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5 Takeaways From Pope Francis’ Latest Interview…

In an extended interview with the Jesuit magazine, America, Pope Francis addressed a wide array of topics, from polarization to the war against Ukraine.  Five takeaways: Polarization in the Church “Polarization is not Catholic,” the Holy Father said in response to a question about divisive politics. “A Catholic cannot think either-or (aut-aut) and reduce everything to polarization. The essenc...

Meteorites are some of the oldest known pieces of celestial bodies, and they’re littered all over Earth — someone just has to find them…

The day was shaping up to be a total flop for Matthew Stream and Roberto Vargas. The two meteorite collectors were in the remote, unincorporated community of Cranfield, Mississippi, in late April, days after a fireball exploded over the area. Witness reports of multiple sonic booms convinced the pair to fly out on a whim to scour the ground for fallen rocks. Before this trip, they’d only ever comm...

Your new life in Christ means divinization, and your final goal is to love as God loves…..

“And so we are going to establish a schoolfor the service of the Lord” (Rule of St. Benedict). “We have been placed on earth to learn to love in the school of Jesus,” writes Fr. Jacques Philippe in Interior Freedom. “Learning to love is extremely simple: it means learning to give freely and receive freely. But this simple lesson also is very hard for us to learn, because of sin.” In that short par...

A Letter to the Single Mom for This Holiday Season

When I was 9 years old, my twin sister and I sat alone in a church service on a Sunday morning in a small Baptist church in rural Louisiana. The pastor delivered a message and when he began the altar call, I got up and timidly walked down to the front of that church. It was in that moment that I realized the weight of my sin and my desperate need of this Savior he spoke of. It was a deep realizati...

When life goes well, it’s easy to think it’s normal, and that you deserve it. But it isn’t, and you don’t. Be grateful always… …

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Recognize the advantages you may have (and the compassion that should follow)…

I heard the same thing from my own father as Nick Carraway did from his, and John Quincy Adams heard from his mother. Not that I listened very well when I was young. Nick Carraway is the narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.” At the beginning of the book, he remembers his father telling him, “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this...

Vatican Website Taken Down by Suspected Hacker Attack…

<!– –> Technical investigations are ongoing due to abnormal attempts to access the site. (File) Vatican City: The official Vatican website was taken offline on Wednesday following an apparent hacking attack, the Holy See said. “Technical investigations are ongoing due to abnormal attempts to access the site,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said, without giving any fur...

Both Advent and the Holy Eucharist are about not just your desire for God, but God’s much greater desire for you…

The First Sunday of Advent is ecclesiastical New Year’s Day. It is a fitting occasion to make resolutions to grow in the spiritual life, as each time we have the privilege to retrace Christ’s life in the liturgical cycle ought to be, thanks to another year’s experience, a time to align ourselves more faithfully to him whom we follow through time into eternity. This Advent, the U.S. bishops have do...

Letter from Holy Roman Emperor Charles V written in secret code finally cracked after 475 years to reveal he was worried about being assassinated…

French scientists have decoded a letter written in 1547 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The three-page letter uncovers secrets of the 16th century, including assassination fears. It took the French team of scientists months to decode the letter’s secret language. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you’re on...

Thai Buddhist temple emptied after all the monks test positive for meth…

It’s a bad abbot. Four Buddhist monks in Thailand have been shipped off to rehab after they all tested positive for meth. The holy men — including the temple’s abbot, or head monk — failed the drug tests in the Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district on Monday, an official told Agence France-Presse. “The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are concerned they cannot do any merit-...

Confession and the Art of Boiler Maintenance…

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 28, 2022 Jesus alone redeems and saves through the Cross and Resurrection, mediated by Church teaching through the Ten Commandments and the Sacraments. A Catholic church should be an oasis of orthodoxy, fidelity, and sanity. People should fill every Catholic pew, yet inactive Catholics as a group outnumber large Protestant denomina...

The Vatican, China, and the ‘spirit of dialogue’…

By Phil Lawler ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 28, 2022 Well that didn’t take long, did it? In October the Vatican renewed an accord with Beijing governing the appointment of new Chinese Catholic bishops. Barely over one month later, China violated the accord. But wait. Was it actually a violation? Although a formal statement from the Holy See was strongly worded, it only expresses “s...