The most recent issue of Time Magazine features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture. The focus of the piece is on the generation of young men now coming of age, the first generation who grew up with unlimited access to hardcore pornography on the Internet. The statistics on this score are absolutely startling. Most young men commence their pornography use at the age of 11; there are approximately 107 million monthly visitors to adult Websites in this country; 12 million hours a day are spent watching porn globally on the adult-video site Pornhub; 40 percent of boys in Great Britain say that they regularly consume pornography—and on and on. Read more
God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it—fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.
But for many Catholics today, it’s more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during Lent, if we understood how helpful it is for our lives?
The answer to this, say both saints of the past and experts today, is a resounding “yes.” Read more
February 28, 2016
“A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why should it exhaust the soil?’” (Lk 13:6-7).
Florence was lying on her death bed. She’d been a faithful wife, devoted mother, and finally, a loving grandmother to my wife. And for some reason that tortured her conscience in secret, she had confided in my wife years ago that she thought she was going to hell.
Her son, my father-in-law, is a good man, but an agnostic. Read more
During the height of her political prowess, ancient Rome boasted of her influence throughout the world. Romans had planted their culture in Athens, Corinth, Jerusalem, and Alexandria. They had extended their rule to North Africa to Hadrian’s Wall in England and the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Great roads, theaters, public baths, gymnasia, and the military muscle of the Roman Empire fostered a sense of security and prosperity. But, there was one thing notably missing from the heart of the Roman Empire: There was no compassion.
“Spotlight” is the recounting of the Spotlight team of intrepid investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who broke the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse story in January 2002—mainly concerning the Archdiocese of Boston. For starters, this is not a Church-bashing film even though it easily and rightfully could have been. It’s an accurate, stark, almost understated presentation. It’s rated “R” simply and appropriately for subject matter. Just enough of the horrific details of cases are disclosed in the film, the rest is hinted at discreetly.
This is a story that had to be told, and the filmmakers have done a capable and responsible job.
Not entertainment Read more
I was scared out of my mind. I went into the women’s room because it was the only private place in the death house, and I put my head against the tile wall and grabbed the crucifix around my neck. I said, “Oh, Jesus God, help me. Don’t let him fall apart. If he falls apart, I fall apart.”
I was in over my head.
All I had agreed to in the beginning was to be a pen pal to this man on Louisiana’s death row. Sure, I said, I could write letters. But the man was all alone, he had no one to visit him.
If you are ever having a bad day and you want to change the way your day is going, try to practice the attitude of gratitude.
Few spiritual qualities have more power than gratitude. Thanksgiving is approaching, but why focus on just one day out of the year to be thankful? I wanted to focus on how we can increase being thankful in our lives.
To help us focus on this important quality, I want to mention Keyshia Cole’s 2010 release “Thank You.” Cole is an established R&B star. A special feature on this song is that Cole is joined on the recording by her mother, Yvonne Cole (the “singing mamma” mentioned in the lyrics).
This month’s issue of Vanity Fair contains a pretty disheartening prediction for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.
Young singles are too busy swiping left and right on their phones making shallow, transient connections, rather than finding real love with real people. Romance is dead, proposes author Nancy Jo Sales.
Of the countless Catholic couples who have come through Fr. T.G. Morrow’s office in Washington DC for marriage counseling, two remain imprinted in the priest’s mind even today.
In many ways, these two Catholic couples were the ideal; they were open to life, they formed their children in the faith, and they frequented the sacraments.
But both of these marriages fell apart. The culprit? Anger.
In 1943, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen made a prescient observation: “A proof that we are in danger of losing our freedom is that everyone is talking about it. Picture a group of men on a roof-top proclaiming in song and story the glories of architecture, while below saboteurs have already knocked out half the foundations of the house–and here you have the picture of modern freedom.”
During the recent extended holiday weekend, Americans proclaimed in song and story the glories of our American freedoms, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rights given by God and not by any person—inalienable rights.