Moral Courage

I don’t think there’s much of this around anymore:   Moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.   “Courage is required to take action when one has doubts or fears about the consequences. Moral courage therefore involves deliberation or careful thought. Reflex action or dogmatic fanaticism do not involve moral courage because such impulsive actions are not based upon moral reasoning.”   “Moral courage may also require physical courage when the consequences are punishment or other bodily peril.”   Oh, I can hear the whispers from the back of the room…   “Who are you to judge what is moral?”   Nobody. That’s why I...

Some things: not for us to know

There Are Some Things That Are Not for You to Know – A Meditation on the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation By: Msgr. Charles Pope In the Office last week, we read a poignant passage from the Book of Revelation. It reminds us that there are some things that are not for us to know.   Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I...

The skeleton in my car

The skeleton in my car

  This is a re-post which saddened me to read since my son has moved and I am no longer able to attend this parish when I visit. I’ve also been wondering how this parish is faring in the current climate of the Church where traditionalism and orthodoxy are seen as clinging to the past :   One of the blessings I have when visiting my grandson, is attending Mass at a very traditional Polish Catholic parish near my son’s house. Attending there, takes me back to a time when I remember the Mass celebrated with such reverence you left with a sense of awe, a time before it was so heavily influenced by the cool, indifferent Protestant characteristics I know so well. I spent twenty years in every kind of Protestant church community you can think of..I...

From the People of the Cross

  The Christian Response to Isis     Yes, this is the work of the call to “go and tell.” It’s the mandate of the resurrection; The one that carries the true message of Christianity and the Cross.  ”Love is coming after you” God bless the People of the Cross.   +PAX h/t onepeterfive.com 

Concealed Carry Permit

Concealed Carry Permit

  Jesus I Trust in You   Oh my Savior, conceal me completely in the depths of Your Heart and shield me with Your rays against everything that is not You.   I beg You, Jesus, let the two rays that have issued from Your most merciful Heart continuously nourish my soul. —Divine Mercy in my Soul, 465 Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday. As we carry Him in our hearts, may His presence fill us with peace, joy and thanksgiving. Strengthen us, Lord with many graces to bring the world the message of Your mercy before your day of judgement.  ...

Come and See

Come and See

Go and Tell The rest flows from this.   “The splendor of Christ risen from the dead has shone on the people redeemed by His blood.” Alleluia   +PAX   Two Disciples at the Tomb  c 1906 Henry Ossawa Tanner Psalm 66:5, Isaiah 66:18, John 1:39, John 1:46 Matthew 26: 32, Mk...

With Him everything

With Him everything

  Lord, by Your cross and resurrection, You have set us free.    “I do not understand how it is possible not to trust in Him who can do all things. With Him everything; without Him nothing. He is Lord. He will not allow those who have placed all their trust in Him to be put to shame.” —Divine Mercy in My Soul, 358   Today begins the The Divine Mercy novena. On this Good Friday, may we trust anew in His infinite mercy. …the greater the darkness the more complete our trust should be. (DM 357)   St Faustina, St John Paul II, pray for us.  ...

Not by compulsion and the song of the Sirens

Not by compulsion and the song of the Sirens

  It never, ever occurred to me that the destiny of Judas Iscariot was in question; not when I was an evangelical and not now as a Roman Catholic. Ah, but I’d never encountered modernists until my return home to the Church. That the Church makes no pronouncement of who is in Hell is not enough for some, nor is the witness of Scripture, or Jesus’ very own words, nor the witness of the saints and Doctors of the Church. No, they go way beyond by alluding to a theory supported by contemporary theology that asks; Dare we hope that all men be saved?” ( Hans Urs von Balthasar’s infamous question ) I stayed away from a certain parish today since last year’s Holy Week homily on this topic was that we should in no way make a judgement on Judas...