Pope Benedict’s “To-Do” List to Keep Catholics in Church

Lapsed Catholics - how do I come back

What is the largest Christian denomination in America?If you guessed “Catholics”, you’re right!  According to a 2011 study by CARA (the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), there are 68 million Catholics in the United States—more by far than in any other group.But the second group on CARA’s list—with 22.5 million, coming in almost 35% higher than the next on the list—are “Former Catholics.”  By comparison the third group, the Baptists, have only 16 million adherents.  They’re f … [Read more...]

The Sound of Silence: Be Still, and Know That I Am God

I have this neat trick that I can do.  Sometimes I lie in bed at night and feel my brain.  That is, I experience an idea as a physical entity, leaping from left to right, pounding against my skull from the inside.  An action potential in the central nervous system:  calcium ions firing, neuro-transmitters leaping across synaptic gaps, linking the present day with a far distant memory, giving rise to new, never-before-considered solutions to the day’s problems.This cranial super-awareness is not … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Crocodile

I would stress that education, correctly understood, cannot fail to foster respect for creation…. Environmental protection and the connection between fighting poverty and fighting climate change are important areas for the promotion of integral human development. --Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to diplomats accredited to the Holy See on Monday, January 9, 2012Our Holy Father is in love with Creation.  That is evident in his teachings, in his writings, in his smile when he encounters an animal or … [Read more...]