Articles from July, 2013

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Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart

Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. Marco Testa Porter Fine Printing, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-9880692-1-3 Softcover, pp. 48; price: $5.00 CAD For two years beginning in 1673, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a humble nun of the Visitation Order, received private revelations from the Lord. Through her, He revealed His Most Sacred Heart to the world. With the assistance of her spiritual director, the Jesuit priest St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Feast in ... (Continue reading)

The problem of modesty

Sometimes I have scruples about the things I write, worrying whether words will be misconstrued or pert opinions come across as doctrine. There haven’t been any major problems yet, thank the Lord, which might be because I generally stick to issues on which most can agree, leaving the really contentious ones for those much better educated than I. But there is one pseudo-contentious issue that I find myself delving into more and more: modesty. As much as I’d like it to ... (Continue reading)

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Posing nude: a symptom of illness in the Church

The nude photograph of Agnieszka Radwanska has caused quite a stir in and outside of the Catholic Church. Agnieszka is the fourth-ranked world tennis champiom who recently posed naked for ESPN Magazine. When the photo went public—and viral—she was dropped from the Polish Catholic youth movement Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), for whom she was a spokesperson. All news accounts claim that she is a devout Catholic. By posing naked, this poor young woman has denied Catholic teachings of modesty and purity. ... (Continue reading)

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The Idiot Within

When my family is actually home, we live very close to the main route to the beach. Starting around Spring Break, the roads suddenly clog up with all the many, many people who just want to go to the beach and relax. Fridays and Sundays tend to be the most congested, and Sundays are usually the worst. One Sunday, back when my youngest brother could truthfully be called “little,” we were driving home from Mass. The beach traffic was in full ... (Continue reading)

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Homophobia: Or, why gays are like spiders.

In my search for an apartment in LA, I came across a Craigslist posting for two people looking for a third roommate. In their rather lengthy advertisement, they mentioned—in bold caps—NO HOMOPHOBES. First of all, this displays a disgraceful lack of sensitivity towards someone's mental issues. Phobias are serious. Phobics deserve respect. Would they have written NO ACROPHOBES? Second of all, this violates the Craigslist discrimination clause. What other phobias do they discriminate against? If I told them I disagree  with the ... (Continue reading)

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Remembering the Martyrs of Compiegne

From 1789 to 1799, France was deep in the throes of revolution with forces of change advocating for democratic reforms. With the downfall of the monarchy in 1792, the Committee of Public Safety became the governing body. From September 1793 to July 1794, France lived in the period famously known as The Reign of Terror. Thousands of suspected enemies of the state were guillotined. The French Revolution took place during the Age of Enlightenment, a time of great developments in politics, ... (Continue reading)

Pain: God’s Megaphone

All manifestations of God, like the Blessed Sacrament, are concealments as well. Everywhere God is veiled; Everywhere he works underground; Everywhere he sets up a screen between himself and the observation of his creature; Everywhere, search is the law of earth and vision the law of heaven; Everywhere in this world, to believe is to see, and seeing is not believing. This is God’s way. ... It is not best only for us, but simply necessity. - Fr. Faber, The Blessed ... (Continue reading)

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When gay “marriage” affects your family

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (Jn 15:18-19) On 26 June 2013, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down in a five-to-four decision by the United States Supreme Court. Gay activists south of the border were overjoyed. ... (Continue reading)

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Archbishop Prendergast supports private Catholic schools

The following are remarks given by Archbishop Prendergast at the Wayside Academy Gala on Saturday, 8 June 2013. You can read an account and transcript on Wayside's website here. Your Excellency Bishop De Angelis, brother priests, Dr. Janine Langan—inaugural Semper Altius Award recipient, Principal Mr. Adam Parker, parents, benefactors, and friends of Wayside Academy ... my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord: greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: First, I ... (Continue reading)

Thomas

Can you imagine what it would be like to watch your best friend being tortured to death? Nearly naked—missing most of his clothing and half his skin—humiliated, hated, abandoned, and alone. Picture the most loving person you know being thrown violently to the ground. Could you look on helplessly as his hands—those gentle, healing hands—have nails driven through them? Stand with the crowd, hear the labored beating of his heart above the shouts of ridicule that spring up and crackle ... (Continue reading)

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