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Laudato Si on the Common Good

Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development. It has also to do with the overall welfare of society and the development of a variety of intermediate groups, applying the principle of subsidiarity. Outstanding among [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Hidden Link Between Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood and Monsanto

It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on George Bailey’s Building and Loan vs. Mr. Potter

Lack of housing is a grave problem in many parts of the world, both in rural areas and in large cities, since state budgets usually cover only a small portion of the demand. Not only the poor, but many other members of society as well, find it difficult to own a home. Having a home [Read More...]

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According to the Official Toilet Paper Patent

“Over” is the correct way to put the roll on. God said it.  I believe it.  That settles it. Of course, one reader dissents: We don’t have a holder at all, so we set the roll on the side of the bathtub. We’re anarchists. Some people just want to watch the world burn. [Read more...]

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Laudato Si on the Blessedness of the Poor That is Hidden from the Wise

An admirable creativity and generosity is shown by persons and groups who respond to environmental limitations by alleviating the adverse effects of their surroundings and learning to orient their lives amid disorder and uncertainty. For example, in some places, where the façades of buildings are derelict, people show great care for the interior of their [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on Lady Gaga, Walmart, and McDonalds as Global Cultural Kudzu

Many intensive forms of environmental exploitation and degradation not only exhaust the resources which provide local communities with their livelihood, but also undo the social structures which, for a long time, shaped cultural identity and their sense of the meaning of life and community. The disappearance of a culture can be just as serious, or even [Read More...]

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It’s amazing how much stuff we have

Did you know that there are 300,000 items in the average American home? And that we consume twice stuff than we did 50 years ago? Reminds me of this: Which reminds me of this: Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; [Read More...]

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Blackbird singing in the dead of night

take these broken wings and learn to fight. All your life, you were only waiting for Canucks that you could bite. [Read more...]

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The Sons of Thunder Podcast is on the air….

…with Students for Life of Illinois! [Read more...]

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Laudato Si on Francis Saying, “No. Seriously Dudes: I Believe Human Life is Precious”

On the other hand, it is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same principles to human life. There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on Why the Church is Not Robin Hood

It turns out that alms for the poor are “provisional”.  The real goal is that the poor have access to work at a living wage.  The real thieves are not the poor seeking a living wage, but those who downsize them, underpay them, and (for a crowning insult) blame them as lazy for being unemployed): [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Culture of Disposability

The secret connection between Walmart, blood diamonds, Thai child sex slavery, Chinese sweatshops, faith in “market forces”, and organ theft: namely, relativism: The culture of relativism is the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labour on them or enslaving them to pay [Read More...]

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Today’s Work of Mercy and Prayer Request

Ave Maria! Dear friends, ​We’d like to appeal to your charity, on behalf of a family in very grave need. Mrs. Jessica Cortes, mother of ten (!), and sister-in-law of two of our friars (Friar Gabriel Cortes and Friar Didacus Cortes), has been diagnosed with terminal uterine cancer. Following is a description of the situation, [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on Abortion

Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Connection of All to All

Neglecting to monitor the harm done to nature and the environmental impact of our decisions is only the most striking sign of a disregard for the message contained in the structures of nature itself. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the De-Thingification and Re-Sacralization of Nature and People

Modern anthropocentrism has paradoxically ended up prizing technical thought over reality, since “the technological mind sees nature as an insensate order, as a cold body of facts, as a mere ‘given’, as an object of utility, as raw material to be hammered into useful shape; it views the cosmos similarly as a mere ‘space’ into [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on The Hunger Games and Zombie Apocalypses

There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Catholic Faith’s Capraesque Cockeyed Optimism

Catholics insist upon free will, even when every Communist and Capitalist in the world tells them that economic “forces” are an unstoppable juggernaut of historical inevitability.  We hold, with Tolkien, that supposedly small and unimportant people can disturb the counsels of the Great and Wise: Yet we can once more broaden our vision. We have [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Cult of Power

Technology tends to absorb everything into its ironclad logic, and those who are surrounded with technology “know full well that it moves forward in the final analysis neither for profit nor for the well-being of the human race”, that “in the most radical sense of the term power is its motive – a lordship over [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Gun Cult

We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build. So [Read More...]

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