Archive for November, 2017

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

The title of this article is misleading. It attributes a poem to the stylish actress that she did not compose. It happened to be one of her favorite poems and she read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent on earth. Legend credits her with its authorship. In her defense, she never claimed to have written it. The poem begins with the following advice that is patently more personal than cosmetic:

Bishop Sheen’s Spiritual Classic on Marriage: Three to Get Married

As the crisis of the family in the twenty-first century persists, it validates the words of Sister Lucia dos Santos, the oldest of the witnesses to the apparitions of the Holy Mother in Fatima in 1917. She wrote in a letter to Carlo Cardinal Caffara in 1983 that “the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family.” Three to Get Married, one of the great spiritual...

Humanae Vitae – A Critical Message for Our Times

Nobody likes to be deceived. Most people are justifiably hurt or angry when a grave injustice is done to them, and perhaps even moved to do something constructive about the situation, to make things right. When it comes to the issue of contraception however, our culture has been deceiving people for decades, yet we see very few people confronting the world’s lies, or trying to correct the injustice that is perpetrated by a seriously...

Reflections on the Supernatural Virtue of Faith

We are living in a difficult time in history. Numerous aspects of the modern world prevent us from living truly Christian lives: secularism, atheism, relativism, technology (when used inappropriately without temperance)—the list is quite lengthy. When we are living in a world that is seemingly divided against itself, it may sometimes be difficult to see God’s hand in history. We may struggle to have the faith to turn to him in our times of...

From Debate to Mockery

I have been involved, on several occasions, in public debates on the issue of abortion. Ideally, the debate is a noble endeavor in which two sides, with different views on a subject, put forth their best arguments while respecting their worthy opponents. In my experiences defending life as a debater, the debate has been far short of this ideal. I recall one occasion in which I was expounding on a scientific point I had culled...

God’s Ordinary and Supernatural Presence

In With God in America, a collection of the writings of Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.—a holy priest imprisoned in Soviet camps for twenty-three years who is under consideration for canonization—a chapter entitled “The Presence of God” distinguishes between God’s “ordinary presence” throughout creation and His “supernatural presence” in a person’s soul. In the sunrise and sunset and in the course of the four seasons, God’s Divine Providence manifests its ordinary presence because “God...

Further Thoughts On Veritatis Splendor

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

See Part I here.

Because of the unity of human nature, the natural moral law has a certain and clear universality about what is the true good of the human person in any age. Yet “…This universality does not ignore the individuality of human beings, nor is it opposed to the absolute uniqueness of each person” (51c).

It is prohibited–to everyone and in every case–to violate these precepts. They oblige...