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Repent and become a countercultural Catholic…

I had a desperate need to be considered cool. In fact, it may have been the thing that I valued most through high school and into college. So when I started college, I absorbed the cultural values of the college campus wholeheartedly. I valued what the cool kids valued. I did what they did and I did it to a greater degree. I partied hard. I chased girls. I talked loud and brash (still working on that one). I hung with the cool dudes who would enable such behavior. But, I was lost. When I realized I was lost, it hurt. I didn’t like myself or my life. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t have a purpose. I didn’t have real relationships, just drinking buddies. I needed something and didn’t know where to look. I found it in a group of guys that had something I didn’t. They had joy and purpose. They didn’t...

Rod Dreher and Ralph Martin: Two prophets for today…

There is a silly notion that a prophet is someone, like Madame Sosostris-the famous clairvoyant, who has supernatural powers to foretell the future. This has come down to us, no doubt, from generations of Biblical teachers who showed how the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus. This is a superstitious understanding of prophecy.While it is true that the prophecies have come true, the Old Testament prophets were not old timey versions of Nostradamus. The prophets are simply men and women who can read the signs of the times and predict what will happen. Jesus spoke this common sense, “When you a cloud rising in the West, you say ‘A storm is coming.’ Locked within this simple forecasting of events by reading the signs of the times are deeper signs and symbols of what will happen i...

Pope Francis recognizes heroic virtue of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, bringing him step closer to beatification…

Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church. VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recognized on Thursday the heroic virtues of Jérôme Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. The step, announced on Jan. 21, means that Lejeune can now be referred to as “Venerable.”  Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church. A verified miracle attributed to the candidate’s intercession is also usually required. Lejeune was born on June 13, 1926, in Montrouge, in the southern Parisian suburbs. In 1958, he deduced that Down syndrome was caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. He dedicated the rest of his life to researching treatments to improve the lives of people with Down syndrom...

Pray for President Biden…

A prayer for the leader of one’s nation is also a prayer for the nation Just as it has been the duty of Catholics in America to pray for President Donald Trump over the past four years, it is now the duty of every Catholic to pray for President Joe Biden. This can prove difficult for those who dislike and distrust him. If you are finding these prayers difficult, I would suggest focusing on the following points. First, spiritual temptations of political leaders are powerful, and we must pray for leaders to overcome these temptations. St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that our human temptations come from three sources: the world, the flesh and the devil. And while each of us can expect these temptations, the devil seems hyper-focused — throughout history — on political leaders. The mass-murderou...

How one NASA satellite image of the earth at night tells dozens of stories…

[embedded content] In 2016, NASA used the Suomi NPP weather satellite to create a high resolution image of the earth at night. It can help us better understand the current developments and conflicts underway. Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Steven Aden of Americans United for Life explains how the pro-life movement is going to prevail…

January 14, 2021 “The issue is never going away until the courts and the legislatures respect all human life,” said Steven H. Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel at Americans United for Life. “You can’t duck and cover. You have to be engaged. It’s either going to be in the Supreme Court, in the Congress — or, if Lord willing, Roe (v. Wade) is overturned — the issue will be returned to the states and to the people, where it belongs, instead of in the hands of nine people wearing black robes. When it goes back to the states, that’s ideal for us, because that is where the pro-life movement is really at its strength.” Follow him @StevenHAdenAUL on Twitter. Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

My Catholic beliefs landed me in Twitter jail…

As we’ve all heard, Twitter and other social media platforms are intensifying their crackdown on any Wrong Opinions that might be expressed on their platforms. I decided to test Twitter’s policies by making the following tweet: Read closely: I’m simply stating my own beliefs, which, although they are considered controversial today, are all simply statements of Catholic teaching or common sense (and for those not on Twitter, “@jack” is the handle of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey).  Well, Leftists are nothing if not predictable. A few days later I received a notice that this tweet had caused my account to be locked for “hateful conduct:” Now, before I go on, I want to be clear that I’m not claiming victimhood or persecution. In fact, the very morning I received this notice I read the followin...

7 biblical habits for Catholics to remedy a torn country…

It is a providential occurrence that the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th president of the United States is taking place during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Jesus was clear in the Gospel that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). Against the devil’s work of isolation, alienation and separation, Jesus came to gather and unite. On the vigil of his crucifixion, when he could have easily been distracted by the details of his imminent fulfillment of gruesome biblical prophecies, he, rather, prayed four times that his disciples “may be one,” just as the Persons of the Blessed Trinity are one (John 17:11, 21-23). The fulfillment of his mission, he suggested, hinged on Christian unity: Otherwise, he said, the world would not be able to believe in t...

In unprecedented move, Cardinal Cupich launches storm of tweets against USCCB statement on Biden…

CNA Staff, Jan 20, 2021 / 05:04 pm MT (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden. In his four-part Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich said that “the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration. Aside from the fact that there is seemingly no precedent for doing so, the statement, critical of President Biden, came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released.” “The statement was crafted without the involvement of the Administrative Committee, a collegial consultation that is a normal course for statements that represent and enjoy the considered en...

The disorder of our day stems fundamentally from a failure of authority…

The specialty of rule hath been neglected, And look how many Grecian tents do stand Hollow upon this plain, so many hollow factions… Take but degree away, untune that string, And hark what discord follows. Each thing meets In mere oppugnancy.Shakespeare, Ulysses, Troilus and Cressida The extent of discord that we see around us is surely unparalleled in my lifetime. I need not rehearse it: from our political and social situation, to the Church, to our neighborhoods and homes. In a rightly famous passage in Troilus and Cressida Shakespeare sets forth in the mouth of Ulysses a view that had been at the heart of Western Civilization. The human good depends, and even consists especially in right order: an order in which each must play his part, exercising authority and obedience as fitting, acc...

President Biden and a Catholic inflection point…

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:27-28). Catholics who take this apostolic teaching seriously will understand that our first obligation toward our brother in Christ, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., is to be in Christian solidarity with him through prayer. We pray for his health, strength, and courage. We pray that he be granted the gift Solomon asked of God: wisdom in governance. We pray for his deepening conversion to Christ. Solidarity in prayer is the first duty of American Catholics toward the new president today. That is bedrock Catholicism.    There is no doubt, however, that the inau...

Vatican intervened to spike US bishops’ Biden statement release…

The U.S. bishops’ conference held back a statement on incoming President Joe Biden Wednesday morning, after officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State intervened before the statement could be released.  The statement, from conference president Archbishop Jose Gomez, took uncompromising positions on abortion, gender, and religious liberty, warning that the Biden administration’s policy agenda would advance “moral evils” on several fronts. Joe Biden is sworn in for his second term as vice president in 2009. Credit: United States Navy. “[A]s pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider s...