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Christmas: The Canary In The Coal Mine

December 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Christmas is the single most significant religious, historical, and cultural event in world history. The Son of God assumed our human nature, came into the world, redeemed us from the guilt of our sins, and provided teachings for the way we should lead our lives. Christian beliefs, which formed the thinking and values of America’s founders, were reflected in the Declaration of Independence, in the way the government was organized, and in the nation’s laws and ordinances. As the people were of many different Christian denominations, the state and religion were made separate, but complementary. Religion would form the virtue and morality of the people necessary in a republic, while the government protected the right of…Continue Reading

When God Was A Newborn Baby

December 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG “God became man that man might become God.” That’s a startling assertion. Should it be seen as similar to the lie told by Satan when he assured Eve that after eating the forbidden fruit, “You will be like God”? Is it an assertion that one might hear from a monomaniac who imagines he is God? Actually the statement was made by fathers of the Church, and is perfectly and profoundly orthodox. In fact, it is implied by St. Peter’s statement that God has enabled us to “become partakers of the Divine Nature” (2 Peter 1:4). The Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 460, quotes St. Athanasius: “For the Son of God became man so that we might…Continue Reading

Worship At The Manger And At Fatima

December 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY One of the most beautiful aspects of the Nativity story is that it is an invitation to the silent worship of the earth-shattering fact that the God who created the universe, in all its dazzling complexity, chose to become a feeble little Babe cradled in the arms of His Mother Mary. We are not specifically told that the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph worshiped the newborn Redeemer, but surely they did and we cannot really imagine the depth of love and devotion that that worship involved. What we are told by St. Luke is that after the shepherds came to see the Child Jesus, following the vision of angels they saw in the sky over Bethlehem,…Continue Reading

Pope’s General Audience … On Holy Year Of Mercy

December 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Last Sunday, the Holy Door was opened in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Cathedral of Rome, and a Door of Mercy was opened in the cathedral of every diocese of the world, as well as in shrines and churches indicated by bishops. The Jubilee is in the whole world, not only in Rome. I wanted this sign of the Holy Door to be present in every particular Church, so that the Jubilee of Mercy could become a shared experience by every person. Thus the Holy Year got underway in the whole Church and is celebrated in every diocese as at Rome. Moreover, the first Holy Door was opened in fact in the heart of Africa.…Continue Reading

British Columbia Supreme Court… Restores Accreditation To Trinity Western University’s School Of Law

December 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The British Columbia Supreme Court on December 10 reversed the Law Society of British Columbia’s decision to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. LSBC originally voted to accept graduates of the school but changed its decision in October 2014 because of the university’s biblical beliefs on appropriate sexual behavior. TWU went to court in August 2015 to challenge the denial. Now the province’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Law Society’s first decision, which approved the academic qualifications of TWU graduates, should be restored. In January, a Nova Scotia court similarly upheld the school’s professional accreditation. “Canadians should be free to live and work according to their sincerely held beliefs and convictions. Faith-based educational…Continue Reading

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