DEFEATING SIN: Passions & Virtues

Passions and virtues – words not generally used in everyday vocabulary in the 21st century. Yet, who of us has not seen lives ruined or exalted as a direct result of one or the other of these words and their implications. This book provides meaningful and practical insight into the significant “opposites” that affect our lives both here and hereafter. Fr. Joseph takes us to that fateful garden where the first Adam, the first Eve and the first tree set a course for death and destruction. But he al … [Read more...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

VATICAN CITY, OCT 8, 2007 (VIS) - From October 8 to 15, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox is holding its 10th plenary assembly in Ravenna, Italy, according to a communique issued by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.This session is the second to be held since the reactivation of dialogue during the 2006 plenary in Belgrade. The commission was established in 1979 by Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I, … [Read more...]

I think that I shall never see … a tree cry.

A Priest friend says the first question that need be asked when an icon is found to weeping is: "Okay, what did you do to make her cry?"I'll have to ask him how to word it when the subject is a tree ...RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - An acacia tree that started sprouting a foamlike substance on its branches after its owner died is drawing hundreds of people a day to see what some believe is supernatural ice.To the naked eye, the white stuff about 20 feet up in the tree looks like ice braving the South … [Read more...]

BLANCO: On a Ring and a Dreher

The travesty and tragedy that was Christ of the Hills Monastery is, for some, an enigma; for the families of the victims: an open wound.Lord have mercy.For those (and I've met a few) who had prayers answered, even miraculous cures, through their relationship with that monastery ... well, adding confusion to mystery rarely results in rational answers.Rod Dreher, editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News, has his own story to tell. It's a worthy read -- though hard to read without … [Read more...]