" to participate in Scouting in the United States. One is easily confused by this vague language in the press reports, as well as the ambiguous language in the actual policy statement that was released and that purports to constitute a "change" in the membership policy. ... ”

  • Boy Scouts Loving the Sinner, Vague About Hating the Sin
    National Organization Votes for Moral Ambiguity - Post by Stu Nolan, 5/31/2013

    “The headlines are trumpeting the news that the Boy Scouts of America has changed its membership policy to allow participation in Scouting by "open and avowed homosexuals". Of course, those words do not appear in the resolution that BSA adopted. Nonetheless, it is difficult to interpret the resolution in a most charitable light while the national organization describes the "new" policy as a "change" that ends the previously -- supposedly unjust -- policy of "discrimination". ... ”

  • The Day the Heroes Died
    Boy Scouts of America Swallows a Poison Pill - Post by Father Edward Horkan, 5/28/2013

    “There are two points that many people who want to make an accommodation with the new BSA policy are ignoring. First, there is a crucial distinction between sin in general and blameworthy sin, a distinction that people, including many Catholic teachers, do not seem to understand. In Latin, at least as used in the Thomistic tradition, the word peccatum means anything sinful, whether blameworthy or not, while the word culpum means specifically blameworthy sin. Thus, for example, if a child is raised among thieves, or even in company where people use irreverent language or have any other evil tendency, he will acquire habits that are sinful, even if he is not yet to blame for them. ... ”

  • High Fives All Around!
    Post by Sister Clare Hunter, 5/24/2013

    “Charlie is 18 months old. He likes to make dog noises, chatter during homilies and give high fives. Charlie giving high fives is much cuter and appropriate than a "relatively young" nun giving them. So, I'll let Charlie give them ? and I'll write about who deserves them. ... ”

  • The Paradoxical Spirit
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 5/23/2013

    “In his hymn Splendor paternae gloriae, Saint Ambrose exhorts us: bibamus sobriam ebrietatem Spiritus. Literally, let us drink the sober inebriation of the Spirit. That one phrase ? sober inebriation ? captures the paradoxical character of the Holy Spirit, Whose descent we just celebrated. He brings us both sobriety and also intoxication. For the Spirit to breathe freely and effectively within us, we must accept both aspects of this paradox. ... ”

  • 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. ... ”

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