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It is imperative that we identify how the woke movement operates, as it often mimics Christianity…

One of the reasons woke ideology has been successful at making inroads among Christian communities is that it feeds off the Christian precept to offer compassion and aid to the marginalized and suffering. This leads to a lot of confusion about whether or not Christians can get woke, with many seeing it as the natural outgrowth of that Christian precept. But as I write in my book, Awake, Not Woke (TAN Books), on both a human and a spiritual level, wokeness is an ideology that harms far more than helps. It is imperative that we identify how it operates, as it often mimics Christianity, compounding the confusion. Even as society grows more secular, the woke movement seems to sense that it can grow parasitically off the residue of religion until it has replaced it. One example of how...

The 5 progressive stages of sin…

We are living in times when many are doubling down on their sin. As the darkness grows, many fiercely defend their sinful practices. This is especially evident in the matter of abortion. The science could not be clearer that there is a unique, beautifully formed, distinct human life in the womb of a pregnant mother, with a heartbeat, brain activity, alternating sleep and wake cycles, and the ability to feel pain. Despite this, many demand that all limits on abortion be removed. They “shout” and celebrate abortion, rejoicing in the dismemberment of babies in the womb and all the while considering themselves morally superior to those who support life. How does it happen that so many obstinately persist in sin and promote wickedness until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive dise...

The meaning of the colors at Mass, and the connection with the Temple of Jerusalem…

Now in Ordinary Time we’re back to wearing green vestments and folks quite rightly wonder what the meaning of the four colors of vestments signify. (six if you count the rose and black vestments ) So I explain to the altar boys that red is for the blood of the martyrs and the fire of the Holy Spirit. White and gold for the glory of God and the celebration of Easter and Christmastide.Purple is more somber to mark the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. But why green? Is it for summertime when everything is green and growing? Maybe, but the explanation seems strained at best. The British scholar Margaret Baker has unlocked a detail in her studies of the worship in the Jewish temple that helps elucidate the tradition of color in Catholic vestments. In fact, the development of the traditio...

Father Thomas Joseph White on vocations, his new role at the Angelicum, and the Hillbilly Thomists…

ROME — Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White says he is “humbled by the decision” to be appointed rector of the prestigious Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and at the same time hopes to bring positive elements of the American ethos to the university. In June 13 email comments to the Register, Father White recalls his past experiences including as director of the Thomistic Institute at the Rome university, how these experiences will help him in his new role, and how he intends to lead the institution commonly known as the Angelicum in this challenging time for the Church. A convert son of a Jewish father and Presbyterian mother, Father White, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, also explains his journey to the faith, and answers the all-important question of whether he will be...

Pope’s message for World Day of the Poor: ““If the poor are marginalized … the very concept of democracy is jeopardized”…

Looking back to 2020, the year that COVID-19 swept the world, he continued: “Last year we experienced yet another scourge that multiplied the numbers of the poor: the pandemic, which continues to affect millions of people and, even when it does not bring suffering and death, is nonetheless a portent of poverty.” “The poor have increased disproportionately and, tragically, they will continue to do so in the coming months.” The World Bank estimated in October that the pandemic could push as many as 115 million additional people into extreme poverty by 2021. It said that it expected global extreme poverty — defined as living on less than $1.90 a day — to rise in 2020 for the first time in more than 20 years. The pope wrote: “Some countries are suffering extremely severe consequenc...

Father Thomas Dailey: Beholding the Sacred Heart of Jesus…

June 10, 2021 “The Sacred Heart is so powerful, precisely because it’s that imagery of the actual human heart of Jesus that reminds us — not only of our own hearts physically, that we have one, that it’s central to who we are — but that it’s in hearts that are united in love that we find our greatest fulfillment,” said Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S., author of “Behold This Heart: St. Francis de Sales and Devotion to the Sacred Heart” (Sophia Institute Press). Fr. Dailey holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

God doesn’t want you to be a “nice Catholic” — he wants you to be a saint…

The difference between being the saint God is calling you to be and being a “nice Catholic person” is, in a word….risk. I find myself thinking a lot lately about the witness of my parents. By the grace of God, all six of their kids, as members of the least religious generations in U.S. history, are practicing the faith and, even, have active and living relationships with God. In our parlance: disciples. Now a father of three myself, and realizing that kids just keep getting older (does that ever stop?), I catch myself wondering: how exactly did my parents do that? Maggie and I were talking about it this morning, as we wrestle with some of the thousands of discernments and decisions, big and small, that confront a growing family as we try to follow Jesus (where will we liv...

Important summertime reminder: Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. Here’s how to know when someone is in trouble, and how to respond…..

iStock The captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim and headed straight for a couple who were swimming between their anchored sportfish and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other, and she had screamed, but now they were just standing neck-deep on a sandbar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard toward him. ADVERTISEMENT Thanks for watching!Visit Website “Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not 10 feet away, their 9-year-old daughter was drowning. Once the girl was safely above the...

If you can use anything, Lord, you can use me…

The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals. For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make use of us and others. It is also good to link these teaching to Father’s Day, which occurs this weekend here in the U.S. These three teachings can be described as Adaptability, “Awe-Ability,” and Accountability. ADAPTABILITY – In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, we hear how God can take something humble and adapt it to be something mighty and powerful. The tender shoot of the f...

Meet the Vatican librarian who was the Gordon Ramsay of his age…

ROME – This Tuesday will mark the 546th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican Library on June 15, 1475, by Pope Sixtus IV, the pontiff who helped usher in the Italian renaissance through his patronage of learning and the arts. That makes it an apt moment to recall a figure who plays a key role in the institution’s story, even if he’s all but forgotten today. Bartolomeo Sacchi, better known by his Latin nom de plume Platina, was selected as the first Prefect of the Vatican Library by Pope Sixtus in 1478. Today, a celebrated fresco by artist Melozzo da Forlì captures the moment of the appointment, showing Sacchi kneeling before the pope pointing to a book recording his cultural accomplishments, which is now preserved in the Vatican Museums. Two things make Sacchi’s story especially, w...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: God is at work as “a good seed,” and the Church should never give in to the “weed of doubt”…

In the Angelus, Francis made a strong appeal against child labour and for the people of Tigray, afflicted by violence and famine. The confidence in the mustard grain can bring a precious lesson on how “to recover from the pandemic”. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Church should not let herself be overcome by the “weed of doubt” because God is always at work in the world as “a good seed”. This means that everyone is always called to start again with “patience and perseverance”, said Pope Francis today before the Angelus prayer, which included a strong appeal against child labour and for the people of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region. Addressing the physically distanced faithful who crowded St Peter’s Square, the pontiff cited the two parables in today’s liturgy, that of the musta...