Archive for December, 2012

Mary, the Mother of God: Model of Faith

Saint Ambrose writes, “The life of [the Blessed Virgin Mary] can serve as a model for everyone…Who can be more noble than the Mother of God? Who can be more glorious than the one chosen by Glory Itself?” While the new liturgical year begins for the Church with the season of Advent, the new calendar year begins on the 1st of January. The Church consecrates the new year with a solemnity in honor of Mary,...

Love, Hope, and Trust

The first Christmas was not an event that was met with universal acceptance. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, the Magi asked, “Where is he that is born king of the Jews?”  Not knowing the political situation in that city, their question was as naïve as it was dangerous. King Herod could not abide there being any other king of the Jews than himself. He had also believed that the Messiah would be born in...

Christmas—Oh the Humanity!

Christmas is a time that truly reveals our humanity. As Christians we celebrate the revelation of the Incarnation, which does not refer solely to God becoming a man, but also recognizes that Jesus really enters into our humanity—with all its beauty, ordinariness, occasional chaos, and stress.

We often gaze upon picturesque nativity scenes with Mary and Joseph perfectly placed around the peaceful baby Jesus. A soft light illumines the resting animals and adoring shepherds while...

The Holy Eucharist: Source of Renewal

Before Our Lord began his public ministry, the majority of his life was lived hidden with God doing ordinary things: working, studying, praying, and having fun with His family and friends.  This is where the life of sanctity begins. We need to be more faithful in answering the call to holiness by drawing closer to the Eucharistic Heart of Christ. Ultimately, we need to allow our love for the Lord in the Eucharist transform how...

Defending God-Given Freedoms

The 19th century Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky once wisely said, “If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.”

Christians continue to wage a political and legal battle against a predominantly secular culture about the law and the meaning of life—both increasingly corrupted by what Blessed Pope John Paul II coined a “culture of death.”

Unfortunately, this deviant contemporary trend is determined to make God irrelevant and extinct from society. Dominating the national discourse, this...

Alan Sears

Alan Sears is a former federal prosecutor who held various posts in the departments of Justice and Interior during the Reagan administration. He is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Articles by Alan:

The Misplaced Trust of Governor Jindal

In a December 13 editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal proposes that oral contraceptives should be sold over the counter (OTC) to women over the age of 18, removing the need for a doctor’s prescription. This unexpected suggestion from a Catholic pro-life politician has drawn criticism from Catholic bishops, priests, and pro-life leaders. Some have even suggested that this position removes Jindal from consideration as a 2016...

Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives are BAD for Women’s Health

I would like to pose an alternative argument to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) President James T. Breeden’s Message on “Contraception: Access is Essential to Women’s Health.” His remarks were part of an opportunity provided by USA Today which explored comments both for and against ACOG’s recent statement endorsing the “over-the-counter” status of oral contraceptives (OCPs). Breeden and the ACOG argue that “contraception is essential to women’s health...