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  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin ? A Homily for the 26th Sunday
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/24/2016

    “In the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught extensively in Scripture as well as by Jesus Himself, the doctrine does not comport well with many modern notions and so many think that it has to go. ... ”

  • Of Dolphins and Man: The Vast Difference between Animals and Humans
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/14/2016

    “Those of you who read my posts regularly know that I have often expressed great fascination with and affection for the pets I have had over the years. I am in awe of the whole of the created order, which proclaims God’s glory. ... ”

  • The Wisdom and Power of the Cross
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/13/2016

    “The readings for Wednesday’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross provide rich teachings. Let’s look at five themes, each in turn. ... ”

  • The Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux ? Fasten Your Seatbelts!
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/12/2016

    “There are times when one reads something from one of the saints and is stunned by the tremendous insight, the piercing analysis, like a surgeon’s scalpel dividing diseased from healthy tissue. Such was my experience recently when reading a passage from St. Bernard of Clairvaux. ... ”

  • Where Does Our Sense of the Eternal Come From in a Finite World?
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/7/2016

    “A common reading at the funeral Mass is this powerful one from the Book of Ecclesiastes: ... ”

  • Fraternal Correction,the Neglected Virtue
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/5/2016

    “In the first reading from today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 23rd Week), St. Paul is practically livid that the Corinthians have not sought to correct and discipline an erring brother who is indulging in illicit sexual union. He orders them to act immediately, lest the brother be lost on the day of judgment. ... ”

  • Time Is on His Side
    Post by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, 9/4/2016

    “Chesterton said, "Hope is not hope unless the situation is hopeless." He meant the theological virtue of hope may be easy during good times (and therefore illusory), but difficult during bad times when human reasons for hope in a happy future evaporate (in illness or social upheavals). So we perhaps unwittingly place our faith in the things of the world, rather than Christ. ... ”

  • Mary, Destroyer Of All Heresies
    Post by Fr. Paul Scalia, 8/14/2016

    “In Pascendi dominici gregis, Pope Pius X invokes the Blessed Virgin Mary by the title Destroyer of all heresies. He took this curious appellation for the gentle, sweet maiden of Nazareth from the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The title had particular meaning in Pascendi, which was written in 1911 against modernism, the “synthesis of all heresies.” Faced with that crisis, it was proper to appeal to the Destroyer of all heresies. The title still applies, however. Indeed, it describes something that has always been true of our Lady – and is perhaps even more urgent now. ... ”

  • The Devil, You Say?
    Post by Fr. Paul Scalia, 6/26/2016

    “Three times in his speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Cardinal Sarah described gender ideology as “demonic.” More recently, Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Coakley used the same word addressing the issue. So did Bishop Paprocki of Springfield regarding gay marriage. A strong word, to be sure. But most people misunderstand why. Some take “demonic” for mere hyperbole. Something is not just bad, but really, really bad. Others see it as rash judgment of opponents – literally demonizing them. Still others take it as just an overstatement by religious fanatics, who are unhinged anyway. ... ”

  • Tying the Knot: A Declaration of Independence
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 6/22/2016

    “Today we celebrate the feast of our diocesan patron, Saint Thomas More. He was beheaded in 1535 for his refusal to recognize Henry VIII’s claim of supremacy over the Church in England. Henry needed that supremacy, of course, to have his illicit marriage recognized. In the climactic trial scene of Robert Bolt’s classic A Man for All Seasons, More is found guilty of treason. Knowing that his life is forfeit, More stands and declares, “Now I will discharge my mind.” Then the man who was until that moment silent on the matter gives an eloquent defense and explanation of papal authority and the Church’s freedom from state intrusion. He pauses, as if at last coming to the main point, and then bellows out, “Nevertheless, it was not for the supremacy that you sought my blood – but because I would not bend to the marriage!” ... ”

  • Begging for Our Freedom
    Post by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, 6/8/2016

    “The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) introduces the annual Fortnight for Freedom: “Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day.” As top-down bureaucratic initiatives go, it’s a worthy endeavor. Prayer in common for an important purpose is generally a good idea. ... ”

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