Sunday, January 14, 2018

How the Devil Uses Religion

  Only a sliver of a fraction of people are attracted to evil for evil’s sake. The rest are fooled. Cunning is the devil’s game.
It is in the murky margins outside of religion where religious folks, or those who are “just spiritual,” imagine they are following a greater god. Every rebellion against the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church is done under cover of improvement. It doesn't work that way. I’m not saying non-Catholic religions are evil; I’m saying evil is alway afoot when rejecting truth.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Torn Between Two Loves

I first met Kim Heilman as the newly married, Mrs. Heilman, Old Testament religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School in Bismarck.  She had a BA in Art History and English literature and an MA in Catholic studies and had lived through cultural relativism, coming out on the other end embracing her Catholic faith. It was a journey, however, in which she had to break off an engagement and cling to Catholic teachings no matter the cost.
This is about Kim Heilman’s choice. I am condensing her story here, which first appeared in Amazing Grace for Families book. You can read her first-person account at her new blog: Musings from the Home.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Word from Humility Experts

         It seems that the dumbest mistakes occur on the heels of pride. Humility and obedience to God’s Church, with over 2,000 years of getting it right, are the way to go. We avoid a lot of buffoonery this way. There are times that people think we are fools because of our values, but we know the company we keep. Better to be a fool for Christ than for the world.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Get Out of the Boat!

Is your New Year’s Resolution ready to employ?  If not, I have one for you: Get out of the boat this year. 
  Start each day reporting for duty, offering to do whatever God has in mind and asking for the grace to be like St. Peter and get out of the boat. Only then, was he able to walk on water. 
Under the scenario of desiring to do whatever God wills, there can be no failure.  We control our effort and God controls the outcome. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Secret of Christmas

Christmas is about Jesus born in a manager. “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to,” (Philippians 2:6).
Christmas is about Mary. “And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word,’” (Luke 1:38). 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Science Behind the Recent Sex Abuse Scandals

There is a reason behind the recent breakout of reported sex abuse. Deranged thinking has been with us for antiquity, but we have entered a new high on the sexual offender scale. 
                And in case you haven't notice, fatigue is setting in on this once-sensational headline. The problem isn't going to go away, so as a society, we should seek to understand where it's coming from.
 The offender is always 100% wrong; but like any crime, people should stay clear of becoming potential victims. You don’t leave your keys in the car, walk down dark alleys, or leave your valuables unguarded in plain view. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Sex Abuse Victims Who Went Along

There are some missing persons among victims of the star-studded sex abusers—the ones that went along. I began noticing that with Harvey Weinstein. Women spoke of being pressured and humiliated by perverse demands, but those who came forward had rejected his advances. Where were the women that did not fight him off?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Liberal Media Hazardous to the Truth

A whole lot of brainwashing is going on unless it’s just a colossal coincidence that suddenly massive numbers of people stopped thinking true marriage is only between one man and one woman. Now the gathering masses demand the head (or at least the job) of anyone sticking with the definition of marriage which has existed throughout all of human history. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Our Lady of Joy, of the Smile, and of Surprises

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Our Blessed Mother has much to be concerned about with all of God’s children, but she also makes time for joy. Mary can enter into any situation in our lives and make things better. What better time to go to her than during the Advent season as we prepare for the joy of Christmas?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Does Committing the Unforgivable Sin Doom Someone?

An atheist once told me that he had blasphemed against the Holy Spirit. He said it was the unforgivable sin so conversion would never be an option for him.  "'And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:22-32).

Friday, November 17, 2017

Exorcist and Padre Pio on Angels

While many of us have felt our angel’s presence at times or at least trust that he’s there, what do all the guardian angels do when people turn from God? Are they still on guard? During an interview with Father Patrick, (not his real name) an exorcist for seven years who is also a parish priest, he explained that people often ask him where is God or why aren’t the angels protecting us and stopping all this insanity?