Archive for July, 2016

“I pray the Lord my soul to take!”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Life goes on forever right? That’s what we would like to believe. But the one thing every living being has in common is we can’t get out of this life alive. We all will have to die some day. I have to admit, there is a certain enjoyment I get since qualifying for all those senior discounts even though I realize, it comes with a little bit of a double edge sword. It means I’m just...

Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians: The Modern Heresy

Dr. Peter Kreeft once quipped in his book Jesus Shock, “Abortion is the Antichrist’s demonic parody of the Eucharist. That is why it uses the same holy words, ‘This is my body,’ with the blasphemously opposite meaning.” He is right in his analysis. For years, practicing Catholics have had to deal with “Catholic” politicians who have made the claim that they are personally opposed to abortion but still believe the practice should remain legal...

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

Humanae Vitae was issued on July 25, 1968, and with each passing year we see continued evidence of the truth of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s predictions in his encyclical, about what would happen if contraceptive use were to become widespread. Even those who are accustomed to dealing with the evils of the culture of death on a regular basis cannot help but be left aghast at the degradation and destruction our society has...

Pro-Life Model: The Tenacity of Pierre Duhem

Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem (1861-1916) is that rare, if not to say unique, scientist whose contributions to the philosophy of science, the historiography of science, and science itself–in thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, elasticity, and physical chemistry–were all of profound importance on a fully professional level. His contributions are legendary and fully justify the honor he is currently being given throughout the world this year on the 100th anniversary of his death. Duhem Centenaries are planned...

St. Maximus the Confessor: Theologian for the Unborn

A visionary is often described as being “ahead of his time”. In many ways, St. Maximus the Confessor embodied this descriptor when it came to his theology of the unborn. While abortion itself has always been regarded as a serious sin, Maximus argued discarded a distinction  espoused by some early Church theologians of the “formed” and “unformed” fetus and rather looked to the Incarnation of Christ as his inspiration of the body and soul...

Wisdom: The Fashioner of All Things

What is wisdom? It’s meaning is often elusive to us, for it is mysterious and seems beyond us. The Scriptures speak frequently of wisdom: “The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws” (Wisdom 6:17-18). And again, speaking of wisdom as a woman, “I loved her and sought her from my youth, and I desired...

The Supernatural Dimension of Love

Great Renaissance poets like John Donne have sung the praises not only of the joy and happiness of love but also its miraculous, eternal nature. In poems with titles like “The Good-morrow,” “Loves infinitenesse” and Love’s Growth,” Donne captures the ecstasy of human love and marvels at its spiritual richness. This supernatural, heavenly nature of love and marriage, also celebrated in “The Song of Solomon,” has been reduced and cheapened in modern culture that...

Is He or She Really “Another Self”?

I’m going to admit something that makes even me a little uncomfortable in the midst of violence, discussions about racial inequality, and, yes, heated discussions on social media. I’ve never liked framing conversations in terms of “isms”—racism, sexism, ageism, etc. Yes, I am vehemently opposed to discrimination and yes, I know that it exists and results in injustice, violence and death.

Part of my resistance against using these terms is that I don’t want to...