Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Bishop Sheen’s Spiritual Classic on Marriage: Three to Get Married

As the crisis of the family in the twenty-first century persists, it validates the words of Sister Lucia dos Santos, the oldest of the witnesses to the apparitions of the Holy Mother in Fatima in 1917. She wrote in a letter to Carlo Cardinal Caffara in 1983 that “the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family.” Three to Get Married, one of the great spiritual...

Applying Just Laws Unjustly: Undocumented Immigration and Abortion

Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, “Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and...

#MeToo: A Catholic Response

The hashtag #MeToo has gone viral since last Sunday. Twitter reported Tuesday it has been used 825,000 times. In less than 24 hours, Facebook said “4.7 million people around the world have engaged” in it with “more than 45% of people in the United States” having friends who posted the hashtag. I can’t help but think of Mel Gibson’s rallying cry in the movie, The Patriot: “Freedom!”. Like Alice running from the Queen...

The Truth of Love Sets Us Free

“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” These words were spoken by St. John Paul II in his 1981 Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World). In a world immersed in a complexity of problems, they are important words to remember. In fact, when we seriously contemplate this truth, we can discover the very meaning of our existence.

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“The “Glory of God is Man Fully Alive”: The Madness of Transhumanism

Utopian schemes, always fantasizing about progress, development, and evolution, envision the future of a brave new world detached from Mother Nature’s laws and God the Father’s teachings. They are always moving toward “the cutting edge,” some great advance or new discovery that will remove all the imperfections of the fallen human condition: disease, death, suffering, ignorance, and war. Mother Nature is too wild, prolific, unreliable, and unmanageable in her fruitfulness and abundance. Because God...

The Great Good of Bona Fide Catholic Education

Rooted in the classical world of Greek thought and Thomistic philosophy, Catholic education is not shaped by trends, fashions, and fads but founded on a great tradition that has passed the test of time. It teaches all subjects in their integrity, according to their first principles, the logos that conforms to the structure of reality and the nature of things–whether it is the grammar that governs language, the reasoning that underlies arithmetic and geometry,...

Biology, Transgenderism, and the Human Person

Gender identity and expression are being confused in society today. The world outside of Christ’s Church accept the ideology that gender is fluid, nonbinary (meaning no longer including only male and female as “choices”), and really up to the individuals themselves. Surgery and hormones can repress or instigate secondary sex characteristics such as voice pitch, hair growth, and breast development. Society then tells the lie that an outward change in secondary sex characteristics is, in...

Traveling the Road of the Good

Sharing in the mission to build a Culture of Life and Love, something inherently fundamental to each Christian’s life of faith, is a joy and a privilege. It can also easily lead to discouragement when we see what we’re up against, and one can readily identify with the story of David and Goliath. Nonetheless, God is always good and knows exactly when we need those rays of hope to keep us going.

One such ray...