Author: S&P

Faith Strengthening Our Biggest Spiritual Muscle

On some days, your circumstances and your physical condition feel out of balance: The demands on you seem far greater than your strength. Days like that present a choice between two alternatives—giving up or relying on Me. Jesus Calling, September 8 My young son was in a drugged sleep on a potent drip of antibiotics. He needed two more surgeries in his tender brain, which would bring the total to ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s intellectual formation was built upon two lies that have doggedly enslaved our culture…

People in Washington stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sept. 18, 2020. Ginsburg died due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87. (CNS photo/Al Drago, Reuters) The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has filled our social media feeds with images of the iconic Supreme Court Justice. Scrolling through her photos...

If you’re going to blame Columbus and Western Civilization for things that have gone wrong, will you also credit them for things that have gone right?

Some years ago, a friend told me about how he’d chosen the title of his book, which was about to appear. He wasn’t primarily a writer. He’d long worked with the homeless in San Francisco – until he saw what was really going on. He went to bed one night, praying to come up with a title, which had been elusive. He woke with what he knew was exactly right: Lying for Justice. His book argued that soci...

Amy Coney Barrett’s possible SCOTUS nomination is a Trump referendum for faith voters…

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Will I Be Forgiven For Abortion?

What’s It Like to Abort Your Own Child? If you are asking “Will I be forgiven for the abortion I had?” then you already feel the guilt of your sin. Perhaps you feel your guilt afresh as a result of the videos exposing the work of Planned Parenthood. What do you do with your guilt? One young man I met on the street a few years ago knew this guilt. He had grown up in an evangelical Christian home. A...

Clouds of Hope

As a child, I lived in a small coastal town where the summer days took on rhythms.  Typically, the summer days would start out gray, cold, and with fog enveloping the small town in its soft, airy fleece. By 10 am the blue skies broke through the clouds and gave way to sunny days and warm temperatures.  This cycle would occur day after day.  We would usually have at least 4-6 solid h...

Before you ask God to be “fair,” think very, very carefully about what you’re asking…..

What Jesus teaches in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of those parables that rock our world and challenge our worldly way of thinking. Frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who worked the longest, thinking that their being paid the same amount as those who worked only for an hour is unfair. Think very carefully before asking God to be “fair.” What we really sho...

Chaplains’ vital role remembered on anniversary of WW2’s Operation Market Garden…

September 26, 1944. In an Arnhem hospital, Father Danny McGowan decides to go for it. He fills a bag with food, calmly leaves the building and finds a ride to the nearby town of Oosterbeek. The German who gives him the ride, seems to think that transporting a British captain in the midst of an ongoing war is an entirely normal thing. McGowan was one of the chaplains of the British First Airborne D...

President Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee by Saturday…

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 21, 2020 / 10:00 am MT (CNA).- President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he expects to name his nominee for the Supreme Court by the end of the week. The nomination, Trump’s third to the highest court, follows the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose funeral services will be held this week.  Speaking to the television program “Fox & Friends,” Pr...

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on 3 wounds (and 3 myths) that explain what’s happening today…

It was the mid-1960s but it might as well be today. Bishop Fulton Sheen was explaining to his TV audience the three sources of the despair and nihilism in the world — which have only multiplied — and the one solution that definitely eradicates it because he was talking about “hope for a wounded world.” But through the next five decades, people listened less and less to what he had to say, for the ...

Christian Life is work — on God’s terms…

By Tom Hoopes, September 17, 2020 In this Sunday’s Gospel, the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A, Jesus tells the story of the laborers who each receive the same pay whether they worked an hour a whole day. The parable has a beautiful meaning on the literal level — and a life-defining meaning on the spiritual level. The story could literally be about the living wage. We are used to thinking...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace…”…

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2020 / 06:35 am MT (CNA).- God’s grace is not something we deserve, but he gives it to us anyway, Pope Francis said Sunday during his weekly Angelus address. God’s “action is more than just, in the sense that it goes beyond justice and manifests itself in grace,” the pope said Sept. 20. “Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace. By giving us grace, h...