What Lessons Do Thomas Aquinas’s Sermons Hold For Modern Preachers?

How many homilies have you heard that start with some personal story?  Learn why St. Thomas never did that.

Source: What Lessons Do Thomas Aquinas’s Sermons Hold For Modern Preachers?


Re-evaluating the Diaconate

Preceding the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Letter, Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem, on the restoration of the permanent diaconate, this great article highlights and explains the potential the permanent diaconate has to contribute to the ongoing renewal of the Church’s liturgy as expressed in Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Source: Re-evaluating the Diaconate


Waiting for Vatican Reform

Four years into Francis’s pontificate, promised reform efforts remain unimpressive.

As in corporate re-organizations it has a lot more to do with consolidating power around new leadership rather than indicating real change in how things are done.  This case is the same.  Call for reform so you can stack the C9 and get your man in front of the Pope to establish control and let the offices flounder without real direction, goals or measurements.

Sounds like newly whitewashed tombs.

Source: Waiting for Vatican Reform | Marco Tosatti


Pope Francis: ‘Shepherds are not the centre of the Church’

I thought the Good Shepherd was supposed to stick around and not run off.  St. Paul’s many travels, travail’s, trips and departures led by the Holy Spirit don’t seem to fit with what the Pope is suggesting.  It does seem to fit if it’s an indirect call for those standing against his reforms to leave such as those who wrote the dubia.

Source: Pope Francis: ‘Shepherds are not the centre of the Church’


Cardinal Sarah: Bishops, priests cannot shy away from ‘hard sayings’ on homosexuality

We can not be more merciful than Christ. Only Christ’s words can heal and have life.

The Vatican’s head of divine worship asks pastors to show charity but speak with clarity: ‘under no circumstances’ can homosexual acts be approved.

Source: Cardinal Sarah: Bishops, priests cannot shy away from ‘hard sayings’ on homosexuality


Cardinal Caffarra: “We are no longer witnesses, but deserters, if we do not speak openly and publicly”

This address was given by His Eminence Carlo Cardinal Caffarra on 19 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which is organised by Voice of the Family.

Source: Cardinal Caffarra: “We are no longer witnesses, but deserters, if we do not speak openly and publicly” – Voice of the Family


Are We Witnessing the Battle Involving an Antimary and an Antichrist?

Mary has vanquished Christian enemies for centuries. It is time we call upon her again to conquer all that is opposed to her and to her Son.

If you don’t have a daily devotion to Mary maybe it’s time to consider starting one.  Simply asking her (she is in heaven with the cloud of saints praying for us constantly before the throne of God) for her prayers is a great please to start.

Isn’t it interesting that we aren’t aware nor hear about these trends happening in Europe?  Shouldn’t you ask why the media hasn’t highlighted theses?

But this too is changing, as women no longer feel free in Europe to go where they want, when they want, how they want. Trains are starting to offer “female only” cars, pools have “women only” hours, and blonds are dying their hair black to avoid harassment. Something as commonplace as going to the theatre at night has women (and men) thinking twice about their safety.

So why aren’t feminists calling out the causes for these fears? Aren’t these the current issues to address?  Why aren’t feminists attacking the state of women in the Middle East?

It’s time to bring these poor women in prayer to Mary.

Source: Are We Witnessing the Battle Involving an Antimary and an Antichrist?


David Daleiden and Attorneys Threatened With Contempt of Court

The Planned Parenthood whistleblower continues to slog against a prosecution that has been accused of being politically motivated.

This is a landmark case.  If you’re not familiar with it or the recent video then you should be.  Knowledge is power.  Don’t be ignorant of the abortion industry or its inhuman practices.

We’ve had more humans killed in America through legalized abortion than the people killed in WWII.  What does that make us?

Source: David Daleiden and Attorneys Threatened With Contempt of Court


UN LGBT czar’s first report falsifies UN record

No solid statistical evidence is provided to back up the claims regarding gay ‘marriage,’ children and other issues.

The spin doctors are alive and well at the UN.  Watch for the gross half truth’s being used to build a mountain of lies.  Without clarity there can’t be truth.  Demand the truth and not opinion.

Source: UN LGBT czar’s first report falsifies UN record


Catholic farmers banned from market for Christian view of marriage, but they won’t back down

‘All Steve wants to do is sell his food to anyone who wants to buy it.’

Michigan is one state away.  Do you really believe you won’t face this same situation at work, school, or at your business within the next year?  How will you respond to a similar attack on your religious beliefs.

This is dictatorship in the US. It appears the liberals aren’t fighting for freedom but dominance. That’s anti-American.

Source: Catholic farmers banned from market for Christian view of marriage, but they won’t back down


A day in the life of John Paul II

In an extensive interview, Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki, a secretary to two popes, recalled a number of details from John Paul II’s everyday life. “I saw what others did not see,”…

Let’s look at a life of faith and reason that can also guide us to sainthood.  JPII’s daily life of constant prayer in all situations and reading/learning allowed him to be a wise and spirit led man.  Consider how tough a man and how strong a will he had after years of formation.  He wasn’t soft nor rigid but an example of pastoral love within the truth of the Church: fides et ratio.  A Pope for our day.

We must actively and regularly learn and pray if we also hope to be a sharp tool in the hands of our Father.  Formation is our life long job.  Let’s get to it. Why are you waiting?

Read and learn from St John Paul II and our Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.  These are men of proven character.  These are men of the Church.

Source: A day in the life of John Paul II


Debate Continues Over Amoris Laetitia

The ambiguities of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, continue to provoke a lively debate even as we pass its one-year anniversary.

If you really want to know the truth rather than a prelates opinion then read Familiaris Consortio (FC), especially paragraph 34.  It’s just one paragraph but you will be surprised at how prelates today are corrupting it.

We’re coming up on a year since the publishing of Amoris Laetitia (AL) and of the dubia questions and yet we still have silence on the issues confusing prelates and laity.  Well, my solution is to put less importance on AL and suggest people re-read previous Church documents such as the one selectively quoted by AL, JPII’s Familiaris Consortio.

If we can’t get answers then we can read what will clearly provide them.  FC, when completely read instead of partially quoted, clearly provides Church teaching and answers to today’s questions.  AL can’t change FC and prelates can’t rewrite FC based on their own ideologies if their readers have a working knowledge of the document. Knowledge is power.

Read FC.  It’s a beautiful document which is much better written than the piecemeal AL that has the voice of many of the Popes advisors.

Source: Debate Continues Over Amoris Laetitia – Crisis Magazine


Orthodox leader: Gay marriage laws should be compared to Nazi laws

His All-Holiness Kirill called homosexual unions a ‘complete break with the moral nature of man.’

I’m glad to see we still have leaders who will speak up.  I will especially listen to someone, who like JPII, have actually lived through political and government oppression.  Prelates from the west  have no idea.

I found it extremely interesting the comparison between immorality that rejects natural law and socio-political constructs such as fascism, socialism, communism, and liberation theology.  They oppress the human person because they deny natural law through a totalitarian enforcement  and promote a recognizably false anthropology.  We are seeing this in our US laws and courts every day.  If people weren’t afraid of the courts and getting sued the left wouldn’t have a foot to stand on.

Source: Orthodox leader: Gay marriage laws should be compared to Nazi laws


Gender Ideology Harms Children

The American College of Pediatricians provides some plain information and direction to our priests and schools.  It’s fact based rather than opinion based and that might be where people have trouble with it but don’t give in to the “church of nice” when it comes to the protection of our children.

Source: Gender Ideology Harms Children

 


Chapter 5 of Amoris Laetitia and its Treatment of 1 Cor 11 as a Hermeneutic for Understanding Chapter 8

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s suggestion of couples receiving a blessing, “Spiritual Communion,” from the priest

The article calls us to consider a currently popular scholarly interpretation of 1 Cor 11:27-29, which apparently guided Pope Francis in emphasizing the communal aspect of the Eucharist in Chapter 5 of Amoris Laetitia.  Understanding this approach provides us a possible hermeneutic for understanding the call for communion for the divorced and civilly remarried found in Chapter 8.

Even the Pope himself has said he isn’t a theologian and has leaned heavily on others in this area.  Given the current theologically “one sided” elevation of the communal aspects of 1 Cor 11 it is understandable that the Pope, repeating their ideas and guidance, applied this same communal approach as a culturally acceptable solution to the issue of the divorced and remarried that is discussed in Chapter 8.

Its sad that our current Pope doesn’t  have an ear for one of the great theologians of our time, Pope Benedict XVI.  His very traditional and Catholic “both/and” approach in explaining the mystery of the Eucharist as the body of Christ in reality and communally not only fosters a continuity with tradition while integrating current theological thought but it also points to a wise solution that has generally been ignored, “spiritual communion.”  The Pope emeritus still has much to teach us but it’s not what the hedonistic culture wants to hear. They just want what they want even if it makes things worse by feeding their desire for acceptance, not forgiveness.

Source: Divorce, Remarriage, and “Discerning the Body”