And yet, since the bishops are denying us sacramental grace, they are seemingly asking us to resort to our mere natural abilities to merit eternal salvation. That simply cannot be done; we have that on the highest authority: “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace” (Rom 11:6).[click to continue...]
“So the faithful servant, conscience, always remains with the sinner in the midst of his disorders to show him what he has lost and the state to which his sins have reduced him.”[click to continue...]
Abortion is not a choice which involves only the woman who makes it. It has consequences for the child in her womb–life or death consequences. We must help and defend both the child and the mother. “Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake” (Leviticus 19: 16). Over four thousand tiny lives are at stake this very day because of abortion! Are we really Bible-believing Christians if we remain silent any longer?[click to continue...]
I remember listening to a sermon from the pastor at our former parish years ago on Respect Life Sunday. Within it, he admitted his reluctance to preach on the topic of abortion or other life issues. He explained he was afraid of unsettling anyone who may be post-abortive (those having participated in an abortion in the past).
His mindset is not uncommon. I have heard anecdotally from other pro-life Catholics this is the excuse they hear priests making all too often.[click to continue...]
The message of Jonah is one filled with irony. First the sailors and then later the Assyrians are all so quick to recognize the power of God and the need to serve him, once confronted with the gravity of the situation (1:16; 3:6-9). And yet, Jonah, who claims to be the one serving the Lord, does not practice God as he ought to. Let that not be said of us.[click to continue...]
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption” – Galatians 6:7-8.[click to continue...]
“Contraception is in fact not just an action without meaning; it is an action that contradicts the essential meaning which true conjugal intercourse should have as signifying total and unconditional self-donation. Instead of accepting each other totally, contraceptive spouses reject part of each other, because fertility is part of each one of them. They reject part of their mutual love: its power to be fruitful… A couple may say: we do not want our love to be fruitful. But if that is so, there is an inherent contradiction in their trying to express their love by means of an act which, of its nature, implies fruitful love; and there is even more of a contradiction if, when they engage in the act, they deliberately destroy the fertility-orientation from which precisely derives its capacity to express the uniqueness of their love” (L’Osservatore Romano, October 10, 1988, loc. cit.).[click to continue...]
, “One frequently comes across statements to the effect that ‘family planning or limitation is more easily accepted by people as they get better educated.’ Whether we realize it or not, to admit such statements unquestionably is to concede a whole philosophy of life.
“A very particular type of education thoroughly imbued with a very particular kind of values (or rather of anti-values), is necessary before people are brought to the point of easily accepting family limitation.
“Can such education be regarded as Christian education? Can it be regarded as true education at all?”[click to continue...]
Jesus “places the ten commandments at the heart” of man, especially those wishing to follow Him.[click to continue...]
Father James Martin has been provided a national platform by the USCCB to go around promoting homosexuality and LGBTQ tolerance. We lay faithful who know our Catholic beliefs, Scripture, and the Natural Law remain dismayed at this man’s reach. Let me encourage those tired of Father Martin’s nonsense to ask for the intercession of Saint Peter Damian. Think of Saint Peter Damian as the anti-Father James Martin.[click to continue...]