31 December, 2014

To Defend the Disposable | George Weigel | First Things

To Defend the Disposable | George Weigel | First Things

New Year's Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

New Year's Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

2014 trending topics — A to Z | National Post

2014 trending topics — A to Z | National Post

Seeking silence | Crux: Boy, can I relate with this column!

You wouldn't have guessed it if you were around me as a kid, but I've come to appreciate the true value in silence in my life. (I talked so much as a kid that my siblings thought I had been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!) One of the greatest gifts of my life as a priest is that silence is rarely hard to find at various points in my daily routines. It's always close at hand whenever I need some time of private reflection or quiet prayer to re-connect and re-orient myself with God's will in my ministry and life and to listen for his guidance and direction.


What role does silence play in your daily routines and prayer life? If you want help in answering that question in your life, this might be the article for you.



Seeking silence | Crux

2014: The year in review in Catholicism | Crux

2014: The year in review in Catholicism | Crux

Spiritual Communion, an Unknown Quantity: The latest from Sandro Magister on a key point from the recent Synod on the Family

Spiritual Communion, an Unknown Quantity

When a family is struck by illness - Vatican Insider

When a family is struck by illness - Vatican Insider

These Stone Walls: The Hits & Misses of 2014 - These Stone Walls

These Stone Walls: The Hits & Misses of 2014 - These Stone Walls

Why are we still using a ‘second-rate’ calendar system ‘imposed by a pope over 400 years ago’? | National Post

Why are we still using a ‘second-rate’ calendar system ‘imposed by a pope over 400 years ago’? | National Post

Christie Blatchford: Too little said about Ashley Smith and mental health | National Post

Christie Blatchford: Too little said about Ashley Smith and mental health | National Post

The New Year will bring a comet you can see with the naked eye | National Post

The New Year will bring a comet you can see with the naked eye | National Post

New Year, New Laws: Everything you need to know about this year's big bills in Canada| CTV News


From immigration to abortion and smoking to euthanasia, there are a by number of big issues that our country will confront in 2015. Here's a summary from CTV news that looks at many topics that Canadians will have to deal with in the coming months.



New Year, new laws: Everything you need to know about this year's big bills | CTV News

The Virtuous Life: An excellent summary on what 'virtue' is in the Christian life

The Virtuous Life

The Pope says that ‘quality of life’ is a lie - Vatican Insider

The Pope says that ‘quality of life’ is a lie - Vatican Insider

Revisiting Pope Leo XIII and Reclaiming Catholic Social Doctrine

Revisiting Pope Leo XIII and Reclaiming Catholic Social Doctrine | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Pope Francis: Large Families ‘Represent Hope for Society’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Large Families ‘Represent Hope for Society’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

5 Things You Might Not Know About January 1st

5 Things You Might Not Know About January 1st - Aleteia

To Defend the Disposable: The duty of all Catholics

To Defend the Disposable - Aleteia

Being Catholic Means You May Risk Losing Friends - Aleteia

Being Catholic Means You May Risk Losing Friends - Aleteia

30 December, 2014

How Will Jeb Bush Handle the 'Catholic Question' on the Campaign Trail? - Reason.com: Too soon to ask??

How Will Jeb Bush Handle the 'Catholic Question' on the Campaign Trail? - Reason.com

Catholic in Reformed | Peter J. Leithart: Just another indication that the various Christian Churches share more in common than is often acknowledged!

Catholic in Reformed | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

In message to sick, Francis warns of 'lie' of euthanasia | National Catholic Reporter

In message to sick, Francis warns of 'lie' of euthanasia | National Catholic Reporter

The Best Books We Read This Year | America Magazine

The Best Books We Read This Year | America Magazine

Italian writer stirs hornet’s nest with doubts about Pope Francis | Crux

Italian writer stirs hornet’s nest with doubts about Pope Francis | Crux

The End of the Year: A Christian Reflection on Time - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

The End of the Year: A Christian Reflection on Time - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

If Pope Francis is a "radical" environmentalist, what was Pope Benedict XVI? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

If Pope Francis is a "radical" environmentalist, what was Pope Benedict XVI? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Pope Francis to Catholics: It’s time to take action on global warming | National Post

Pope Francis to Catholics: It’s time to take action on global warming | National Post

Resolutions that stick: Science finds the secret isn't willpower, discipline or DNA | Lifestyle from CTV News

Resolutions that stick: Science finds the secret isn't willpower, discipline or DNA | Lifestyle from CTV News

GG David Johnston urges volunteer work in 2015 - Canada - CBC News

GG David Johnston urges volunteer work in 2015 - Canada - CBC News

Despite death threats, cartoonists challenge religious hatred and censorship online | Crux

Despite death threats, cartoonists challenge religious hatred and censorship online | Crux

Five Ways to Have the Best Year

Five Ways to Have the Best Year

Clarifying Our Terms for 2015 Catholic moral theology has a great way to sift through some of the hardest moral debates.

Clarifying Our Terms for 2015 - Aleteia

Pope’s New Encyclical to Spark Controversy? - Aleteia

Pope’s New Encyclical to Spark Controversy? - Aleteia

29 December, 2014

Weigel Misunderstands the Synod - And Much Else | National Catholic Reporter

Weigel Misunderstands the Synod - And Much Else | National Catholic Reporter

The Smallness of the Large - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

The Smallness of the Large - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

A Recent Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth And How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Complex Life in the Universe! « Archdiocese of Washington

A Recent Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth And How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Complex Life in the Universe! « Archdiocese of Washington

Just left the building: Remembering those who've left us in 2014 - Celebrity News - Entertainment - News - Catholic Online

Just left the building: Remembering those who've left us in 2014 - Celebrity News - Entertainment - News - Catholic Online

Robbed and plundered on Christmas Day: Convent at Pope Francis' summer retreat broken into - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

Robbed and plundered on Christmas Day: Convent at Pope Francis' summer retreat broken into - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

Rex Murphy: The year in activist feminism | National Post

Rex Murphy: The year in activist feminism | National Post

Out of this world: 5 of the coolest things in space in 2014 | CTV News

Out of this world: 5 of the coolest things in space in 2014 | CTV News

Sex and the Media: Five Lessons from 2014 - Aleteia

Sex and the Media: Five Lessons from 2014 - Aleteia

28 December, 2014

A look at the Top 10 stories in Canadian politics in 2014 | CTV News

A look at the Top 10 stories in Canadian politics in 2014 | CTV News

'Thank You': Two Words That Can Transform Your Marriage | Catholic Lane

Thank You: Two Words That Can Transform Your Marriage | Catholic Lane

'Family' Means You Are Not Alone

NCRegister | Family Means You Are Not Alone

What weight loss, drinking water and pot had in common in 2014 - Health - CBC News

What weight loss, drinking water and pot had in common in 2014 - Health - CBC News

My sentiments exactly!!


Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren Joins Pope Francis in Support of Common Mission - Aleteia

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren Joins Pope Francis in Support of Common Mission - Aleteia

The Top 5 over-covered Vatican stories of 2014 | Crux

The Top 5 over-covered Vatican stories of 2014 | Crux

27 December, 2014

Agca leaves flowers on John Paul’s tomb in Vatican | Crux

Agca leaves flowers on John Paul’s tomb in Vatican | Crux

Planning for the Pope’s trip to Philadelphia is well underway | Crux

Planning for the Pope’s trip to Philadelphia is well underway | Crux

A 'Year in Review' video with a POWERFUL message

2014: Notable people who died - CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

2014: Notable people who died - CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

Pope Francis prays to St. Thomas - on the importance of humor in everyday life - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Pope Francis prays to St. Thomas - on the importance of humor in everyday life - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

The Holy Land in 2014: The best of times and the worst of times - Vatican Insider

The Holy Land in 2014: The best of times and the worst of times - Vatican Insider

The Pope to Vatican employees: heal every wound and fault - Vatican Insider

The Pope to Vatican employees: heal every wound and fault - Vatican Insider

Leery Chinese officials target county’s thriving Christian communities | National Post

Leery Chinese officials target county’s thriving Christian communities | National Post

Ex-NHLer, child abuse advocate Kennedy appointed to Order of Canada - Article - TSN

Ex-NHLer, child abuse advocate Kennedy appointed to Order of Canada - Article - TSN

Cats inching closer to sacred status with help from social media | Lifestyle from CTV News

Cats inching closer to sacred status with help from social media | Lifestyle from CTV News

ISIS, Assad, and What the West is Missing About Syria | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

ISIS, Assad, and What the West is Missing About Syria | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Pope at Christmas: Transform swords to plowshares | National Catholic Reporter

Pope at Christmas: Transform swords to plowshares | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Napier: Next Year’s Synod Will Feature ‘Truth, Fidelity and Authenticity’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Napier: Next Year’s Synod Will Feature ‘Truth, Fidelity and Authenticity’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Contextualizing Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) | OpEdNews

Article: Contextualizing Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) | OpEdNews

The year in religion 2014 - Toledo Blade

The year in religion 2014 - Toledo Blade

26 December, 2014

Irish Court Considers If Brain-Dead Woman Should Remain On Life Support To Protect Unborn Child - Aleteia

Irish Court Considers If Brain-Dead Woman Should Remain On Life Support To Protect Unborn Child - Aleteia

UBC's SPIDER telescope seeks Big Bang's 'smoking gun' - British Columbia - CBC News

UBC's SPIDER telescope seeks Big Bang's 'smoking gun' - British Columbia - CBC News

Seven Rules for Being Kind to Waiters: An important lesson to consider during the busy season when many folks celebrate with a restaurant meal

Seven Rules for Being Kind to Waiters - Aleteia

Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How Did the Star of Bethlehem Appear? What Science Tells Us and the Saints - Aleteia

How Did the Star of Bethlehem Appear? What Science Tells Us and the Saints - Aleteia

24 December, 2014

A version of 'Silent Night' by Pentatonix

A TSW CHRISTMAS CARD: LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT

A TSW CHRISTMAS CARD: LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT

Society of Canadian Catholic Bloggers: SCCB 'News': Orangutan Decision has Perpetually Optimistic Pro-Lifer All Smiles

Society of Canadian Catholic Bloggers: SCCB 'News': Orangutan Decision has Perpetually Optimistic Pro-Lifer All Smiles

Francis’ Gift to Catholics - NYTimes.com

Francis’ Gift to Catholics - NYTimes.com

Photos: Christmas celebrations 2014 | Crux

Photos: Christmas celebrations 2014 | Crux

4 Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics - Aleteia

4 Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics - Aleteia

Holy jigsaw puzzle: After a fire gutted a historic church, N.S. town began an incredible reconstruction | National Post

Holy jigsaw puzzle: After a fire gutted a historic church, N.S. town began an incredible reconstruction | National Post

Pope Francis’ remedies to heal Curial pathologies - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis’ remedies to heal Curial pathologies - Vatican Insider

Pope: Don't miss Christ this Christmas; take time, be ready, let him in | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: Don't miss Christ this Christmas; take time, be ready, let him in | National Catholic Reporter

What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty - IgnitumToday : IgnitumToday

What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty - IgnitumToday : IgnitumToday

The Magisterium of The Now |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Magisterium of The Now |Blogs | NCRegister.com

23 December, 2014

The Foolish Cruelty of Catholic Conservatives Who Want Gays to Disappear

The Foolish Cruelty of Catholic Conservatives Who Want Gays to Disappear

Merry Christmas from Fr. Tim and Mateo!

St. Thomas More’s Prayer for Good Humor - Aleteia

St. Thomas More’s Prayer for Good Humor - Aleteia

What to Do When You Don't Want to 'Go Home' for Christmas:Survival tips for the most common complaints about spending Christmas with family

What to Do When You Don't Want to 'Go Home' for Christmas - Aleteia

Keep Christ at the Center of Your Christmas

Keep Christ at the Center of Your Christmas

2015 will be a busy year for a maverick pope | Crux

2015 will be a busy year for a maverick pope | Crux

'Every word has a spark of fire and life inside it!' Pope Francis urges the Catholic media to be wise with words - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

'Every word has a spark of fire and life inside it!' Pope Francis urges the Catholic media to be wise with words - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Lajolo on the speech to the Curia: nothing like this has ever happened before - Vatican Insider

Lajolo on the speech to the Curia: nothing like this has ever happened before - Vatican Insider

A priest's strategy for confession: Tips on how to make a good confession

A priest's strategy for confession

Thank You: Two Words That Can Transform Your Marriage | Catholic Lane

Thank You: Two Words That Can Transform Your Marriage | Catholic Lane

Loved as I Am – A Powerful Conversion Story | Catholic Lane

Loved as I Am – A Powerful Conversion Story | Catholic Lane

No one should be hungry during the Christmas season | National Catholic Reporter

No one should be hungry during the Christmas season | National Catholic Reporter

Schönborn: The family is a survival network, the fundamental cell of society | National Catholic Reporter

Schönborn: The family is a survival network, the fundamental cell of society | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: God Offers His ‘Omnipotent Love Through the Fragile Figure of a Child’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope: God Offers His ‘Omnipotent Love Through the Fragile Figure of a Child’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: 'The primary value of work is the good of the human person' - National Christianity | Examiner.com

Pope Francis: 'The primary value of work is the good of the human person' - National Christianity | Examiner.com

22 December, 2014

Canadian doctors preparing for ‘all eventualities’ in case top court strikes down ban on assisted suicide | National Post

Canadian doctors preparing for ‘all eventualities’ in case top court strikes down ban on assisted suicide | National Post

Pope Francis’ risky love/hate relationship with the Vatican | Crux

Pope Francis’ risky love/hate relationship with the Vatican | Crux

Pope Francis: the fifteen 'diseases' of the Curia - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis: the fifteen 'diseases' of the Curia - Vatican Insider

The Four Joys of Christmas - Aleteia

The Four Joys of Christmas - Aleteia

'Evangelization' You Can Live With

NCRegister | Evangelization You Can Live With

'Priests Online' Series: How priests can evangelize online

'Priests Online' Series | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Social justice found its voice on social media in 2014 | CTV News

Social justice found its voice on social media in 2014 | CTV News

Pope Francis issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy | CTV News

Pope Francis issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy | CTV News

Ten Gifts Ideas for Religious Priests, Sisters, Etc

Ten Gifts Ideas for Religious Priests, Sisters, Etc

Clerical child sex abuse has nothing whatever to do with celibacy

CatholicHerald.co.uk » Clerical child sex abuse has nothing whatever to do with celibacy

Pope outlines 15 illnesses for church to guard against - English - ANSA.it

Pope outlines 15 illnesses for church to guard against - English - ANSA.it

Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical kings, government - Technology & Science - CBC News

Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical kings, government - Technology & Science - CBC News

Who Am I To Judge? : An interesting reflection from First Things website

Who Am I To Judge? | Anonymous | First Things

21 December, 2014

George Weigel's essential essay on the Synods of 2014 and 2015 | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

George Weigel's essential essay on the Synods of 2014 and 2015 | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

How Did the Star of Bethlehem Appear? What Science Tells Us and the Saints - Aleteia

How Did the Star of Bethlehem Appear? What Science Tells Us and the Saints - Aleteia

Faith in the Public Square | Faith engaging culture..

A new website worth checking out that's produced by the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Augustine's Seminary.



Faith in the Public Square | Faith engaging culture..

Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else - BOOK RIOT

Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else - BOOK RIOT

A great week for Pope Francis in American PR | Crux

A great week for Pope Francis in American PR | Crux

‘Shut Up, and Be Grateful for Your Life’

NCRegister | ‘Shut Up, and Be Grateful for Your Life’

Vatican lit up by hope and love before Christmas - The China Post

Vatican lit up by hope and love before Christmas - The China Post

20 December, 2014

Israeli archaeologists discover royal passageway to King Herod’s hilltop palace | National Post

Israeli archaeologists discover royal passageway to King Herod’s hilltop palace | National Post

How to Find the Heart of Peace

How to Find the Heart of Peace

Hieronymous Bosch and The Four Last Things: A companion piece to Fr. Gordon MacRae's column which precedes it.

Freedom Through Truth: Hieronymous Bosch and The Four Last Things

The First of the Four Last Things: An Advent Tale: The latest from Fr. Gordon MacRae

The First of the Four Last Things: An Advent Tale

“The Church is not an entrepreneur but a mother. Power brings sterility” - Vatican Insider

“The Church is not an entrepreneur but a mother. Power brings sterility” - Vatican Insider

Even in this golden age of secularism, vast majority of Canadians count themselves as members of a religion: study | National Post

Even in this golden age of secularism, vast majority of Canadians count themselves as members of a religion: study | National Post

Francis names new Camerlengo, interim leader of Vatican at pope's death | National Catholic Reporter

Francis names new Camerlengo, interim leader of Vatican at pope's death | National Catholic Reporter

British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules - Aleteia

British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules - Aleteia

19 December, 2014

Pope warns against sterile egoism rooted in a desire for power :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope warns against sterile egoism rooted in a desire for power :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope boosts Rome’s 2024 bid, but warns: ‘I won’t be around’ | Crux

Pope boosts Rome’s 2024 bid, but warns: ‘I won’t be around’ | Crux

The top 10 science stories of 2014: Bob McDonald - Technology & Science - CBC News

The top 10 science stories of 2014: Bob McDonald - Technology & Science - CBC News

The Catholic Weakness A large proportion of traditional, Mass-going Catholics don’t believe basic Church doctrine. Why not?

The Catholic Weakness | National Review Online

'The Colbert Report's chaplain', James Martin, S.J., on Colbert the catechist | America Magazine

'The Colbert Report's chaplain', James Martin, S.J., on Colbert the catechist | America Magazine

Bishops "musn’t be like the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son - Vatican Insider

Bishops "musn’t be like the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son - Vatican Insider

Holiday giving? Don't pick a charity by financial statements alone - Canada - CBC News

Holiday giving? Don't pick a charity by financial statements alone - Canada - CBC News

Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report'



Bergoglio’s Pendulum, Between Capitalism and Revolution: The latest article from Sandro Magister

Bergoglio’s Pendulum, Between Capitalism and Revolution

Who Am I To Judge? : An interesting article from First Things... but it's not about what you think it is!

Who Am I To Judge? | Anonymous | First Things

Welcome the Stranger, Even at Christmas Eve Mass - Aleteia

Welcome the Stranger, Even at Christmas Eve Mass - Aleteia

18 December, 2014

George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter | PewSitter.com

George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter | PewSitter.com

Should You Try and Convert Unbelieving Relatives at Christmas? - Aleteia

Should You Try and Convert Unbelieving Relatives at Christmas? - Aleteia

U.S. torture debate underscores shifting view on personal liberties - World - CBC News

U.S. torture debate underscores shifting view on personal liberties - World - CBC News

Fighting radicalization: Why mosques shouldn't close their doors to troubled Muslims - Canada - CBC News

Fighting radicalization: Why mosques shouldn't close their doors to troubled Muslims - Canada - CBC News

Anthony Begin: The First of the Four Last Things: An Advent Tale

Anthony Begin: The First of the Four Last Things: An Advent Tale

Pope to children: Jesus is your best friend

Pope to children: Jesus is your best friend

Commission for the protection of minors is complete

Commission for the protection of minors is complete

From the sacred to the silly: Your Crux Christmas Gift Guide | Crux

From the sacred to the silly: Your Crux Christmas Gift Guide | Crux

Dogs, Heaven and Other Papal Misunderstandings - Bloomberg View

Dogs, Heaven and Other Papal Misunderstandings - Bloomberg View

Jingle Bells Christmas song started as a drinking song written by a 'jerk' : A little Christmas season trivia

Jingle Bells Christmas song started as a drinking song written by a 'jerk' - British Columbia - CBC News

Subsidiarity and the Transformation of Our Culture

Dead Philosophers Society » Subsidiarity and the Transformation of Our Culture

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

'Home Free' sing 'Angels We Have Heard on High'

17 December, 2014

A victory for the Vatican’s line of détente | Crux

A victory for the Vatican’s line of détente | Crux

Catholics doctors who reject abortion told to get out of family medicine

Catholics doctors who reject abortion told to get out of family medicine

Francis, Filtered | George Weigel | First Things

Francis, Filtered | George Weigel | First Things

The Theory of Everything: A God-Haunted Film | Strange Notions

The Theory of Everything: A God-Haunted Film | Strange Notions

WOW! We've finally sent something into interstellar space. Solar 'tsunami wave' helps confirm that Voyager 1 is in interstellar space - The Weather Network

News - Solar 'tsunami wave' helps confirm that Voyager 1 is in interstellar space - The Weather Network

Here are 20 essential facts dog lovers must always remember. The last one made me cry so much.

Here are 20 essential facts dog lovers must always remember. The last one made me cry so much.

From the sacred to the silly: Your Crux Christmas Gift Guide | Crux

From the sacred to the silly: Your Crux Christmas Gift Guide | Crux

“Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart” - Vatican Insider

“Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart” - Vatican Insider

Three wise men from Africa promote reconciliation through interreligious dialogue | National Catholic Reporter

Three wise men from Africa promote reconciliation through interreligious dialogue | National Catholic Reporter

Regardless of circumstances or results, torture can never be justified - Catholic Culture

Regardless of circumstances or results, torture can never be justified - Catholic Culture

Rome Wants Reality, Not 'Doctrine' – The Synod's Second Half Begins

Whispers in the Loggia: Rome Wants Reality, Not 'Doctrine' – The Synod's Second Half Begins

Aleteia's Recommended Books for Christmas 2014 - Aleteia

Aleteia's Recommended Books for Christmas 2014 - Aleteia

16 December, 2014

‘Not a controversial issue in Canada anymore': Majority support assisted suicide, poll finds | National Post

"Not controversial?" I doubt that very much.


The die is not yet cast when it comes to people's opinion on this issue, especially in light of recent statements reported by some in the mainstream media by some medical ethicists. They advocate that after reaching a certain age (75 Yrs was proposed) citizens should no longer have access to medications or procedures that are aimed to extend their life. Be kept pain-free and comfortable? Yes. But their argument asserts that once you hit a state established age you will be deemed to be no longer a "productive member" of that society. Thus, you should be denied any procedure or medication that would extend a life past that point. 


The simple act of permitting what had been considered to be a major crime (the taking of a human life by another person) to now become accepted, state-sanctioned law will soon lead to it being declared mandatory for citizens down the road. It is wrong to give the government the power to decide that someone should die and terminate their life. It's wrong when used as capital punishment. It's wrong when used to justify assisted-suicides. Once we permit the state to end our life as an expression of our personal autonomy, we will not be able to take it back. We will rue the day we gave the state such power and authority over its own citizens.


It may sound bizarre and extreme to some to conclude that we could arrive at such a perilous state simply by legalizing doctor-assisted suicide. Yet it was only a few years back when  a clear majority of people claimed that we should never permit a doctor to violate their Hippocratic Oath and kill their patients. We compared such acts as being barbaric as the atrocities inflicted by evil characters as Dr. Mengele in German concentration camps. Now, if this article is to be believed we've changed to the point that we are practically begging the state to empower doctors to 'take us out mercifully' at the first sign that decay and age has begun to set in. 


I know that people will say that there will be conditions that have to be met before someone can be euthanized and they will state that this will keep the procedure safe. But these same types of conditions (therapeutic abortion committees, approval of two doctors, written consent, etc.) were all put in place when abortions were legalized to ensure that it was 'necessary' so as to protect unborn children in the womb. Pro-life advocates who said they would prove to be insufficient to protect these children were labeled as being irrational. How well did those protections work out? Where are they now? Gone... Each and every one of them, gone in under 15 years!! Legal conditions designed to assuage us that our rights will be protected if we voluntarily violate the sanctity of life at its end won't work any better when the state decides that someone no longer merits living at the other end of life's spectrum either.


Want to kill yourself? Be my guest. It's entirely your prerogative. No one has the right to stop you. Suicide may be a terrible idea (IMHO), but you possess the legal right to choose such an option for yourself. Want the State (and by extension, all your fellow citizens) to participate in the process and kill you? I don't think so. To say the least, that will be controversial among many of your fellow national compatriots - starting with me!



‘Not a controversial issue in Canada anymore': Majority support assisted suicide, poll finds | National Post

Stephen Colbert’s Top 12 Catholicest Moments - Busted Halo

Stephen Colbert’s Top 12 Catholicest Moments - Busted Halo

VIDEO: Discover Sr. Cristina’s New Videoclip, “Blessed Be Your Name” - Aleteia

VIDEO: Discover Sr. Cristina’s New Videoclip, “Blessed Be Your Name” - Aleteia

Calgary and Edmonton Catholic bishops pen letters on GSAs - Calgary - CBC News

Calgary and Edmonton Catholic bishops pen letters on GSAs - Calgary - CBC News

New Canadian ambassador seeks to collaborate with Holy See for ‘betterment of humanity’ - Vatican Insider

New Canadian ambassador seeks to collaborate with Holy See for ‘betterment of humanity’ - Vatican Insider

Francis on the three sins committed by the mass media - Vatican Insider

Francis on the three sins committed by the mass media - Vatican Insider

This Papal Interview Changes Everything |Blogs | NCRegister.com

This Papal Interview Changes Everything |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone | National Catholic Reporter

15 December, 2014

This is what happens when 'legal' replaces ethics in the public square!

A little seasonal music.... with a slightly different twist on 'All I Want for Christmas'

2014: The Year in Pope Francis Misunderstandings—How the Media Got it Wrong, Constantly - Aleteia

2014: The Year in Pope Francis Misunderstandings—How the Media Got it Wrong, Constantly - Aleteia

Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO) - Walid Shoebat

Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO) - Walid Shoebat

Atheist Dialogues: An evangelical approach

Atheist Dialogues | Word On Fire

The Pope’s gift to faithful: A five finger prayer - Vatican Insider





Russell Saltzman’s Continuing Catholicity | Matthew Schmitz | First Things


My old friend Fr. Richard Neuhaus is stilling winning converts for the Church years after his death! Welcome to the Catholic Church Russell Saltzman. You are walking in the footsteps of a great man!!



Russell Saltzman’s Continuing Catholicity | Matthew Schmitz | First Things

The atheist's article of faith: Why naturalism is an insufficient answer to all that exists

lesson fifteen: the atheist's article of faith - Apologia

Conrad Black: America’s correctional system is utterly disgraceful. And ours seems to be heading in that direction | National Post

Conrad Black: America’s correctional system is utterly disgraceful. And ours seems to be heading in that direction | National Post

14 December, 2014

The entire gospel story sung as I've never heard it before! What an uplifting performance. 'The End of the Beginning' is destined to become a favorite on my playlist. How about yours?

A book review from the National Catholic Register on 'Prayer Works' by Matthew Leonard

"Prayer Works! is an essential and comprehensive primer on prayer, which is helpful to both the experienced as well as the novice pray-er. It is an upbeat and joyful way to commune with God and to grow in holiness."
Sounds like a good Christmas gift to share within a family! Remember, Jesus told us to only sow the seeds and not worry about if they germinate and grow. Stocking stuffers like these can become real aids later in life when the trials and travails of life grow difficult. Never a bad item to have on the bookshelf to pull down and read in a time of need. I'll wager that's there's more that can be gained with such a gift than just the temporary pleasures that come with the latest electronic toy. 



NCRegister | Primer on Prayer

A primer on prayer from the National Catholic Register.

www.ncregister.com/images/documents/B1_121414.pdf

Deal with it: Francis is the pope | Crux: The latest column from John Allen

Deal with it: Francis is the pope | Crux

Doctors Push to Allow Death by Organ Donation | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Doctors Push to Allow Death by Organ Donation | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Help end child marriages! This video is part of this important campaign.

Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent « Archdiocese of Washington

Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent « Archdiocese of Washington

Christmas Unwrapped: How angels fell from their pedestals | National Post

Christmas Unwrapped: How angels fell from their pedestals | National Post

13 December, 2014

Four ‘awesome’ facts about Our Lady of Guadalupe | Crux



The Theology of Dad: The Kind of World You Want to Live In

The Theology of Dad: The Kind of World You Want to Live In

This is how we really should keep Christ in Christmas!!


Financial Post’s Charities of the Year: Why these 25 are worth your donations (and which ones we’re cautious about) | Financial Post

Financial Post’s Charities of the Year: Why these 25 are worth your donations (and which ones we’re cautious about) | Financial Post

The National Catholic Register catalogue for last minute Christmas gifts

www.ncregister.com/images/documents/NCR1214LastMinGift.pdf

Regina Magazine Exposing Myths About Catholic Annulments

Regina Magazine Exposing Myths About Catholic Annulments

'Father Benedict' sheds some insight on his resignation - Catholic Culture

'Father Benedict' sheds some insight on his resignation - Catholic Culture

Another seasonal treat for readers of 'Where the Rubber Hits the Road'

12 December, 2014

Pope meets Nobel Peace Laureates: “It’s time to scrap the just war doctrine” - Vatican Insider

Pope meets Nobel Peace Laureates: “It’s time to scrap the just war doctrine” - Vatican Insider

Is it right that such a child can be killed in every province in Canada?


Faith, Farming and Ecology — How Should They Co-Exist? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Faith, Farming and Ecology — How Should They Co-Exist? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Gnosticism 2.0: INTERSTELLAR and the religion of science

Gnosticism 2.0 | Robert Reed | First Things

All dogs really do go to heaven, Pope says as animal-rights activists rejoice | National Post

All dogs really do go to heaven, Pope says as animal-rights activists rejoice | National Post

The true Synod: Pope Francis speaks about the recent Synod on the Family

Pope Audience: The true Synod

Linus, and Saint Luke, Say It All | The American Catholic


Exodus: Gods and Men is as 'preposterous as it is impressive' : A movie review of a remake of a classic

Exodus: Gods and Men is as 'preposterous as it is impressive' - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

French president wants to legalize sedation of the terminally ill | CTV News

French president wants to legalize sedation of the terminally ill | CTV News

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)