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Getting beyond politics on Brooklyn’s fight for religious freedom…

ROME – Probably it should come as no surprise that reaction to Wednesday’s US Supreme Court decision granting an injunction against limits on public worship imposed by New York State was immediately swept up into the broader political fulcrum of 2020. After all, the governor who imposed those limits, Andrew Cuomo, is a liberal Catholic; the bishop who challenged them, Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, is a member of Opus Dei and conventionally seen as a conservative. Moreover, the deciding vote in the court’s 5-4 decision was cast by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump appointee, meaning one’s perception of the case often is tied to perceptions of Trump himself and his legacy. As if that weren’t enough, the whole question of anti-Covid measures in America has become deeply ideological, with ma...

The Lord Jesus warns that many (possibly even most) are not headed for Heaven. You must be prepared for death and judgment…..

The Sunday Gospel announces a critical Advent theme: While I want to comment primarily on the Reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition surely deserves some attention as well. Too many today hold the unbiblical idea that most if not all people are going to Heaven. For weeks now we have been reading parables in the Gospels in which the Lord Jesus warns that many (possibly even most) are not headed for Heaven. There are the wise and the foolish virgins, the industrious and the lazy servants, and the sheep and the goats. Today’s Gospel features those who keep watch and those who do not. Although many prefer to brush aside the teachings on judgment or the teaching that many will be lost, Jesus says, “Watch!” to all of us. In other words, we should watch out; we should be serious, sober, and p...

The way things are going, I’m considering the Lakskhi Option…

After a week in the priest’s cabin at the Norbertine Monastery of Canonesses in California I can be excused for wishing to hunker down even more than usual. I’m one of those introverts who, when faced with pandemic lockdown, muttered, “So things are going to change?” The priest’s cabin at the nun’s Bethlehem Priory was one thing, but the way things are going I’m considering the Lakskhi Option. This article from the Daily Mail in London is written at about a first grade level (and that’s an insult to our first graders) but the pictures are good. It features Maxime–the hermit of Lakskhi in Georgia (that would be the country not the state where Flannery O’Connor lived). Maxime has resurrected the ancient tradition of the stylites by living on a 130 ft high limestone monolith. The si...

Video: Pope Francis and newly-created cardinals pay visit to Benedict XVI…

📹VIDEO | Pope Francis and new cardinals visited Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican today after a cardinal-creating consistory in St Peter’s Basilica. Images: Vatican Media pic.twitter.com/jefsYlmlmK — EWTN Vatican (@EWTNVatican) November 28, 2020 Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Forget Becciu, Boff and Sachs — the Vatican should just hire this 8-year-old economic genius instead…..

[embedded content] Kyren Gibson teaches his son Kyng all about finance and how “not to be a sucker with his money.” Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

French Catholic bishops win appeal against ‘disproportionate’ 30-person Mass limit…

Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2020 / 10:00 am MT (CNA).- The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is a “disproportionate” government measure and must be modified by Dec. 2. The country’s Catholic bishops welcomed the decision Nov. 29, saying in a statement that “reason has been recognized.” The bishops’ conference had submitted the urgent legal appeal with the administrative court two days prior, declaring that they had “a duty to ensure freedom of worship in our country.” With its ruling, France’s highest administrative court gave Prime Minister Jean Castex three days to propose an alternative protocol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at places of worship. The prime minister met with a delegation...

Father Vincent Lampert: An exorcism is a prayer to God…

“An exorcism at its very core is a prayer. It’s a prayer directed to God, who is asked to bring relief into the life of the person. In extreme cases, it’s a command given to a demon, commanding it to depart based on the power of the authority of J… “An exorcism at its very core is a prayer. It’s a prayer directed to God, who is asked to bring relief into the life of the person. In extreme cases, it’s a command given to a demon, commanding it to depart based on the power of the authority of Jesus Christ. But again, it’s all about bringing healing into the life of people who are suffering,” said Fr. Vincent P. Lampert, a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, an exorcist, and author of the recent book, “Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan an...

Thank God for your life, even if it stinks…

“I should thank God for my creation if I knew I was a lost soul,” G. K. Chesterton’s grandfather once declared. He tells the story in his Autobiography. Chesterton quoted his grandfather with approval. When I first read this, as someone fairly new to serious Christianity, I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever heard. It sounded like the pious stuff religious people said because it sounded good. No one actually meant it. My reaction was: Why thank God for a few years on this earth if you’re going to spend eternity in Hell? I wouldn’t. I’d be hugely ticked off. The Point Only years later did I see the point. Genesis tells us that God called the creation good. That included man. Good is good. It’s not “good unless” or “good if.” When God Himself says it’s good, it’s good, period. Having...

Analysis: Will Cardinal Gregory’s “dialogue” with Biden undermine the USCCB?

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 11:30 am MT (CNA).- Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced in an interview yesterday that he will not deny Holy Communion to Joe Biden, and committed himself to working with the president-elect’s administration. But the soon-to-be cardinal’s pledge could put him in tension with the work of the U.S. bishops’ conference, as it tries to speak to the White House with a unified voice. Last week, USCCB president Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles announced the formation of a special committee, tasked with coordinating the U.S. bishops’ response to, and work with, the incoming Biden administration.  Recognizing the unique “challenges” presented by a Catholic president pledged to several policies in opposition to Church teaching, the conference under G...

We faithful Catholics must shed our credulity and realize that Sunnyside has a dark side, and Lotso is nutso…

In Toy Story 3 the boy Andy is ready to go off to college. His room is being tidied and his toys are about to be boxed up and stored in the attic. Then, Mom makes a mistake and Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are packed off to a kiddie daycare center called ‘Sunnyside’. Remember– the toys live to be played with and loved by a child, so when they tumble out of the box at Sunnyside everything seems too good to be true. The day care center is a brightly painted wonderland of fun for children. It is crammed full of other happy toys, and best of all– every day this happy home for toys will be full of children to play with them. A toy dump truck pulls up and Andy’s toys are welcomed by a big, pink teddy bear with a Colonel Sanders voice named Lots o’ Huggin’ or Lotso for short. He bellows o...

Christmas gift ideas for every Catholic on your list…

As we approach the Advent and Christmas Seasons, I know many people have begun to think about the gifts that they will buy for family and friends this year. Although there are so many options online to choose from, I would highly encourage you to support small businesses, but particularly small Catholic businesses. Below are some of the businesses that I support and advertise on this website. SOCK RELIGIOUS – Catholic Socks for your feet. With socks like these, you will be walking like the Saints in no time. They come in both adult and kid sizes. These are a great gift for your favorite parish priest! CATHOLIC BALM CO – Beard Balms and Oils for the man in your life that grows a beard. They also have a mustache balm, lip balm, a lotion bar, perfume/cologne, and deodorant. I am a huge fan of...

Pope Francis on First Sunday of Advent: “Jesus, above all else, detests lukewarmness”…

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2020 / 05:40 am MT (CNA).- On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during this new liturgical year. “Advent is the season for remembering the closeness of God who came down to dwell in our midst,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Basilica  Nov. 29. “Let us make the traditional Advent prayer our own: ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’ … We can say it at the beginning of each day and repeat it often, before our meetings, our studies and our work, before making decisions, in every important or difficult moment of our lives: ‘Come, Lord Jesus,’” the pope said in his homily. Pope Francis stressed that Advent is both a time of  “God’s closeness and our watchfulness”. “It is important to remain watchful, beca...