Mary, my Mother: Mother of the Church

How strange to think that man who is far estranged from our creator is instructed by our Lord to address the Creator God as Father or Abba (affectionate name like daddy). It is a revelation that was only hinted at in the Old Testament: Do you thus repay the Lord,     O foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you,     who made you and established you? __ Deuteronomy 32:6 But our Lord, Continue Reading →

Barnhardt on Why Priests Must Be Men

WHY PRIESTS MUST BE MEN PART 1 OF 3 POSTED BY ANN BARNHARDT – JANUARY 19, AD 2013 11:21 PM MST I was planning for this to be the last essay I ever wrote, and since we’re into “any day now” territory, and since I’ve had just about enough of these lesbian pagan witch nuns and their “female ordination” horse diarrhea, I’m dropping the bomb. And yes, it’s a bomb. I’ve delayed on writing this Continue Reading →

Is the Church Suppressing God’s Will? | First Things

The editorial board of the National Catholic Reporter this week endorsed the ordination of women. Basing its position on a 1976 vote by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, on “countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings,” and on the supposed support of myriad unnamed bishops, the Reporter calls “for the Catholic church to correct this unjust teaching.” It offers a brief history of “Rome’s response to the call of the faithful to ordain Continue Reading →

What was Padre Pio’s last letter about?: Catholic World Report

The most recent issue of the Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK) is dedicated to the 45th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Included as an editorial is the last known letter by Padre Pio, written to Pope Paul VI on September 12, 1968: Your Holiness, … I know that your heart is suffering much these days … for the lack of obedience of some, even Catholics, to the high teaching that you, assisted by the Holy Spirit and Continue Reading →

The confession of a 7 year old convert: « 21 Century Pilgrim

Just over 4.5 years ago my entire family came home to the Catholic Church. It was exhilarating and one of the best decisions we ever made. Now, to be honest, my children did not have much to say about this particular decision. They were too young at the time of our reception and their baptism. Now that my eldest is 7 years old and actively participating in her own faith formation (at home & in Continue Reading →

A Simple Plan from God For Church Renewal | Archdiocese of Washington

As we continue to read the letter of St. Paul to Titus in the reading at daily Mass, we see some important teachings about the “domestic Church,” otherwise known as the family. The insights are important, for if the domestic church is not strong, neither will the parish, diocesan or universal Church be strong. And while there is a tendency today on blogs like this, to often focus on the disrepair that some notice of Continue Reading →

Catholic New World – The Cardinal’s Column – The wrong side of history

God sustains the world, in good times and in bad. Catholics, along with many others, believe that only one person has overcome and rescued history: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, savior of the world and head of his body, the church. Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. Those who lie about him and Continue Reading →

Gloria in Excelsis Deo: Gregorian Chant

SONGS FOR THE SPIRIT: SUNDAY SYMPHONY Glória in excélsis Deo et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis. Laudámus te, benedícimus te, adorámus te, glorificámus te, grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam, Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe, Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris, qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis; qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu Continue Reading →

Te Deum laudamus!: Fr. Perrone: Dissent almost always involves ‘below the belt issues’…

Sunday, June 12, 2011 Fr. Perrone: Dissent almost always involves ‘below the belt issues’… Fr. Eduard Perrone during Benediction at the outdoor Grotto The conference for the 13th Call to Holiness has ended. Photos will be processed and up soon.  Today, there is an orchestra Mass (Solemn High EF Mass) at 9:30am at Assumption Grotto for Pentecost. There will be a tour at the Detroit Institute of Arts led by Johnette Benkovic after the Mass Continue Reading →

The Normalization of the Abnormal: Common Denominators

However we may want to dismiss it, our society and now a complicit government is on a quest to normalize abnormal behavior. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss just a few of the “newly constituted norms” that many have embraced whether in a Christian church or even if they are completely un-churched. Although there are many other examples, I think that the sexual variety of long standing taboos in society are in Continue Reading →

Passing On the Deposit of Faith

For the Catholic there is what is known as the Deposit of Faith which is considered that which cannot be altered, or omitted by the Church. Although our understanding of the contents may be expanded and explained in an organic growth of the Church’s understanding, the substance itself must never be changed. This Deposit of Faith is all that the Church was given by Christ and His Apostles as a deposit to be presented to Continue Reading →

The “Seamless Garment” – Are You Kidding?

After pondering great posts concerning the abortion problem in this country on Biltrix and 8 Kids and a Business, I am drawn again to wonder, from my foundational view, where the Church is in this cultural war. Not that the official voice of the Church isn’t plain on the subject because it certainly is. Abortion is a grave mortal sin and we need to eradicate this barbaric practice. However, it always seems somewhat contradictory when Continue Reading →