Thursday, August 17, 2017

Advice from Bishop Barron: Read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce"

... Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. The inspiration for this theological fantasy is the medieval idea of the refrigerium, the refreshment or vacation from Hell granted to some of the souls abiding there. ...

A Bishop Explains Why You Should Read C.S. Lewis' Masterpiece "The Great Divorce" | ChurchPOP

Franciscan quotation

"It's 'Heaven Begun', for the grateful on earth." - Father Solanus Casey

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Franciscan quotation

O Lord, our God, you have proclaimed yourself to be the first and last. Teach your servant to show by reason what he holds with faith most certain, that you are the most eminent, the first efficient cause and the last end. - John Duns Scotus

Pax et bonum

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Franciscan quotation (More Archbishop Chaput)

In a world of hyperbole, duplicity, factual disfigurement, and spin, speaking plainly and living honestly in obedience to Jesus Christ is an abnormal behavior. - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Pax et bonum

Monday, August 14, 2017

Franciscan quotation

“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hetacombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we are ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?” - St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Alveda King: Abortion is Racism and Takes Away the Civil Rights of Unborn Babies

Racism is on our minds these days. Here's another way it is manifested.

Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Alveda King: Abortion is Racism and Takes Away the Civil Rights of Unborn Babies: Alveda King the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King jr is responding today to the white supremacy protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. King says the white supr

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Charlottesville thoughts

Under the Constitution, people have the right to voice their views - no matter how repugnant they are - as long as they do not commit acts of violence against others, encourage acts of violence against others directly or indirectly, or threaten or unjustly infringe upon the rights of others.

So the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville had a right to express their racist, repugnant views. But they did so in violent ways, prepared for violence with their weapons and shields, in defiance of the law. That was beyond what their "right" allowed.

And as a result, a woman is dead and many others injured.

Catholic leaders are right to denounce what happened.

The man directly involved in the killing is under arrest and face charges. I think others should face charges - criminal or civil - for what happened.

The sad thing is that there have been an increasing number of violent incidents from both the right and left. We saw the direct violence of the shooting at the softball field earlier this summer, and now this. I fear more is to come.

May God forgive us for allowing this to happen.

Let us pray that we can head off more such violence.

Let us look to our own words and actions that help to increase the violence in any way.

Pax et bonum