Posts Tagged ‘Scripture’

What’s So Special About the Rosary?

Most canonized Saints since the fifteen century prayed the Rosary in one form or another. The many papal approvals and many private revelations by the Blessed Virgin at least suggest there is something very deep about this form of prayer. We Catholics do not simply say it; we meditate, contemplate and pray through it.

Unfortunately, many only rush through it or think it is only monotonous prayers to the Blessed Mother. Many young...

Marriage in the Church – What is Marriage?: Part V

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

“This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32)

We are continuing our exploration...

Divorce: Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall...

Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering

One has to accept sorrow for it to be of any healing power, and that is the most difficult thing in the world … A priest once said to me, ‘When you understand what accepted sorrow means, you will understand everything. It is the secret of life’ (Maurice Baring).[1]

I am truly honored to be one of the speakers at the forthcoming conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on the theme of “Life, Dignity,...

After the Fortnight: A Reflection and a Call to Prayer

We recently completed our second nationwide observance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” — a very beautiful two-week period of prayer, education, and advocacy, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It began on the vigil of the Feasts of the martyrs St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and concluded on Independence Day.

During this time, Catholics, along with our many brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will throughout...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

The Original Root of the Culture of Death

Have you ever considered the situation of humanity in the brief moments when Eve has already eaten the forbidden fruit prior to Adam following her lead into disobedience? It is definitely a question worth pondering. I find it amazing that many people have never considered this situation.

After Eve eats the forbidden fruit, humanity finds itself in an interesting situation. Eve is in a state of sin, but Adam is not. It is at...

Are We Really Working for a Culture of Life?

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his Evangelium vitae, urges us to be on the side of the Culture of Life. We know that pride can blind. The Pharisees, no doubt, believed they were on the right side of the Lord, but they were victims of self-deception. Abortion and euthanasia advocates assert that they have taken the higher moral ground because they are motivated by compassion, mercy, courage, and love.

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