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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...

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.&...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Nancy Pelosi received Holy Communion at church in Georgetown on Sunday, says Politico Playbook…

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Two days after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco announced he would bar her from receiving the Eucharist in her home city due to her stance on abortion rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly received the sacrament at a Catholic church in the nation’s capital. According to Politico’s Playbook, Pelosi received Communion on Sunday (May 22) during Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, a parish where President Joe Biden has also attended services. Footage from the church’s livestream of the service shows a person in an orange jacket resembling Pelosi coming forward as the Eucharist is being distributed and walking away behind other worshippers. It’s not unusual for Pelosi, a Catholic who often discusses her faith, to attend Mass, but her de...

When souls like Nancy Pelosi’s hang in the balance, pastors like Archbishop Cordileone have an obligation to act…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks about protecting abortion rights on Capitol Hill, May 13. Photo: michael reynolds/Shutterstock San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Friday he would bar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving communion in her home diocese. Mrs. Pelosi, a Catholic, has been at the center of a Democratic push to codify abortion protections in federal law after a draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade leaked this month. She has spent decades framing her political career as an expression of her faith, all the while working to expand abortion access in defiance of Catholic doctrine. In a letter to Mrs. Pelosi, Archbishop Cordileone said he had previously discussed with her the church’s teaching on the immorality of abortion. The archbishop said e...

Travel & Leisure says these are the most beautiful places in each of the 50 states — did they get it right for your state?

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A young Catholic discovers the power of the Church’s traditional sacred music…

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” —Sacrosanctum Concilium I am a cradle Catholic. I was born after the Mass of St. Paul VI was already well established. I grew up familiar with hymns like On Eagle’s Wings and The King of Glory, and I enthusiastically sang along from my pew with all the hymns at Mass, because I wanted to participate actively, like I was told I should. Things began to change when I read a great article in my mid-20s that suggested characteristics of songs we should not sing at Mass. (This was about 15 years ago, and, sadly, I haven’t been able to find the article again.)  Some of these were: Don’t sing songs that contain heresy or that talk more about me than about God; avoid song...

‘The Dragon and the Beast’ — The Buffalo shooter, deep fakes and the Book of Revelation…

I was nosing around through scripture last night and found myself looking at Revelation, a book that — thanks to the promptings of a dear old religious sister who was my spiritual advisor for a while — I have learned to love. I’d not read Chapters 12 or 13 in a while, and if you’re not familiar with them, this is where we get the bits about about the dragon and the beast — the dragon pursues The Woman, who flees into the wilderness, to a place prepared for her by God, and then Michael defeats the dragon. He is thrown down to earth along with his minions. In Chapter 13, we read that the dragon takes his stand on the seashore — perhaps one of those natural amphitheaters where the ancients would preach — and the dragon introduces the beasts (there are two). The first rises from the sea, and h...

These Catholic bishops support Archbishop Cordileone’s ban of Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion…

Diocese of Springfield I fully support and earnestly commend Archbishop Cordileone’s action in regard to Speaker Pelosi. All politicians who promote abortion should not receive holy Communion until they have repented, repaired scandal, and been reconciled to Christ and the Church. https://t.co/TTncsZWVu2 — Bishop Paprocki (@BishopPaprocki) May 20, 2022 Kansas Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas More in US Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann issued the following statement on May 20: “I applaud Archbishop Cordileone’s patient and persevering efforts toenlighten Speaker Pelosi about the moral gravity of her extreme efforts topromote, to advocate and to initiate legislation to enshrine legalized abortion intofederal law. I fully support the both pastoral and courageous actions thatArchbishop C...