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When Misery Meets Mercy

To any woman considering an abortion,

“Please don’t do it. I did. Twice. Unexpectedly, I have carried that decision within me, in my heart and my mind, ever since. It has never gone away. And I have never been able to accept that decision as 100% correct. Even at 99%, that 1% of doubt unleashes unbearable guilt forever. Do not do it to yourself. Listen to these words. I testify to you, the decision to...

Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom: Pillars of a Nation’s Soul

Conscience and Voting

If we were to ask the average person, “What is a conscience?”, many would quickly call to mind Pinocchio’s sidekick Jiminy Cricket who was famous for the line, “Let your conscience be your guide”. Years ago, most people would automatically understand that to mean “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do”. Sadly, in today’s world, those words must be clarified. We need to understand what it means to...

Moved by Mercy: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life

For many years the Church in the United States has celebrated October as Respect Life Month. It is a beautiful reminder to all of us that life is a sacred gift. Each year at this time, the U.S. Bishops launch the new edition of the Respect Life Program, a collection of resources used in dioceses nationwide to help all the faithful to live out the Gospel of Life. The theme of this year’s...

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

Humanae Vitae was issued on July 25, 1968, and with each passing year we see continued evidence of the truth of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s predictions in his encyclical, about what would happen if contraceptive use were to become widespread. Even those who are accustomed to dealing with the evils of the culture of death on a regular basis cannot help but be left aghast at the degradation and destruction our society has...

Happily Ever After and the Freedom of the Gift

On a hurried Saturday afternoon while running some routine errands, I made a quick stop in the local Dollar Store to pick up some wrapping paper. What I encountered at the cash register turned out to be an occasion for some serious reflection. Among my purchases was a pretty gift bag for an upcoming bridal shower. The clerk who was bagging my items commented on what a pretty bag it was, then upon closer look,...

Freedom, Truth, and Conscience: Why Religious Liberty Matters

When the U.S. Bishops implemented the first Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, many thought it would be a one-time event. But now, in 2016, dioceses across the country are embarking on the fifth annual observance. The Fortnight for Freedom is a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom. As we’ve seen over the past five years, the need has only grown stronger to persevere in this effort to...

Let Them Serve!

 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose...

Mercy: The Love More Powerful Than Sin

Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), the second encyclical of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, is arguably one of the greatest treasures of the Church, and one that is particularly significant for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Issued in 1980, thirty years before the canonization of St. Faustina who St. John Paul declared the “Apostle of Divine Mercy”, this work is indeed a most necessary message for our times.

While...