Listen to our brothers and sisters. Listen to our shepherd. [Read more...]
Surely I’m not the first to notice how oftentimes, through the daily readings, or by way of the Liturgy of the Hours, God breaks through our thrall towards world events, and speaks to us directly. [Read more...]
The wildflower that has sprung up in the power vacuums created in the Syrian and Iraqi deserts has a name, and it is ISIS.
Would you believe the roots of this particular group of terrorists are deeper than just being a new face of al Qaeda? Believe it, or not, their roots go all the way back to the days of the Christian iconoclasts from long ago. [Read more...]
I heard the news the other day about Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashing in Ukraine. And then the world learned that it had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
I went outside on a break from work, and looking up into the sky I saw what you see in the photograph above. That’s what an airliner cruising at 33,000 feet looks like. [Read more...]
Where I live, it’s another lovely Saturday. The kids slept in, the lawns are being cut, Father’s Day barbecues are being planned. Comparatively speaking, all is well.
That is not the case in Iraq these days. And even if it only seems that all is well where I live, it is a paradise compared to Mosul, Iraq as marauders from ISIS rove the countryside, gunning people down.
Innocent people are being terrorized. Families that happen to also be the minorities in the country. The Christian minorities in particular. [Read more...]
Pope Francis remembers, and is grateful.
Francis praised “the numerous soldiers who left their country to land on the beaches of Normandy to fight against Nazi barbarism and free occupied France”.
The Vatican said Francis “also does not forget the German soldiers dragged into this drama, like all victims of war”.
Though written long before the invasion of Normandy, G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts from his book, Orthodoxy (1908), captures the paradox faced by the soldier, and why gratitude for their courageous efforts (when exercised justly) is something not to be taken for granted by us, but to be lauded and praised.
“Take the case of courage. [Read more...]
Pray for them. Pray for peace, justice, a cessation of bloodshed, and that the conflagration that has erupted there ends soon. [Read more...]
Just put together an American 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, call it the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and get busy swaying the opinions of seat holders in the House and Senate, writing op-ed pieces in the big papers, etc. One of my senators, Bob Corker (R-TN) was totally hoodwinked by them.
But they made a mistake in hiring a person who lied about having a doctorate. Oops.
We heard from Pope Francis earlier today, but how about testimony from folks who are a little closer to the action? Catholic World Report has a letter from Cistercian nuns who moved their monastery to Azeir, in Northern Syria, back in 2005. Here’s a snippet from an open letter they wrote to the world a few days ago. [Read more...]