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Are you battle-ready for the army of the Lord?

What of us as a nation? Obesity among the young has increased dramatically since I was a boy. Young people today engage in less physical activity than the youth of my time, who watched much less television and did have not computers or video games to fill their time. We rode bikes, played pick-up football, and built tree forts. In those days...

An important week for Eucharistic discipline — or lack thereof...

Canon 844 allows baptized non-Catholics to receive holy Communion if “grave necessity urges” the local bishop or (here) the conference of bishops to allow such reception, provided further only that those seeking holy Communion claim (as most can) to satisfy some practical and minimal credal criteria. Effectively, then, the canon expects the “grave necessity” requirement to keep the Communion rite at Mass from turning into a free samples line...

Pope makes statement by meeting victims of anti-Christian persecution...

Although it’s basically apocryphal, a saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi advises, “Preach always, and, when necessary, use words.” Popes, of course, use a lot of words, but they also find plenty of other ways to preach - in gestures, through their travel, in policy decisions and personnel appointments, even through the meetings they choose to take...

What Mormonism can teach Catholics about ‘paradigm shifts’...

The recent high-profile divorce of homosexual Mormon blogger Josh Weed, who ended his “mixed orientation marriage,” has once again revealed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is actually a protean ideology that alters with the times. In the new HBO documentary Believer, Dan Reynolds of the rock group Imagine Dragons calls for the LDS church to change its beliefs on LGBT issues...

13 little Lenten sacrifices...

For some people Lent is pretty hardcore. I have at least two friends who are Eastern Catholics—that is, they belong to the churches in union with Rome, but have their own liturgy and customs, including the custom of eliminating all meat and dairy from their diets during Lent. I distinctly remember watching one of these friends at a restaurant a few years back...

Philadelphia has Pat’s vs. Geno’s, but for coffee, Rome has Sant’Eustachio vs. Tazza d’Oro...

Coffee has long been a big deal in Italy. The coffee boom in the U.S. owes much to Italian's long love affair with their daily cups of Joe, or rather, Giuseppe. And if you have stood in the piazza of Pantheon before, you probably didn't know that you were in the vortex of a dueling coffee giants. Like prize fighters on either side of the ring...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot could die out in a matter of decades...

On July 12, 2017, the Juno spacecraft made a close pass to Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the famous anticyclonic storm that dwarfs any other vortex in the solar system. The resulting images are some of the most detailed and spectacular observations of the storm ever taken. But that flyby told scientists something else: the famous centuries-old storm is on its last legs...

Ireland may soon legalize abortion — a decision future generations will bitterly regret...

In one country the President recently addressed the annual and widely supported pro-life March, calling it ‘a movement born out of love’. Across the Atlantic, the leader of the main opposition party in another country just caved in to what most in the media would have us believe is the prevailing sentiment within that jurisdiction—and with it the inevitability of legalized abortion...

A dramatic moment in the Bible, and in human history, that nearly everyone missed...

The moment of the Presentation of Jesus was one of the most dramatic in biblical history, yet almost no one noticed. The first part of this post is review for those of you who read my blog regularly. To skip to the newer insights, skip down to the sentence in red. Joseph and Mary have gone to Jerusalem to fulfill two ancient mandates: the Rite of Purification for a woman after childbirth and the Rite of Presentation for a firstborn male child...

An eerie eyewitness account of a haunted house in England...

Recently, I came across an article detailing many of England’s ‘haunted royal castles’ – The Tower of London, Windsor Castle and others. What struck me was how many of these reported ‘hauntings’ were connected to Reformation history. Perhaps it is no coincidence. After all, when Luther took to the streets, tract in hand...

Lent should awaken us to the ongoing persecution of the Church...

An engineer in Alexandria named Ctesibius is said to have invented the pipe organ around 265 B.C., originally an “hydraulis” using water to raise air pressure. Although there was a “water organ” in the narthex of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople for heralding the Emperor, one theory holds that organs are not commonly used in the Byzantine rite because they are reminders of the horrors endured by the holy martyrs as pagan entertainment...

Hosts ‘miraculously’ preserved 16 months after devastating earthquake...

Forty ‘miraculously’ preserved, consecrated hosts have been discovered in a church that was destroyed by a large earthquake in central Italy in 2016. The hosts, recovered from a tabernacle recently retrieved from the ruins of the parish church of Arquata del Tronto, have no bacteria or mold, as usually happens to hosts after a few weeks...

German bishops allow Holy Communion for Protestant spouses in ‘some cases’...

German bishops have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of producing a “guide” for Protestant spouses on reception of Holy Communion under certain conditions. At their spring conference in Ingolstadt, the German bishops’ conference agreed that a Protestant partner of a Catholic can receive the Eucharist after having made a “serious examination” of conscience with a priest or another person with pastoral responsibilities...

Matt Meeks, former Warner Bros. exec, is making digital media work for the Church...

About a year-and-a-half ago, I interviewed Matt Meeks, chief digital and marketing officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, for an article on the transformation of the archdiocese’s media outreach. During that discussion, some interesting personal details came out, such as Meeks’ former job at Warner Brothers and his time spent discerning the priesthood...

The alcoholic drink that’s even better for you than wine...

It seems like every other day there’s a new article extolling the benefits of red wine (or white wine, or all the wine). I see all my friends sharing them back and forth on each other’s timelines and being like, “time for a girls’ night!” and to be honest, I feel a little left out. It’s not that I don’t like wine — I do...

Saint Polycarp was one degree of separation from Jesus...

How many people today have left the Church because they deem the Bible incongruent, mythological and unscientific? This falling away is usually undergirded, whether knowingly or unknowingly, by assumptions made in critical historical and textual analysis of the Bible. Modern scholars have sought over the past couple of centuries to deconstruct the Bible by weeding out prophecies...

Things to come: Faith, state and society in a new world...

We live in complicated times. It’s easy to be angry and distressed. Earlier this month a friend sent me an email with a message of exactly four syllables: “Worse is better.” He was quoting a famous line from Vladimir Lenin. And his message did have some merit. The worse things get, the more painful they become. The more painful they become...

Cardinal Sarah says Communion in the hand part of ‘diabolical attack,’ calls for Communion on the tongue while kneeling...

A combination of factors has lead to erosion of understanding of the Eucharist and reverence for the Eucharist. Included in these factors is a near universal insistence that everyone go to Communion at every Mass and, of course, lay ministers of the Communion because numbers of people going are up, and, above all, Communion in the hand...

One of the more underreported sins is greed...

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. Honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say...

Bishop Paprocki: Pro-abortion Sen. Durbin “is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents”...

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling.” Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization...
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