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Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

January 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

By JAMES MONTI At the very moment when the sacred waters of Baptism are poured over the head of a newborn child, that child in an instant becomes heir to an incredible patrimony — all the invisible riches, to be sure, of sanctifying grace, the Scriptures and the sacraments, but also nearly two thousand years of liturgical rites, prayers, holy writings, sacred music, and religious art and architecture. Among all these splendid riches are the prayers we say every day, enriching our daily lives. With the recitation of these prayers becoming “routine,” we sometimes fail to reflect upon all that their words have to offer. Among these prayers is the Anima Christi (“Soul of Christ”), a simple but powerful text…Continue Reading

Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

January 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + White House Spokesman Josh Earnest and Secretary of State John Kerry finished President Barack Obama’s final term with fitting acts of propaganda. Had you listened uncritically to Earnest, you would have thought a male soldier imprisoned for leaking classified documents was a “young woman.” Had you listened uncritically to Kerry, you would have thought the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was a “raging capitalist” country. And, if you agreed with both, you would qualify for a job at The New York Times. On CBS on Wednesday, January 18, Charlie Rose asked Earnest about Obama’s decision to…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

January 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

By DONALD DeMARCO Thomas Aquinas was born in the year 1224 in Rocca Sicca, the hereditary castle of the counts of Aquino in the Neapolitan province. While he was residing in the womb, a holy man brought a prophecy to the unborn child’s mother, Theodora, countess of Aquino: “Rejoice, O lady, for thou art about to have a son whom thou shalt call Thomas….Such will be his learning and holiness that his equal will not be found throughout the world.” The prophecy was fulfilled. At the hearing for the canonization of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1319, a statement from the archbishop of Naples was introduced. According to the testimony of the good bishop, Friar Giacomo di Viterbo, “Our savior had…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

January 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

By ROBERT L. FASTIGGI A signed copy of Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims From Byzantium to Rome ($19.95) can be obtained by ordering directly from the author: James Likoudis, P.O. Box 852, Montour Falls, NY 14865. I first met James Likoudis during a visit to Rome in 1996 — though I had corresponded with him for several years before our initial meeting. Over the last 18 years, I have been blessed by his friendship and his scholarship. I have learned a great deal from him, and, in particular, from his writings concerned with Catholic and Eastern Orthodox relations. In many ways, this present volume is the culmination of Likoudis’ own spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage, a pilgrimage that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

January 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

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 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + IVF Procedure Efficiency: The probability of a single transplanted embryo surviving the entire IVF process is unfavorable to say the least. Despite using multiple eggs, the probability of achieving pregnancy per in vitro cycle is only about one in three. Even with decades of constant tinkering with the details of the IVF process, its efficiency rate has not improved significantly since 1990. Pro-life activists object to IVF not only because it violates the dignity of the marriage act…Continue Reading

Thinking Inside The Box

January 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Thinking Inside The Box

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Praise, prizes, and promotions come to those who think innovatively and creatively; accolades come to those stalwart enough to think outside the box. That prepositional phrase means imaginative and progressive thinking — an attachment to and a love for novelty, as well as a yearning to listen to the tender counsel of the heart. There is something to this, of course, for, as Blaise Pascal famously wrote, “the heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” The exact ratio between love and logic is something which poets and philosophers have tried to work out for centuries. Let’s concede the importance of passion; it has its place. But as the frenzy of the lynch mob…Continue Reading

The Shockwaves Of Abortion… Return To The Steps Of The Supreme Court

January 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Shockwaves Of Abortion… Return To The Steps Of The Supreme Court

By KEVIN BURKE (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published the following commentary on January 5. All rights reserved. For links to information about the Washington, D.C., and West Coast March for Life events, please see Kevin Burke’s article at LifeSiteNews.com.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — As we prepare to come together again this month in Washington, D.C., something continues to resonate within me about the last two gatherings of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at the March for Life. That afternoon and evening of January 22, 2016, as we stood at the steps of the Supreme Court and snow began to blanket our nation’s capital, I saw the campaign’s Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative in a new and dynamic light. The Shockwaves of Abortion shines a…Continue Reading

The Fatima Centenary… A World That Has Forgotten God

January 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Fatima Centenary… A World That Has Forgotten God

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of monthly articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + The new year 2017 marks the centenary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. In 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary came to visit mankind at a time when man had forgotten God. The “suicide of Christendom,” as the First World War has been called, was being waged across Europe. Christian nations waged war upon one another that would cost Europe an entire generation — 17 million killed and 20 million wounded. Such loss was not suffered for some overriding…Continue Reading

A Maestro’s Observations… The Problem Of Sacred Music In Today’s Church

January 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Maestro’s Observations… The Problem Of Sacred Music In Today’s Church

By ALBERTO CAROSA ROME — As is widely known, the almost universal “great narrative” of today’s liturgists is that we are now experiencing the outcome of the liturgical reforms stemming from Vatican II. But most of the liturgies celebrated around the world are actually not in line with Vatican II reforms and teachings. This problem is the result of arbitrary interpretations that over time have spread in the Church, and not only in liturgy, but also in sacred music, which has to be considered an integral and essential component of these very liturgical rites. The basic assumption of these interpretations is that you can do whatever you want and sing whatever you like — but this is not correct. For…Continue Reading

Chapter Two… The Best Proof For God’s Existence

January 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Chapter Two… The Best Proof For God’s Existence

By DONALD DeMARCO I would like to add a second chapter to “the best proof for God’s existence” from personal experience. God enters our lives and directs us in many ways. If we are sufficiently observant, we will notice this. We do not live as orphans, disinherited from our Maker. He watches over His creatures, as St. Paul tells us, “like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” (1 Thess. 2:7). The difference between an everyday coincidence and a God-incidence is the difference between chance and Providence. The agnostic believes that everything comes about by chance. He should be more skeptical about such a belief since it does not stand up to experience. Nonetheless, he feels he is…Continue Reading