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Why Do You Stay?

Why do you stay a Catholic? Today’s Gospel reading comes from John 6. John chapter 6 is all about the bread of life. In it, Jesus shocks his Jewish followers by announcing that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood to achieve eternal life. When some of his disciples challenged this formula for immortality, Jesus doubled down, saying: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Read more →

A Bishop Does the Right Thing and the Post-Dispatch Deceives You

It’s Friday, and our archbishop in St. Louis has done a great thing. (Maybe today would be a good time to thank a priest. Give him encouragement.) But the town blog used deception to report the story. Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis asked Missouri’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley, to review all of the archdiocese’s records regarding abuse cases. Hawley agreed to the Archbishop’s request. Archbishop Carlson deserves our praise and respect for his openness and honesty. Read more →

I Know a Saint

My mom and dad have two anniversaries. One anniversary celebrates the day my uncle Bob drove them to Hot Springs, Arkansas to elope. The other celebrates the day about a week later when, having learned of their civil nuptials, my grandfather ordered them to go see Father English and set themselves right with the church. Like father, like son, I guess. Except, the kid’s a lot slower. Fifteen years slower. Read more →

Video: White House Chief of Staff Says Obama Has Complete Power to Decree Healthcare Rules

Jack Lew, Obama’s Chief of Staff, says Obamacare law gives the President the power make rules regarding your health. Period. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhCxGdTJrxs] Lee Presser’s comment nails it: Chris Wallace states this is precisely the reason why so many people oppose Obamacare. Share this frightening power grab with your friends. Read more →

Unto Dust We Shall Return

Today begins Lent. Lent prepares us for the cycle of mortality and resurrection, perfected by Christ, without which life has no meaning. It’s a time of humility. We call to mind our human brokenness in hopes of making ourselves better imitators of Christ. On Ash Wednesday, we mark ourselves with the sign of the cross in ashes. **“Remember, man, that you are dust and unto dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19). Read more →

How You Can Save Religious Freedom in America

When Barack Obama declared that Catholics must either violate their consciences or face government persecution, he wasn’t going after just Catholics. Nor was he promoting healthcare. Barack Obama and his myrmidon Kathleen Sebelius tried to erase the First Amendment. They tried to erase religious freedom. They tried to take away yet another foundational liberty that made America America. And they will try again Unless you stop them. But how are you going to stop them alone? Read more →

Obama’s War on Catholics Has Nothing To Do With Healthcare

Obama’s dictate that Catholic organizations must participate in contraception and abortion has nothing to do with healthcare or rights or contraception or anything of the sort. Not at all. Modern dictatorships don’t operate that way. **Obama just destroyed the free practice clause of the First Amendment, and that’s exactly what he intended. ** Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof Read more →

Christmas on Sunday

When I was a kid, I loved Christmas on Sundays. What I hated were the years before and after the Sunday Christmas. My problem was I didn’t want to go to Mass two days in a row. To give some background, I grew up in a Catholic home. Very Catholic. My dad went to Epiphany. My mom’s Catholic, and her dad converted very late in life. Two of my dad’s cousins were Monsignors. Read more →