Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

Freedom for Mission: A Fundamental Right

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” These famous words from the Declaration of Independence are worth pondering as the Church in America observes the sixth annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 through July 4.

It doesn’t take much for us weak human creatures to take that which is...

The Fragile Dewdrop

“Stop and consider!, said John Keats, “Life is but a day; a fragile dew-drop on its perilous way from a tree’s summit.” We stop and consider the dangers to and the brevity of life. This consideration takes on even sharper focus in an age of abortion.

On October 15, 2016 Mother Dolores Hart spoke at the 17th annual Respect for Life Conference in Meriden, Connecticut.   She told her audience of 200 people that...

Why is confession sometimes a torture chamber?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When Pope Francis said in a footnote of Amoris laetitia (351), “The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better,” what did he mean?

From the point of view of the faithful, he was trying to say to priests that we need to be kind and benevolent to sinners who come to Confession lest overly severe priests make the sacrament odious, and thereby...

The Abundant Life

An unbiased survey of the history of Western civilization that examines the role of the Catholic Church in the culture of nations will acknowledge her many contributions to the common good of all societies. History reveals that the Church founded schools, universities, orphanages, hospitals, and monasteries. The Church cultivated the arts in the architecture of Gothic and Romanesque churches, in the composition of Gregorian chant and sacred music, in the sculpture and paintings of...

Big Bang, Michelangelo, and Creation

Science is truly Catholic, and all true scientific studies are of God, because science explains the mechanisms by which God ordered creation. The universe is governed by mathematical laws and the laws of physics and chemistry that give those who study these disciplines incredible awe at the infinite complexity and wonder of God. Biology and Geology look at the earth, the universe, and living things, and help humans to understand exactly how much exacting care...

Is the Bible relevant to Catholics? Really?

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

I want to begin by stating to anyone who would choose to question it; yes the Bible is relevant to Catholics! I don’t mean to sound so emphatic about it, but I just read several articles on various websites suggesting this was not the case. “The issue concerning any church and its practices should be ‘is this biblical. If it’s not, it should be rejected. God is more interested in whether a church is doing His...

Why does Catholic Social Teaching often fail?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Behind the social encyclicals of the Popes, there is a deep concern for all humans and their ultimate end. There is a connection between what people do now and what they will be at the end of their lives. Further, social teaching has been a massive effort to see in marginal people, weak people, a dignity and beauty which must be respected. It is not by accident that the Church preaches an option for...

Guardian Angels – Do they really exist?

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

The Apostles’ Creed professes that God is “creator of heaven and earth.” The Nicene Creed makes it explicit that this profession includes “all that is seen and unseen.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article I, Paragraph 5).

I am fascinated by the concept of God giving us Guardian angels. Essentially, everyone has a guardian angel with no exception. I think most of us, Catholic or not, doubt the validity of this idea either because we...