I confess, I’m not a reader of America Magazine, but I am a Fordham Alum, and I like what I’m seeing here. More…
And of course, we can’t go with out honoring our Lord’s mother today – Chaire! Kecharitomene! Highly favored for her being chosen for this unmerited grace and for her humble response and submission to God’s call.
St Jerome translated the Angel’s works to Mary from Greek to Latin as “Ave! Gratia plena,” i.e., “She who has been filled with divine grace,” whence the prayer in English derives it’s opening line, “Hail Mary! Full of grace!” It remains understood, that God’s grace is an unmerited gift and a gift that merits a response on the part of the receiver. Mary’s response was the response to motherhood, giving herself fully as our Savior’s mother.
By reflecting and meditating on this passage from chapter 1 of the Gospel according to Luke, we can recognize that motherhood is a gift and blessed vocation of self-giving and love.
These mothers lived in an age when women were often treated as second class citizens, yet God appreciated their true worth, just as he does today. Motherhood is one of life’s highest callings. Learn how these eight mothers in the Bible put their hope in the God of the Impossible, and how he proved that such hope is always well-placed.
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In what can only be interpreted as a direct challenge to America’s Catholic bishops, Georgetown University has announced that “pro-choice” Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and lead architect of the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom through the HHS contraception mandate, has been invited to speak at one of Georgetown’s several graduation ceremonies. More…
It’s obvious why. Besides, Georgetown has been a Catholic university in name only for quite a few years now, and it should hardly be considered “according to the Catholic tradition,” at this point. So, outrage, Yes. Surprise, not really.
What many people don’t realize is that Georgetown is arguably not even a Jesuit school any more, because ever since 2001 the university’s president has been a lay man (John DeGioia), not a Jesuit.
It is certainly not a good thing that G-Town invited Sebelius to speak at their commencement, especially given the climate between the Catholic Church in the United States and the and the administration in Washington, to which Sebelius belongs. Moreover, it is hard to see their behavior as anything but an insult, given Sebelius’s part in orchestrating the HHS Mandate, that sparked the current tensions between the government and the Church. However, it is a good thing Catholics should be disappointed, to say the least, over Georgetown University’s pitiful decision to invite the HHS Secretary to speak at this moment. I personally do not think this state of affairs does anything to help Katherine Sebelius or the Obama administration right now; it only fules the fire (regarding the outrage, I ought to add, it comes better late than never… see video).
Please, be sure to sign the Cardinal Newman Society’s petition to have Georgetown University rescind their invitation to Sebelius. Thank you!
Princeton University Professor Robert George is taken aback by Georgetown University’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he writes at The Mirror of Justice blog that he understands exactly why they did it.
[Tell Georgetown to withdraw the invite to Sebelius – sign the petition at GeorgetownScandal.com]
The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights of conscience (you know, the enemies of women’s “reproductive health”). By honoring Secretary Sebelius, they can help to undermine the bishops’ credibility and blunt the force of their witness as leaders of the Catholic church. I get it…
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Faith builds on experience and gives it deeper meaning…
An art reflection from one of my students. The original article includes the painting, which did not appear in this reblogged post.
Br Andres Colmenares, LC
We have all gone through one stage of our life or another when living our Christian faith was more difficult than normal. Something happens that makes us put into question the very beliefs that were inscribed in our hearts. But Christ’s constant yearning is for us to “Believe and doubt no longer” (John 21:27).
Caravaggio was a painter who lived towards the end of the 16th century. There is something in his paintings depicting religious subjects that easily catches the attention of the viewer. Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” tells the story of himself, but above all, of each of us in our journey through life.
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New Catholic Apologetics Webpage:
I checked it out. Looks pretty Catholic to me: e.g., features article on 10 biblical reasons for Papal Infallibility, and even an article shared from BiltrixBoard, so it must be good! You’ll find many good apologetics resources here:
The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network is a website founded and edited by Greg West, a passionate defender of Christianity committed to the cause of Christian apologetics, evangelism, and equipping others to always be ready to…
On Biltrices and Buffalos: No Bull about it, this really happened
Okay… this is not the type of thing we ordinarily see on Biltrix. Then again, what is a biltrix? Not the type of thing we see, hear, or read about every day. Sorry guys! I couldn’t resist sharing this one… (I have a soft spot in my heart for animals, particularly, canines and bovines, if you haven’t noticed…)
Here’s an except. The full article details Homeland Security’s investigation of the case and a $5,000 reward More…
In the episode of the encounter of Christ with the disciples on their way to Emmaus we find a very enlightening lesson regarding the saving power of the Resurrection. Christ appears to them because they have lost hope in his message, since the events have destroyed, according to them, their expectations. That is why after giving an account of the death of Jesus, his “unfulfilled promises,” they say: “But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel.” (Lk 24:21) More…
Can anyone claim God doen’t exist?
Are agnostics just atheists who don’t want to declare their atheism? Are atheists just agnostics who don’t want to admit the possibility of a God. To be fair, we should let them speak for themselves. Here is what one renowned scientist has to say about his agnosticism: