Targeting the cross across the world

Targeting the cross across the world

  As I have written before, there was a time early on after my second conversion when I fervently prayed that the Lord use me as a missionary to China. These beautiful people have been on my heart since I was seven years old. But, my missionary life for the most part turned out to be my kitchen as I dedicated myself to raising a family; and yet the plight of persecuted Christians remained in the forefront of my prayer life. The list of those suffering for their faith in Christ around the world has always been a long one and many friends who over the years had the privilege of traveling to foreign lands on the Lord’s behalf, came back to share with me the witness of many precious suffering Christians. But, today it seems almost daily every story on the...

The narrative and the reality

The narrative and the reality

  In advance of the Synod on the family in two weeks, this book  seems to be a gift that will continue to give the unchangeable truth of what marriage is and what it isn’t to a culture that insists they can redefine marriage and worse– insist on what they think “feels” right. That’s always a good foundation for sound theological teaching. In a recent interview on The World Over, Raymond Arroyo asked George Weigal if he thought ‘a narrative was already in place’ because of the media running with Cardinal Kasper’s call for the church to “harmonize fidelity and pastoral practice with civilly remarried, divorced people.” Mr Weigal said he hoped “the narrative and the reality don’t...

The ‘Silverless’ Saints

The ‘Silverless’ Saints

  Today, September 26, we celebrate the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian (died 283), Christian doctors, patron saints of physicians and pharmacists, and martyrs for the faith. Of learned skill in medicine, brothers Cosmas and Damian helped those in need out of Christian charity and love, never accepting payment in return. For this reason, they are often referred to as ‘anargyroi,’ meaning “the silverless” or “the moneyless.” Since they were prominent Christians, they were among the first arrested when the great persecution under Diocletian began. Lysias, the governor of Cilicia, ordered their arrest as “Christians who cured various illnesses and delivered possessed persons in the name of the one called Christ; they do not permit others to go to...

Nothing poisonous, nothing hostile.

  I shall lead them forth from the Gentiles, and I shall gather them from foreign lands; I shall bring them into their own land, and I shall feed them on the mountains of Israel.   It was God who brought forth the mountains of Israel, that is to say, the authors of the divine Scriptures.   Feed there that you may feed in safety. Whatever you hear from that source, you should savor. Whatever is foreign to it, reject.   Hear the voice of the shepherd, lest you wander about in the mist. Gather at the mountains of holy Scripture.   There, are the things that will delight your hearts;   there, you will find nothing poisonous, nothing hostile; there the pastures are most plentiful. There, you will be healthy sheep; you will feed safely on...

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley ‘the hour has come’

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley ‘the hour has come’

    From the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the Archbishop writes “On Sunday, Sept. 21, a local satanic sect apparently will be allowed to conduct a public act of blasphemy in the form of a so-called black mass at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City.   In spite of an overwhelming outcry of alarm from around the world, our city leaders will allow this outrage to take place in a publicly supported facility. They will not accede to the reasonable requests of local citizens to stop this outright mockery of the Catholic Mass nor the reasonable concerns of so many that this satanic ritual invokes powers of evil and invites them into our community.” —full statement He is calling for the faithful to pray and warns anyone thinking of...

The only weapon she had

The only weapon she had

  Three months after Sudanese woman Miriam Ibrahim was jailed for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, here is her first television interview. “Ibrahim was locked up in prison for four months, facing a sentence of death by hanging for the crime of marrying a Christian man. During that time, she refused to renounce her Christian faith, despite knowing it could spare her the death sentence.   Miriam explained what kept her spirit going, despite the fact her young son was locked up with her, and she was forced to give birth to her second child while behind bars in horrifying conditions.” ( Fox News Insider) Several times during the interview, she said the only weapon she had to survive the ordeal…was faith. She believed God knew her...

Call upon Mary

Call upon Mary

  On this feast of The Holy Name of Mary may ~ “…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” —Venerable Thomas à Kempis   In these most turbulent days, we are counseled by the saints who knew that, ” In dangers, in straits, in perplexity, call upon Mary. Let her name be always in your mouth and heart. —Saint Bernard   I love this painting by Antonio da Messina, titled, The Virgin Mary Reading c 1460-1462. It depicts the Virgin Mary in her status as Queen of Heaven- characterized by a calm, austere fortitude- quietly sitting and reading. Mary is not being tossed about by the worries and cares of the world under her feet....

Cardinal George and American Catholics

Against a fake church…   It’s an article from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, whom you may remember in 2010,  …outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms (in the United States and other Western societies) were endangered.   After the passage of legislation that enabled Civil Unions in Illinois, his eminence stated:   “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”[i] I remember thinking when he first said this; what a very sobering thing to hear a Prince of the Church say. And now from the Cardinal’s column in Catholic New World, the Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago, he writes another very direct exhortation with a historical...

“We have to judge acts”

In a lengthy televised interview via Life Site, Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Apostolic Signatura,  clarifies “who am I to judge” by lovingly yet fearlessly speaking the truth–in St Paul’s words–perhaps “out of season” : “We have to judge acts, we have to. All day long we make judgments with regards to certain acts; this is what the natural law is: to choose good and to avoid evil. Pray for this man. His courageous witness is so needed in our time. PAX

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Suspension

An excellent article from Crisis Magazine on the “simmering debate” regarding the suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization:   “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the most dynamic preachers of the Catholic Faith in the twentieth century. Anyone familiar with his work in media knows the power of his influence and example. He was clearly one of the most notable products of the American Catholic revival that began in the 1920s, and the strength of his witness continues to impress today. His books remain eminently approachable, an astonishing achievement for one so gifted academically. Shining through his telegenic smile, one could sense the depth of his faith and his holiness.   The cause of Sheen’s canonization...