‘Quo vadis?’ A sobering reminder to leave our comfort zones and go out into the world...
Where are we going? Is the Church as we know it dying? That is the provocative question asked in a new documentary called “When God Left the Building.” Produced by Group Productions, it is a stark examination of the erosion taking place in Protestant churches these days.
Demagogues are like pornographers. They attract two kinds of people: Those who enjoy it, and those who believe it...
Either way, porn is addicting and degrading. Porn is based on degrading a group of people for the titillation of those who get off on on the degradation. Both those who watch porn because they enjoy it, and those who believe it, will become addicted to it if they don’t pull back from it.
Thinking about eternity, even with a bit of fear, may be the beginning of sharing in God's eternity...
When I was young, even three and four years old, I used to cry at night thinking about death and eternity. It was a feeling as if the wind has gotten knocked out of me and a huge weight was being pressed upon me. Even now, a feeling of terror can come over me when I think of eternity in relation to time.
Anglican archbishop to Catholics and Orthodox: “Don’t give up on us" after vote to ordain women bishops...
“Don’t give up on us…. We need each other!” That was the message from Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to the Orthodox and Catholic churches this week, after the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ordain women bishops. With so much troubling the world today...
Yo editors: Can the state pay Catholics to help immigrants?
As usual, there was a stack of Baltimore Sun newspapers waiting for me at the end of last week when I returned from a consulting trip to a campus in Iowa. One of the papers contained a very timely and newsworthy story. My goal here is to argue that — just possibly — this story was even more newsworthy than the Sun editors thought that it was.
The only inspired book of Church history, the Acts of the Apostles, ends with the story of a shipwreck...
The post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass has many fine features, one of which is the continuous reading of the Acts of the Apostles during weekday Masses in the Easter season. As the Church celebrates the Resurrection for 50 days, the Church also ponders the first evangelization: the primitive Christian community, in the power of the Spirit...
Despite facing anti-Catholic bigotry, presidential hopeful Al Smith persevered in politics and faith...
To Franklin Roosevelt, he was the “Happy Warrior.” To suspicious Protestants, he was a pawn of the pope. Amid such conflicting views as these, the remarkable political career of Al Smith was forged. Four-term governor of New York and Democratic candidate for president in 1928...
The day-to-day plight of the Christians in Iraq is so much worse than we're hearing...
Orwell said “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Another way is to simply obliterate their history entirely, give them no connection to their past, no standing reflection of who they are; in this way they become nobodies: people with no past to point to, no footpath to refer back to...
Brother Guy Consolmagno: Carl Sagan medal winner and role model for evangelization...
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences announced this month that Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has won the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication about planetary science to the general public. Brother Consolmagno is an astronomer and meteorite expert at the Vatican Observatory. He also serves as their Coordinator for Public Relations.
Reading what the saints read might help you become one yourself...
I love to read. And like all heavy readers, I’m always hunting for good books. I constantly ask friends, what are you reading? What books do you recommend? What books changed your life? But one day I had a revelation: why not ask the saints? St. Josemaria Escriva claimed, “Reading has made many saints.” That’s so true.
There is a fierce persecution of Christians going on in the Middle East...
Though you would never guess it from the paucity of coverage in the major news media, there is a fierce persecution of Christians going on in the Middle East.In Egypt, convents and churches are being burned to the ground and Copts, members of one of the most ancient Christian communities, are being routinely harassed, tortured, and arrested.
God's gifts come in strange and terrifying packages...
I spent today high in the Cascades of Washington State. I was near Mt. Baker, one of the volcanic peaks in the range along the “ring of fire” that comes up the coast along the Pacific plate. Despite the nearness of the volcanic cone, snow and glaciers were what we most noticed today, July 25th.
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