Faith

Why We Should Love Rachel Maddow Now

God gives us so many opportunities to love our enemies. How often do we take him up on those offers? One of those opportunities to love came to us yesterday. Independent counsel Robert Mueller delivered to the Attorney General his final report on potential crimes involving the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign. The lede of that story was this: no new indictments. And the left lost their minds.
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To Love Is to Will

Tina Turner not withstanding, love is not an emotion, and that’s a good thing. In today’s Gospel (from the modern lectionary), Jesus tells his disciples to “love your enemies” and “pray for those who persecute you.” But how? I find it difficult even to be around certain people, much less love them. Surely, Jesus wasn’t serious when He told us to love our enemies, right? If Jesus meant what He said, then I must not know what love means.
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Go to Caracas and Say a Rosary

Down in the world’s newest socialist “paradise,” the longest blackout in decades has struck Venezuela. The country has been without power for at least 4 days. That’s how socialism works. The constitutional president, Juan Guaido, has called on Venezuelans to pour into the capital city of Caracas to demand the communist dictator Madura surrender. Guaido correctly points out that Maduro’s socialism caused the problem. Guaido’s call is great, but it doesn’t go far enough.
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Fasting Is a Good Spring Cleaning for the Soul

My heart and soul needed a good spring cleaning, and Lent arrived just in time. Lent is fasting season. Most people know what fasting is, but many people don’t know what religious fasting is for. What good does fasting do the soul? Fasting is form of asceticism. That means intentionally depriving yourself of some comfort or sensual pleasure. Asceticism does not require pain or self-flagellation. Self-flagellation tends to lead to pride and should be avoided.
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I thought this prophetic post was too crazy to publish

In a blog I never published for fear of being thought insane, I conveyed a prophecy: Many Christians will be accused of crimes against the state for simply following Christ’s teachings and believing that Jesus is our lord and savior. When you are accused and at trial, the Holy Spirit will speak through you if you let Him. You won’t need to come up with your own defense. Anyone might betray you and cause you to be put to death, even your parents or your children.
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Looking Forward to Lent

I have never looked forward to the start of Lent. Lent is a time of repentance and atonement in anticipation of the commemoration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. The whole idea of repentance and atonement always bothered me. Until now. This year, I can’t wait for Lent to begin. First, I’ve been called to redirect my zeal away from politics and toward God. Instead of bringing people into communion with the Constitution and liberty, I’m asked to bring people to Christ and Christ to people.
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Praying for Those Who Persecute Us

You might have read the post A Fourth Turning Warning. If you did, you’re probably wondering if I’ve lost mind. If you conclude I have not lost my mind, you probably wonder why I’d run from the fight. So I should probably address that. Let’s start, as we should always, with the Word. In this case, the Book of Matthew 5:43-45: “You have heard that is was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
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A Fourth Turning Warning for America: Climax

Yesterday, I warned, again, that the center didn’t hold. There is no center in American politics. Americans are more divided than at any time since the Civil War. (Read We Have the War Upon Us by William J. Cooper) Today, I have a short warning from the great book The Fourth Turning by Howe and Strauss. What Should Have Happened after 2016 Strauss and Howe prophesied an election that changed everything sometime during the Crisis era which began with the fall of Lehman Brothers (the last time Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House):
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St. Meinrad Archabbey (Photos)

This is the abbey church at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana. My wife and I took a pilgrimage there this weekend. If you live in the St. Louis area, you’re only about three hours away from a fascinating piece of church history. (Here’s St. Meinrad’s website.) Mass I loved the mass. I won’t spoil it all for you, but I do want to let you know why I loved the mass.
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How will God answer our prayers?

How will God answer our prayers to make America holy again? For 17 days we’ve been praying, going to confession, going to mass as often as we can. Rosaries. Chaplet of St. Michael. Tomorrow, election day, our back-to-back novenas wrap up. Fr. Heilman asked his Spiritual Warriors to do as many of these daily devotions as possible: Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession) Believe God will answer our prayers
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