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Cardinal Sarah… “We Are Called Today To Witness, Which Means Martyrdom”

August 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah… “We Are Called Today To Witness, Which Means Martyrdom”

(Editor’s Note: Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, gave the following homily at a Mass on August 12 at France’s historical theme park, the Puy-du-Fou, Vendée, France (His Eminence, in denouncing the international anti-family agenda, said that “Africa, like the Vendée, will resist!” (LifeSiteNews provided the text of the homily. All rights reserved.) + + + This evening, we offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of the souls of all of the volunteers of the Puy-du-Fou who have died since the beginnings of this beautiful work, 40 years ago. Every night, all of you who are gathered here, awaken the memory of this place through your work. The castle of…Continue Reading

The Silent Witness Of Europe’s Medieval Past

August 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Silent Witness Of Europe’s Medieval Past

By JAMES MONTI “The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it” (Matt. 12:41). Our Lord’s haunting words to the people of first-century Israel were by no means meant for them alone; these words echo across the centuries as a challenge to every age of unbelief, and most especially, it would certainly seem, to our own. But it will not only be the men of Nineveh to condemn our time. Our generation will also be answerable to the medieval citizens of Chartres, Reims, Amiens, Paris, York, Canterbury, and Salisbury. For at the preaching of Christ they built from stone imperishable monuments of faith, Gothic cathedrals, still standing centuries later amid a modern wasteland of…Continue Reading

Randi Weingarten Bites The Bullet

August 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Randi Weingarten Bites The Bullet

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A few weeks back we pointed out in this space that you don’t hear liberals accusing parents who send their children to private schools of racism as much as in the past. We speculated that liberal politicians and leaders of teachers unions have intuited they would lack credibility if they made that charge, considering the large number of politicians and teachers who send their children to private schools to avoid dangerous and dysfunctional local public schools. It looks as if we spoke too soon. Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, seems to have decided that she had to bite the bullet and take a position in public for which she knows she…Continue Reading

The Greatest Football Coach

August 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Greatest Football Coach

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + If you are going to be a student athlete, the coach said, there are only two things you can do: Be a student and an athlete. You won’t have time for anything else, he said, if you want to excel at both. That, as I recall, was the first lesson Gil Haskell imparted to the 1975 St. Ignatius football team when we met to discuss offseason workouts. Haskell understood what high school football was about. The immediate goal was winning on the field, but the ultimate goal was winning in life. One of the first steps…Continue Reading

Jean Vanier… To Love And Be Loved

August 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Jean Vanier… To Love And Be Loved

By DONALD DeMARCO Jean Vanier was born on September 10, 1928 in Geneva, Switzerland. His father, Major-General Georges Vanier, served as the 19th governor general of Canada. Jean received a broad education in Canada, England, and France. He served with the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. He earned a doctorate in philosophy and taught at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. He produced his first book in 1966, Happiness as Principle and End of Aristotelian Ethics. He was 36 years old and at a crossroad in his life. What goals would he pursue? He had aspired to be a naval officer. Yet, with his education, broad experience, and keen intelligence he could have just as well…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

August 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part six, because of its length, has appeared in two separate issues of The Wanderer. This is the second installment; the first appeared in the issue of August 17, 2017, p. 7B.) + + + Early in the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II, on May 13, 1981, what is now the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima as it is the anniversary of her first apparition to the three visionaries, the Holy Father was shot four times in an assassination…Continue Reading

Dissonance, The New Normal

August 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Dissonance, The New Normal

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Almost daily, the media report on instances of radical dissension in America. People are split on numerous political, social, and religious issues, show no inclination to compromise, and increasingly rely on obstruction to pursue their positions. The result is discord, confusion, outrage, greater polarization, and violence. In the absence of national unity and civilized discourse, how long can America continue to prosper and progress? What kind of nation will our children and grandchildren inherit: When political rhetoric is so inflamed that a supporter of one party’s presidential candidate tries to kill members of Congress from the other party? When the defeated candidate for president vows to “do everything I can” to defeat the elected president’s agenda?…Continue Reading

Religion Is Not Simple

August 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Religion Is Not Simple

By JOHN YOUNG Some people claim that true religion is very simple, and that if we delve into difficult theological questions we will lose that simplicity. Jesus said we must become as little children if we are to enter God’s Kingdom; He didn’t say we must become theologians. Frank Sheed’s response to the claim that religion should be kept simple was: “Having one leg would be simpler than having two, but it would complicate walking.” Christians who advocate a simple religion often claim that this is found in the New Testament, and that it was the later theologians who complicated things. They see Jesus as proposing a very simple way of life, a way that the earliest disciples put into…Continue Reading

Rose Of Lima, A First For The Americas

August 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Rose Of Lima, A First For The Americas

By RAY CAVANAUGH The first saint born in the Americas, Rose of Lima practiced both charity and asceticism with extreme intensity until her death at age 31. She is now the patroness of South America, and churches across the world bear her name. This August 24 marks the 400th anniversary of her death. The future St. Rose was born “Isabel Flores de Oliva” on April 20, 1586, in Lima, Peru. She was one of eleven children in a respected but rather poor family. Her father, Gaspar Flores, was a native of Spain and had served in the Spanish Army. Her mother, Maria de Oliva y Herrera, was a Peruvian native of indigenous heritage. While still a child, the future saint…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Wonder And Joy At The Great Goodness Of God

August 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Wonder And Joy At The Great Goodness Of God

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, by Kevin Vost (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH, 2016), 207 pp.; paperback, $18.95. Available from or 1-800-888-9344. While Christians live a moral life founded on the natural law, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the love of neighbor and the love of God, the imitation of Christ, and the sacraments, they receive additional graces and gifts as sources of moral truth and strength to fortify them. As Dr. Vost writes, “How delightful that the Giver gives us so many ways to guide us toward happiness, on earth and in heaven.” Indeed in His divine Providence God never tires of finding additional ways to show men the way, the truth, and…Continue Reading