5-4

After the Supreme Court ruling today, may God have mercy on us. “It’s one thing to know the enemy is coming and try to prepare for it. But that doesn’t make the moment when they came over the hill any easier.    Today, they came over the hill. In a 5-4 ruling, “Gay Marriage” has been imposed nationwide.”   This is the fruit of a spiritual battle that has long planned for the destruction of anything Catholic or Christian in our culture. My father used to say: if you want to dance you have to pay the piano man. And today the piano man came to collect on the wages of sin, but only a few know or understand how high the price will be to dance with this devil. However high the cost, we will win the war and my prayer is that...

We need to read it

She’s right…read it. “Ladies and gentlemen, the problems within our Church can be blamed (in part) on faithful Catholics who have not been diligent in doing their research and are content to let others do “the heavy lifting” and thinking for them.” It will be difficult because– in my humble opinion– the encyclical is full of progessivism, humanism and that other ‘ism’ that gets my blood pressure going: modernism. As a catechist and teacher of the faith, I have no choice but to read it so that I may in good conscience present to those who come to learn the truth, the deposit of faith, not ‘how I feel’, but what the church has always taught. Here it is....

Spiritual mushrooms and empty consolations

The summer storms have started here in the lightening capital of the world. They are however, a tremendous relief from the intense and merciless heat I never seem to accurately recall in February. A few days ago a gully washer came through unannounced except for the thunder and lightening that caused everyone on the local golf course to scatter in every direction. But, it was the next day while walking my dog I noticed unannounced, uninvited guests on my front lawn: mushrooms. These ugly light brown speckled mushrooms had popped up everywhere; some near the flower beds, some under the giant oak tree, some near the mailbox. Later after evening prayer as I sat reading on the front porch, I found a section from one of the saints titled “Empty consolations from...

A dancing duel

This absolutely brought a smile to my face. It made me think of King David: And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. —2 Samuel 6:14 I just hope they can preach as good as they dance. +PAX

The other side of the chains

It was bound to happen on one of my hospital visitations. It just didn’t happen until the other day. Many of you who have been reading here for a while know that I am a survivor: a rape survivor. You can go back and read about how the Lord brought me through it all starting here.  Several months ago, I got news from the state victim assistance representative, that after 30 years of incarceration, the perpetrator –who was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences– had died in prison. It’s a separate post to write about how his death and the end of his reign of terror in my life continues to unfold. This post is about another prisoner, one who in a lonely room on the fifth floor, helped me go a little deeper in forgiveness. There...

Common sense once told us this

Thankfully some priests agree and clarify what common sense alone would once have told us regarding this ongoing “pop culture headline” and Bruce Jenner: There’s nothing courageous about a man living as a woman. Of course he deserves compassion, —he obviously has a significant mental affliction–but he certainly doesn’t deserve an award for courage. As a culture we are so dumbed down, so fearful of being politically incorrect or offending someone’s sensibilities. As Father James Schall, S.J. put it;   ‘If we seek ourselves independently from what we ought to be, we will make ourselves into monsters and oddities.’ God help us!   This “fuzzy logic” the media continues to heap on us will...

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...