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A Beacon Of Light . . . The Ministry Of Jesus And The Anointing Of The Sick

January 18, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . The Ministry Of Jesus And The Anointing Of The Sick

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) + + Our survey of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has allowed us to examine one of the sacraments of healing, namely, the Sacrament of Penance. Today we will discuss the second sacrament of healing, which is the Anointing of the Sick.The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick finds its origins in the ministry of Jesus. As Jesus journeyed with His disciples, He encountered many who were sick. The sick sought out Jesus because…Continue Reading

Social Justice Or Claptrap?

January 17, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on Social Justice Or Claptrap?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO Maybe I’ve been laid-up a little too long from my stroke, but without the ability to read well I’ve been left with only two options to keep me busy: watching TV and thinking.TV loses its appeal the third time you see the same rerun or the sixth time you are force fed your most unfavorite commercial. Since football is almost over, and watching the news raises my blood pressure higher than my doctors want it to be, I’ve reluctantly turned to thinking.But thinking is not my first choice, since it hurts my head. I think it is because I have a four-cylinder brain while trying to do some eight-cylinder thinking.So to stave off boredom, I decided…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Corporate America’s Embrace Of Wokism

January 16, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Corporate America’s Embrace Of Wokism

By STEPHEN M. KRASON We have observed the striking phenomenon of the American corporate community embracing the woke worldview. These are the corporations that the political left — now so firmly ensconced in the Democratic Party, which is perhaps the major institutional advocate of wokism — had for so long claimed were against the people and the good of the country. What has changed the character of corporate America? Why has it embraced wokism and thus seemed to side now with the left that for so long despised it?While the left likes to think of wokism as being against racial discrimination and what it considers to be social inequalities — without, of course, ever analyzing what the latter means —…Continue Reading

Will Republican Victories Continue Beyond Virginia?

January 15, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Republican Victories Continue Beyond Virginia?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The January 15 inauguration of Republican Glenn Youngkin as Virginia’s governor marks a significant milestone in the efforts of families nationwide to restore their primacy of place in the education of their children.In Virginia, the efforts have advanced significantly with recent events in Loudoun County, one of America’s richest counties and the home of thousands of powerful government employees, consultants, and contractors, along with the prospering infrastructure that supports them. (In fact, the wealthy counties surrounding the nation’s capital are uniquely immune to the economic hardships faced by the rest of the nation).We recall that Loudoun was the focus of the rebellion by parents against the county’s school board and its efforts to advance the “gender” agenda,…Continue Reading

The Forgotten Person

January 14, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on The Forgotten Person

By JOE SIXPACK Everything in Catholicism, as in all Christianity, focuses on Jesus Christ. We focus on Him for a great variety of reasons: His sacrificial death on the cross, our redemption through Him, He’s the founder of the faith we profess….The list could go on and on.The Mass, of course, is the highest form of worship of God. In fact, the Mass is the worship of God the Father with a re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Lamb (the Son) in atonement for the sins of man. So the Mass is, to most Catholics’ way of thinking, all about the Father and the Son. But when it comes to the Holy Spirit, most of us sort of neglect Him…Continue Reading

The Big (Almost) Return

January 13, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on The Big (Almost) Return

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: The Wanderer is delighted to welcome Mike Manno back to our pages, and we ask our readers to continue to pray for his full return to good health.) + + Well, I’m back.Sort of. You probably read in this space that I suffered a stroke last October. Fortunately, my wife took me to the hospital immediately and I missed the worst aspects of a stroke.For what seemed an eternity, people kept coming into my room wanting me to squeeze their fingers, and give them the date. It’s Halloween, I’d say, only to be asked a question I kept getting wrong: what year is it?Once they even asked me who the president was, when I…Continue Reading

Politics Promises An Interesting Year In Store

January 12, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on Politics Promises An Interesting Year In Store

By CHRISTOPHER MANION It’s going to be a long year.Most Americans today are working hard to recover from the China Virus and bring our resilient country back to its full potential.Unfortunately, some folks have other plans.A long time ago, a fellow named Rahm Emanuel, a senior adviser to Bill Clinton, laid down the law for the next generation of Democrat politicians:“Never let a crisis go to waste.”And for the past two years, the American Left has done everything it can to create an Emanuel-style “Crisis Syndrome,” and to perpetuate it as long as possible.Yes, it started with the virus, but they don’t want it to end there. The year 2020 was full of mandates “to keep us safe” while Democrats…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light… Peace And The Sacrament Of Penance

January 11, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light… Peace And The Sacrament Of Penance

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) + + We continue our survey of the Catechism on the sacraments, in particular, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. This week’s article will focus on the Sacrament of Penance.In order to fully understand the significance of this sacrament, we need to return to the Garden of Eden. The fall of Adam tarnished humanity with original sin. Through the unconditional love of God, however, the process of redemption would begin. This involved the lifesaving sacrifice…Continue Reading

As Quiet Holidays Become History… It’s Back To The Loud Season Of Political Warfare

January 10, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on As Quiet Holidays Become History… It’s Back To The Loud Season Of Political Warfare

By DEXTER DUGGAN Along with the spiritual blessings of the year-end holidays was the godsend of an absence of many of the daily headlines of political warfare.Nerves had been jangled through much of 2021 as Democrat leaders launched assault after assault upon U.S. citizens, from diluting their votes to overwhelming their cities.Encouraging vote fraud, penalizing freedom to work, worship, educate and move about, confiscating money to inflation and proposed heavier taxation, weakening protection against criminals both domestic and from elsewhere, threatening health with the unauthorized entry of numerous sick aliens — the list was lengthier than the Christmas wishes of a covetous brat.The cacophony had been almost unbearable. Then the holidays arrived and Congress adjourned for the year. The Advent…Continue Reading

In Mideast, Africa… Hungary Helps Embattled Christian Communities

January 9, 2022 Frontpage Comments Off on In Mideast, Africa… Hungary Helps Embattled Christian Communities

By JOHN J. METZLER NEW YORK — The Christmas Season is still upon us. Seasonal cheer remains. Christmas trees, wreaths, and pine bunting yet abound. Lights and displays on stores and homes glisten. The smell of pine branches wafts throughout the city as our weary world celebrates its second COVID Christmastime.While there’s certainly cause for celebration, let’s pause and take a somber look at the birthplace of Christianity — the Middle East where ancient but embattled Christian communities are facing decline amid the backdrop of terrorism, socioeconomic stagnation, and, in some cases, enduring civil conflict.One bright star glistens in the turbulent Middle East. A small Central European country, Hungary, has selected a special mission to help embattled Christians in places…Continue Reading