Catholics, Political Ideologies, And A Song That Explains Our Place On The Grid

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Bullseye!

Courtesy of Professor Tobin Grant, blogging on faith and politics for the Religion News Service. Decipher the graph here.

Here’s the song that explains Catholics place on the grid. It popped into my head immediately. [Read more...]

The Obama Administration Issues Revision #8 To The HHS Mandate

Of course, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has the scoop. This is what  Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had to say on this development. [Read more...]

Because Of The Holy See’s Diplomatic Corps

Coat_of_arms_Holy_See.svg It’s been a long time since I titled a post with that starts with the word “because.” But given what is happening on the world stage these days, especially across that swath of territory in the Middle East, where an ersatz caliphate is trying to establish itself, the fact that the Catholic Church has a diplomatic corps sets her apart. [Read more...]

Tune In To “A Closer Look” Tonight As A Passel Of Catholics Talk About ISIS, Iraq, And What It All Means

I’ll be joining the panel tonight at 6 pm ET talking about Iraq, Middle East persecution of Christians (and other religious minorities), lawless bandits acting like nation states, whether neighboring countries care, etc., with Elizabeth Scalia, Tod Worner, and the golden voiced Sheila Liaugminas.

I’m going to be listening, and hoping Sheila forgets to ask me a question. Who knows? Maybe Fr. Robert Barron will show up too?

Y’all come listen!

Pope Francis: ISIS Onslaught “offends God and offends humanity.”

Listen to our brothers and sisters. Listen to our shepherd. [Read more...]

“Brothers, I call upon you in the name of humanity, rescue us!”

Yesterday, the Catholic Church as a whole set aside a day of prayer for the beleaguered parts of the body of Christ that are being assaulted by ISIS. If you’ve been paying any attention to the posts of The Anchoress, you’re well aware of what is going on.

Praying for a change of heart of those who twist Islam to their own ends is a worthy use of your time. Demanding action by the international community is another. [Read more...]

When Spring Came, I Cut My Fig Tree Down. Then, God Took Over…

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In the year of Our Lord, 2010…

A couple of years back, I shared a post here about my love of figs and how my experience with a fig tree kinda, sorta, mirrored the parable found in Luke’s gospel. Remember it? Good times.

Two seasons later, in May of this year, I had to cut it down. [Read more...]

The Monk’s Life, In One Paragraph (A Few Thoughts For Thursday)

What follows is from Thomas Merton’s translation of sayings from the Desert Fathers, The Wisdom of the Desert .

An elder said: Here is the monk’s life work. Obedience, meditation, not judging others, not reviling, not complaining. For it is written: You who love the Lord, hate evil. So this is the monk’s life – not to walk in agreement with an unjust man, nor to look with his eyes upon evil, nor to go about being curious, and neither to examine nor to listen to the business of others. Not to take anything with his hands, but rather to give to others. Not to be proud in his heart, nor to malign others in his thoughts. Not to fill his stomach but in all things to behave with discretion. Behold, in all this you have the monk.

Hmmmmm. Food for thought.

Pope Francis With The Quote of the Week

“Dear brothers, dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham:  may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others!  May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

- Pope Francis, Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, May 26, 2014

For Your Saintly Quote of the Week

 

“The times are never so bad that a good man cannot live in them.”

—St. Thomas More

 


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