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Amoris Laetitia, Mortal and Grave Sin


A rather stark and sobering teaching of the Church is that everyone of adult age on the face of this good Earth, and that means all who can discern between good and evil (which occurs sometime soon after the dawn of reason), is either in a state of grace or in a state of mortal sin, which means that should we all die this instant by some cataclysmic disaster, each one of us would go either to hell or to ... (Continue reading)

The Tower of Babel


Today, in the liturgical readings for Mass, we read the mysterious and anthropomorphic story of the Tower of Babel, when God foiled Man's attempt to build a structure all the way to heaven, by diversifying their languages.  Pope Benedict back in this homily from 2012 understood the story in its spiritual dimension, the solution to which was the spiritual, unifying power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  In other words, it is the Church that unites, and sin which ... (Continue reading)

Motion M103 and the Perilous Ambiguity of ‘Islamophobia’

Iqra Khalid

Tomorrow, our noble Parliament will vote on Motion M103, which is a motion to get into a motion laws forbidding 'Islamaphobia'.  Said Motion is put forward by Iqra Khalid, a native of Pakistan.  I know not her motives, but other commentators are wondering, why Islam? There are far more reported 'hate crimes' against Jews. But, anon. Here is the text of the motion, for your perusal: Text of the Motion That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: recognize the need ... (Continue reading)

Life’s Purpose


On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, here is a gem from our archives, that all lives, no matter how small or suffering, has a purpose in God's providential plan.  His ways are not our ways, and what is wise or great amongst Men may not be so before God. (Editor). "Every night when I go to bed I ask God to not wake me up anymore," she confided. I studied her ... (Continue reading)

Reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans


  The letter of St. Paul to the Romans uses the same basic structure found in his other letters. It features one important aspect of the mystery of Christ (chapters 5-11) and brings out its implications for Christian life, morality, and spirituality. In this case, the focus is on Christ as enacting the new and eternal covenant in His blood. The early parts of Romans (chapters 1-4) show our desperate need for Christ while the final portions (chapter 12-16) set forth ... (Continue reading)

The ‘Perfect’ Relationship

wedding hands

Anybody heard of Pinterest? If you haven’t, count your lucky stars because you’ve just "gained" back hours and hours of time to waste on something else. Pinterest is a virtual "ideas" cork-board—a place where anyone and everyone can put up a picture, post an idea or website, or browse and gather ideas for things like wedding stationary, recipes, Halloween costumes, or nailpolish tips and tricks. Occasionally I will come across some fascinating cultural tells, and this morning was one of ... (Continue reading)

Reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians


Among the many fruitful ways of understanding the writings of St. Paul is to focus on the connection that he makes again and again between some important facet of the mystery of Christ and the ways in which Christians ought to live.   In this first of a series of essays, let us take up the Epistle to the Ephesians.  In future essays we will be able to explore this theme in his other writings.  By looking at each letter in turn ... (Continue reading)

Media, Bought and Sold


The mercantile nature of journalism has finally come full circle, as the newspapers (well, given that many publish in other media, we should call them 'news sources') are now begging for public subsidies. (Continue reading)

Mirth, according to Saint Thomas Aquinas


On this feast of a 'mirthy' saint, it is a propos to take a brief glance at what Saint Thomas says about this most Christian of attitudes towards life: Joy in the simple things:   Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica Question 168, Article 4. Whether there is a sin in lack of mirth? I answer that, In human affairs whatever is against reason is a sin. Now it is against reason for a man to be burdensome to others, by offering no pleasure to others, and by hindering ... (Continue reading)

True Love, Post Holiday, Beyond Emotion

family love

Each year between January and March, my family moves out into the wide world. Some of us go to college, others go to work, and the rest of us fall into the travel plans wherever we might be useful. Then, usually sometime in November, my family returns from our travels across the country and hops back into life as one big happy family in Alabama. My dad and my brother-in-law both work jobs that require a lot of travel in ... (Continue reading)

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