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The Light in Greece: Seeing What It Means to Call the Son of God “Light From Light”…

My grandmother told me I would hate Greece. “It’s an ugly country,” she said. Her father came from Greece in his childhood, and she had been there a few times, but only during difficult times with her family, which I think soured the experience for her. What I would find awe-inspiring about the country, she said, was the sky. “There’s no other blue like it in the world,” she told me. When I went to Greece, as a Catholic philosopher attending an Orthodox theology conference, I didn’t find the country ugly at all. On the contrary, I found it spectacular. As I drove from Athens through the pass of Thermopylae (the same pass where the Spartan Leonidas held off the Persian invasion of Greece), the mountains and rocks reminded me of one of my favorite places in the world, the sacred landscape of...

This Sunday, the Lord of Storms Gives Us More Than We Can Handle…

Jesus is gentle, Jesus is kind, Jesus is caring and Jesus is attentive to our needs. But Jesus is God, Jesus is challenging, Jesus is demanding, and above all Jesus wants us to be attentive to what he wants. That is the message the Church gives us in the readings for Mass on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The lesson comes, as lessons so often do, in the form of a storm. His disciples disciples find out that Jesus isn’t just unafraid of storms. Jesus is the storm. The Gospel this Sunday sounds like an eyewitness account. The Gospel reading for Sunday follows the one we heard last week. Jesus taught “the crowds” about what the Kingdom of God is. Locals have identified a likely spot on the Sea of Galilee where he taught: Picture a hillside that is situated like an amphitheater, w...

145 years ago, Cardinal Newman warned that ‘liberalism in religion’ is a ticket to oblivion…..

In the days before Pope Paul VI simplified the rituals surrounding the creation of new cardinals, men who had previously been informed that they had been chosen gathered in Rome; there, a day or so before the consistory at which they would be “proclaimed” and given the red hat, they received what was known as the biglietto (“ticket”). Delivered by a papal chamberlain to wherever the about-to-be-cardinal happened to be in the Eternal City, the biglietto was, quite literally, the “ticket” formally announcing the churchman’s nomination to the College of Cardinals and admitting him, as tickets do, to the impending consistory. It was a charming ceremony and usually the occasion for the first of several parties celebrating the new cardinal. But before the celebrations began, the man receiving th...

‘Husbandry’ and Rethinking a Man’s Bond with his Wife…

We tend to reflect more on the role of man as father than as husband. Rediscovering husbandry goes hand in hand with rediscovering fatherhood. But wait a moment, you immediately wonder; am I making a play on the word ‘husbandry?’ What am I talking about here? Let’s be clear: the seeming ambiguity in the term is intrinsic to its usage in English. I suggest that rather than dismissing it, we ask what deeper truth is indicated in what might seem a linguistic quirk. Yet obviously many are not thinking this way. I just found this statement at vocabulary.com: “Husbandry has nothing to do with being a husband, and a lot to do with being a farmer.” Well, there it is. We’ve removed being a ‘husband’ to a wife from our current usage of ‘husbandry,’ so now when we speak of ‘husbandry’ it’s only about...

In secular France, chaplains prepare to provide Olympians with spiritual support during the Games…

PARIS (AP) — As athletes rev up their training and organizers finalize everything from ceremonies to podiums before the Paris Olympics, more than 120 faith leaders are preparing for a different challenge — spiritually supporting some 10,000 Olympic athletes from around the world, especially those whose medal dreams will inevitably get crushed. “We’ll need to bring them back to earth, because it can feel like the end of the world after working on this goal for four or five years,” said Jason Nioka, a former judo champion and deacon who’s in charge of the largest contingent of Olympic chaplains, about 40 Catholic priests, nuns and lay faithful. Ordained and lay representatives from the five major global religions — Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism — have been working toget...

Can The 30-Second Sit-to-Stand Test Predict Your Lifespan?

What If I Don’t Score Well? Don’t fret. If you have to reach for a knee or nearby object on your way up or down, it doesn’t mean your life is on the line. Practicing balance and hip flexor exercises can improve your mobility in the long run, which can make it easier to complete the challenge.  The Edge’s Fitness and Nutrition Editor Sydney Bueckert NASM CPT, CES, FNS, GPT shares her favorite exercises for hip flexor mobility. Give these a try if you aren’t happy with your sit-to-stand test score: Half-Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch Start with an upright lunge with your back knee resting on the floor, then squeezing through the glute (rather than shifting forward) to lengthen the hip flexor. Press further through the glute, and stretch the same arm as the side being stretched up and over ...

The Moon Marks Time in the Light of the Son…

In April, the Biden administration called upon NASA to create a moon-based time standard. The proposed lunar time zone would be known as Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC). What the inhabitants of the moon think of this has not yet been recorded, but NASA’s imposition of “time” upon the earth’s only natural satellite prompts the question: What is time? As underlying NASA’s undertaking is the presumption that time belongs to man, and, consequently, that it is up to humanity to define what it is. With such a view, man not only presumes to regulate the flow of time here on earth — and also now on the moon — but does so because time is merely a human construct, reflecting humanity’s comprehension of the universe. This cannot be a Christian understanding of time. Especially so, perhaps, as more than ...

Al Kresta, Longtime Catholic Radio Host, Dies at 72…

EWTN President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Keck on Saturday said that Kresta’s passing was “a titanic loss not only for EWTN and Ave Maria Catholic Radio but for the entire Church.”  “As his show intro said, he always had the Bible in one hand and a copy of the New York Times in another,” Keck said.  “He was fearless in his willingness to take on tough issues both inside and outside the Church!” he continued. “But always with a wisdom-driven, balanced approach designed to meet the listeners where they are but never leave them there.”  “He was an inspiring figure who overcame incredible physical roadblocks to serve his God, his family, and his Church.” More in US Teresa Tomeo, the host of the radio show “Catholic Connection,” said she would “always remember meeting...

Pope Francis hosts 100 comedians (including Chris Rock, Jim Gaffigan and Conan O’Brien) at Vatican gathering…

“I mean, not in the front of my mind, in the front of my mind is what the joke is. But at a certain point in the back of the mind you have to say, ‘Do I want to tell that joke? And does that go with everything else that you are besides a comedian?’” “Especially doing political satire, you’re kind of dancing around with a knife in your hand a lot and you want to be careful who and what you cut,” the host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” added. “So it was lovely to hear the pope acknowledge that there’s a value in that for people’s hearts, and it made me think a little bit harder about how I want to use it.” Colbert also said he occasionally watches Mass on EWTN. Jim Gaffigan came to the Vatican with his wife, Jeannie, and 11- and 12-year-old sons, Patrick and Michael, who asked the p...

Cardinal Sarah warns against the spread of ‘practical atheism’ even within the Church…

Cardinal Robert Sarah delivered a speech to attendees of a sold-out event June 13 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he emphasized the dangers of “practical atheism,” calling it a great temptation in the Church today. Practical atheism does not deny God or reject God outright, the cardinal said, but it removes God from the center of life. Criticizing the Church in Europe, Cardinal Sarah repeatedly warned of the “loss of the sense of the Gospel” which has permeated much of daily life in the West. Photos courtesy of Napa Institute The temptation has even impacted Church leaders, tempting them to “dream of being loved by the world” rather than steadfastly opposing it, said the cardinal, who is prefect emeritus of the Holy See’s Congregation (now Dicastery) of Div...

Some people think the Vatican Archives hold UFO secrets. Vatican archivists say they’re barking up the wrong tree…..

Satellite image, UFO spaceship and view at night with FBI investigation and alien evidence. Surveillance, photo and area 51 recording of flying saucer and galaxy survey for mystery object in sky. (Photo: Getty Stock Image) By Robert Duncan VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A group of scientists and researchers are seeking access to the Vatican Apostolic Archives to uncover information about UFOs and the paranormal, believing there may be traces amid the 50 miles of shelves holding everything from handwritten papal notes to presidential missives. The decades-long effort gained momentum in 2023 following former U.S. intelligence official David Grusch’s congressional testimony alleging the Vatican’s involvement in an international cover-up of alien secrets. Grusch claimed Pope Pius XII “backchanneled” inf...

A Snapshot of Catholicism in China Under Xi Jinping…

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