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  • Rare Jewel: Earth-like Planets May Be Very Rare
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/28/2016

    “I have written a good bit over the years about what is known as the "Rare Earth" Hypothesis. A recent blog on ponders how high the odds are against the existence of another Earth-like planet. More on that in a moment. But first let's review some of the basics of the Rare Earth Hypothesis. ... ”

  • Hitler?s Confession ? and Ours
    Post by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, 2/28/2016

    “In a bombshell, "jaw-dropping" news report, according to secret documents obtained by WikiLeaks, Adolf Hitler called for a priest during his last days in his Berlin bunker. In addition, agents from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) were able to surreptitiously plant a listening device in the priest's briefcase. Hitler's entire confession was recorded and transcribed by the OSS and buried in the secret archives of the agency ? which eventually became the CIA. The leaked (translated) transcript follows. ... ”

  • Mercy and Patience Now, but Sooner or Later Judgment Must Come ? A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/27/2016

    “There's an old Johnny Cash song (God's Gonna Cut You Down) that is rooted in today's Gospel: ... ”

  • Music is Unique to the Human Person ? As Seen in a Commercial
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/26/2016

    “I have often observed that music seems unique to the human soul. Animals appear to be largely unaffected by music other than to respond with fear to a sudden or loud change. I have seen a few birds (e.g., cockatoos) that respond to music that has a heavy beat by synchronizing with it. ... ”

  • Sinful Curiosity is at the Root of Many Sins
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/24/2016

    “Curiosity is one of those qualities of the human person that are double-edged swords. It can cut a path to glory or it can be like a dagger of sin that cuts deep into the soul. ... ”

  • Funeral Homily for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by His Son
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 2/23/2016

    “We are gathered here because of one man. A man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to even more; a man loved by many, scorned by others; a man known for great controversy, and for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth. ... ”

  • Justice Antonin Scalia, R.I.P.
    In life and in death, a champion for life and liberty - Post by Stu Nolan, 2/18/2016

    “Human Life International asked me to pen some thoughts on the passing of this good man and great judge. The result has been posted at HLI's ( Truth & Charity Forum. ... ”

  • A Meditation on the Escalating Attack of Satan
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/18/2016

    “Last Sunday, we read the passage from the Gospel of Luke about the testing of Christ in the desert by Satan. In his Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas makes some interesting observations. He treats the temptations as having occurred in an escalating manner; he also connects Christ's experience to that of Adam in the Garden of Eden. ... ”

  • Wise Counsel for Cultural Warriors
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/15/2016

    “The following three nuggets of wisdom come from Ecclesiastes and are especially appropriate for those of us who engage and struggle with our troubled culture. They can help us to keep things in perspective. ... ”

  • The Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station ? Stay on Board, Children! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope , 2/13/2016

    “There’s an old gospel song tradition that speaks of the Christian life as a ride on the “Gospel train.” The Gospel train is not always an easy ride with perfect scenery, but you’ve gotta get your ticket and stay on board. ... ”

  • Give Up
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 2/9/2016

    “The most conspicuous (and perhaps dreaded) aspect of Lent is fasting. Technically, the season (indeed, the entire liturgical year) contains only two fast days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On those days, we are permitted only one meal and two "collations" (snacks, basically) needed to keep up our strength. These are days of abstinence as well ? so, no meat. ... ”

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