July 1, 2018

Last Sunday I happened to see a car accident right alongside my car. I was parking outside church, when a driver misjudged how much space he had to pass another car, badly scraping and denting it.  Fortunately he was going slowly and no one was injured. I was just a few feet away with my car windows open, and thought to myself, “Oh no, here we go with the yelling and cursing and freaking out now.”   But that’s not what happened in this case.  I witnessed... Read more

June 25, 2018

The national suicide rate has focused our attention on signs to look for and how to reduce risks.  One stand out demographic that has a close to zero rate of suicide has been largely overlooked. Recent research has found that devout, practicing Catholic women are almost completely immune from the trend.  Catholic women who attend Mass more than once a week have a nearly non existent suicide rate. CDC statistics show alarming increases in suicide.  In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. Suicide rates rose in... Read more

June 21, 2018

Cardinal McCarrick is accused of despicable things. In the 1990s when horrible allegations against Catholic priests became a media obsession, then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was accused of sexually abusing a minor seminarian during his previous tenure as archbishop of Cincinnati. Cardinal Bernardin was dragged through the mud, for months, and presumed guilty by the media, the public, and even many of his parishioners. Only after a year of torture did the truth come out.  His accuser admitted as he lay dying from Aids that he’d fabricated... Read more

June 15, 2018

In my work at a pregnancy care center, I’ve talked to numerous men who are the fathers of aborted children.   Father’s Day is a particularly difficult time for them. There are 55 million men in this country who bear the scars of abortion, men who need to share their stories to show others there’s a better choice. While there has been an increased focus on post abortion trauma in women, there is yet to be much discussion on the devastation men experience... Read more

June 10, 2018

What a mind boggling contrast of life and death we have all around us. This morning at Mass our pastor asked for prayers for a family in our parish.  He told us the situation of a couple expecting their fifth child.   Both parents and the four siblings had been excited for a new baby until doctors announced that Lisa has a medical condition that is making this pregnancy highly risky.  There’s a chance she could even die because of carrying the pregnancy... Read more

June 6, 2018

The Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico is investigating reports of a weeping statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at a southeastern New Mexico church. A local NBC affiliate reported the investigation, after alleged witness accounts of tears coming from the eyes of a statue at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, NM The first incidence of the tears was during a noon Mass on Sunday, May 20.  The second incidence was the following Tuesday. The first appearance... Read more

June 4, 2018

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of baker Jack Phillips in a 7-2 decision on Monday, June 4th, after the couple filed charges against him in 2012.  The so-called Supreme Court cake case stemmed from charges brought against the baker by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips had refused to bake a couple’s wedding cake due to his religious beliefs against gay marriage. Here’s the larger picture about Phillips and his bake shop, Masterpiece Cakeshop.  He has never refused to serve... Read more

June 2, 2018

  Need something uplifting? Twin brothers were ordained together last Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Franciscan Friars Innocent Montgomery C.F.R. and his brother Angelus Immaculata Montgomery C.F.R. joined seven other men for ordination on Saturday, May 26th. At the Cathedral for the Archdiocese of New York, before His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and pews packed with family and friends,  nine nervous but excited men were presented for ordination. “I just want one picture of me vesting my... Read more

May 30, 2018

A Vatican agency is now putting a focus on assisting Christians in the Middle East in remaining in their homes.  The Catholic Near East Welfare Association in Canada has launched a campaign to help Middle Eastern Christians remain in their homelands. Called, “Christians Can’t Survive Without You,” the campaign promotes the initiative and educates the public about the crucial area. “This campaign’s very important purpose is to tell Canadian Catholics that they should care about the presence of Christians in... Read more

May 28, 2018

The annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests will take place on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 8th, 2018, with worldwide prayer for priests. The ninth annual Global Rosary Relay includes more shrines than ever taking part in what is now recognised as a truly significant and powerful devotional initiative within the Catholic Church to pray for the the work of priests serving the faithful the world over.  The international rosary effort is also in gratitude for our holy... Read more

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