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Lent Is Our Way To Jesus

March 3, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Lent Is Our Way To Jesus

By REY FLORES Once again, we have entered one of the most beautiful seasons of our liturgical year. As we’ve often heard it said, Lent is a time for repentance and renewal. All things will be renewed in Christ’s triumphant Resurrection, but the painful Via Crucis comes before the glory. There’s no better time than always to start teaching your kids the true meanings of the liturgical calendar seasons and the specific holidays, or holy days of obligation, which our lives revolve around. “L” is for Lent. It is also the first letter in the word “Less,” as in fasting and mortification. The less food and less indulging in our favorite things, the better chance there is for us to…Continue Reading

First Teachers… Fr. Spadaro And The Politics Of Non-Politicization

March 2, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on First Teachers… Fr. Spadaro And The Politics Of Non-Politicization

By SHAUN KENNEY Fr. Antonio Spadaro is back in the news again, and for all the wrong reasons. This time, it is a retweet — sharing something through the social media platform Twitter — of a comment someone made that EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo and the entire EWTN staff ought to be placed under papal interdict until Mr. Arroyo is fired by the Catholic news outlet. Fired? I am trying to be sympathetic to the Pope Francis and those who circle his papacy, I really am. One completely understands his emphasis on Romano Guardini and the philosopher’s warnings against postmodernism. As a student of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, Fr. Spadaro has bought the argument that the only means of resolving…Continue Reading

Short Takes . . .

March 1, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Short Takes . . .

Good For You Bishop Thomas Paprocki Bishop Thomas Paprocki should be applauded for his courage in announcing this week that Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who lives in his diocese, is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of his public abortion advocacy. When will his fellow bishops react in kind? Durban of course is a longtime advocate

Mass Killings And The Isolated Self

March 1, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Mass Killings And The Isolated Self

By GEORGE A. KENDALL In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, the latest in a long series of such shootings, which are starting to seem almost like routine events, we are hearing our esteemed pundits remark, hardly for the first time, that these atrocities are perpetrated by young people who live very isolated lives. This is certainly true, but there seems to be little insight, on the part of said pundits, into why the phenomenon of the isolated individual is becoming so common. Well, why wouldn’t isolation be commonplace? As Christianity becomes more and more marginal, the dominant ideology in our society, indeed, the world-taken-for-granted in that society, is one which says that the fundamental human reality is the…Continue Reading

It’s The Culture, Stupid!

February 28, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on It’s The Culture, Stupid!

By MIKE MANNO During the 1992 presidential election the Clinton campaign popularized the slogan, “It’s the economy, Stupid.” And it was right to do so. For most of our history the voters’ choice has been disproportionally determined by pocketbook issues. The question as to which candidate is best for my business, income, families’ well-being, and so on, could be answered without a moral twang since both parties adhered to mostly centrist positions and embraced the traditional values found in our common history and culture. But by 1992 our conception of common history and values had begun to wilt. The turmoil of the 1960s began to take its toll: The Vietnam War, assassinations, Watergate, the sexual revolution, the emerging gay empowerment,…Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Smells The Smoke Of Satan

February 27, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on U.S. Senate Smells The Smoke Of Satan

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The smoke of Satan blew thick and dark, swirling across the floor of the United States Senate on the evening of January 29, as members voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the consideration of S. 2311, “A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.” The bill straightforwardly “amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.” The vote on the motion to proceed required 60 votes. It failed, with 51 votes in favor, 46 opposed, and 3 not…Continue Reading

My Meeting With Billy Graham

February 26, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on My Meeting With Billy Graham

By JACK KENNY God and nature and the weatherman all cooperated on the day Billy Graham came to Manchester, N.H., a city of about 100,000 people in the southern end of the state, about an hour’s drive north of Boston. Vermonters and New Hampshirites like to say the other state is upside down, since the one is shaped like the inverted image of the other. And in a way, Manchester and the slightly smaller city of Nashua, about 18 miles further south, are inverted demographic images of the Granite State. For the state as a whole is about two-thirds Protestant and roughly one-third Catholic. In Manchester and Nashua, it is the reverse. So in coming to Manchester, Graham, the Protestant…Continue Reading

Another School Shooting . . . Grabbing Guns Doesn’t Hold Answer For Why This Violence Occurs

February 25, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Another School Shooting . . . Grabbing Guns Doesn’t Hold Answer For Why This Violence Occurs

By DEXTER DUGGAN Commenting after the gunman’s attack that left 17 victims dead at a Parkland, Fla., high school on February 14 — both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day this year — opinion writer Victor Joecks paused to make this brief observation before ending his column posted on February 17: “The only time mass murder isn’t universally mourned in the United States is when abortionists kill millions of preborn babies.” Joecks works for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest daily, so he’s not unacquainted with mass shootings after the October 1 massacre on the Strip in his own city. Three days later, posting on February 20 about shootings, Joecks noted that a survivor of the Florida Valentine’s Day massacre had…Continue Reading

Compulsory Sterilization And Stolen Fruit Of The Womb

February 24, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Compulsory Sterilization And Stolen Fruit Of The Womb

By REY FLORES “And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” We all know this beautiful scriptural part of the Hail Mary. It declares that Jesus is truly the fruit which Our Blessed Mother bore from her sacred womb. When God created us, He made woman to have the ability to do the same. Like the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus, every time a child is created and eventually born, this miraculous event is repeated, constantly reminding us of God’s awesome power and love. Who on God’s green earth would ever even imagine interfering in any way with such an astounding miracle? We learn from the very beginning of mankind in the Book of Genesis 1:28: “God blessed…Continue Reading

Three Fellow Travelers For Lent

February 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Three Fellow Travelers For Lent

By SHAUN KENNEY One of the great things about Lent is that it reminds you of the cadence of the liturgical season, the way it rises and falls with the seasons themselves. Just as surely as fall feasting culminates with Christmas, so too does winter and all its reminders truly arrive with Lent. Of course, once upon a time, we would all be tilling the earth for our livelihood. Subsistence would be the order of the day, with average lifespans of about 35 years of age and old age a rare occurrence indeed. To have seen too many winters or too few was a mark of the passage of time, not to mention, the mark of wisdom. One really has…Continue Reading