Abortion: A Product of the Father of Lies

Abortion Kills Babies Watching the 2022 March for Life I heard the witness of a woman who had been pressured to have an abortion in her youth. She listed the lies that she was told throughout the process of getting an abortion. Despite being told that she would recover and heal, she is still suffering.Continue reading “Abortion: A Product of the Father of Lies”

Some Thoughts on the USCCB Document  “Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” November 2021

In November, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops published their “teaching document” on the Eucharist after years of Catholic faithful pleading for more clarity on the Eucharist and worthiness to receive it and for how to teach and deal with wayward politicians. Here are some of my thoughts. Well, it’s out. The US Conference ofContinue reading “Some Thoughts on the USCCB Document  “Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” November 2021”

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Mary, the Mother of Jesus “Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does it happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?’” (Lk 1:41-43, emphasis added) During this timeContinue reading “Mary, the Mother of Jesus”

To Clarify Previous Post on the Sabbath

In my previous post on the sabbath, I implied that the Apostles had “changed” the sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. My arguments actually supported the observance of Sunday as the primary holy day of the week, with observances commensurate with the Jewish Sabbath. However, the Church still recognizes Saturday as the sabbath but, as IContinue reading “To Clarify Previous Post on the Sabbath”

Is “Woke” Catholic (or even Protestant)?

To paraphrase Pope St. Paul VI, “From some fissure, the ‘woke’ of Satan has entered the temple of God.” A recent article from the Washington Examiner stated, “The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has reportedly displayed a painting that depicts George Floyd as Jesus Christ in two locations on campus.” While the deathContinue reading “Is “Woke” Catholic (or even Protestant)?”

Catholic Progressives and the Culture War, by George Weigel

Originally posted on Justplainbill's Weblog:
Catholic Progressives And the Culture War November 19, 2021By?George Weigel Among those in the ultramundane pantheon of communist mega-monsters, Lev Davidovich Bronstein (better known by his Bolshevik nom de guerre, Leon Trotsky) is a more interesting human personality than Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (Joseph Stalin or, in the Roosevelt-Churchill…

The Magisterium: A Gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church

As Catholics we believe, and the Church teaches that we have the line on truth where faith and morals are concerned. Now, by baptism (and confirmation, if we are confirmed), we are all blessed with gifts of the Holy Spirit (in varying degrees and varying gifts). Protestants claim that the Holy Spirit guides them, too.Continue reading “The Magisterium: A Gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church”

Sabbath Observance: Saturday or Sunday

Recently I got into a discussion with a non-Catholic concerning what was the appropriate day to observe the sabbath. He requested that I read an article on the United Church of God (UGC) website entitled, “Was the Sabbath Changed in the New Testament?”  I read the article and, while I found it interesting, to meContinue reading “Sabbath Observance: Saturday or Sunday”

Election time, form your conscience

Eartly voting has been going on in Virginia since mid-September. Therefore, it is time to review our duties and responsibilities as Catholics in the public square. As Catholics our social obligations include political involvement and being informed voters, voting in consonance with the doctrines of our faith. Through the USCCB guide Forming Consciences for FaithfulContinue reading “Election time, form your conscience”

 Prayers after Mass

The following prayers, which I referred to in my recent post “Pray,” were ordered by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII to be recited kneeling after mass. They were said after mass when I was young (pre-Vatican II). Prayers to be said: Hail Mary (3 times) Hail Holy Queen Let us Pray:  O God, our refugeContinue reading  Prayers after Mass

In re “Statement of Principles” 18 June 2021

I read with interest the letter from 60 “Catholic” representatives hoping to find some sign of repentance and understanding of the true meaning of the Eucharist and what is required to properly receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Instead, all I found was arrogance and a blatant denial of any need to follow the teachingContinue reading “In re “Statement of Principles” 18 June 2021″

Be a Man of St. Joseph like Nathan and Ambrose

In a recent discussion of a parish men’s group, our local chapter of the Men of St. Joseph International (MOSJI: mosji.org), we were discussing how we need to act and to profess our faith in this secular, morally relativistic world. During the discussion, the phrase came up, “Be a Nathan,” referring to Nathan the prophet.Continue reading “Be a Man of St. Joseph like Nathan and Ambrose”

Letter to “Catholic” Politician Supporting Abortion

Dear Senator/Congressman  ____________,  As a fellow Catholic I was shocked and dismayed to learn that you recently voted against protecting the life of a child who had survived an abortion.  I had already been deeply concerned that you, as a Catholic, supported abortion at all, but to take it to the level of infanticide isContinue reading “Letter to “Catholic” Politician Supporting Abortion”

Some Background on the Prayer to St. Michael

From the June 10th 2021 “Wanderer.” “Then, one morning in 1884, during the papacy of Leo XIII, the Pope appeared discombobulated and seemed to lose consciousness after saying morning Mass. His aides came to his assistance and after the episode passed he told them what had happened. He said he had witnessed a conversation between God andContinue reading “Some Background on the Prayer to St. Michael”

Teaching Opportunity on Communion

There are a lot of letters being sent to diocesan newspapers (I subscribe to two) with negative comments to the bishops building a document to educate the faithful (and others) on the Eucharist, to be entitled, “The Mystery of the Eucharist and Why it Matters. Some have complained that too many Catholics are one subjectContinue reading “Teaching Opportunity on Communion”

Letter to Bishops re Communion

I wrote this letter to several bishops after reading the “statement of principles” signed by 60 congressional representatives. If you agree, feel free to copy all or part and send to your own or other bishops on your behalf. Excellency, May God bless you and your endeavors to maintain the teachings of the Gospel, CanonContinue reading “Letter to Bishops re Communion”