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...

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

On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

  I could have copy and pasted this from somewhere…but I needed to type out every word of this myself:   Fix your minds then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us He came down from Heaven to redeem us….   He Himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp words. If they escape your lips, do not be ashamed let your lips produce the remedy, since they have caused the wounds. Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury.   It gets even better.   The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin and and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and a poison for...

Better to Listen to Him in the Whisper

Better to Listen to Him in the Whisper

    This past week has been nothing short of surreal. It was so much to take in in only five days..What unimaginable horror two seemingly typical young men brought upon the city of Boston and our country. It finally ended last night when law enforcement from many different agencies descended on a boat, in a backyard on Franklin St, with a 19 year old terrorist bleeding and hiding under a tarp.   Everyone handles crisis differently. For me, I tend to watch and read everything from start to finish. It’s the way I deal with trauma. As a survivor myself, I want to be present with those who are suffering in the only way I can from where I am…watchfulness and prayer. Some PTSD expert can have a field day with that. I am so deeply sorrowful...