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In fact, it is urgent and we all must do our share!

Excerpt from ‘The Power of Silence’ by Robert Cardinal Sarah:

The Church today is going through unprecedented exterior and interior trials. Something like an earthquake is seeking to demolish her doctrinal foundations and her centuries-old moral teaching.

Mankind itself has always imposed demanding ethical rules, prohibitions, and essential laws to prevent man from giving in to momentary impulses and to help him to ensure a greater quality of personal and social life. This is the result of efforts that are necessarily long and often demanding and difficult. The Church is being shaken violently by a general apostasy in formerly Christian countries. She is suffering from the infidelity of traitors  who abandon and prostitute her. But this universal weakening, which affects the world, the faith, and believers, must be a special opportunity for the Church to take a stand for God (cf. Mt 10:32-33) with clarity, vigor, and determination by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is necessary to reinforce in every faithful Christian the love of God; it is necessary to revive staunch adherence to the Catholic faith, it is necessary to proclaim the consistency of the Church at the heart of a world that is in complete upheaval  and threatened with collapse.

More on this site by Cardinal Sarah.

The Power of Silence

Book details.


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What You Should Know About the Prosperity Gospel Preached by Joel Osteen

What You Should Know About Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young”

Or just be a faithful Catholic and ignore them both.


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Would people, even our relatives, love and communicate with us more if we told them this?

Just a friendly email to inform you that I no longer believe in – at least not all of – the teachings of the Catholic Church. I’m now pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-cohabitation of unmarried couples, pro-contraception, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-homosexual acts, pro-transgenderism. Okay, I’m not “all there” yet, I’m a work in progress, but now that I’m no longer an Independent and have finally become a Democrat, I’m sure I’ll soon be perfect. What’s really cool is that just like Nancy Pelosi, I’m still a devout Catholic.

I’m sure most of you are happy with my transformation and will probably keep in touch with me now, so let’s chat. Oh wait, I have to join Facebook first. Sorry, I’m still learning how to have friends.

Love to you all and be happy by whatever means; what else is life for?


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How should we respond when someone asks if we like particular celebrities, whether they be singers, dancers, actors or actresses, entertainment or talk show hosts, and so on?  Especially when we know that the person asking is enamored with them? And worse, that person is a family member? And worse yet, an in-law?

It’s not always easy to give them an honest answer (an honest answer being a thorough answer), especially when peace in the family is at stake, worse yet, spousal peace.

My previous post, authored by Msgr. Charles Pope, included the following comment: “There are immoral and unrepentant people in the world and it is harmful for us to associate with them. We are instructed not to keep company with people who can mislead us or tempt us to sin. This requires a judgment on our part. Some judgements are actually required of us.”

I think it’s important to apply this guideline to celebrities (actors, actresses, singers, dancers, athletes, authors, and so on), television programs, movies, books and other reading materials. We must judge our own heart and soul whenever we find ourselves enjoying or admiring any purveyor or promoter of immorality. I think an honest response to anyone soliciting our opinion should take this guideline to heart and express it as best we can under the given circumstances.

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Congratulations to all of you who were able to attend a traditional Roman Rite Mass on this awesome Feast Day of Corpus Christi. I wish I had made the five hour round trip drive to Miami from my home in the Keys and could count myself among you. Instead, I count myself among the vast majority of Catholics throughout the world who were deprived the opportunity to give our Blessed Triune God the full honor and glory He deserves when we gather to worship Him. What a tremendous loss for Him and for us! How sad it is that so many of us, including priests, aren’t even aware of what we lack in our giving and receiving during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The photo above is of Bishop Richard Umbers, 46, auxiliary bishop of Sydney (the youngest bishop in Australia and the first born in the 1970’s),  celebrating a pontifical extraordinary form of the Roman Rite Mass recently, in the Brisbane suburb of Arcadia.

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Excerpt from: The Difference Between Love and Tolerance

Venerable Fulton Sheen once observed that “Love is not tolerance.” He writes in part, “Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom. Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of “live and let live”; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.”

In a world that is devoid of moral absolutes, we ask you, heavenly Father, for the wisdom to know your truth and the courage to persevere in your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Excerpt from “With God’s Grace” by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky”

In the 1990s, then-Cardinal Ratzinger discussed the will of God and the action of the Holy Spirit when the Church selects popes. Asked on Bavarian television whether the Holy Spirit is responsible for the election of a pope, he said:

I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the pope. . . .I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined. There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!

Even a pope is not necessarily the “pick” of the Holy Spirit. But His grace protects the Church nevertheless: “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18)

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