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Archive for October, 2015

The Dipping Dish

Judas dips into bowl, artist unknown

 

PAPAL palpitations are continuing to give way to anxious questions, conspiracies, and fear that the Barque of Peter is heading for rocky shoals. The fears tend to revolve around why the Pope gave some clerical positions to “liberals” or let them take key roles in the recent Synod on the Family.

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Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on October 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

Papolatry?

Pope Francis in the Philippines (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

 

papalotry |pāpǝlätrē|: the belief or stance that everything the Pope says or does is without error.

 

I’VE been getting bagfuls of letters, very concerned letters, since the Synod on the Family began in Rome last year. That stream of worry didn’t let up the past few weeks as the closing sessions began to wrap up. At the center of these letters were consistent fears regarding the words and actions, or lack thereof, of his Holiness Pope Francis. And so, I did what any ex-news reporter would do: go to the sources. And without fail, ninety-nine percent of the time, I found that the links people sent me with heinous charges against the Holy Father were due to:

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Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on October 24th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Middle Coming

Pentecôte (Pentecost), by Jean II Restout (1732)

 

ONE of the great mysteries of the “end times” being unveiled at this hour is the reality that Jesus Christ is coming, not in the flesh, but in Spirit to establish His Kingdom and reign among all the nations. Yes, Jesus will come in His glorified flesh eventually, but His final coming is reserved for that literal “last day” on earth when time will cease.

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Published in: HOME, THE ERA OF PEACE | on October 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

The Torrent of Grace

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Opt. Memorial of St. John Paul II

Liturgical texts here

 

THE temptation many of us face today is to discouragement and despair: discouragement that evil seems to be winning; despair that there seems to be no humanly possibly way for the rapid decline in morals to be stopped nor the subsequent rising persecution against the faithful. Perhaps you can identify with St. Louis de Montfort’s cry…

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Published in: HOME, TIME OF GRACE, MASS READINGS | on October 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

All is Grace

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Liturgical texts here

 

WHILE many Catholics are caving in to a certain panic as the Synod on the Family in Rome continues to swirl in controversy, I pray that others will see something else: God is revealing our sickness through it all. He is revealing to His Church our pride, our presumption, our rebellion, and perhaps above all, our lack of faith.

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Published in: HOME, TIME OF GRACE, MASS READINGS | on October 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

The Great Meshing

October 19th, 2015
Memorial of the North American Martyrs

 

I am compelled to publish this again, now with the election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada. One of the last gears has fallen into place. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, opened the door to abortion in Canada. Now his son has arrived to continue his father’s work. Justin, who has openly praised the trudeaugay_Fotordictatorship of China, banned “pro-life” MPs from joining his party, celebrated gay marriage, and committed himself to legalizing marijuana ‘right away’, is the new face of moral relativism that I dreamed about twenty years ago (see Words and Warnings). This is the man Canadians have chosen to lead them out of democracy into the New World Order that is now quickly rising. These things must come to pass; things must get worse before they get better. But it is in knowing this that we can look beyond the Cross to the Resurrection…

This writing was first published December 10th, 2006:

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Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on October 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Five Keys to True Joy

 

IT was a gorgeous deep-blue sky as our plane began the descent to the airport. As I peered out my little window, the brilliance of the cumulus clouds made me squint. It was a beautiful sight.

But as we plunged beneath the clouds, the world suddenly turned gray. Rain streaked across my window as the cities below seemed encamped by a foggy darkness and seemingly inescapable gloom. And yet, the reality of the warm sun and clear skies hadn’t changed. They were still there.

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Published in: HOME, SPIRITUALITY, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on October 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Our Passion

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Sunday, October 18th, 2015
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Liturgical texts here

 

WE are not facing the end of the world. In fact, we are not even facing the last tribulations of the Church. What we are facing is the final confrontation in a long history of confrontations between Satan and Christ’s Church: a battle for one or the other to establish their kingdom on earth. St. John Paul II summed it up this way:

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Published in: HOME, THE ERA OF PEACE, MASS READINGS | on October 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

Sorrow of Sorrows

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THE past few weeks, two crucifixes and a statue of Mary in our home have had their hands broken off—at least two of them inexplicably. In fact, just about every statue in our home has a missing hand. It reminded me of a writing I did on this on February 13th, 2007. I think it is no coincidence, especially in light of the continuing controversies surrounded the extraordinary Synod on the Family currently taking place in Rome. For it seems that we are watching—in real time—at least the first beginnings of part of the Storm that many of us have been warning for years would come: an emerging schism… 

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Published in: HOME, SIGNS | on October 16th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Running From Wrath

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Opt. Memorial St. Callistus I

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IN some ways, it is politically incorrect in many quarters of the Church today to speak about “the wrath of God.” Instead, we are told, we should give people hope, speak about God’s love, His mercy, etc. And all this is true. As Christians, our message is not called the “bad news”, but “good news.” And the Good News is this: that no matter the evil a soul has done, if they make an appeal to God’s mercy, they will find forgiveness, healing, and even intimate friendship with their Creator. I find this so wonderful, so exciting, that it is an absolute privilege to preach for Jesus Christ.

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Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on October 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

Fatima, and the Great Shaking

 

BEING that this is the anniversary of the “miracle of the sun” of Fatima that occurred on October 13th, 1917, I want to update this writing with a rather spectacular confirmation—that of one of the seers of Fatima herself, Sr. Lucia.

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Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Warnings in the Wind

Our Lady of Sorrows, painting by Tianna (Mallett) Williams

 

Last night, I felt an internal prodding to republish this writing, but resisted. But today, after Mass, the wind here has reached such ferocious intensity that… well, I get the point. First published March 29th, 2012 with some updates today…

 

…you make the winds your messengers… Psalm 104:4

 

THE wind is blowing hard today, as it often does when I sense Our Blessed Mother compelling me to give a warning. We exchange tears, and when the moment is right, I sit down to repeat what I believe she has been saying over the past few days, weeks, and months in a word that has finally ripened…

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Published in: HOME, SIGNS | on October 11th, 2015 | 7 Comments »