Climate Change, Planned Parenthood and Importance of Laudato Si’

It's a now-infamous video: a female doctor contentedly munches on her salad while describing her method of carefully using "grabbers" to insure that, when she is crushing the limbs of a baby in utero, valuable organs like the heart and liver are not shredded, because people will pay good money for those.“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know [that they are marketable], so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I … [Read more...]

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Benedict’s Profound Talk on Creation, Freedom, Sin, Love

Yesterday, I posted some thoughts on how the book of Genesis seems, so frequently to mirror John's Gospel, at least in the beginning, and assigned myself the task of spending Lent prayerfully reading both books, "side-by-side", so to speak.Then I read our tireless, ever-working Pope Benedict's splendid remarks to his general audience, this morning, and it seems Papa is looking deeply at Genesis this week, too! And he has some wonderful things to say to us about creation, freedom, sin and … [Read more...]

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“Born of the Father before all Ages. Wait, What?

As the Year of Faith got launched, Melanie Bettinelli of The Wine Dark Sea undertook the ambitious project of enlisting various writers to take on single, separate lines of the Creed, and create a series that focuses on these lines throughout the year.When I learned that "born of the Father, before all ages" was unclaimed, I happily nabbed it -- it is my favorite line.So far, Melanie's writers have hit home-runs with their lines -- these writers have all been splendid, instructive, … [Read more...]

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Everything that exists is thought, poured forth

Faith is not the resignation of reason in view of the limits of our knowledge; it is not a retreat into the irrational in view of the dangers of a merely instrumental reason. Faith is not the expression of weariness and flight but is courage to exist and an awakening to the greatness and breadth of what is real.Faith is an act of affirmation; it is based on the power of a new Yes, which becomes possible for man when he is touched by God. It seems to me important, precisely amid the rising … [Read more...]

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