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Fragment For Christmas

December 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fragment For Christmas

By DUNSTAN THOMPSON (Editor’s Note: Wanderer contributor Philip Trower submitted the poem below by Dunstan Thompson. Thompson [1918-1975] was an American poet. Trower is Thompson’s executor; all rights reserved.) + + + Dear Lord, and only ever faithful friend, For love of us rejected, tortured, torn — And we were there; who on the third day rose Again, and still looks after us; descend Into each wrecked unstable house; be born In us, a Child among Your former foes.

At Christmastime, Remember Our Service Members

December 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on At Christmastime, Remember Our Service Members

By JOANNE SADLER BUTLER What was Christmas like for an Army scout in Iraq a dozen years ago? The short answer: nothing. I’m sorry if this shocks you, but a scout’s focus must be completely on alert to his surroundings, or he will die. If thoughts of missing Christmas and family intrude, the scout might not hear that (literally) critical tiny rustle around the corner, and seconds later he’s finished. How do I know this? I have a friend, Ryan, a cradle Catholic, who was an Army scout in Iraq and awarded a Purple Heart. He suffered many wounds; was in and out of hospitals for years, but had the discipline to acquire a BS degree in business from Texas…Continue Reading

Historicity Of Jesus Christ Doubted Only By Anti-Religionists

December 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Historicity Of Jesus Christ Doubted Only By Anti-Religionists

By DAVID NABHAN (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in NEWSMAX December 5 and is reprinted here with the author’s permission. David Nabhan wrote Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology, published in 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing, New York.) + + + The media focuses regularly on curmudgeons whose claim to fame is sneering at the flag on Independence Day, pooh-poohing any reason for feast or celebration on Thanksgiving, and during Christmas season trotting out their yearly insult to 2.2 billion people worldwide. That there is a purely political impetus for these bizarre assaults on the foundational events of our culture seems clearly obvious. The thinly veiled questioning of the very historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth by elitist poseurs,…Continue Reading

Chaldean Priest . . . Sees Christmas As Time Of Rebirth On Nineveh Plain

December 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Chaldean Priest . . . Sees Christmas As Time Of Rebirth On Nineveh Plain

KAREMLASH (AsiaNews) — Fr. Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest from Mosul, recently celebrated the December 4 Feast of St. Barbara in Karemlash, on the plain of Nineveh, a village previously held for three years by the Islamic State group. Speaking to AsiaNews, the clergyman said people are waiting “for Christmas with joy, as if they had been let out of prison” after spending the last few years as “refugees in the reception centers in Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan.” They hope that those who fled to other countries in the region or the West will return home and contribute “personally to the rebirth of our land.” “We organized a solemn feast to show that, however slowly and with difficulty, we…Continue Reading

Christmas Is Revolutionary

December 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Christmas Is Revolutionary

By DONALD DeMARCO When people refuse to acknowledge bad things that come into their lives, we call it denial. By that we imply that the bad things are indeed real but it is the deniers who are being unrealistic. On the other hand, when people are confronted with exceedingly good things — things that are “too good to be true,” so to speak — they often find a way to reduce them to something trivial. The cynic, in this case, might call such people realistic while he dismisses the exceedingly good things that occur as unrealistic. So often, in the face of either great hardship or great good, people are less than realistic. The greatest good that was ever brought…Continue Reading

The Bell Tower Cherubs

December 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Bell Tower Cherubs

By DEREK BECHER Nighttime rolls along the land and dims the fields dark, It hushes sounds of wand’ring beasts, and warblings of the lark; Serenity and silence ends the hustle that was there, And now a starry stillness hangs in late December’s air. And soon, this night in Bethlehem, a scene will fast unfold, A Christmas wonder few have seen and fewer have been told: The Church of the Nativity will host a joyous rite, As little angels gather on this holiest of nights. The cherubim assemble to observe our Savior’s birth; This annual tradition brings a celebrated mirth! But first, before the merriment begins, each Yuletide, The angels seek a moment that they’ve never been denied. Atop the walls,…Continue Reading

Lawsuit Contests Taxpayer-Funded Illinois Abortion Law

December 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Lawsuit Contests Taxpayer-Funded Illinois Abortion Law

By MAGGIE MASLAK SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News) — A new Illinois law requiring public funding of elective abortions is opposed by pro-life groups and taxpayers who have sued the state, calling the measure illegal. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit legal group in Chicago, in a statement released November 30. “Even apart from the sincere moral objections that many folks have to paying for abortions, there is no money in this year’s Illinois state budget to pay for them,” Breen continued. House Bill 40 was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in late September. Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago criticized the governor, saying that…Continue Reading

Advent With The English Martyrs

December 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Advent With The English Martyrs

By JAMES MONTI Recently I learned from an English Catholic gentleman that in late October the BBC began airing in England a new television series called Gunpowder dramatizing the historical events surrounding the “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605, a violent plot of a few Catholic extremists arising from the desperate situation of Catholics persecuted under England’s monarchy. Although it is not yet clear whether this series will ever be shown on U.S. television, accounts of it sound encouraging — that it depicts with unsparing honesty the brutal persecution to which English Catholics were subjected by the country’s Protestant regime. If this is indeed the case, then the airing of this dramatization would serve as a needed and timely reality check to…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic. . . The Supreme Court’s Overturning Of Bad Precedents: Don’t Hold Your Breath

December 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic. . . The Supreme Court’s Overturning Of Bad Precedents: Don’t Hold Your Breath

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a novel about a president who uses power in the way suggested in this column, American Cincinnatus.) + + + In his recent book, Nixon’s White House Wars, Patrick J. Buchanan writes about how most of Richard Nixon’s…Continue Reading

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

December 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Lead Us Not Into Temptation

By DONALD DeMARCO “I can resist anything but temptation,” quipped Oscar Wilde. His remark is really more humorous than cynical. But it does underscore a truth, namely, that there is some measure of difficulty for all of us in resisting temptation. Even the saints had to wrestle with temptation. “I am delighted with the law of God according to the inward man,” writes St. Paul, “but I see another law in my members fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me in the law of sin that is in my members” (Romans 7:15). Temptation is an ever-present problem. “Opportunity knocks but once,” as a pundit once remarked, “but temptation leans on the doorbell.” In this case, the exaggeration…Continue Reading