31 December, 2018

10 simple spiritual resolutions for the new year

10 simple spiritual resolutions for the new year - Catholic Digest

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign suddenly

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign suddenly | CTV News

Five Ways to Have the Best Year

Five Ways to Have the Best Year

Technology is helping younger generations embrace an ancient virtue

Technology is helping younger generations embrace an ancient virtue

On Holy Family feast, Pope Francis offers advice for healing family wounds

On Holy Family feast, Pope Francis offers advice for healing family wounds

29 December, 2018

How 2018 became the Catholic Church's year from hell

How 2018 became the Catholic Church's year from hell - CNN

Anti-Catholic Senators attack the Knights of Columbus

Anti-Catholic Senators | RealClearPolitics

Our attitude can make all the difference when it comes to bringing people to Christ.


‘Miracle of the Flowers’ Repeats for Six Centuries

‘Miracle of the Flowers’ Repeats for Six Centuries

3 Important questions we should ask ourselves — and others — in the New Year

3 Important questions we should ask ourselves — and others — in the New Year

Abuse expert hopes summit will include bishops’ accountability

Abuse expert hopes summit will include bishops’ accountability

26 December, 2018

Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation from George Weigel

Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation | George Weigel | First Things

Top space stories of 2018

Top space stories of 2018 | CTV News

Facebook Censors Image of Santa Kneeling Before Our Lord

Facebook Censors Image of Santa Kneeling Before Our Lord

A visual guide to the 12 Days of Christmas

A visual guide to the 12 Days of Christmas --Aleteia

These Stone Walls: The Cheers and Jeers of 2018

These Stone Walls: The Cheers and Jeers of 2018

‘It’s an Act of Murder’: How Europe Outsources Suffering as Migrants Drown

Opinion | ‘It’s an Act of Murder’: How Europe Outsources Suffering as Migrants Drown - The New York Times

24 December, 2018

Jon Batiste & Stay Human Perform 'Auld Lang Syne'

50 years after 'Earthrise,' we are racing toward 'Earthset': I remember when this photo was first released!

50 years after 'Earthrise,' we are racing toward 'Earthset' (Opinion) - CNN

Do They Know What Christmas Is (Band Aid Parody)

A year in Pope Francis's reign seen through the lens of foreign trips

A year in Pope Francis's reign seen through the lens of foreign trips

Some wisdom on what's truly important in how we live our lives

From an interview with Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11. 
  
She said it's the little things that she misses most about 
Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came 
Home, and her children running to meet him. 
  
Lisa recalled this story: "I had a very special teacher in 
high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. 
  
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused 
and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. 
  
Perhaps this is God's way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, 'So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. 
  
It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a 
scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of 
someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted. 
  
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our 
books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, 
I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook. 
  
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch 
hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do. 

The Uncommon Power of Grace

Opinion | The Uncommon Power of Grace - The New York Times

Staying Catholic at Christmas - The New York Times

Opinion | Staying Catholic at Christmas - The New York Times

Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin?

Opinion | Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin? - The New York Times

21 December, 2018

The sky is falling and media help it fall

The sky is falling and media help it fall | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: Church will 'never again' cover up clergy sex abuse

Pope: Church will 'never again' cover up clergy sex abuse | CTV News

Pope to Abusers: Convert, Surrender to Authorities, Prepare for God’s Justice

Pope to Abusers: Convert, Surrender to Authorities, Prepare for God’s Justice

Pope Francis’ 2018 Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

Pope Francis’ 2018 Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

Bad priests, of all kinds, chase people away from Christ and the church

Bad priests, of all kinds, chase people away from Christ and the church - Religion News Service

The archaeology and history of the Nativity

The archaeology and history of the Nativity

18 December, 2018

Third Report From Québec’s Euthanasia Commission - 142 unaccounted deaths.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Third Report From Québec’s Euthanasia Commission - 142 unaccounted deaths.

Belgian priest convicted for not revealing suicidal man’s confession

Belgian priest convicted for not revealing suicidal man’s confession

Orthodox Church of Ukraine — Geopolitics of Its Split from Russian Church

Orthodox Church of Ukraine — Geopolitics of Its Split from Russian Church | National Review

Details of Cardinal Pell's trial have emerged, after a guilty verdict

Details of Cardinal Pell's trial have emerged, after a guilty verdict

An innocent bishop acquitted. Did anyone notice?

An innocent bishop acquitted. Did anyone notice?

Kids from Low Income Families Show Their Christmas Spirit

13 December, 2018

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Trudeau Liberals’ abortion obsession remains in plain view

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Trudeau Liberals’ abortion obsession remains in plain view | National Post

Requests for MAiD have not always appeared to come after an exploration of other options as professional practice guidelines recommend

This study, published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics, concludes that doctor-assisted suicide is becoming pro-forma as the first option presented to patients suffering from serious medical conditions. This was predicted to happen by advocates of the pro-life cause, a prediction that was belittled as irrational scaremongering by advocates of MaID when it was legalized in 2015. The facts are that once euthanasia is “normalized,” the next logical step is for it to simply become a “banal bureaucratic” process. This seems to be sadly coming true in Quebec.

https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2018/11/22/medethics-2018-104982

11 December, 2018

Pope Francis: Lord’s Prayer to CHANGE as it implies God ‘induces temptation’

Pope Francis: Lord’s Prayer to CHANGE as it implies God ‘induces temptation’ | World | News | Express.co.uk

Court wrong to say charter doesn't apply to brain-dead woman, family argues

Court wrong to say charter doesn't apply to brain-dead woman, family argues | CTV News

So long little buddy: NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft reaches interstellar space

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft reaches interstellar space | CBC News

Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student's new pronouns

Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student's new pronouns | Virginia | richmond.com

'Hipster Nativity' scene features selfies, Segways and Starbucks

'Hipster Nativity' scene features selfies, Segways and Starbucks | Lifestyle from CTV News

01 December, 2018

In New Book, Pope Francis Addresses Homosexuality and the Clergy

In New Book, Pope Francis Addresses Homosexuality and the Clergy

7 Facts You May Not Have Known About Advent

7 Facts You May Not Have Known About Advent - EpicPew

Kids say the darndest things... at Mass

My favorite experience was while helping a neighboring pastor handle his first confession and first communion celebrations. He asked the children during his homily what their favorite part of the Mass was. One young lad shouted out that it was 'COMMUNION TIME'! Feeling quite satisfied that he had impressed this lad with the significance of the Eucharist he made the mistake of walking over to him with his microphone to ask why communion was his favorite part of the Mass to which he replied: "That means there are only five more minutes before this whole thing is over and we can go outside to play!"

Not only did that answer bring the entire church to laugh, but it was also the last time that pastor every used a 'dialogue' homily when kids were in attendance!!



Kids say the darnedest things... at Mass — Aleteia

Did you know that Mary and Jesus shared an organ?

Did you know that Mary and Jesus shared an organ?

30 November, 2018

The Catholic Church is worried about what’s happening to their old churches

The Catholic Church is worried about what’s happening to their old churches | North Bay Nugget

Einstein's conflicting religious views on display at 2 New York auctions

Einstein's conflicting religious views on display at 2 New York auctions | Lifestyle from CTV News

Introducing the Hubble–Lemaître Law

Introducing the Hubble–Lemaître Law - The Catholic Thing

Are Euthanasia Errors Acceptable?

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Are Euthanasia Errors Acceptable?

A little something to ponder as a walk through some of the trials in life that test our faith


Daily Catholic Memes: Lots of inspirational material in this slideshow of memes

(slideshow) Daily Catholic Memes: Main Album

Pope Francis has signalled his support for Cupich’s plan. But will the laity agree?

Pope Francis has signalled his support for Cupich’s plan. But will the laity agree? | Catholic Herald

29 November, 2018

Fr. Van Hee launches constitutional challenge of bubble zone law

Fr. Van Hee launches constitutional challenge of bubble zone law

Editorial: Canada must step up in the case of Asia Bibi. We should take her hand and hurry her to save haven in Canada.

Editorial: Canada must step up

Investigating a Brother Bishop: Examining one of the USCCB proposals currently being considered

Investigating a Brother Bishop

Cleansed and Conformed to God’s Will

Cleansed and Conformed to God’s Will | George Weigel | First Things

Memphis's 'Dynamic Duo' a tale of heartbreak and early exits: Pt. 2 of the travails and troubles of the Diocese of Memphis

Memphis's 'Dynamic Duo' a tale of heartbreak and early exits

Six-year-old interrupts Vatican ceremony — and Pope Francis doesn’t mind

Six-year-old interrupts Vatican ceremony — and Pope Francis doesn’t mind | National Post

27 November, 2018

Conservative order of nuns on verge of destruction following Vatican interventions | News | Lifesitenews

I rarely (and I mean RARELY) post anything from LifeSiteNews as it has been my experience that they sometimes play pretty loosely when it comes to presenting the facts about various issues and events in the Church. But this article - if correctly presented - is something that should concern all religious communities. If the Vatican can intrude into the life of an order simply because its members choose to live their lives as nuns in a traditional manner, then it can do the same to any order for any reason it so chooses. In this case, it is wrong IMHO. So long as an order is not doing anything in contravention to the Canons of the Church or violating Church teaching, doctrine, or dogma, they should be free to live out their vows in whichever way they decide supports their founding charism.



Read the article and decide for yourself whether or not the Vatican has overstepped its rightful role in the life of this French religious order of nuns.



Conservative order of nuns on verge of destruction following Vatican interventions | News | Lifesitenews

Belgian doctors accused of improperly euthanizing woman with autism

Belgian doctors accused of improperly euthanizing woman with autism | CTV News

Clericalism is ugly perversion, pope tells seminarians

Clericalism is ugly perversion, pope tells seminarians

Cardinal Cupich: Sex abuse summit to promote a culture change

Cardinal Cupich: Sex abuse summit to promote a culture change - Vatican News

The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial: Risking civilization for profit, ideology and ego.

Opinion | The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial - The New York Times

First humans born after controversial gene-editing procedures, Chinese scientist claims

First humans born after controversial gene-editing procedures, Chinese scientist claims--Aleteia

Survivor warns pope's abuse summit may be his 'last chance'

Survivor warns pope's abuse summit may be his 'last chance'

21 November, 2018

+Prendergast (Ottawa): Change to French version of Our Father is awkward

Prendergast: Change to French version of Our Father is awkward | Ottawa Sun

Why is it so hard to ask for forgiveness?

Why is it so hard to ask for forgiveness? — Aleteia

The Unlikely Friendship That Dismantled Communism

The Unlikely Friendship That Dismantled Communism

The art of taking offense

I was brought up to believe that you should never give offense if you can avoid it; the new culture tells us that you should always take offense if you can.

The art of taking offence

Synodality Upended

Synodality Upended | C. C. Pecknold | First Things

Vatican Autocracy and the U.S. Bishops: The latest from George Weigel

Vatican Autocracy and the U.S. Bishops | George Weigel | First Things

15 November, 2018

Historic breakthrough: WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience team first to use ultrasound to treat Alzheimer's

Historic breakthrough: WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience team first to use ultrasound to treat Alzheimer's | State Journal News | wvnews.com

Pembroke diocese expands Theology of the Body program for students

Pembroke diocese expands Theology of the Body program for students

Canada & Euthanasia -- Hospital Waiting Room Promotes Euthanasia

Canada & Euthanasia -- Hospital Waiting Room Promotes Euthanasia | National Review

Can science disprove God's existence?

Can Science disprove God's existence?

New book throws light on Viganò and McCarrick

New book throws light on Viganò and McCarrick

The 10 Commandments from a Dog's Point of View


Perhaps no one shows better the Faith-Science alliance than this saint

Perhaps no one shows better the Faith-Science alliance than this saint

How does a saint become "the Great"?

How does a saint become "the Great"? --Aleteia

Vatican astronomer says space the new terrestrial frontier

Vatican astronomer says space the new terrestrial frontier

14 November, 2018

USCCB Meeting Day 2: A Chess Match

USCCB Meeting Day 2: A Chess Match

Are the wheels falling off the transgender juggernaut?

Are the wheels falling off the transgender juggernaut?

Canada can and should save this woman's life

Canada can and should save this woman's life

Read This Before Leaving the Church Over an Abuse Scandal

Read This Before Leaving the Church Over an Abuse Scandal

Pope taps sex abuse reformer for key Vatican role

Pope taps sex abuse reformer for key Vatican role

3 Great reads for fall and winter nights

3 Great reads for fall and winter nights

Extremely rare early Christian depiction of Jeusus discovered in Israel

Extremely rare early Christian depiction of Jeusus discovered in Israel

Is schism possible in the Catholic Church?

Is schism possible in the Catholic Church? | National Catholic Reporter

13 November, 2018

To the US Bishops, Before Their General Assembly: An open letter from a former employee

To the Bishops, Before Their General Assembly | Jayd Henricks | First Things

The Catholic Church proves incapable of exorcising clergy sex abuse — again

The Catholic Church proves incapable of exorcising clergy sex abuse — again - The Washington Post

USCCB: Sackcloth, Ashes and a Major Shock

USCCB: Sackcloth, Ashes and a Major Shock

Making sense of Vatican's no-fly order to US bishops on abuse crisis

Making sense of Vatican's no-fly order to US bishops on abuse crisis

Is science becoming less hostile to faith? Pope Francis says yes

Is science becoming less hostile to faith? Pope Francis says yes

Daily Catholic Prayer: Not actually a news event, but anything that starts with St. Teresa of Calcutta is worth contemplating









Daily Catholic Prayer

10 November, 2018

A classic response, two months after leaving hospital for being shot in an assassination attempt.



Hard for me to believe that the current resident in the White House could do nearly as well. Evidently, he's even afraid of a little rain in France. 

https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/10/donald-trump-cancels-visit-to-ww1-military-cemetery-because-its-raining-8125310

Pope at Mass warns against idolatry of money in the Church

Pope at Mass warns against idolatry of money in the Church - Vatican News

What are the Four Last Things and why are they important?

What are the Four Last Things and why are they important? --Aleteia

Pope Francis's Catholic Church Crisis

Pope Francis's Catholic Church Crisis -- National Review Symposium | National Review

Ancient heresies find new expression in “Westworld” and “Altered Carbon” | America Magazine

Ancient heresies find new expression in “Westworld” and “Altered Carbon” | America Magazine