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Why Obi-Wan Kenobi loved the Latin Mass…

While actor Alec Guinness is most widely known for his foundational role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy of the Star Wars films, he was also a Catholic convert. In fact, by the time he portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness had been Catholic for around 20 years and would frequently make retreats at Catholic monasteries, witnessing the prayer lives of monks…possibly helping his portrayal of Obi-Wan as a wise, religious hermit. Guinness grew-up Anglican, but was more of an atheist, while still holding an interest in religious matters. During the horrors of World War II, an Anglican priest gave Guinness a copy of St. Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life. This was the beginning of his introduction to Catholicism. Next he portrayed G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown&nb...

We owe it to God in justice to recover the virtue of Religion…

We are not used to thinking about owing anything to God. In many ways, religion has become focused on “me,” going to Church therapeutically to feel good about oneself. In reality, we owe God everything. Religion, traditionally understood, sought to render to God the worship, homage and thanksgiving that was due to him as God, the one who made us, cares for us and saves us. In Catholic theology, this was understood as an expression of justice, rendering a debt unto God, which is fulfilled by the virtue of religion.   A virtue refers to a habitual disposition to perform a good action, so that it becomes like second nature. Religion becomes a virtue when we have a readiness and ease in giving God what we owe him. We could never, of course, pay back all that he deserves in strict jus...

On Ascension Thursday, Vatican Announces Pope Francis Will Lead Rosary May 31 for Peace in Ukraine and End to Wars Worldwide…

By Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis will lead a Rosary for peace as a sign of hope for those suffering from the ongoing war in Ukraine and wars around the world. The news was announced on Ascension Thursday in a statement from the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.  “At the conclusion of the Marian month, Pope Francis wishes to offer a sign of hope to the world, suffering from the conflict in Ukraine and deeply wounded by the violence of the many wars still active.” On Tuesday, 31 May, at 6pm, the Pope will pray the Rosary before the statue of Mary Regina Pacis in Rome’s Marian Basilica. “All the faithful in every part of the world are invited to support Pope Francis in his prayer to the Queen of Peace,” the statement encouraged. 25/03/2022...

Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale is the most beautiful church in the world…

Pope Benedict XVI has often said that the most effective apologetics for Christianity are the lives of the saints and the art that the Church has grown in her womb. For that reason, the Church must always take both seriously: forming disciples to be saints and creating a culture in which beauty is cultivated and appreciated.   When and where the Church has thrived, both have normally come together, like the masterpieces in human life as well as in music, art and architecture that have come in monasteries or in Catholic countries in their zealous zenith. When the Church has grown lukewarm or cold, mediocrity can quickly set in with regard to expectations both for human virtue as well as for artistic expression. Beauty in life and art inspire; blandness or ugliness depress and deflate.&...

“Think of a number.” How do math magicians know your number? Here’s how it’s done…..

Math has a certain logic to it. If you use it to accurately describe a situation, sometimes you can predict the inevitable — for instance, the moment an eclipse will take place — centuries in advance. To those unfamiliar with the math behind the prediction, this outcome might seem like magic. Indeed, the science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In today’s Insights puzzle we’ll explore four examples of mathematical magic that can seem, at first glance, like mind reading. Just like stage magic, these examples can leave you wondering, “How did they know that?” Many of us have experienced this as children. We are asked by a friend to think of a certain number without revealing it. We are then asked to do a s...

Everything we know about the murder of Deborah Samuel, a young Nigerian Christian who was stoned by her Muslim classmates…

Deborah Samuel was a 19-year-old Christian from Tungan-Magajiya in the Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State. She was in her second year studying home economics at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.  Four days ago, Deborah was killed by a mob of her Muslim classmates who claimed she had blasphemed against the Prophet Muhammad. A video of this religious execution circulated online and sparked debates across the country on the limits of religious expression and why this murder was not being called a murder. Here’s everything we know so far. The beginning On Thursday the 12th of May 2022, Deborah Samuel was stoned, flogged and burnt to death in Sokoto after posting a message on the class group chat. According to a coursemate of the deceased, Deborah had been asked how s...

A very Pelosi newsletter (and some other stuff too)…

Hey everybody, It’s a pretty cold day here in Colorado, and this is The Tuesday Pillar Post. There’s a lot to talk about – namely, Nancy Pelosi and Archbishop Sal Cordileone, so let’s get to it, shall we? San Francisco news You know, or most of you do, that on Friday Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may not be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We emailed you about that on Friday, and lot of you read our report already, but in case you didn’t, here’s our initial report on that announcement. The archbishop’s move was an application of canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which says that Catholic “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion.” Perhaps you’ve got questio...

The Vatican megaphone was once something to be reckoned with. In the case of Cardinal Zen and Jimmy Lai, its power is fading from disuse…..

Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim Semen est sanguis Christianorum, typically (and rather freely) translated as “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Martyrs, we usually think, are those who shed their blood “in hatred of the faith”: the definition of martyrdom used by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. But an ancient Christian tradition, likely as old as Tertullian, considers those who suffer severe persecution for Christ as martyrs or, more precisely, “martyr-confessors.” By that standard, the Church’s two most prominent martyr-confessors in May 2022 are the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, SDB, and the Hong Kong journalist, entrepreneur and freedom-fighter, Jimmy Lai. Jim...

Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘My Heart Is Broken for the Massacre at the Elementary School in Texas’…

His words were greeted with applause by pilgrims. The pope was speaking after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, southwest Texas, on May 24, killing 21 people. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that officers were believed to have killed the shooter, a local 18-year-old identified as Salvador Ramos. U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Joe Donnelly said on May 25: “We are witnessing a sickness, and the face of evil. We continue to pray for these blessed children and other wonderful people who were killed and their families. We are crushed by this loss.” We express our deep sadness and closeness to the community of Uvalde, TX. Amb Donnelly: “We are witnessing a sickness, and the face of evil. We continue to pray for these blessed children and other wonderful peopl...

Without Mentioning Zen’s Arrest, Pope Francis Says He’s Praying for the Church in China…

National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan, also known as Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians, in Shanghai, China. lobia, Wikimedia. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated under that title at a Marian shrine in Shanghai, China. “This coming Tuesday is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin, Mary Help of Christians, particularly dear to Catholics in China who venerate Mary, Help of Christians as their Patroness in the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, in many churches throughout the country, and in their homes,” Pope Francis said Sunday. “This happy occasion offers me the opportunity to assure them once again of my spiritual closeness. I am attentively and actively following the often complex life and situations of the faithful a...

‘But only say the word’ — What every Catholic needs to know about receiving Holy Communion…

Since the Eucharist and the proper disposition to receive it is in the news, let’s review.  The present day encouragement for all to receive Communion, simply because they are Catholic, desire to receive, and judge, themselves, that they should and can based on that desire — well, that’s not consistent with Catholic practice from any point in its history. Throughout that history, when Catholics have been encouraged to revisit their practices and receive the Eucharist more frequently and regularly, it has never been in the context of a concern that individuals not feel excluded from the table or feel like “sinners.” It has always been exhorted in the context of a call for individuals to deepen their spiritual lives, turn away from sin and conform themselves more closely to Christ. The ...

Flip the script to proclaim pro-life protections in the law and culture…

May 23, 2022 “We should be referring to the laws that are passing here as ‘pro-life protections’ — not abortion bans. What we’re doing with these laws is protecting unborn children’s lives. The goal here isn’t to ban things; the goal is to protect. So we need to flip that language and not allow the pro-abortion movement to control this narrative, this idea that we’re somehow taking away someone’s rights. We’re not taking away rights; we’re saving lives. And saving women and men from heartbreak,” said Mary Szoch, director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council. Follow them @FRCdc on Twitter and hear previous Respect Life Radio interviews with Szoch, including “The first 100 days of the Biden Administration gets ...