Category Archives: Catholic Living
We are members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Therefore, we are not solitaries. We have a duty to help one another achieve our common salvation. We have a duty, first and foremost in our own homes, to work toward the restoration of the Catholic culture that our ancestors enjoyed. If we “cultivate” that culture ourselves, we can attract others. What we must realize is that we are not each our own species, like the angels (so taught St. Thomas), but we are members of one human race. God wills to restore and even more wonderfully recreate that original unity (disassociated after the dispersion at the Tower of Babel) in the one true Church. The articles found in this section emphasize the beauty of Catholic social and cultural life in its varied and sundry forms, as well as the harmony that flows from the incorporation of many into the one living Body of Christ. Viva Cattolicesimo!
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke was recently interviewed by Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project on the topic of the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it. The whole interview is worth reading, and not only because it wounded the progressivist sensibilities of the liberals at Crux. His Eminence says some very good things about Catholicity and manhood. Suggestion: You commenters on this site — the … More →
Trent Beattie: National Catholic Register, Interview with Ryan Grigson Do you come from a devout family? When I hear the word “devout” I think of my 91-year-old grandmother. She has been a strong example of the old adage that the best Gospel is lived, not preached. As long as I can remember, she has shown me a consistent example of what it means to be a good … More →
Aletaia: I was once riding in a shuttle-bus with a number of older folks on the way from an airport. They noticed that I was a priest and started asking questions about it. “Do you do all of the priest stuff?” “Yep.” “Even the Confession thing?” “Yeah. All the time.” Read the whole lesson here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Hilary White mentions Triffids. Other than Tom Swift’s novels, I did read the 1951 sci-fi novel, The Day of the Triffids, when I was in about the seventh grade. It was circulating around our grammar school and, to be “on the in,” one had to read it. By then we had graduated from the Hardy Boys. At least it kept us literate. Ms. White also makes … More →
AsiaNews: A successful career at the United Nations Development Programme, then a senior post at Caritas Japan. Finally, the profession of her first religious vows to become a nun and dedicate her life to God. This is the story of Sister Sawako Inae, described as “one of the most talented officers in the field”, and whom, after spending a year with survivors of the Fukushima disaster, … More →
I may have posted this heart-warming Christmas story before, but I could not find it on a search. So, here it is from an AP post: With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”). Then, during that first Christmas … More →
My siblings and I were so blessed to have parents who gave their five children the most beautiful and happy Christmases. The first thing that went up in our house was the Nativity scene with all the characters in place waiting until midnight, Christmas Eve, for mom to place the Infant Jesus in the manger. She did that while we were sleeping before she and … More →
AsiaNews: Father Luca Bolelli: Let me tell about Vuon. The first time I met Vuon, I was travelling with some Christians from our community of Kdol Leu. As we went by the mission of Kratié, we stopped to say hello to that champion of tenderness and goodness that is Sister Savier, an elderly Thai missionary. After I got off the bus, I saw a young … More →
CNA: Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, … More →
Regina Magazine: “A friend suggested ‘Why don’t you do the War of the Vendée?’ Jim Morlino recounts. “And I said, ‘The what?’ I’d never heard the word; I had no idea what he was talking about. That was a period of history and an event that had escaped me.” The War of the Vendee (1793 to 1796) was an armed rebellion against the French Republican … More →
AsiaNews: Sunday’s funeral service for Said Akl (1912-2014), one of Lebanon’s greatest poets since Gibran Khalil Gibran, was an exceptional affair. The poet, who died last week, may not have had Gibran’s international reach, but he certainly was his equal if not more in terms of spirit, greatness and faith. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara al-Rahi led the funeral service at Saint George Maronite Cathedral in … More →
Catholic News Service: Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family and parish priest as a man who loved God and who loved to serve others. “Dr. Salia lived the Gospel,” said Father Rick Gancayco, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Landover Hills, where the late … More →
UCANews: (Steven Mosher for Aleteia): China’s Communist government has been on an anti-Christian rampage of late, tearing down churches in the coastal city of Wenzhou and elsewhere, arresting underground bishops and home church leaders, and illicitly ordaining pliant priests as Catholic “bishops”. But underneath this escalating campaign of repression — in fact, the reason for it — is a rapidly growing population of Christians. There … More →
Aleteia: A 20th century composer once wrote a symphonic work called “The Fountains of Rome.” Apparently, there’s going to be a new “fountain” in the Eternal City. Under the direction of Pope Francis, showers for the homeless will be installed in St. Peter’s Square. Work will begin Monday. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
California Catholic: San Diego’s most understated sports/radio heavy hitter would have to be Charger’s QB Philip Rivers, who reportedly committed $1 million of his money toward buying KCEO AM-1000 in 2012. Rivers and his wife Tiffany spearheaded the local drive to raise $3.75 million so that Sacramento-based Immaculate Heart Radio could buy KCEO and turn it into a 24/7 mouthpiece for the Roman Catholic way … More →