Archive for November, 2015

Year of Mercy: “He has mercy on those who fear him” (Lk 1.30)

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

St. Thomas Aquinas never asks the following imaginary question because the answers have not been revealed. If many human beings were created simultaneously and few sinned gravely, what would be the consequences? Would all offspring be created without original sin regardless if some humans gravely sinned? While we do not know how anything would turn out, we can at least speculate with a series of “maybes” as an exercise to learn something of God’s...

Helping Adopted Children Thrive

Studies show that many people who were adopted as children grow up to be healthy and happy adults, with full time jobs, marriages, and families of their own. Yet, additional studies have shown that they often have challenges with certain aspects of life such as personal identity, vulnerability, and attachment, or bonding with other members of the family. Also common are issues of feeling rejected by their birth parents, not being sure which family (biological or...

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Sarah Lowrey

slowreySarah Lowrey is originally from the lovely state of Colorado, which she blames for her deep love for mountains and the beauty of nature. Having spent four years in Florida getting her undergrad degree in Theology from Ave Maria University, she now resides in Arlington, VA. She is a graduate student at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, working towards a degree in Clinical Psychology. Her free time is spent exploring...

The Intellectual Elite: The Illuminati

They are known by different names like the Gnostics, the Cognoscenti, the Illuminati, the Enlightened, the Inner Circle, or the Elite, but these names all designate a small group of thinkers who imagine themselves in possession of a higher knowledge and superior wisdom. The great light of their mind surpasses the common sense or average intelligence of the ordinary person. Advanced thinkers privy to hidden matters or secret knowledge that normal human intelligence cannot...

The Promise of the Pill

Contraception promises “Free love”; “Liberty”; “Its your choice”; “Its your right”; “Its your body”; “Take control”. Imagine the promises of a larger than life, merciful and loving God, then, can make?

The difference though between this pill and God is that this pill comes with strings attached to it: divorce, adultery, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, cancer, unwanted sterilization, etc.

Contracepting against God’s plan for marriage or acting “contrary” to it always comes with consequences. At...

Slouching Towards a Genderless Society

It would seem that in today’s modern US society there are pundits who wish to make gender something that is fluid. Something that can change on a whim, if one wills it. On November 3, the voters of the city of Houston decided on whether to keep their local Equal Rights Ordinance. While on the surface, this sort of legislative initiative seems just since no one is in favor of unjust discrimination, this ordinance...

Are Men Allowed To Be Pro-Life?

It happens infrequently, perhaps not as infrequently as the arrival of Halley’s Comet, but infrequently enough to arouse attention: a celebrated media personality proclaiming his allegiance with the lives of the unborn. Kelsey Grammer, famous for his roles on the TV hits, Cheers and Frasier, posted a view of himself wearing a pro-life shirt that read: “Would it bother us more if we used guns?” His t-shirt was designed by the pro-life advocacy...

Purgatory and Particular Judgment

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

When I was in college, I went through a period of time when I disagreed with some of the teachings of the Catholic Church. I would tell my mother, “I don’t agree with that” or “just because I’m Catholic doesn’t mean I’m on board with everything the Church teaches!” I was a child of the 60s after all; protesting was the custom of the day. One of the concepts of the Catholic Church that showed up...