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Mom And The Three Elves

December 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI The week between Christmas and New Year was usually uneventful at St. Paul Catholic Church. That is if it didn’t snow. With so many folks away visiting family and friends, and the Stone Harbor, N.J., snowbirds having migrated to Florida for the winter, we were always short of muscle for shoveling. As fate would have it, one year a snowstorm hit on New Year’s Eve. It lay beautifully around the church. But, with people arriving for the Vigil Mass, the danger of someone slipping outweighed the postcard quality of the scene. Of course, I was younger then, and even with the obvious effects of Muscle World on my person, I knew I couldn’t clean the…Continue Reading

Before Midnight Mass

December 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARK AMOROSE Out of the black, a burst of aural light: the newborn carols that we, singing, pray deny it is the middle of the night, and in the dark we hear the break of day. Each song-starved tongue, each fasting ear, revives, prepared by Advent abstinence to feast: From voluntary limits on our lives, the manna of the music is released. And thus we hark, and herald angels sing the first noel — in dulci jubilo! We walk with Wenceslas the servant-king, following where the saint has marked the snow. And when the organ sounds the starting chord we are in David’s city with the Lord.

Culture Of Life 101… “What Are “Heresy,” “Apostasy,” And “Schism”?”

December 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. . . . For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn…Continue Reading

The Eyes Of Memories Past

December 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEREK BECHER Ever since the first time I heard my father’s cherished Christmas carols echoing softly throughout the cozy, softly glowing rooms of our small country home, when I was just a young child, something stirred inside, shivering my soul, that seemed to mean peace, and joy. I couldn’t quite explain it, but it didn’t matter, for it seemed so right and wonderful. And now, listening to those same lovely harmonies in the comfort of my own home, I’m taken back to a fond childhood Christmas memory. I’m there, sitting in wonder, listening to those familiar sounds of Christmas, watching the smile, still on his face, as his happy but watery eyes look beyond the sparkling tinsel out into…Continue Reading

A Christmas Message From Paul Likoudis

December 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

To My Dear Friends At The Wanderer: As Christmas approaches, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the many readers who have supported me over the past year. Your support has been absolutely crucial — your prayers as well as the contributions which you have so kindly provided to help my family. Your gifts have literally kept us in our home for the past two years. Especially humbling are the many thanks for my work over the past decades for The Wanderer, and also the expressions of solidarity from those who are enduring similar trials themselves or in their families. Believe me, I do keep you in my prayers as you have asked. I continue to watch as best I can…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Why We Must Fight Dissent”

December 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded” (Romans 16:17-18). + + + The great Chinese military strategist…Continue Reading

A Missing Link: The Last Fifty Years

December 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER Recently The Catholic Herald, one of our most reliable English Catholic weeklies, recently published an article by George Weigel on Vatican II and the subsequent fifty years called “Mission Abandoned” and carrying on the cover the phrase “George Weigel says we’ve wasted the last 50 years on infighting.” Professor Weigel is one of our most distinguished Catholic writers who over the years has done great work in the service of the Church. This in itself makes me hesitate to take issue with him. But in addition to that is the fact that if I do I shall expose myself to the charge of carrying on the “infighting.” However, there is one serious omission in his article which,…Continue Reading

Not Just Another Christmas Story

December 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOE PROCOPIO In October of 1958 I remember the election of Pope John XXIII. In December of that same year he celebrated his first Christmas Mass as Pope. It was also the first time that the Church had the technology to set up a broadcast of the Christmas Mass worldwide with radio and television. Being 2,000 years old, the Church is the oldest living organization on Earth and she invited everyone in the world to be a part of this memorable Mass. There were people from all over of the globe — purple-robed cardinals, peasants, average men and women, intellectuals, dummies, poor, rich, religious, non-religious, Catholic and non-Catholic alike from nearly every nation. Even though this was a brand-new…Continue Reading

America And France Turn Right

December 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In the December 6 first round of regional elections in France, the clear and stunning winner was the National Front of Marine Le Pen. Her party rolled up 30 percent of the vote, and came in first in 6 of 13 regions. Marine herself won 40 percent of her northeast district. Despite tremendous and positive publicity from his presidential role in the Charlie Hebdo and Paris massacres and the climate summit, Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party ran third. What drove the victory of the National Front? According to The Wall Street Journal’s William Horobin, “Ms. Le Pen, who has combined the party’s anti-immigration stance with calls for hard-line security measures and tighter control of France’s borders, has…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Cultural Identity Is National

December 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Redner, Harry. The Tragedy of European Civilization: Towards an Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. xxiii + 257 pp. This is a collection of essays each of which could have been turned into a book. Harry Redner, retired reader at Monash University in Melbourne, has served as a visiting professor at distinguished universities in Europe and the United States as well as in Israel. He is the author of Totalitarianism, Globalization, Colonialism, and other major studies. At the outset of this book, Redner identifies ten leading thinkers who he believes comprise much of the intellectual history of the 20th century. They are Marx, Weber, Freud, Spengler, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Arendt, Nietzsche, Foucault,…Continue Reading