Archive for November, 2016

Now and Then: Hillary and Victoria

One hundred and forty four years separate the first woman and the most recent woman who campaigned for the presidency of the United States. Despite this extended period of time, during which America has changed dramatically, it is interesting to note that the lives and views of Hillary Clinton and Victoria Woodhull are similar in ways that are striking. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more...

Three Wise Animals: A New Story to the Christmas Tradition

There have been numerous stories over the centuries regarding the birth of Christ. Over the years, however, many Christmas stories have become more secular. Children tend to be more familiar with the stories of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” than “The Little Drummer Boy” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Much of the modern secular Christmas stories are lackluster and dull in their storytelling and ignore some of the most basic...

Biblical Roots of the Domestic Church: Old Testament

This is the first of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church.

The family is experiencing grave oppression from society and the world. Our society lacks the proper respect due to the family, which the Church has long considered as the “first and vital cell of society” (see Rerum Novarum, art. 12; Casti Connubii, art. 8; Humane Vitae, art. 23; and Familiaris Consortio, art....

Thanksgiving: Recognizing God’s Influence

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Remember when you were in school and the time came when you would soon be breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday. Invariably, your teacher would ask you to write an essay answering the question, “What I am thankful for?” I was always thankful for my parents, siblings, and friends, essentially anyone who impacted my life at the time. I went to Catholic schools so we likely would include that we were thankful for our faith and...

Gratitude and the Fountain of Grace

In her autobiography St. Teresa of Avila refers to The Third Spiritual Alphabet by Francisco de Osuna, an obscure spiritual classic that profoundly influenced her life to such a degree that she alluded to it as “her master.” The great lesson that most benefitted St. Teresa was the book’s teaching on the virtue of gratitude owed to God for his many gifts, graces, and blessings in the course of a lifetime. Comparing God’s blessings...

Reality Check: Who is our Leader?

Regardless of who you voted for in the recent presidential election, for most of us, the last week and a half has been a bit rough. Whether you’re disappointed about the election’s outcome, tired of defending voting for our President-elect, or worried about the divisiveness in our nation, political discussions have been wrought with tension and even outright anger. Amidst this sort of discord, the question arises: what does the faithful Christian do now?

We’ve...

Incursions and Demolitions

A friend told me a joke recently that is a better example of theological wisdom than knee-slapping humor: Colonel Sanders bribes the Pope to modify the Lord’s Prayer so that it reads, “Give us this day our daily chicken.” The Pope agrees, once the bribe is too high for him to resist. At this point the joke is based on the ludicrous incursion of commerce into religion. But there is more. As a...

Can Contraception Use Be Considered A Valid Development of Doctrine?

Consider the following scenario:

Up until now, the Church has always taught that contraceptive use in the marital act or any direct sex act as in the case of fornication or adultery is always intrinsically evil. However, Bishop Gumbo of the Oopsie diocese in an island of the Pacific Ocean has told his priests that this is no longer the Catholic moral teaching: “The doctrine has evolved.” The reasons are quite evident given the...