When it comes to the Church’s pro-life witness, consistency matters. Ignoring or denying human dignity in one sphere, undermines our defense of human dignity in other spheres. When we emphasize only one note, we lose the harmony of the whole symphony of truth.
As Catholics, we are called to proclaim the fullness of the truth, including in public life and in our role as citizens. Read more
In faithfulness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) seeks to create a culture that respects the sanctity and dignity of all human life, especially the most vulnerable among us. The MCC and the Missouri bishops call government officials, legislators, and all citizens to a respectful discourse about the challenges facing our state and nation. This agenda does not reflect all of the MCC’s concerns, but those that require attention at this time. Read more
The Church’s ageless but countercultural teaching on contraception respects and uplifts women. It esteems their fruitfulness in marriage not as a defect, but as a real gift.
A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, following nearly 1.8 million Danish women of childbearing age for over a decade. The study, as described by the New York Times, “upends widely held assumptions about modern contraceptives for younger generations of women,” especially the view that “newer hormonal contraceptives are much safer than those taken by their mothers or grandmothers.” It also establishes that the risk to women increases with longer periods of use. Major media outlets have done their best to minimize the implications of the study and “soften the blow” for the millions who, for decades, have faithfully embraced a “contraceptive mentality.” Read more
Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love:
We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness. … And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy. … What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened to be doing, “What does it matter as long as they are contented?” We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in Heaven—a senile benevolence who, as they say, liked to see young people enjoying themselves. …Read more
What are you looking to accomplish with your life? For you, what is the bottom line of your existence? The Catholic perspective on this question is that the supreme purpose of every human being is to save his or her soul. We do this by accepting Jesus as Lord, and by helping others to save their souls.
Becoming a holy Christian takes time, so be patient with yourself. If you think you may need a little more maturing, you’re probably right. I’m 86, and I’m just beginning to get the hang of it. One either keeps on maturing, or one falls by the wayside. I’m never surprised when people slip in the practice of their faith. Read more
Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays in the west, and millions will dress up in costumes to trick or treat, or have parties on Oct. 31. Halloween is connected these days to ghosts, skeletons, and other scary stuff, but what is the icon (window to the divine) behind the idol (the twisting of an eternal truth)? Christopher West, teacher of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, replaces candy with some nutritious food for reflection and shows how we can use Halloween to point others to heaven. Read more
St. Augustine once said, “A single tear shed at the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus is worth more than a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, or a year of fasting on bread and water.” A good way to connect with Christ’s Passion during this time of year is to begin by focusing on the empathy we have for the people we know best. Christ was torn away from family and friends in the prime of life to be unjustly executed. It’s the kind of tragic circumstance that would leave us reeling were it to happen to someone close to us. Read more