A decade ago, personal video testimonials of people “coming out” as gay exploded on YouTube. Now, search the term “ex-gay,” and you’ll find an explosion of testimonials from those who’ve left the homosexual lifestyle and have never looked back.
But this is the news the LGBT lobby doesn’t want anyone to know, because it bursts the myth that people are “born that way” and they can never really change. So invested are they in the narrative that they’ve lobbied states to outlaw reparative therapy — voluntary counseling that helps diminish or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction. Currently, nine states and counting have banned such therapy for minors, meaning youth who seek help in ridding themselves of homosexual desires can no longer do so with a licensed therapist in those states.read more
The attack against Church Militant from the liberal clergy in the Vatican is basically centered around the idea that this apostolate is “militant.” Guilty as charged Fr. Spadaro. In fact, what we talk about is that you guys are not militant. Ever heard of the Church Militant?
Pope Benedict, whom you all loathe so much, brought the millennia-old expression back into vogue when he said at a lunch for cardinals in May 2012: “Today the phrase ecclesia militans is somewhat out of fashion, but in fact we can understand ever more so that it is true, that it contains within it the truth. We see how evil wishes to dominate in the world and that it is necessary to fight against evil.” Well, that pretty much sums up what you and the effeminate, feminized clergy currently running the show, currently running the show, don’t like about muscular Catholicism.read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Sharbel Makhluf, July 24,2017
Born in the hills of Lebanon to a poor but devout family and as a boy, he tended sheep in the wilderness, where he fashioned for himself a shrine to our Lady, spending long hours in prayer. Joseph entered the monastery of Our Lady of Maifouk, taking the name Sharbel, after a second-century martyr. For 23 years Sharbel prayed in the solitude of a hermitage, seeking to unite himself totally with the daily sacrifice of the Mass. His entire life centered on the sacrifice of the Mass. In 1898 A.D., Sharbel experienced a stroke while saying Mass. He was praying, according to the Maronite rite, “Father of truth, behold your Son who makes atoning sacrifice to you. Accept the offering: he died for me that I might have life. Behold the offering! Accept it….” Sharbel repeated this prayer shortly before his death eight days later. After his death in 1898 A.D., many miracles were attributed to his intercession. His reputation for holiness draws thousands of pilgrims to his shrine each year. Pope Paul VI called Sharbel the “admirable flower of sanctity blooming on the stem of the ancient monastic traditions of the East.”read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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Before the Angelus
Today’s Gospel page proposes three parables with which Jesus speaks to the crowds of the Kingdom of Heaven. I will reflect on the first: that of the goodseed and the darnel, which illustrates the problem of evil in the world and highlights God’s patience (Cf. Matthew 13:24-30.36-43). How much patience God has! Each one of us can also say this: “How much patience God has with me!” The story unfolds in a field with two opposite protagonists. On one hand the householder, who represents God and sows the good seed; on the other the enemy, which represents Satan and sows the darnel.read more
There were at least 26 German translations of the Bible available in Germany before Luther’s version
By Timothy Lang
The “Legend of Martin Luther” claims that he translated the Bible into German so that the German people would have the Holy Scriptures in their native language. This 10-week effort is often portrayed as his finest achievement. The “Legend” would also have us believe that he was an incredibly brilliant scholar and theologian, and that he was gifted in Greek, Hebrew, the Classics, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, etc., etc. However, the facts are that there were at least 26 German translations available in Germany before Luther’s. That these other German Bibles were already available is not part of the Luther Legend.read more
Readings and Reflections with Cardinal Tagle: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time A & St. Bridget, July 23,2017
Christ’s parables today make this conjoined point: God in his providence will use even the apparent evil that attends us in life to some perfecting purpose; out of our littleness, our emptiness our nothingness God’s greatness will flower in an astonishing way. The parables verify that God is the God who has “the care of all” – of every situation, every circumstance, every moment. God shows his might precisely when “the perfection of his power is disbelieved.” “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.” We can cave in to our weakness out of despair… or we can pray with faith, “Power, whenever you will, attends you.”read more
When retreatants ask for suggestions about how to deepen their prayer and to grow in their spiritual lives, their directors might have suggestions about some new approach to try. But often it is better to encourage people to work patiently at what they are already doing, especially when it comes to forming a real relationship with Jesus. Learning how to talk with him and how to listen to him may come easier for some than for others.
Imagine the situation of an individual who is committed to some form of daily mental prayer as well as to some form of examination of conscience. The very regularity of these practices can easily mean that they do not get much special attention. We are creatures of habit. We fall into certain patterns, and that is not all bad. A routine can carry us through even the busiest and most trying seasons of our lives.read more
Over thirty-five years have passed since St. John Paul II issued his encyclical, Laborem exercens. Its key principle—that human labor has priority over raw capital (§12)—was, and remains, a revolutionary proposition. It shouldn’t be. Capital is, after all, a thing: it is something of value that can be bought, sold, or used as a means of exchange. Labor, however, is not a thing: labor is the act of human persons, of actual laborers doing something. Of course, it has a value, but it is the value of a person’s act, done by persons, and persons are never means to an end.read more
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