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Silly secularism keeps coming back like a monster in a horror movie who just won’t die…..

“The first thing to realize, if you wish to become a philosopher,” wrote one of the 20th century’s major philosophers, “is that most people go through life with a whole world of beliefs that have no sort of rational justification.” That was Bertrand Russell, in a book called “The Art of Philosophizing and Other Essays,” published in 1942, when he was 70. He was one of those super-smart people who become celebrities treated as all-purpose experts. Einstein was another. Stephen Hawking was one in our day, and to a lesser extent are Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and in some circles Jordan Peterson. He writes the quote above on the second page of the book. By page five, he’s described Christianity as “merely superstition or prejudice.” On page nine, he’s gotten to his real authority...

Jack Rigert: Defending your kids and family amid a spiritual war…

“There is no grand leader or political force that’s going to ride in on the great white stallion to rescue humanity or to rescue your family. You have to be the hero. I don’t care if you feel like it or not. God will give you the courage and the grace to be able to do that…,” said Jack Rigert, co-founder of the John Paul II Renewal Center. “You have to be speaking about [cultural threats] in your house and your home. You have to be bringing your kids to Mass and the sacraments. You have to be praying the Rosary…and if you’re not doing those kind of things, then you’re just allowing these currents of evil to come in. And your family’s going to pay the price.” Rigert, who also hosts the “Become Who You Are” podcast...

St. Francis De Sales reminds us that the heart speaks to the heart. But how?

A consistent question I have been asked over the course of my ministry is how important is the use of one’s personal experience in the proclamation of the kerygma and the teaching of Catholic doctrine? This is a critical question because it reveals the intimate relationship between how the person chooses to engage the Word of God and Catholic doctrine in their own personal way. The question then becomes, are these actions properly focused on and reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ? Even more important than personal experience is an authentic expression of genuine love rooted in Jesus Christ as the source of the outward and inward acts of personal experience.   Any human-to-human experience, whether personal or communal, involves some form of human interaction and, hopefully, an acce...

Terrible things happen, and being a victim is real. But beware ‘victimhood’ — it’s a fashionable mental trap that corrodes the soul…

By Carrie Gress I’ll never forget her face. It was objectively beautiful, but hardly perceptible, masked by contortions of anger and revenge. We met on the sidewalk outside the local abortion clinic. I can’t remember her name, but I will never forget her face and her rage. She was pregnant with a baby conceived by a faithless father. How could she possibly carry this baby? And what better revenge upon him than to kill his child, she explained to me, enraged, on an unusually sunny afternoon in Oregon. As we talked, it was clear she was the victim of a no-good man, which she felt gave her permission to do whatever she wanted with his (and her) child. I watched with tears streaming down my cheeks as she marched into the clinic, knowing full well that the energy and spirit that she possessed w...

The History of How School Buses Became Yellow…

Children cross the street in front of a yellow school bus in 1965. H. Armstrong Roberts / ClassicStock via Getty Images In a 1939 issue of American Childhood, the lyrics to the song, “The Wheels on the Bus,” made their first public appearance. Songwriter Verna Hills composed verses that celebrated the routine of traveling on a bus, closing each with the phrase, “over the city streets.” Likely unbeknownst to her, at that same time 80 years ago, school transportation officials from each and every state gathered in New York to decide what that bus, with its wheels going “’round and ’round” and its horn going “beep beep beep,” would look like. The brainchild of education expert Frank Cyr, the meeting at Columbia University carried the goal of establishing national construction standards for th...

In New AP Interview, Pope Francis Says Homosexual Acts Are ‘Sins,’ But Not ‘Crimes;’ Says Bishops Who Support Anti-Sodomy Laws Need ‘Process of Conversion’ …

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an exclusive interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against LGBTQ people, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds, and said bishops in particular need to undergo a process of change to recognize the dignity of everyone. More from the intervew “These bishops have to have a process of conversion,” he ...

4 Financial Tips Every Single Mom Needs to Know

Well, the holiday season is over and the Christmas trees are all coming down. The children are back in school. What many of us are left with are New Year’s Resolutions and the hopes that 2023 will be our best year ever. And many of those hopes may involve our finances. As with any goal, financial improvement in this new year is going to come with a little work, so we’ve put together some of our top tips for single moms who are looking to make some changes in the new year.   Take a look at your credit report. Many of us know that our credit report is important, but did you know it can be used not only for mortgages and car loans, but future employment, credit card rates, and terms on insurance policies? Our credit is important, but often the busyness of life prevents us from keepi...

Isaiah predicted that precisely the people who most “walked in darkness” would see a great light. And they did…..

John the Baptist gets thrown in jail and Jesus gives up on his hometown in the readings for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. This is the way the Kingdom of God (and the family of God) sees a new beginning on earth — a new light dawning in a dark world. There are three things happening at once in the beginning of Sunday’s Gospel passage from Matthew. First, personal tragedy strikes John the Baptist as the prophet of wide open spaces becomes the persecuted denizen of a dungeon where Herod will soon behead him. When John said, “He must increase and I must decrease,” he wasn’t kidding. Second, Jesus makes a break with his past. He has always been very much identified with Nazareth. Now, after Nazareth rejects him, Jesus moves 40 miles north to Capernaum. He is leaving home, moving on...

11 photos of the best pro-life signs seen at this year’s March for Life…

I was not able to go up to DC to attend the March for Life as I have in past years. However, I searched Twitter for the best signs and want to share them with you. This has been a tradition I’ve done every year since 2016 (I link them at the end), sharing the best signs, usually focused on homemade creative signs. Most of them are thus embedded tweets. This is the first year since Roe v. Wade was overturned by Dobbs, so I can only imagine the atmosphere was different. 1. I survived China’s one-child policy 2. Make your state a life state (I think this is particularly important as most of the political battle on abortion moves to the States & away from the federal level). At the first #MarchforLife post-Dobbs, the big focus is on next steps for the anti-abortion movement, I’m hearing ca...

Father Timothy Radcliffe, English Priest Notorious for Views on Homosexuality, Chosen to Lead October Bishops’ Retreat at Start of Synod…

“Frankly, the question does not seem decisive to me,” Hollerich told L’Osservatore Romano in an interview also published Oct. 24, 2022, by Vatican Media. In today’s press briefing, Hollerich said that he hopes that the synod will lead to “a new springtime of ecumenism.” The ecumenical prayer vigil, called “Together: Gathering of the People of God,” will be led by the Taizé Community in the presence of the pope on Sept. 30. Young people aged 18 to 35 from all Christian traditions are invited to attend what the Vatican described in a press release as “a follow-up to World Youth Day” with praise and worship with Taizé music and prayer. More in Vatican According to its website, more than 50 Christian groups representing many denominations have already partnered with the prayer vigil project, i...

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor, Pray For Us!…

SAINTS & ART: St. Francis de Sales anticipated the Second Vatican Council’s focus on the universal call to holiness, in all states of life. I’m featuring St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) among this month’s “Saints in Art” because Dec. 28 was the 400th anniversary of his death. (I have yet to understand why his feast falls on Jan. 24, except that Dec. 28 is preempted by the older Feast of the Holy Innocents). So, why bother with somebody who died 400 years ago? What does he have to say to people today? A lot. One of the most important elements in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales is its focus on holiness as everybody’s concern. His Introduction to the Devout Life — one of the most important classic works in Catholic spirituality — was not written for religious. It was written for...

Going Dutch, Das Deutsch, and De Sales…

Hey everybody, Today is the feast of St. Francis de Sales, and you’re reading The Tuesday Pillar Post. Going Dutch We bring you this morning, first, the story of Radboud University, a Dutch college which is, in fact, Catholic, but which is not permitted to call itself Catholic. How come? Well, for the past few decades, the university has been at odds with the bishops’ conference of the Netherlands, over issues related to governance, Catholic identity, and fidelity to Catholic doctrine. In 2020, the bishops’ conference decided that the university could not call itself Catholic. While the Holy See upheld that decision, it also reminded the bishops in 2022 that the college is still, actually Catholic. So a tense stalemate has emerged between the bishops and the university, with no clear resol...

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