Pornography is a mortal sin

The bishops are calling out pornography as a mortal sin that needs confession and repentance. Finally. Are they actually willing to publicly call something a mortal sin without worrying about “harsh language” used by the church?   WASHINGTON (CNS)— A draft statement on pornography to be considered for approval by the U.S. bishops at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore calls pornography “mortal sin” and urges Catholics to turn away from it.   “Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God’s forgiveness,” says the draft version of “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.” “Those who...

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...

With your whole hearts

With your whole hearts

    ….turn to God and He will blot out all your sins. ( Acts 3:19) This from the Canticle in the Divine Office today–Could there be a more appropriate verse for us as a people and nation as we ready ourselves for the coming of our Savior? I can hardly bear the news of late, but I know that our Savior Jesus is the answer, that we have been appointed for such a time as this; as difficult and impossible as the mission seems. St Paul reminds us that “the things he had to undergo in Asia were more of a burden than he could carry, so that he even despaired of life.” They were, he says, “carrying with them their own death warrant, but it taught them,  ….not to rely on themselves, but only on God, who raises the dead to life....

It’s ravioli weekend

It’s ravioli weekend

  I get the same text from my sister every year ~  “…We’re making the ravioli this Sunday.” Be there. NO excuses.“ Ugh Not even a recent hospital visit slowed her down or changed her mind. I really thought I was home free this year. But no. Here’s a post from the past. ——–  —– ——-   There’s redemption in ravioli; but, before you report me to the online theology police, let me give you some background on my thesis. I have five days left to prepare before the onset of this yearly tradition that has been in my family for generations. My sister and I have been making this homemade ravioli recipe virtually all our lives. We started out in our basement as my mother’s...

True Transformation

Looks like this   “Above the neckline of his black hood, his neck tattoos remain. His hands are marked with a spiderweb, women’s faces, an alpha and omega, and “HOLD FAST” on his knuckles. A red heart marks his palm. His name is Love after all.”   Brother Andre Love, may the Lord continue to bless you and give you His Peace.   +PAX