Rabbi Lord Sacks: Marriage is the Love that Brings New Life

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“When a man and woman turn to one another in a bond of faithfulness, God robes them in garments of light, and we come as close as we will ever get to God himself, bringing new life into being, turning the prose of biology into the poetry of the human spirit, redeeming the darkness of the world by the radiance of love.” Rabbi Lord Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Yesterday, he gave an… …Continue Reading

If I Were Founding a Church, I’d Have Women Priests Too. But I’m Not.

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Well, this ought to upset a few people! In an interview, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston has said that If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different. Well, if I were founding a church, I’d have women priests too. I’d have lots of other things too like married priests, liturgies by candlelight only, a sacrament for consecrated religious, a tax on… …Continue Reading

links & the like {16 Nov 2014}

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Fave Read of the Week 3 Things That Almost Guarantee Teens Stay Catholic by Fr. Matthew P. Schneider It is surprising that the experiences that most affect teens, are those which we adults can foster if we are intentional yet which are not often seen in Catholic parishes. These three experiences are really what underlies the buzzword: “comprehensive youth ministry.” Other Great Reads From Abel to Zechariah: Did Christ Confirm the Protestant Canon? by Joe Heschmeyer (Shameless Popery) But Have… …Continue Reading

15 Quotes on Forgiveness & Other Ways to Annoy Your Enemies

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“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Gandhi “And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’” – Luke 23:34 “If a man finds it very hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a crucifix, and think that Christ has shed all His Blood for him, and not only forgave his enemies, but prayed the Eternal Father… …Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II on 1989 and the Fall of Communism

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25 years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Well, it didn’t so much “fall” as it was pushed over, broken through and destroyed by the people it was supposed to keep apart. But why did the Berlin Wall fall? How did Communism itself fall so dramatically? In his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope St John Paul II reflected on that momentous year 1989, singling out three key factors. Why did Communism Fall? 1. The Violation of the Rights of Workers It cannot… …Continue Reading