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Christmas Prayer

December 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEREK BECHER Dear Lord On this lovely, holy Eve, Be with me, I pray And guide me to understand your coming, And why it is we celebrate, especially now. Help me to look beyond the presents and their flowing ribbons; Open my heart and my eyes, and help me to see and feel The suffering that shakes our Earth. Many hunger, and are cold and lonely In this world of plenty; And many stray from your light, by evil and its ways. And the hustle and bustle, How I fear it’s replaced the real joy we should feel. That starry night so long ago So quietly, peacefully, you entered our world And through your love, your guidance, your sacrifice…Continue Reading

How The Prophets Heralded The Incarnation

December 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at how many of the events which took place at the first Christmas two thousand years ago, in Bethlehem, were foreshadowed in the Bible, and so have a deeper significance than is generally realized. The fact is that there are many biblical prophecies that were fulfilled by Christ, to the extent that the Old Testament without the New Testament becomes a rather puzzling collection of “books.” Indeed, the word “Testament” could be better translated as “Covenant,” and this relates to the way Jesus spoke about a “New Covenant” at the Last Supper, a covenant between God and His people that would supersede the Old Jewish Covenant. In any event, we can certainly…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: Implants”

December 26, 2014 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 chapter 2 of The Facts of Life, “Abortifacients,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Birth control implants are slowly becoming more popular as a method of birth control all over the world primarily because of heavy promotion by “family planners.” Implants have several advantages from the population control viewpoint. They do not require daily attention, they have a high effectiveness rate because the cause of most contraceptive failures (user error) is eliminated, and they are effective for a long period of time, from three to seven years. There are three types of implants currently…Continue Reading

Pope To Replace Head Of Swiss Guards

December 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has announced that Colonel Daniel Anrig, the commandant of the Swiss Guards, will resign at the end of January 2015, according to a Catholic World News report on catholicculture.org. Colonel Anrig, who took over the leadership of the Swiss Guard in 2008, had served out a normal five-year term, which was extended by Pope Francis in 2013. But the Pope has now chosen to replace him. The Vatican did not indicate the reason for the change, although there were reports that Colonel Anrig’s strict disciplinary standards did not match the Pope’s more informal style. A replacement has not yet been named.

The Unbelieving Zacharias

December 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARK AMOROSE (Luke 1:18) The father of a speechless babe you’ll be. This seems to you a dubious decree. Therefore, a speechless father will you be. And since you ask too anxiously a sign To prove the promise, now you must resign Yourself to asking with a silent sign. + + + Latin original from Complete Poetry of Richard Crashaw, ed. Geo. Walton Williams (New York: Doubleday, 1970), 261: Infantis fore te patrem, res mira videtur; Infans interea factus es ipse pater. Et dum promissi signum (nimis anxie) quaeris, Jam nisi per signum quaerere nulla potes.

The Exit Doors Are Right There

December 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the song goes. Jack Frost is nipping at our nose, chestnuts are roasting by the fire, grandpa is slugging down the eggnog, the IRS is in our pockets, and the NSA is spying on us 24/7. I know it’s hard to separate ourselves sometimes from the craziness of the world like our jobs or the constant bad news about the latest mass shooting, riot, or ISIS beheadings, but let us take a break this Christmas week. Let’s enjoy our surroundings at home, at our parishes, and even in the annals of our own consciences. This Christmas, I’d like to give the gift of an open exit door…Continue Reading

To The Infant Martyrs

December 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARK AMOROSE (Matt. 2:16-18) Pour out your smiling souls into the sky: Your tongues will learn to speak as spirits fly. Seek not maternal milk from earthly clay: Your sustenance will be the Milky Way. + + + Latin original from Complete Poetry of Richard Crashaw, ed. Geo. Walton Williams. (New York: Doubleday, 1970), 289: Fundite ridentes animas; effundite coelo: Discet ibi vestra (o quam bene!) lingua loqui. Nec vos lac vestrum et maternos quaerite fontes: Que vos expectat lactea tota via est.

Anna’s Wish

December 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEREK BECHER Anna lay still on her hospital bed, which was tilted slightly upward, while she slept. Her parents sat beside her, with their hands clenched together, sharing a prayer as they watched their only child laboring with each breath. She had only just turned nine, but the brave little girl had fought the dreadful disease with the fervor of a healthy adult, impressing her family and surprising her doctors with her will to live. Outside the window, snow fell gently in the December night. It was and always had been her favorite time of year. Anna loved the snow; she would lie in its softness and move her arms and legs to make perfect little snow angels. She…Continue Reading

Cardinal Piacenza To Confessors.. Remember The Priceless Ministry Of Confession At Christmas

December 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a letter to confessors from Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, major penitentiary, released Gaudete Sunday, December 14. In the letter, the cardinal emphasized that “the time of Advent, and especially the days of the beautiful novena of Christmas, are characterized by a particularly attentive waiting, not only by men for God…but also by God for men, whom He loves.” ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved. + + + My dear brother Confessors, Illumined by the light of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, mystical Dawn of the Redemption, we are awaiting with trepidation to experience the birth of the Son of God, while already full of thanksgiving for the gifts by which the Lord chooses…Continue Reading

Archbishop Of Karachi . . . Says “The Taliban Will Stop At Nothing Now”

December 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN PONTIFEX LONDON (ACN News) — Innocent people in Pakistan — young and old alike — are now at increased risk of terrorist attack, according to the leader of the country’s Catholics, who has called on the government to step up security in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre. Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi said that the December 16 incident at the Army Public School was a “revenge attack” against the Pakistan military, and that the Taliban “will stop at nothing now” to harm people. Speaking on December 17 from Karachi, Archbishop Joseph Coutts, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan, told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the threat to schools, hospitals,…Continue Reading