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Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Returning Love for Love

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love... Read More

Is Meditation on Scripture Necessary? How to Pray – Part I

January 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer, Scripture

Is Meditation on Scripture Necessary? How to Pray – Part I   After many posts dealing with errors about prayer, I'd like to begin a series on how to pray for the beginner at prayer. Now, before you dismiss this series as not for you, let me define “beginner.” I don't necessarily mean someone who has never prayed before, but someone who would like to learn to pray better. Perhaps... Read More

Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching


Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching   Defending Catholic social teaching against the cultural current can make one feel like a hamster on a wheel–spinning in circles and getting nowhere fast. Truth and logic are rejected up against arguments that spring from a faulty foundation. Just as altering a sail does nothing to fix a sinking ship, and redecorating a house can’t improve a rotting infrastructure,... Read More

Can Demons Unite to Influence Society?

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Father Fortea, can demons unite and concentrate their efforts to influence society? The greatest power of the demons lies in tempting us to sin. Since they communicate among themselves, demons certainly work together and concentrate their efforts to influence human society. They do this by collectively devising strategies and by putting them into action in a specific place. While they desire to tempt... Read More

Laboring to Image God

September 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Imaging God, Liz Estler, Spiritual Life

The Church maintains that society must uphold the dignity of the human person who is made in the image and likeness of God. Individuals are not meant to live in isolation. To that end, Pope Leo XIII's 1891 Encyclical Rerum Novarum called owners and employers “to respect in every man his dignity as a person ennobled by Christian character” (paragraph 20) because “No man may with impunity outrage... Read More