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Undoing the Knot of Clerical Scandals

By |2019-07-01T01:54:44+00:00July 1st, 2019|

The Catholic priesthood is undoubtedly experiencing a profound crisis at this moment. The vast majority of good priests are tainted by the scandals, but Our Lady, Mother of Priests, does not give up hope for them, even though the world and some Catholics do. She can free the clergy of the weight of scandal and [...]

The Church’s First Novena

By |2019-06-01T10:42:29+00:00June 1st, 2019|

Ascension Thursday begins what we may call the Church’s first novena. It is the nine-day period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday in which the disciples were locked in the Upper Room, united in prayer with Our Lady, and obedient to the Lord’s wishes: “to wait for ‘the promise of the Father’” (Acts 1:4). This [...]

A Spiritual War is Upon Us

By |2019-05-03T10:19:52+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

By now, only a comatose person is unaware of the cultural and political divisions in our country.    But just how did American society devolve into factions of people who hate each other? America was formed as a single nation but grew into the republic that it is today through an influx of many peoples who [...]

Clerical Contraception – the Other Priestly Scandal

By |2019-03-07T12:53:05+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Among the many hard teachings of Christ that is deeply “offensive” to the dominant secular culture today is the Church’s age-old prohibition of the use of all forms of artificial contraception, which is a clearly-defined doctrine of the Church. How many people have left the Church or formally rejected the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception [...]

Unraveling Our Personal History

By |2019-03-06T13:01:08+00:00March 6th, 2019|

While the Blessed Virgin Mary has a very visible role to play in the season of Advent, she is less prominent in Lent. She acts behind the scenes, so to speak, accompanying us on our penitential journey, leading us to the apex of the season, which is the Hill of Calvary, where she stands interceding [...]

I Feel Sorry for Small Families

By |2019-02-05T22:41:39+00:00February 5th, 2019|

Doing errands the other day, I pulled up at a red light behind an expensive SUV with a rear window sticker proudly displaying cartoon figures of the driver’s family. You know the kind – a line-up of white stick figures: mom, dad, kids, dogs, cats, soccer balls, baseball bats, kites, etc. against a black tinted [...]

Healer of Sin and Division

By |2019-01-22T22:50:38+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

The Blessed Virgin Mary, known in her litany as Queen of Peace, Mother of Mercy, Comfort of the Afflicted, among other titles, looks down upon the whole world from Heaven and sees the tremendous suffering and divisions of the human race. She is not indifferent to them but, through the power of Christ, helps to [...]

New Week’s Resolutions: A Better Idea

By |2019-01-07T23:06:57+00:00January 7th, 2019|

My New Year’s resolution is to make no more New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to stick with “new week’s” resolutions from here on out. New Year’s resolutions just don’t seem to work for me. Making resolutions by the week rather than by the month or year is really the best way to be more productive [...]

The Guadalupe Reconciliation

By |2018-12-12T23:06:16+00:00December 12th, 2018|

In 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared a number of times to a simple Indian at the center of the New World and evangelized a continent. Her maternal love overcame the deep cultural divisions of two hostile nations that could not find reconciliation through their own efforts. The first bishop of the New World, Franciscan Juan [...]

How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

By |2018-12-05T19:10:16+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Need a challenge for Advent? How about memorizing the Litany of Loreto? Since the 16th Century the faithful have prayed this exquisitely beautiful litany in honor of Our Lady that lays out many of the titles of Mary evident in Catholic doctrine and devotion. This Litany, named for its origin in Loreto, Italy, is a [...]