Articles from May, 2015

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6; Communion Antiphon) Each year, the Sunday following the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorates the Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the Mystery of God Himself (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234). The Catechism teaches that "by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the ... (Continue reading)

Saving the Church

Msgr. Foy

At the present time, in many countries the Church is in grave danger because of the contraceptive mentality and many other evils. To save the Church, many reforms are necessary. I am listing some suggestions for this purpose. Build a Culture of Life Father John Hardon SJ (died 30 December 2000) was surely one of the greatest theologians of the last century. Near the end of his life he gave a lecture entitled “The Greatest Moral Responsibility: to convert the Contraceptive ... (Continue reading)

Book review: Why Be Afraid?


Why Be Afraid? A Retreat by Douglas McManaman Justin Press ISBN: 978-0-9917996-6-4 102 pages, softcover $12.95 CDN Deacon Douglas McManaman is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto, ministering especially to those who suffer from mental illness. A high school teacher for twenty-five years, he teaches Religion and Philosophy to senior high school students and is currently the chaplain for the Toronto Catholic Teachers Guild. Why Be Afraid? is based on a retreat he gave. I bought this book for one of my university-aged sons who is ... (Continue reading)

Pentecost Sunday: The Spirit of Truth


When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. (Jn 15:26) With the Solemnity of Pentecost which today we celebrate with joy and thanksgiving, the seven weeks of Easter come to an end and Christ our Lord’s "Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given ... (Continue reading)

The Ascension of our Lord


Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven (Acts 1:11). Our Lord’s Ascension which we celebrate today is both a historical and transcendent event (Catechism of the Catholic Church 660). Sacred Scripture speaks of this event as both an established historical fact observed by sensible experience (Cf. Lk 24:50) and as a theological event; that is to say ... (Continue reading)

Catechism in Stone


To produce a “catechism in stone”—that’s how one of North America’s leading architects describes the work of building and city planning. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Dino Marcantonio—a native of Ottawa—who, along with his wife, Dr. Paloma Pajares, runs an architectural firm in New York City. Mr. Marcantonio has held academic posts at the University of Notre Dame and Yale University, and is among a group of leading architects helping to revive classical architecture. In our ... (Continue reading)

St. Gianna: The modern woman’s saint

St. Gianna Beretta Molla a Woman's Life

It is said that God gives us the saints we need for our time. Saints who, by their lives rooted in self-surrendering, self-sacrificing love, show us how to conquer the darkness of the world in which we live and rise to their ranks. In our time, when so many women continue to reject authentic femininity as ordained by God, He has given us St. Gianna Beretta Molla. 16 May 2015 marks the eleventh anniversary of St. Gianna's canonization by Pope St. John ... (Continue reading)

6th Sunday of Easter: We become His friends


You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (Jn 15:14-15) We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of catechesis or instruction for both the newly baptized and for all of us who renewed ... (Continue reading)

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Teens and modesty


We all know the story The Emperor's New Clothes. He believed he was wearing the finest clothing in the kingdom. He was at the forefront of fashion. He would be the envy of all who saw him. All his friends and advisors told him he "looked great." There was only one problem: he was naked, and only one small child had the courage to speak out and say what the rest knew. Thanks to TREnDS (Teens Reacting Effectively and Discovering Style), ... (Continue reading)

Managing Mammon

God's Bankers

  You can’t run the Church on Hail Marys. - Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, former head of the Vatican Bank A new book about the history of the Vatican’s finances confirms yet again that the handling of money—in both large and small amounts—is always a sticky business. This, of course, is a hard fact of life, one that all the popes have understood and hated—including Pope Francis, who has made it known that he despises the stuff he calls “devil’s dung” because of its potentially harmful impact on ... (Continue reading)

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