Francis is a Chemist; Chemists Seek Out Surprises

Not everyone is in love with Pope Francis' remarks at the beatification of Blessed Paul VI, in particular they don't like all that talk of surprises:This is the perennial newness to be discovered each day, and it requires mastering the fear which we often feel at God’s surprises.God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways. He renews us: he constantly makes us "new". A Christian who lives the Gospel is " … [Read more...]

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ISIS “split her in two; she would not convert!”

When I was a little girl, and afraid of monsters in my darkened bedroom, I used to think that if I would just close my eyes and turn my head away, I would be alright. If I could just look away, the monster could not see me, would not get to me, could not use and abuse me. I would be safe.Looking away did not keep the monster at bay. It just ended up fracturing me in ways that still demand daily work at reconstruction and restoration.I know people want to look away from this evil. Our … [Read more...]

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Kolbe Would Have Worn the Nun (ن)

I meant to write this earlier but the day got away from me. Now, it's sundown and past the feastday of Saint Maximilian Kolbe -- we're actually in the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I'll write about that tomorrow. Let's look at Kolbe one more time before calling it a day, or a night, and I'll tell you why.Kolbe was a Catholic priest and very much a subversive:He’d been arrested, in part, for hiding and assisting Jews — 2000 of them. Subversive. H … [Read more...]

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The Experience of the Islamic State Horror, First-hand

These are not easy to read; imagine your families trying to deal with this."What prayers shall I say now?:Father Anis Hanna explained in detail how life has now changed for the different minorities who once lived in peace for centuries under the reign of Islam in Iraq and Syria. In July, ISIS declared from different mosques in Mosul that, starting on 28 July 2014, new laws and rules would be applied to everyone living in the territories under the Islamic State. They also declared that … [Read more...]

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James Martin SJ: Gravity in Face of MSNBC Condescension – UPDATED

Having read and followed the work Father James Martin, S.J. for a decade or more, I would be hard-pressed to identify a time when he was less than smiling and serene in his discussions on matters of faith, prayer, church-life and more.So, it was striking, and meaningful, to see this most temperate of priests bring a respectful-but-grave presence to an MSNBC discussion that, it seems to me, was handled poorly. The participants, save the Jesuit, seemed unserious and … [Read more...]

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Fr. Dwight on Aurora and Demonic Possession

Earlier today, while linking to a sermon full of truth and victory, I also linked to this story in the WSJ, which contained a passage that more than a few people found creepy:Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an “incoherent, bizarre” voice-mail message, which he described as “very guttural.” “There was all kinds of low groaning in the middle,” Mr. Rotkovich said. He called twice more and left three messages. The range never heard from Mr. Holmes. … [Read more...]

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NY Daily News: Can’t we put aside politics to help people?

(Photosource)Would have missed this editorial in the New York Daily News, if not for the invaluable New Advent:Modern-day slaves, hostage to abortion: Set aside politics to help Catholic groups that fight human traffickingSome problems are more important than politics. Human trafficking should be one of them. As Secretary of State Clinton has said, “If this issue doesn’t demand zealous advocacy, it’s hard to figure out what does.”In fact, just this week, a new State Department rep … [Read more...]

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You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]

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Why We Need Redemption

This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

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The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media’s heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

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