Author: S&P

Abundant confessions and Eucharistic awe — A Christ-centered game plan for the Church after COVID …

Fostering holy gratitude for what Jesus has done for us is fundamental to making sure we don’t take a pastoral step backward in the post-Covid era. Thus, we need to support our bishops and priests in any way we can, including charitably exhorting them to holiness where needed. Indeed, a sound, sacramental approach is not only crucial to fostering increased and more reverent participation in Sunday...

7 entertaining comic books for kids that pack a spiritual punch…

5 Minute Read Comic books have always been popular among children and their popularity is only increasing in recent years. Graphic novels are frequently used in an educational setting and are promoted by some educators as a “gateway” to literacy. However, it’s not alway easy to navigate the waters of the comic book world, especially when the majority of mainstream comics are directed at adults. Th...

My time in prison…

There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places. I was in solitary confinement for thirteen months, ten at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and three at Barwon Pris...

‘Idea laundering’ in academia — How nonsensical jargon like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘cisgender’ is imbued with an air of false authority…

You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream cultur...

Spokane bishop responds to Catholic Charities racism video…

Bishop Thomas Daly. (Diocese of Spokane. ) In response to the controversy, in the Diocese of Spokane “the Annual Catholic Charities Christmas Collection will either be replaced by or taken in conjunction with the Black and Indian Missions Collection,” Bishop Daly said. SPOKANE, Wa. — Both the Bishop of Spokane and the leader of a Washington state Catholic Charities organization have spoken out abo...

An insight on hope from St. Augustine…

The word “hope” in modern English has lost much of the vigor assigned to what we call the theological virtue of Hope. In English hope often means merely a vague wish, as in, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” But the theological virtue of Hope (which I capitalize to distinguish it from worldly hope) is more vigorously defined as the confident expectation of God’s help in attaining eternal salvation. Notice...

2009 Register interview: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) reflects on his career and the Catholic faith…

Ennio Morricone receives an honorary degree at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera on Feb. 27, 2019, in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images) In a 2009 interview with Register correspondent Edward Pentin, the Italian composer reflects on his life of writing for the movies — and his faith. Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted in Italian and translated by Edward Pentin. It origi...

St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol…

The statue of St. Junipero Serra outside the California State Capitol. (Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).) St. Junípero Serra Statue Destroyed at California State Capitol In a July 5 statement, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento said that while “the group’s actions may have been meant to draw attention to the sorrowful, angry memories over California’s past,” their “act of vandalism does little to build the fut...

Awakening Music – Only One Found Worthy

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What Are You Working On?

www.courtnayerichard.com I just recently asked the women in my Christian Women of Impact Facebook Group this very same question. I received so much feedback and I hope I’ll get the same from you, Sis! Because here’s the thing. Jesus is coming back and before He does, we’ve got to be doing what He has called us to do. The Word of God commissions us to occupy until He comes. The parab...

The secret Soviet roots of Liberation Theology, which the future Benedict XVI called a “singular heresy” and “fundamental threat” to the Church…

History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the...

New ‘ecclesial conference’ established for Amazon region…

ROSARIO, Argentina — Answering a call made by those who took part in the October 2019 meeting of bishops on the Amazon region held in Rome, on Monday leaders of the Catholic Church in Latin America announced the creation of the Amazonian Ecclesial Conference. The hope is that the new organism will help “delineate a Church with an Amazonian face, and to continue the task of finding new paths for th...