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Salvific Suffering

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In, 1984, Pope Saint John Paul II penned an Apostolic Letter on the mystery of human suffering, Salvifici Doloris (curiously, now looking back, the same year he made his first apostolic journey to Canada).  One priest in a talk I heard recently mentioned that it may be remembered as one of his most prophetic works, with which I concur.  I long ago included the Letter in my syllabus on Magisterial teaching, and now with the looming shadow of euthanasia about ... (Continue reading)

Firefighters, Envy and the Public and Private Sector

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It is no secret that there is a war brewing between the public and private sectors of the economy, with their economic prospects diverging ever-more widely. As happens in many socialist regimes, the money and wealth produced by the latter are pouring ever-more freely into the coffers of the former.  Estimates across Canada now claim that those who work for the government (however broadly defined) earn between 18 and 37% more than those who do not, and that is ... (Continue reading)

Christ’s Sacrifice Was one of Redemption, Not Popularity


Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Jn 6:51–58) is the concluding part and culmination of the discourse given by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum after he had fed thousands of people with five loaves and two fishes the previous day. Jesus reveals the meaning of this miracle, namely that the promised time had come; God the Father, who had fed the Israelites in the desert with manna, now sent him, the Son, as the true Bread of life; ... (Continue reading)

The Flood, Arks, and Happy Monks

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  Fr. Scott Murray A review of The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post Christian Nation By Rod Dreher Penguin Group USA, 269 pages, $34 After moving to Rome for my seminary studies, one of the first trips I made was to the town of Norcia. I hardly knew anything about the place, except that it is the birthplace of Saints Benedict and Scholastica. Two of my classmates were planning a weekend camping trip in the mountains around Norcia, and they invited ... (Continue reading)

Every Child is Already Wanted


(From our archives, which seems a propos given the recent invitees to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Science, which has created quite a stir, one might say a scandal.  Paul Ehrlich?  He of the Population Bomb, who wants to reduce the world's population to comfortable levels?  Alas.  But read and meditate on the lavishness and liberality of God's love from Mrs Sarah Gould). Editor. Seems like those who give their hearts and souls to environmentalism are the only canonized saints these ... (Continue reading)

Waking Up to God


It is the most phenomenal transformation of the day, born again into consciousness, and like birth, both forced upon us and the fruit of our own exertion.  Teenagers seem to resent it most, whereas late in life it becomes a happy surprise, or sometimes, the weary resumption of seemingly fruitless toil. The verb “to wake” is traced back to Proto-Germanic and Sanskrit origins meaning “to be lively” and “to watch”, and both meanings lead to the noun, where we attend to the ... (Continue reading)

Of True Feminism, Early Martyrs and Thomas Aquinas


The paradoxes continue in our modern era, not least of which is that concerning 'gender' and feminism, with two stories that come to mind: First, there is the sad and tragic Emma Watson, the child star of the Harry Potter series, Hermione, now all grown up, flashing her, ahem, bosom in a rather seductive way (what word does one use?) on the front cover of Vanity Fair. Ms. Watson, who last year hung out and went on a scooter ride with ... (Continue reading)

The Big Bang and Creation

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  By John Paul Meenan   Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei... (Ps. 19)   The Church has always held that the universe was created by God, coming into being at a certain point 'in time', a dogma clarified at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. God…creator of all visible and invisible things, of the spiritual and of the corporal; who by His own omnipotent power at once from the beginning of time created each creature from nothing, spiritual and corporal, namely, angelic and mundane, and finally the human, constituted ... (Continue reading)

Sloth and the Vagabond Mind


(by Father Scott Murray)   A few days ago, I joined a high school class discussing ‘digital footprints’. The teacher asked them to list some ‘cons’ of social media. My group wrote a couple things about privacy and creeps, which are legitimate concerns, but nothing about wasting time. I said to them, “Do you ever waste time on social media?” One girl gave me a confused look, as to say, “Waste time, impossible!” “Really, you’ve never wasted time on social media?” I responded. ... (Continue reading)

Catholic Teaching: Counter-Cultural and Necessary

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(by John Baldino) Many of the teachings, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church are in contrast to the beliefs, habits and norms of modern American society. The Church’s teachings are rooted in sacred scripture, philosophy, and theology developed over the past 2000 years. While these teachings have evolved with science and society, many of those who oppose and/or disagree with the Church’s ideology still believe its teachings to be antiquated and out-of-touch with the changing modern world. In order to understand ... (Continue reading)

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