Monday, May 22, 2017

Some Notre Dame Graduates Flee Their Ceremony


Nothing says higher learning these days like plugging your ears and running away. This past weekend around 150 graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame ran—well, walked at a serious clipfrom their own graduation ceremony as commencement speaker Vice-President Mike Pence took the stage.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The 21-year Wait for Mother's Day


Carrie Olson originally told this story about her renewed marriage and then a 21-year wait for motherhood in Amazing Grace for Mothers. Here is an adaptation of it.

When Carrie Olson played baby dolls as a little girl, she never doubted that one day it would be for real. But shortly after her marriage to Bob, she stopped thinking about having children. Instead, she wondered, “What have I done?”
Married at eighteen to a 23-year-old alcoholic, her life became a nightmare. Many nights were spent home alone since she was not old enough to accompany him to the bar. After four years, she finally left him.

Friday, May 5, 2017

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions During Prayer


“A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.”  Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted.  “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother

For such a time as this, we have all we need. God has actually increased our spiritual riches during the last century through the messages of Fatima and the Divine Mercy devotion.
Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and Tony Mullen, founder oMyConsecration.org, will explain how we can tap into the gifts that God showers upon us and how to be a part of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Divine Mercy Sunday, at 7-8:45 PM Eastern. The live broadcast of “Divine Mercy and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” in Stockbridge, MA, can be watched by going here.

MOTHER TERESA'S HUMILTIY LIST


 
1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.

2. Keep busy with your own affairs.

3. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.

4. Accept small irritations with good humor.

5. Do not dwell on the faults of others.

6. Accept censures even if unmerited.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Do You Let Jesus be God?


“The Pharisees would not let Jesus be God,” the priest said during a homily this morning referring to the Gospel of John 8: 51-59
“Jesus said: "Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
“You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” the Pharisees responded. Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stigmatist Priest, Father Dolindo Ruotolo


 "It is the duty of every Catholic to contribute to the salvation of souls," -Fr. Ruotolo.
St. Francis and St. Padre Pio are two much loved saints that bore the wounds of Christ.  But how many know about Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo, a contemporary of Padre Pio?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How to Make Fasting Not a Diet

What did Jesus do prepare for his public ministry? He went into the wilderness to fast for forty days.  It was not a diet.  That might sound crass but it’s tempting to look at spiritual fasting as a convenient opportunity to also go on a diet.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Confession: I Never Liked the St. Monica Story



“I should have been a better mother,” St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine. 
“If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine.

Monday, March 6, 2017

16 Ways to Counteract "A Day Without a Woman"


         

   “A Day Without A Woman” is planned for Wednesday, March 8. The organizers behind the January march in DC have now hijacked International Women’s Day calling for women to walk out on jobs and family and not to shop or basically do anything that contributes to society that day.
Women are ironically being told to do nothing for anyone on a day which traditionally  honors and respects women for their achievements.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

“Finding Jesus” Examines Historical Evidence


How ironic that Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, should give testimony to the existence of Jesus 2000 years later through a stone bearing Pilate’s name.   The decision of the prefect of Judea to crucify Jesus, clinched salvation history and was both the greatest good and the greatest evil—sentencing Jesus to death and saving mankind.  That decision rested on Pilate’s shoulders—a man Scripture shows was conflicted.  His questions to Jesus seemed sincere: “Are you the King of the Jews?” and “What is truth?”

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Prayers Answered for a Deathbed Conversion

 I believe my prayers contributed to a deathbed conversion. There were surely other prayers at work, but mine were in the mix. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working, (James 5:16).

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Skip the Glitter and Take Ashes As Mother Teresa Would

If you notice any glittery crosses on foreheads this Ash Wednesday, March 1, it’s a sham. Offering glitz in place of the cross is a counterfeit of what it means to follow Jesus.   
What’s with the glitter?  In the article "'Glitter Ash Wednesday' sparkles for LGBT Christians and others, it was reported that Parity, a New York-based advocacy group, wants Christians promoting LGBT equality to mark Ash Wednesday with "glitter ash" on their foreheads.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dear Bill Nye: Stop Promoting Abortion with Fake Science!

Dear Bill, I watched your YouTube video Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?  I see the bow tie is still there and noticed that your human cells, begun at conception, have advanced into old age. Retirement is not serving you well, however. Rather than bowing out as the energizer bunny of science-made-easy, you’ve decided to promote abortion.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Sign from Above During Adoration

I had already turned in my article to the National Catholic Register on “Our Blessed Mother, the Stress Expert.”  (To be published soon.) I was onto other things by that time. Then, during adoration, God let me know I had completely overlooked something very important.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pro-Life Troops Advance into Enemy Territory

The dueling Marches are over. Opposition was an underlying theme based on the organizers insistence: No Pro-lifers Welcome vs. All Life is Welcome.  Now is the next phase of engagement—advancing directly into pro-abortion territory.  Put on your spiritual armor and be not afraid as we seek to regain the Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that begins with the right to life in the womb. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bishop Paprocki: Protect Yourself in Enemy Territory

 “This universe is at war,” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

 During an interview with Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the diocese of Springfield, Illinois for an upcoming article with the National Catholic Register about exorcism in the US, he referred to Christian author C.S. Lewis as calling the Earth enemy-occupied territory. Thus, he said, we must access Divine protection so we do not fall to the enemy, 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Questions for the Women of the March

We’ve seen the numbers and heard the roars. Now, I have a question for the women of the March on DC. Why are you making abortion the defining issue of womanhood? Fracturing between women who defend abortion and those who defend life is a big fault line indeed.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Women’s March: Many Running From the Truth


The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington on January 21 are dictating who are not welcome to participate.  Prolife women, including a pregnancy center and an organization called New Wave Feminists, have been officially told not to come.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Armageddon? Exorcist Advises: Don’t Even Think About It


Are the End Times upon us?  You could make a case for it. But don’t. That’s the advice of Father Vincent Lampert, the designated exorcist for the archdiocese of Indianapolis, who trained at the North American College in Rome and assisted with over 40 exorcisms with longtime Italian exorcist Father Carmine De Filippis. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Making Peace with the Weatherman



            My father once said, while we were talking about the weather: “Don’t forget who the weatherman is.”   It’s God of course. I knew that but I didn’t always think about it. Now that I do, complaining about the weather no longer feels as benign as it once did.  God sends us our weather, so I try to embrace it these days. This year has been especially challenging in North Dakota with 3 winter storms already—2 of them blizzards—and temperatures that will freeze your face in less time than it takes to scrape ice off a windshield.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

How to be Happier in 2017

It’s an irony that being overly concerned with our own happiness causes us to be less happy. Happiness is one of those things best obtained by giving it to others. Selfishness, instead, eats souls. Yet these days, it is a national pastime.