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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

Ten Complacent Maxims

December 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Mark Strand, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, passed away recently (November 29, 2014). He was a staunch atheist, declaring that he had never met God and had never been to Heaven. He said: “Although there are a lot of people claiming that God is telling them what to do, I have no idea how God talks to them. Maybe they are getting secret emails.” In one of his poems he imagined how it felt “to open the dictionary of the Beyond and discover what one suspected, that the only word in it is nothing.” His daughter Jessica spoke for the family in saying that “we weren’t a religious people, but we worshipped at the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: Depo-Provera”

December 17, 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 + + + Depo-Provera is an injectable contraceptive drug that sometimes has an abortifacient effect. It also possesses a long and checkered history rife with fraud and abuse. In 1967, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals began an extensive 11-year trial of Depo at Atlanta’s Grady Clinic in its attempts to get the drug approved for use in the United States. The injection was tested on a disproportionate number of poor, black, and rural women without informed consent and without giving the women information on the drug’s…Continue Reading

An Advent Reflection . . . The Very Visible Sin Of Gluttony

December 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Ever since I can remember, I have always had a problem with the fluctuation of my weight. As a child, my nickname was “Gordo,” which means fat in Spanish. I wasn’t bothered when my own family called me that, but it did bother me when the other school kids would make fun of me because of my weight. I bring this up not as the latest installment of my true confessions or to garner sympathy, but for a few other, timely reasons. Advent is upon us and, as the Church teaches us, it is a time to pray, fast, and prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus on Christmas Day. While many Catholics do not adhere…Continue Reading

Gosnell Filmmakers Reopen Crowdfunding Campaign

December 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By LISA BOURNE (LifeSiteNews) — The producers of the forthcoming Kermit Gosnell “House of Horrors” movie are reopening their crowdfunding campaign after Indiegogo changed its rules to allow campaigns without a deadline. Magdalena Segieda, Phelim McAleer, and Ann McElhinney surpassed their previous crowdfunding goal of $2.1 million earlier this year, and the Indiegogo fundraising site is permitting them to reopen the campaign indefinitely effective December 3, according to the Christian Post. The reopening is under the site’s recently added Forever Funding category. “It’s a huge boost to the movie,” McElhinney said. “More donations, means more shooting days, better actors, higher production values, it’ll mean a better movie. It will also mean we’ll be able to get Gosnell’s story out to…Continue Reading

The CIA And Its Torturers

December 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO When the head of the CIA’s torture unit decided to destroy videotapes of his team’s horrific work, he unwittingly set in motion a series of events that led to the release this past week of the most massive, detailed documentation of unlawful behavior by high-ranking government officials and intentional infliction of pain on noncombatants by the United States government since the Civil War era. Here is the backstory. One of the reasons repeatedly stated by President George W. Bush for the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the maintenance of “torture rooms” by Saddam Hussein. While making this very argument, Bush was secretly authorizing CIA agents to engage in similar unlawful behavior for similar purposes:…Continue Reading