In this special episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses the impact of the journey of Protestant ministers to the Catholic Church on their wives. The guests this evening are Marilyn Grodi, wife of Marcus Grodi a former Presbyterian minister, Lee South, wife of Ned South a former Episcopal Priest, and Dale Sibley, wife of Gordon Sibley a former United Methodist minister. They talk about the ways God guided them on their different and varied paths.
Rest in peace, Mother Angelica… Heaven is a happier place tonight…
Irondale, AL (EWTN) Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., known to millions around the world as Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully at 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.
The Little Sisters Of The Poor At The Supreme Court…
BREAKING: FROM THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who care for the elderly poor. The Little Sisters have asked the Supreme Court for protection from a government mandate that is forcing them to provide services against their beliefs.
Little Sister gives landmark statement following Supreme Court hearing
The following statement can be attributed to Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor:
“Hello, my name is Sister Loraine Marie Clare. The Lord has given me a beautiful calling; that of being a Little Sister of the Poor.
We Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of women who make religious vows to God. We dedicate ourselves to serving the elderly poor regardless of race or religion, offering them a…
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New page on the site.
This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.
Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.
If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!
For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.
Christ’s Relationship With Mary…
Saints and spiritual masters have consistently pointed to the invaluable assistance of the Mother of God in helping us to know and love Christ. Nowhere is this profound reality best captured than by this beautiful hymn:
Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the Gate, Christ the Heav’nly Way!
Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the Rose-Tree, Christ the Rose Blood-red!
Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.
Father Justin Mulcahy, C.P., (1894-1981)
In Romans 13 St. Paul instructs us to “give honour to…
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Jimmy Akin explains why we confess our sins to a priest, as well as what the tearing of Temple’s Veil represents.
Also, check out the following Bible verses – it’s Biblical!
Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins
…and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.
So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully.
Life far outshines ALL OTHER considerations in our voting decisions. NOTHING else has priority over life. Not other social issues. Not political issues. Not economic issues.
Without the right to life, all other rights are dust and ashes. All other considerations are hollow promises.
This morning I had the blessing of praying the Rosary in front of an abortion clinic – all 20 decades. I do this with the Knights of Columbus each month, along with some other dedicated Pro Life Catholics from other parishes within shouting distance of my home town. Today there were four of us in attendance.
After a few decades of the Sorrowful Mysteries, a second group of people showed up and took their usual place a few yards closer to the clinic entrance. This group is made up of, mostly, Hispanic women, though they were joined by a couple of men a short time after the ladies had begun to pray their rosary. The women ranged in age from young to not so young. They were inspiring. They were beautiful to behold.
And they were saving lives.
After awhile, a young woman showed up and stood with their group. Smiling, she approached one of the ‘not quite as young’ ladies and was warmly greeted. This was a special moment – special because the young woman was not alone. She was carrying a child who appeared to be a few months old. Her baby.
What was most beautiful about this young woman was the joy that emitted, not just from her face but, from her entire demeanor. It was clear that she was in love with her child.
The woman who had greeted her so warmly later came over to our little group of guys and told us about the young woman and her baby.
A few months ago, she had been walking toward the entrance to the clinic with the intention of terminating her pregnancy. She stopped to talk to some of the women praying the Rosary in the public area in front of the entrance. She subsequently changed direction…
Today, she returned to the clinic with her baby, and joined the other women in their prayers…
The love that she received from the women in that prayer group was enough to change her mind about what she was about to do. Love that can only come from God. Love that manifests itself through prayer, compassion and truth.
God works through people like that.
Contrast this with another group of people praying outside an abortion clinic, Preterm, in Cleveland Ohio last October. This particular group included several pastors and anti-life folks, and was led by United Methodist Church pastor, Rev. Laura Young.
In this prayer service, God’s blessings were called down upon the abortion clinic, it’s employees and it’s clientele.
Yes, that’s right – “Christian” pastors were calling on God to bless and protect the act of killing unborn children.
Here’s a sample from the article linked above (and below):
Young accused pro-life advocates of judgment and hate. The self-proclaimed “progressive religious leader,” said she hopes her “blessing” will protect Preterm from “preachy protesters, as well as encourage the strength and bravery of those providing and relying on its services.”
This is substantially different from what one would expect from a group praying in front of an abortion clinic. These people are asking God to look with favor on their mission of destruction of human life. God is THE AUTHOR of life – you really can’t ask him to look favorably upon you destroying it.
Satanists look upon abortion as a sacrament. These pastors seem to agree.
One wonders, to whom are these folks praying? I don’t think we worship the same God.
Keep them in your prayers – they really need them.
All that stuff that most of the world pooh-poohed has come true. This article is about 8 years old, but it’s truer now than it was then.
After all, truth doesn’t change – it just becomes more evident…
And therein lies an irony within an irony. Although it is largely Catholic thinkers who have connected the latest empirical evidence to the defense of Humanae Vitae’s predictions, during those same forty years most of the experts actually producing the empirical evidence have been social scientists operating in the secular realm. As sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox emphasized in a 2005 essay: “The leading scholars who have tackled these topics are not Christians, and most of them are not political or social conservatives. They are, rather, honest social scientists willing to follow the data wherever it may lead.”
Consider, as Wilcox does, the Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof. In a well-known 1996 article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Akerlof explained in the language of modern economics why the sexual revolution—contrary to common prediction, especially prediction by those in and out of the Church who wanted the teaching on birth control changed—had led to an increase in both illegitimacy and abortion. In another work published in the Economic Journal ten years ago, he traced the empirical connections between the decrease in marriage and married fatherhood for men—both clear consequences of the contraceptive revolution—and the simultaneous increase in behaviors to which single men appear more prone:
“The very condition of your survival as a nation is directly dependent on how you treat the weakest among you – those yet unborn in the womb.” – St. Pope John Paul II, 1987 as he was leaving the United States.
“A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” St. Pope John Paul II, September, 1996
Pray to end abortion.